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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post
I believe you're only option is to put somewhere in the auction body that you will provide free shipping with buy it now. Then at the end of the auction, if someone used buy it now, you would send them an invoice and manually adjust the shipping charge.
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Originally Posted by Dolfan954 View Post

That is the only way I have seen it done. Only problem is then you cannot use the "require instant payment." I have had buyers many times click "Buy it Now" and not pay. I guess its a balance of not worrying about delayed BIN payment vs the draw-in for free shipping.

 

Hmm, two cans of worms in one decision. I think I'd rather take advantage of ebay's own, er, framework, to avoid problems rather than put any terms in the listing itself. There's always that one buyer who overlooks them. Also this:

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

I tried free shipping and got maybe a little more traffic, but returns are a much bigger hassle. I noticed Spoo doesn't do free shipping, so I decided not to do it anymore. 

so maybe free shipping isn't a big deal anyway. Maybe if a buyer truly wants an item, paying shipping isn't really much of a hurdle. Sometimes I forget that not everyone thinks about purchases the same way I do (i.e. what is the absolute cheapest option possible, heh.) I think I can live with doing free shipping for any buyer - just not on every listing. I'll try using it only on what might be impulse buys. 

 

Thanks for the help, guys!

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Bah. Bought a HF jacket on eBay. Seller said it was in great condition...and on the surface, it was. Took it in to get altered (shoulder pads replaced, sleeves lengthened, pockets realigned) and found out that it had been altered once before. And that the tailor had done a terrible job...basically making it impossible for the jacket to ever be altered again. When the cost of alterations hit $200 dollars, the tailor advised me to trash it...advice which was followed. I don't blame the seller, but I still feel facepalm.gif

 

Generally, half the jackets I own I buy used from eBay. But now I'm terrified of getting another jacket which has been altered beyond repair. I've purchased from one seller who lists whether his jackets have undergone any alterations or not. Do sellers generally check to see if jackets have been altered?
 

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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Bah. Bought a HF jacket on eBay. Seller said it was in great condition...and on the surface, it was. Took it in to get altered (shoulder pads replaced, sleeves lengthened, pockets realigned) and found out that it had been altered once before. And that the tailor had done a terrible job...basically making it impossible for the jacket to ever be altered again. When the cost of alterations hit $200 dollars, the tailor advised me to trash it...advice which was followed. I don't blame the seller, but I still feel facepalm.gif

 

Generally, half the jackets I own I buy used from eBay. But now I'm terrified of getting another jacket which has been altered beyond repair. I've purchased from one seller who lists whether his jackets have undergone any alterations or not. Do sellers generally check to see if jackets have been altered?

Assume every 2nd hand jacket on ebay has been altered as anyone who wants it to fit correctly will have it altered to start with. As you said, you have had mostly good luck buying on ebay so why do you think your luck would change. It's just like everything else in life, you're going to get what you pay for and sometimes buying used cheap 2nd hand items on ebay will not be 100% perfect like you hope for. As I tell most of the buyers who offer stupid cheap prices for my NWT stuff, if you want new stuff that then you have to pay new stuff prices.

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Or just limit yourself to buying things that need little or no alteration to fit you.

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I don't understand the question? Is this your listing, or something you are looking for approval to purchase?

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

I don't understand the question? Is this your listing, or something you are looking for approval to purchase?

 

 

 

Ah, my apologies for the dubiousness. I want your damn approval! 

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Oh, ok then.... well I like it - especially the color. Although I would prefer a vented jacket and flat front pants. Based on the measurements I would say it's more of a 42R with really short sleeves. Don't buy it unless you require short sleeves, the surgeon cuffs will make it impossible to alter while keeping the correct look. The cuff buttons already look a bit high. 

 

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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Assume every 2nd hand jacket on ebay has been altered as anyone who wants it to fit correctly will have it altered to start with. As you said, you have had mostly good luck buying on ebay so why do you think your luck would change. It's just like everything else in life, you're going to get what you pay for and sometimes buying used cheap 2nd hand items on ebay will not be 100% perfect like you hope for. As I tell most of the buyers who offer stupid cheap prices for my NWT stuff, if you want new stuff that then you have to pay new stuff prices.

All I can say is that my one experience with you was fan-fucking-tastic. cheers.gif

 

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

Or just limit yourself to buying things that need little or no alteration to fit you.


Measurement-wise, this needed little altering. When I got it, the pockets were wonky, as was one of the shoulders. And waist measurements are rarely included (and requests for them have received a variety of responses: accurate, inaccurate, and "I don't know") Shit happens. I made the above post just after returning from the tailors, more miffed because I really liked the jacket than about the loss of $150 (though that sucks too). The jacket was totally wearable...but it didn't fit like I like my jackets to fit...and I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it.

