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post #2386 of 14145
I already sent another message offering the exchange and said I'd give her the original shipping back frown.gif Frustrating because I don't see how it could be used unless it really had been a return to the store or she's trying to swap an old drive.

Definitely don't envy those that rely on ebay for their income.
post #2387 of 14145
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What country is the buyer from?

U.S.

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Sounds like he always planned to return and only paid to avoid the mark on his account. Time to wait for his reason...

Quality and fit. The measurements are clearly stated and the jacket is essentially flawless. He did not go deeper than quality and fit. I don't want the jacket back I have too much stuff in my room as it is. lol8[1].gif

post #2388 of 14145
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I'm not sure how many EU based sellers there are or possible lurkers, but I recently switched to Hermes Paket Service from the Austrian Post. They ship to most of the EU and tracking and insurance is included. The prices are cheaper than the Austrian Post and the site is easier to navigate. They price things logically and simply. There are 3 sizes from which to choose, up to 25kg (I believe) for each. Shipping from Austria to Germany is cheaper than the rest of the EU, but all of the other prices are standard.

An account is easy to set up and you then just print labels directly. You don't pay for a label until you drop it off (or schedule a pick up). I have a place close to me that accepts their packages, so it's incredibly convenient. I've been able to refund a lot of my EU buyers a few euros as a result. I think it helps me stay competitive.

I grew tired of using the Post. Their rates weren't logical...it cost the same to send something immediately over the border to Germany as it did to the UK or Spain. Hermes is a German company and therefore has more connections in Germany. It comes out about €6.50 cheaper for each small package. Delivery times seem very good and they'll even attempt to deliver it 4 (!) times to German addresses.

Outside of the EU, I still use the Post. It's a bit more of a hassle and pricey, but also reliable. I just thought that info would help out a couple of the EU shippers!
post #2389 of 14145
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I also thought I'd share my source for boxes. I use this Austrian seller:
http://stores.ebay.at/VERPACKUNGSTEAM?_trksid=p4340.l2563

I picked up 50 boxes that are 350mm x 290mm x 130mm for €42.43. I did the smallest quantity order just to test the company. Boxes aren't super luxe but more than adequate. I'll do larger orders in the future to get that price down. I'm sure I could find cheaper boxes elsewhere, but this seller was very communicative and relatively close to me so it arrived quickly. The size is just right for a suit and 2-3 shirts. The size also works for Hermes Paket's "small" dimension which is also the cheapest.

I bag everything and recently used this German seller:
http://stores.ebay.at/fa-ars?_trksid=p4340.l2563

I bought 400mm x 600mm self-adhesive bags. They fit jackets or a pair of shoes easily. The problem is that I paid more for the self-adhesive bags but received the normal ones (about half the price). I emailed them and they requested pictures (why?!) of the bags. I sent them pictures and said I had started using the ones they sent as I was out. They said they'll send the proper bags to me. If they do, they'll keep my business and I'll place a larger order. If they don't, I'll move on to another seller.

For tape, padded envelopes and shipping label windows, I use this German seller:
http://stores.ebay.at/BB-Verpackungen?_trksid=p4340.l2563

Fair prices and combines shipping on items. Communicates well and is willing to put together custom quantities.

In the end, I want to be sure that the item is packed well in the event that it gets crushed or wet. I also keep costs in mind and try not to pass more than 50% of the packaging costs on to the buyer. A packed suit will cost under €1.50. I'll charge €0.75 to the buyer on top of the actual shipping costs. If they attempt to point out my shipping prices, I point them to the relevant calculator and explain that €0.75 covers the cost of packing materials. I don't hear most people complain after the explanation.

I could do it a bit cheaper, but I'm fairly happy with these costs at this time. I may consider making larger orders (12 months of packaging rather than the current 6 months), but I'd only do that when I increase my selling.

I'd love to hear from anyone else as far as their packing costs.
post #2390 of 14145
Quick question, priority mail / express mail to Canada will have tracking right? Any with sig confirmations. Wiling to sell some Aldens to Canada but want to make sure as I've gotten too many "lost" first class mail packages
post #2391 of 14145
it will have tracking, we can track the package using USPS or Canada Post website. However.....sometimes someone along the shipping process will forget to scan the item and it could be "stalled" online at some location even if the package has been delivered. I bought a suit from GQHustler a few years ago and I received it while the tracking said it was held in customs in Vancouver. If you're sending to someone in Calgary I could help you out.
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Quick question, priority mail / express mail to Canada will have tracking right? Any with sig confirmations. Wiling to sell some Aldens to Canada but want to make sure as I've gotten too many "lost" first class mail packages
post #2392 of 14145
Is there any way to offer Regional Rate Priority as a shipping option for buyers? I don't see it listed. Is the best current method (until Ebay makes that an option) just to offer another priority mail service and then pocket the difference (or refund it to the buyer)?
post #2393 of 14145

Call me old fashioned, but this buyer's inability to put together a normal sentence worries me. Considering the $200+ suit he just purchased.

 

 

Dear weso0119,

could u pls leave feedback now cos i paid u n u are the only seller that gives me hard time to leave feedback.

 

 

I left feedback immediately after payment was made, and I don't hassle buyers to leave feedback, so I have no idea what he is talking about. 

post #2394 of 14145
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Call me old fashioned, but this buyer's inability to put together a normal sentence worries me. Considering the $200+ suit he just purchased.

 

 

Dear weso0119,

could u pls leave feedback now cos i paid u n u are the only seller that gives me hard time to leave feedback.

 

 

I left feedback immediately after payment was made, and I don't hassle buyers to leave feedback, so I have no idea what he is talking about. 

 

Yeah, that is strange.

 

If it makes you feel better, I had a buyer send me a question about an item. I couldn't understand it at all. He purchased anyway and left positive feedback The feedback?

 

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I lkd da swetr enuf to by it bt noone evr answrd my questn on fit. fst shpng tho
post #2395 of 14145
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Yeah, that is strange.

 

If it makes you feel better, I had a buyer send me a question about an item. I couldn't understand it at all. He purchased anyway and left positive feedback The feedback?

 

I wndr f it b da sam guy?

post #2396 of 14145
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Call me old fashioned, but this buyer's inability to put together a normal sentence worries me. Considering the $200+ suit he just purchased.


Dear weso0119,


could u pls leave feedback now cos i paid u n u are the only seller that gives me hard time to leave feedback.



I left feedback immediately after payment was made, and I don't hassle buyers to leave feedback, so I have no idea what he is talking about. 

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Originally Posted by Dolfan954 View Post

Yeah, that is strange.

If it makes you feel better, I had a buyer send me a question about an item. I couldn't understand it at all. He purchased anyway and left positive feedback The feedback?

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

I wndr f it b da sam guy?

Let's not leap to conclusions and assume it's some idiot, it could actually be a brilliant cat.
post #2397 of 14145
...or a roomful of monkeys on their way to some Shakespeare.
post #2398 of 14145
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Let's not leap to conclusions and assume it's some idiot, it could actually be a brilliant cat.

The largest cat I have seen only wore a 34 Long. This was a 44R.

post #2399 of 14145
This didnt get weird, or anything.
post #2400 of 14145
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The largest cat I have seen only wore a 34 Long. This was a 44R.

I now have the image of a mountain lion in a red hunt coat in my head.
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