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My scanning / tracking improved when I signed up for a My USPS account, and I scheduled my pickups while signed in. But, my local carrier always already scanned all of them when picking up. From what I've read, they are not required to, but they should still be scanned the same day when they reach the post office for acceptance and sorting.

Outside of that, you can ship from usps click and ship, then generate a SCAN form, which the carrier IS required to scan when picking up packages...and that will show them all picked up in tracking. You only get the online discount, not any addl ebay/usps discount, and have to manually add tracking numbers on ebay.

In a perfect world, ebay shipping would have a way to generate a SCAN form for all your packages going out the next day.
post #26357 of 30470
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Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine View Post



In a perfect world, ebay shipping would have a way to generate a SCAN form for all your packages going out the next day.

 

It does. If you use the ebay bulk shipping tool it gives you an option to print the SCAN form along with the labels.

post #26358 of 30470
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Originally Posted by Reosymes View Post

It does. If you use the ebay bulk shipping tool it gives you an option to print the SCAN form along with the labels.

Perfect - then that should solve the OP's issue, since the carrier is required to scan it when picking up.
post #26359 of 30470

I received this message from a buyer who had accepted an offer a few days ago.

 

 

 

LOL... An unpaid item request is already open. 

post #26360 of 30470
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If it makes you feel better they don't scan them at the post office either. I've been seeing a slight decline in my upload time % but honestly there's nothing you can do except go there with every package and wait in line for a window and have them scan each one individually. eBay can't do shit and won't budge to help you not pay them more money, and the post office isn't going to stop being shitty. I'm not recommending that you do this but if it was imperative for me to keep my TRS and this was the obstacle, I'd simply leave a polite note on top of the packaages one morning for the postman politely exclaiming how imperative it is that these get scanned individually on pick up for my job, tape 20 bucks to it and allude to "more being where that came from." Can't be illegal cuz I'm not bribing the government employee to do anything outside of his job description, unethical, or illegal, hell I'm not even handing him the money. I'm just leaving it there for him to do with what he pleases with carefully worded note asking him to do his job a little better because it''s important for my job. I think that would lead to that percentage decreasing steadily. Then every other monday from there on out I'd have a 20 stickin out from under the bottom of the top package so he doesn't get complacent and knows I'm tracking. That's what i'd do to fix that dilemma. I'd probably run it by an attorney first but I'm not breaking any law so that's just a formality. And I just fixed my problem...or he leaves the money and the note and I'm back at where I started...Again, just stating what I would do to fix my problem

Yeah, when I do go to the post office I always have them give me a receipt so they have to scan it in.

 

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Originally Posted by vexco View Post
 

Do you guys schedule pickups? They scan my packages in when they're picking them up from my house.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post
 

That's what he was saying though, that he does that, but the postman doesn't scan them regularly, just pics em up. 

 

Yes, I schedule pickups almost every day.  It took a while to get them to even take the packages and only after I complained to the postmaster.  This was a while back though, they've been pretty good since then.

 

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I definitely schedule. When they scan the form, it meets the ebay requirement.

 

 

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Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine View Post

My scanning / tracking improved when I signed up for a My USPS account, and I scheduled my pickups while signed in. But, my local carrier always already scanned all of them when picking up. From what I've read, they are not required to, but they should still be scanned the same day when they reach the post office for acceptance and sorting.

Outside of that, you can ship from usps click and ship, then generate a SCAN form, which the carrier IS required to scan when picking up packages...and that will show them all picked up in tracking. You only get the online discount, not any addl ebay/usps discount, and have to manually add tracking numbers on ebay.

In a perfect world, ebay shipping would have a way to generate a SCAN form for all your packages going out the next day.

 

 

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Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine View Post


Perfect - then that should solve the OP's issue, since the carrier is required to scan it when picking up.

