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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

The first one is very Classic and Trad, the contrasting colors photograph very attractively too, the other three just don't have the same eye appeal.

This. It just has to look nice.
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

OK triple post, scuze me...looking for a source for some shoe trees with the little brass (?) knob thing on top of the back/heel part.  Strictly for taking eBay pics, so, cheap is good.  

PM'd you
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

My stupid-ass mistake [long story short: I had to refund a guy, email address was JohnSomething@whatever, amount $224.xx...by sheer coincidence I had another buyer with a JohnSomething@whatever email address for $224.zz on the same day...refunded the wrong John].  
I asked the dude to send it back, fully expecting he would not, and was not disappointed in the end.


I've caught that one too - refunding unintentional shipping overcharges for a few bucks, and almost refunded the whole amount.  Now I'm super-careful, but don't get many returns since I don't sell a lot.

I meant to refund a buyer $5 once and sent her $105 (entire purchase price). She never replied to my request for the money or even said thank you for the free down jacket. Some people are just plain evil...
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Tax related question - are you supposed to include shipping costs in your cost of goods sold? Or is it a business expense?

From what I remember in accounting classes shipping should be an expense, though it seems people are reporting both ways? I have how much each item sold for, shipping charged (or free shipping), etc, just not sure how I'm supposed to report it.
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

I meant to refund a buyer $5 once and sent her $105 (entire purchase price). She never replied to my request for the money or even said thank you for the free down jacket. Some people are just plain evil...

I would feel terrible doing that to somebody. Geez.
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Originally Posted by joshmick View Post

Agreed, the whole golden rule thing is pretty wonderful...

Also, let us know his username so we can all block him.

This was a year or so ago - doubt I can dig up the info...
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Thanks spoo and wes. One of the biggest lessons here is in general buy the patterns that the largest audience wants, not what I like. It's a common sense thing, but sometimes common sense is not common enough!
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Tax related question - are you supposed to include shipping costs in your cost of goods sold? Or is it a business expense?

From what I remember in accounting classes shipping should be an expense, though it seems people are reporting both ways? I have how much each item sold for, shipping charged (or free shipping), etc, just not sure how I'm supposed to report it.

Good job remembering the rule. COGS only includes procurement expenses, not selling expenses. So, any shipping you pay to buy an item (like if you e-thrift something to flip) can go into COGS. But, any shipping you pay to get a sold item to a buyer goes in expenses (our lingo is SGnA - selling, general, and administrative). On a tax return, I usually put it in "other" then break it out on the back of Schedule C unless a client is adamant they want it somewhere else.
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I did that to @Fueco once. I sent him a ton of money by mistake and freaked out because I was new here. He just refunded it to me and we had a laugh at my expense. Well, I got my money back so I guess the laugh was free?

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but the heart attack wasn't.

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I came across an app called Scrobbld tonight as I was browsing around.
 
I have never used it nor did I spend much time vetting the quality.
 
But, wanted to know if anyone here has had any experience with it in the past, if so, any benefits?
post #11846 of 15863
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Originally Posted by cdgreg View Post
 

Looking for some feedback from the more experienced sellers, if you are willing to share.  When considering a TIE in the same brand, model, and material, what exactly is it that can cause one tie to have a ton of hits, a number of watchers, and a quick sale when a similar brand/model/material gets no love?  For example:

 

BB Makers Maroon with gold diagonal stripe (with wrinkles), 70+ hits, 5 watchers, and sold within 2 days:

 

Some "similar" ties (all BB makers, similar title and description HTML) that are getting NO LOVE

 

 

 

Is a diagonal stripe much preferred to horizontal?  Is maroon a preferred color over navy?  Or maybe another way to ask is what really helps a tie sell, and what are deterants?  I remember reading Spoo's post last week where he mentioned Long or Short suits tend to drop the average sale price 25% (I think it was in this range).  Are there little factors that have a major impact like this on ties?

 

Thanks again for those willing to share some of their expertise.

Those horizontal striped ties don't sell very well, it took me a few months to unload a few I had for very little profit. I avoid the horizontal stripes now (unless of course I find a Kiton or Isaia). The red tie looks like electrified sperm.

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Is there a specific term for these leather ferragamo shoes that I can use in the title? Calling them 'Beige Oxfords' doesn't seem right and I feel like I'm missing something. Thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post

Those horizontal striped ties don't sell very well, it took me a few months to unload a few I had for very little profit. I avoid the horizontal stripes now (unless of course I find a Kiton or Isaia). The red tie looks like electrified sperm.

Horizontal stripes are a go on square-end knits, both silk and wool. I've done incredibly well with them and I am also personally a fan, more than on a regular tie. Maybe it's more pleasing to the eye on a rectangular tie?
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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post

Those horizontal striped ties don't sell very well, it took me a few months to unload a few I had for very little profit. I avoid the horizontal stripes now (unless of course I find a Kiton or Isaia). The red tie looks like electrified sperm.


Ive got a new auction title. thanks!
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