 

Still, I love the Bay. And its quality sellers (and really there was nothing wrong with that seller).


Edited by Claghorn - 11/27/12 at 10:00am
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My understanding is that tuxedos should be unvented, at least if you are being traditional.

This probably isn't the place to discuss it, but I don't follow the current aversion to pleats, especially if wearing a jacket. If you wear flat-fronts, you get star-crotch, which can be pretty ugly. I think that's a trade-off, and either should be covered by the jacket at any rate. If you are sitting down, often a table will be covering your crotch. If I were just wearing pants and a sweater, I would personally prefer flat-front, but with something as formal as a tuxedo, I would lean towards pleats. I think that's more a personal choice anyway though.
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Originally Posted by acosbysweater View Post

 

I bought an item for a very low price, knowing that he'd relisted the item many times, very slowly lowering the into price.  I paid $.99 for the item.  I think his main hangup is describing the item as having some "pit stains" and because he offered shipping at $16.  I figure that he's trying to make money on shipping in order to recoup some investment costs.

 

I knew all of this going into the transaction and have suggested that he ship it via USPS priority in a flat rate envelope ($5.50/max) to which he's said that he doesn't have those envelopes (BS) or that he offered a flat rate and there's no other option.

 

As a consumer, and also as a seller, I figure that compromise is an inherent part of a transaction.  How can I make this unscrupulous fuck ship the item according to a very reasonable and current rate, rather than let him make money on me?  Basically, it's unreasonable to pay a seller an inflated shipping rate for something they know they aren't going to make a decent amount of money on.

 

I would dare to say that you are being the unscrupulous fuck in this transaction. It is not unreasonable to pay an inflated shipping rate if it was clearly stated in the original post. It was clear and obvious as part of the overall total, so pay it.

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Originally Posted by acosbysweater View Post

 

I bought an item for a very low price, knowing that he'd relisted the item many times, very slowly lowering the into price.  I paid $.99 for the item.  I think his main hangup is describing the item as having some "pit stains" and because he offered shipping at $16.  I figure that he's trying to make money on shipping in order to recoup some investment costs.

 

I knew all of this going into the transaction and have suggested that he ship it via USPS priority in a flat rate envelope ($5.50/max) to which he's said that he doesn't have those envelopes (BS) or that he offered a flat rate and there's no other option.

 

As a consumer, and also as a seller, I figure that compromise is an inherent part of a transaction.  How can I make this unscrupulous fuck ship the item according to a very reasonable and current rate, rather than let him make money on me?  Basically, it's unreasonable to pay a seller an inflated shipping rate for something they know they aren't going to make a decent amount of money on.

 

I would dare to say that you are being the unscrupulous fuck in this transaction. It is not unreasonable to pay an inflated shipping rate if it was clearly stated in the original post. It was clear and obvious as part of the overall total, so pay it.

nest.gif I think I said the same thing, but in a nicer way.

 

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Originally Posted by Mox C View Post

My understanding is that tuxedos should be unvented, at least if you are being traditional.

This probably isn't the place to discuss it, but I don't follow the current aversion to pleats, especially if wearing a jacket. If you wear flat-fronts, you get star-crotch, which can be pretty ugly. I think that's a trade-off, and either should be covered by the jacket at any rate. If you are sitting down, often a table will be covering your crotch. If I were just wearing pants and a sweater, I would personally prefer flat-front, but with something as formal as a tuxedo, I would lean towards pleats. I think that's more a personal choice anyway though.

+1 a classic tux from my understanding should be unvented.

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Originally Posted by acosbysweater View Post


I bought an item for a very low price, knowing that he'd relisted the item many times, very slowly lowering the into price.  I paid $.99 for the item.  I think his main hangup is describing the item as having some "pit stains" and because he offered shipping at $16.  I figure that he's trying to make money on shipping in order to recoup some investment costs.

Dead horse, and I agree with everything that's been said. I'll add only a reminder that ebay and PayPal each take fees out of shipping. So he's not clearing an $11 profit. Net of fees, he's probably making less than $7, which, in thrift thread terms, may be basically a proxy. Does that make you feel better?

Edit: And no, it's not me. I am shut down for the holidays.
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

nest.gif I think I said the same thing, but in a nicer way.

 

It wasn't so much trying to be mean but more that I loved the poetic approach he took in the OP.

But yes you did say the same thing, you are always more delicate than I amlookaround.gif

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