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post #1651 of 18150

I would expect that suit to sell for $225 in a 10 day auction

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So here is a question I have, and something I find extremely painful when dealing on Ebay and buying things on forums like this.  Shipping always seems to be a problem when getting good from the US to Canada, where I live.  For some reason I end up paying about $20 to get a shirt shipped and about $40 for a suit.  Now that price is not that bad except that it seems to take 2-3 weeks for most of these items to arrive.  I have a small business that I run in Canada and for $25 I can next day ship goods from Toronto to anywhere in the US.  So why do I always get stuck having to wait such a long time, and does anyone (especially those from Canada) have any good way to get around this?

post #1653 of 18150

Move to the US...peepwall[1].gif

 

J/K

 

This is a point of frustration for us US sellers too. It really makes no sense for it to take so long, and be so expensive, to get to you. After all, the last time I checked we are still on the same continent.

post #1654 of 18150
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Originally Posted by table21 View Post

So here is a question I have, and something I find extremely painful when dealing on Ebay and buying things on forums like this.  Shipping always seems to be a problem when getting good from the US to Canada, where I live.  For some reason I end up paying about $20 to get a shirt shipped and about $40 for a suit.  Now that price is not that bad except that it seems to take 2-3 weeks for most of these items to arrive.  I have a small business that I run in Canada and for $25 I can next day ship goods from Toronto to anywhere in the US.  So why do I always get stuck having to wait such a long time, and does anyone (especially those from Canada) have any good way to get around this?

It's because you pay more in taxes to have stuff shipped faster nest.gif

post #1655 of 18150
(I'm cross-posting this question from the "ask a question, get an answer" quick-question thread. )

I don't intend to make selling on eBay a thing I do on the regular as an added source of income. But I do have some nice stuff that I'd like to sell, and I frequently come across good stuff in thrifts that I'd like to flip.

Is there a good rule of thumb for when it makes sense to
  • Sell it myself, as an inexperienced seller with not too many ratings
  • Consign it with someone experienced, probably from SF
  • Sell it on the B&S fora here

? I'd like to maximize profit to me. I don't want stuff to sit around forever, but I don't need to get it out of my house tomorrow or anything.

E.G. sell exotic high-end brands here; don't sell expensive stuff on eBay if you're not an experienced seller; sell stuff yourself if you expect it to got for less than $40, etc?

Forgive me if this has been addressed already; I did some searching but didn't find anything.
post #1656 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

It's because you pay more in taxes to have stuff shipped faster nest.gif

This is me thinking about USPS service: drool.gif

Free pick-up for some service levels, some free shipping materials, flat-rate service, Saturday delivery...

All that AND access to the largest ebay market.

/rant
post #1657 of 18150

The last second Christmas shopper rush has hit me!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

6 unexpected high BIN sales in the last 18 hours. Wish me luck to get them there on time. I offer no guarantees. 

post #1658 of 18150
I went ahead and listed on ebay through the holidays even though I had not had much success in the past during December.
Capnwes' recommended I use fixed price and best offer to protect my auctions.
I've had a very good month, thanks for the advice.
Now I must decide wether to stick w the fixed and best offer format or go back to auction, or do experimenting w a little bit of both.
post #1659 of 18150
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Originally Posted by MrDV View Post

I went ahead and listed on ebay through the holidays even though I had not had much success in the past during December.
Capnwes' recommended I use fixed price and best offer to protect my auctions.
I've had a very good month, thanks for the advice.
Now I must decide wether to stick w the fixed and best offer format or go back to auction, or do experimenting w a little bit of both.

I have found that both formats have their place. As I am sure that you have found,  I always allow a "Best Offer" option on the BIN format. You are going to get them via messages anyway, this just formalizes the process. I also recommend setting automatic decline / accept level to help save your time for low offers or ones that you feel that you would accept. 

post #1660 of 18150
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Originally Posted by yossi View Post

(I'm cross-posting this question from the "ask a question, get an answer" quick-question thread. )
I don't intend to make selling on eBay a thing I do on the regular as an added source of income. But I do have some nice stuff that I'd like to sell, and I frequently come across good stuff in thrifts that I'd like to flip.
Is there a good rule of thumb for when it makes sense to
  • Sell it myself, as an inexperienced seller with not too many ratings
  • Consign it with someone experienced, probably from SF
  • Sell it on the B&S fora here
? I'd like to maximize profit to me. I don't want stuff to sit around forever, but I don't need to get it out of my house tomorrow or anything.
E.G. sell exotic high-end brands here; don't sell expensive stuff on eBay if you're not an experienced seller; sell stuff yourself if you expect it to got for less than $40, etc?
Forgive me if this has been addressed already; I did some searching but didn't find anything.

I do not know a rule or guidline. If eBay selling is something that you really feel that you are able to do, by all means give it a shot. However, I would suggest that if your volume is less that 20 items a month or less that $1,000 per month, I would think that it is better to consign your items and do something else with your time. These are just my initial thoughts on the threshold amounts that for most people would work. Consignments are specialised, with Spoo specializing in the more high value items.

 

As you can see by this thread, one can spend a lot of time listing, selling, collecting, shipping, and dealing with the after sales side of the transactions. Ebay makes it more difficult now for the small time seller, i.e., holding your money for two weeks or more and limiting the items that you can list.

 

Hope that this helps and good luck.    

post #1661 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post


If everything sold at the BIN price it would be $898,003.74 over 450 items. lol8%5B1%5D.gif

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post #1662 of 18150
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post


If everything sold at the BIN price it would be $898,003.74 over 450 items. lol8%5B1%5D.gif


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I'd much rather have your inventory worship.gif

 

I'm sure your global sales are a lot better then mine.

post #1663 of 18150
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I'd much rather have your inventory worship.gif

I'm sure your global sales are a lot better then mine.

Are you kidding? All I have is some clothing and some shoes. You have a big ass barn in your inventory.
post #1664 of 18150
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Originally Posted by redsfaithful View Post

When someone buys something with a Buy It Now in the first day after listing do you assume you had it listed too cheaply? Or are you just glad for a quick transaction?

I am thinking I made a mistake here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221167578498?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649

I have found a few suits recently that seem completely unworn, pockets still sewn shut, etc. but am having a hard time pricing, because I know they still aren't NWOT. And on nicer labels it seems like there's such a huge range of prices. When I was looking at Canali sold listings it seemed like it ran the gamut from $100-$600. Any thoughts? I'm new at this obviously.

I bought 2 new Isaia shirts to resell at a BIN price and one sold in less than 8 hours. That was 2 months ago. The other is still listed. I've had other similar experiences with items that are closely related. I think a mix of quick transactions coupled with holding out on certain items for the right buyer makes sense.
post #1665 of 18150
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Originally Posted by ruben View Post

I've learned that it's useless to pickup anything, especially pants with an odd-numbered size.

This is an excellent point, and one which I have intended to mention. Odd sizes are slightly slower sellers on SF and bring significantly less on ebay.
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