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post #11011 of 18139
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Originally Posted by My Main Man View Post
 

Yeah, when I first started using GarageSale, that was one of the big ones I'd forget to change.

 

Also, I'd duplicate a listing for shoes or something and then fill it out for a tie and forget to change shipping weight. I'd wonder why I wasn't getting bids and then notice that the shipping was calculating for 4 lbs or whatever. I have like 10 templates set up now for like shirt, shoes, suit, coat, etc. and then separate ones for BIN items. A lot fewer mistakes since I started doing that.

 

Yeah, that's what I'm doing too. I've got templates for dress shirts, dress pants, jeans, cycling clothing, hiking clothes (basically, each category I've listed today!). Seems to be getting pretty smooth going through the process! I also shipped 12 items today, so business is certainly picking up!

post #11012 of 18139
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post
 

So, I finally started using Garage Sale. Capnwes was right, there's a bit of a learning curve... This seems like it should streamline my process quite a bit once I get it down.

 

Here's my third listing using the software. If you can, take a look at tell me whether things seem normal with it. Thanks!

 

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=191098716047

Are the pictures in the listing supposed to pop out bigger?  I can't click on them for a bigger image.  If not, seems fine other than what everyone else pointed out.  Never seem to find the time to work on my templates, probably leaving $ on the table by not having better looking listings.

post #11013 of 18139

Always looking to improve. Went from a 2 light setup to  4 light setup.

 

I'm sure there is a better way to do this, but I cant figure out how to light the background brighter then the object which is whats required from my understanding without adding 2 extra lights spotted onto the backdrop to get a pure white background

 

Before                                                                                           After

           

post #11014 of 18139

@Brianpore do you pin your jackets at all?  Or just let them hang there and kinda tweak them a bit loosely?

post #11015 of 18139
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

Are the pictures in the listing supposed to pop out bigger?  I can't click on them for a bigger image.  If not, seems fine other than what everyone else pointed out.  Never seem to find the time to work on my templates, probably leaving $ on the table by not having better looking listings.

No, but the ones in the header of the listing should give you the zoom in option.
post #11016 of 18139

Background looks great. The lights definitely help. Did you put them behind the background or just shine them onto the background?

post #11017 of 18139
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post
 

@Brianpore do you pin your jackets at all?  Or just let them hang there and kinda tweak them a bit loosely?

I use clothes pins and just pinch each side and fiddle around with it a little. I find the bottoms of the jackets go IN too much when I pin them a lot, I cant seem to get the bottom to flare back out. Think I really need a man. with a bigger torso at the bottom to fill it out which would help a lot.

 

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Originally Posted by hbkshin View Post
 

Background looks great. The lights definitely help. Did you put them behind the background or just shine them onto the background?

In the before photo the man. is about 1' from the background. In the after its about 3' with the lights just about 6-8" further back so the light dosnt spill too much onto the sides of the man.

 

If I was doing it right, I wold have flaps to keep the light from going inwards at all so the edges of the man. were crisper and not washed out at all. Ideally I would pull the man. out another foot and have more space between them but then I need to get a larger backdrop as right now do to the angles of the camera any further out it grabs the edges and then I need to edit which is the point I'm trying to avoid.

post #11018 of 18139
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Originally Posted by SCoNE View Post
 

Set-up coming along nicely:

 

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Two 3-light fixtures from Walmart: $19.99/ea

One (of two planned) clamp-on fixture: $5.99/ea

Seven (of eight planned) 100 watt equivalent 5000k bulbs $12 tot

4' Wide vinyl window blind: ~$17 at Home Depot

 

Set up with the blind brackets mounted to my book cases; completely removable in seconds and the light fixtures are non-intrusive.

 

I think it'll be as good as I want it to be once I get an extension cord to get that 8th light on the lower right hand side where you can still see the wrinkles in the vinyl.  And hopefully it settles a bit after being open and some weights hanging on it to remove some wrinkling.  

 

The only expensive bit is my new camera: Canon G16.  I think the set-up would work well for a cheaper camera as well though.  

 

 

 

 

So, to follow up, I got that additional light on the lower right.  I also switched out two of the 100W 5000K bulbs for 75W 6500K bulbs.  Three bulbs are about shoulder height on each side, pointing up, at the mannequin (the 75W), and slightly down at the backdrop, respectively.  The fourth is clamped to the same pole as the other three, but about a foot off the ground (2.5ish ft below the mannequin) and pointed at the backdrop.  

 

The next question is what do you think of the styling of the mannequin?  I like it for these tweeds and seems versatile (for suits I'll use something else) but obviously needs to appeal to buyers!  Trying to balance versatility (so I don't have to change for each jacket) and eye-catching, but not distracting from the jacket which is what's for sale after all.

 

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post #11019 of 18139

Wouldn't having the lights behind the backdrop achieve the same effect? Not completely sure but I've read up a bit on all this and some places recommended having the lights behind a white backdrop to remove any shadows and have an extremely nice and white backdrop.

post #11020 of 18139
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Originally Posted by hbkshin View Post
 

Wouldn't having the lights behind the backdrop achieve the same effect? Not completely sure but I've read up a bit on all this and some places recommended having the lights behind a white backdrop to remove any shadows and have an extremely nice and white backdrop.

I have seamless backdrop paper taped to a wall....no behind

post #11021 of 18139
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post
 

I have seamless backdrop paper taped to a wall....no behind

Ah well...

 

post #11022 of 18139

Did the eBay business policies just disappear for anyone else? Was working on listings and they just disappeared.

post #11023 of 18139
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Originally Posted by hbkshin View Post
 

Did the eBay business policies just disappear for anyone else? Was working on listings and they just disappeared.

What are they?

post #11024 of 18139
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post
 

What are they?


I list through eBay instead of a program/web service and it's like a template for your returns/shipping/payment methods. Basically my Returns and Payments never change but Shipping has a few different templates for different things like ties/shoes/suits, etc. It made it a lot quicker but it's since completely disappeared and now I have to manually fill these values in.

post #11025 of 18139
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Originally Posted by hbkshin View Post
 


I list through eBay instead of a program/web service and it's like a template for your returns/shipping/payment methods. Basically my Returns and Payments never change but Shipping has a few different templates for different things like ties/shoes/suits, etc. It made it a lot quicker but it's since completely disappeared and now I have to manually fill these values in.

Oh. 

 

I always just used "sell similar", the stuff was already filled in from the last tie/shoes/suit etc. 

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