Did not know about the scan form.  I'll definitely look into this.  I usually skip that part and only print out the label portion to save space/paper, but I remember seeing that option when I go to print.  If you're printing for a single label though does that change at all?  Thanks everyone for the help!

post #26361 of 30470

Yeah, even if you have one package, the bulk shipping tool will generate a SCAN form for you.

post #26362 of 30470

Awesome, thanks!

post #26363 of 30470

I've had two returns recently for which eBay did not even offer me the option of sending a PDF of return postage. Is this something they have recently gotten rid of, or am I missing a link somehow? The first time, I thought maybe it was because I agreed to the return via my mobile app, but this second time I was at my desktop. No link, no option to send a prepaid label.

post #26364 of 30470
Have any of you shipped to Uganda before? Have a potential buyer who's interested in an Oxxford sport coat I have listed, but he sent me a message saying he's "posted in Uganda"... Has 114 of positive feedback, including one from Gooseguy, but it makes me nervous sending a $200 sale to Uganda. Appreciate the insight!
post #26365 of 30470
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Originally Posted by bpk1 View Post

Have any of you shipped to Uganda before? Have a potential buyer who's interested in an Oxxford sport coat I have listed, but he sent me a message saying he's "posted in Uganda"... Has 114 of positive feedback, including one from Gooseguy, but it makes me nervous sending a $200 sale to Uganda. Appreciate the insight!

 

If he's posted, then it might be military mail. If that's the case, it's not really like sending to Uganda. Or, he might be at an embassy, same thing.  I'd inquire further if I were you - what sort of address does he use?  I wouldn't hesitate to send to an embassy or APO/FPO. Otherwise...not a chance.

post #26366 of 30470

I have question for experienced eBay guys. I am very new to even buying on eBay, so help's appreciated.

I spotted an overcoat I really like, but the price is a bit higher then I would pay. Item is pre-owned... Listing is fixed price, without option to make an offer. Item sits there for a while, has 1 watcher (assuming it's me, so really 0). Is it reasonable to contact seller and ask for his best price or offer something I would be willing to pay, or is this a no-go (for any reason)?

 

Thanks

post #26367 of 30470
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Originally Posted by gs77 View Post
 

I have question for experienced eBay guys. I am very new to even buying on eBay, so help's appreciated.

I spotted an overcoat I really like, but the price is a bit higher then I would pay. Item is pre-owned... Listing is fixed price, without option to make an offer. Item sits there for a while, has 1 watcher (assuming it's me, so really 0). Is it reasonable to contact seller and ask for his best price or offer something I would be willing to pay, or is this a no-go (for any reason)?

 

Thanks

 

Since eBay has now implemented a way for sellers to 'send an offer' to certain kinds of inquiries, there's no reason for you not to send an offer. Personally, I dislike being asked for my 'best price' (and even less, 'what's the lowest price you'll accept for this' (I don't even answer those)) because I have put my original price up for a reason. But if you offer within 70% of the BIN price, I think a lot of sellers will accept that rather than have an item sit interminably.  At worst, they'll say no or counteroffer. At best, maybe you get yourself an overcoat you love. :)

post #26368 of 30470
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Originally Posted by gs77 View Post
 

I have question for experienced eBay guys. I am very new to even buying on eBay, so help's appreciated.

I spotted an overcoat I really like, but the price is a bit higher then I would pay. Item is pre-owned... Listing is fixed price, without option to make an offer. Item sits there for a while, has 1 watcher (assuming it's me, so really 0). Is it reasonable to contact seller and ask for his best price or offer something I would be willing to pay, or is this a no-go (for any reason)?

 

Thanks

 

 

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Originally Posted by Chotii View Post
 

 

Since eBay has now implemented a way for sellers to 'send an offer' to certain kinds of inquiries, there's no reason for you not to send an offer. Personally, I dislike being asked for my 'best price' (and even less, 'what's the lowest price you'll accept for this' (I don't even answer those)) because I have put my original price up for a reason. But if you offer within 70% of the BIN price, I think a lot of sellers will accept that rather than have an item sit interminably.  At worst, they'll say no or counteroffer. At best, maybe you get yourself an overcoat you love. :)

 

 

Just make sure to go to the item, and use the "ask seller a question" link at the bottom of the page - that way the seller knows what item you're asking about and can easily send you an offer (or counter-offer) back on that specific item.  The offer-by-message doesn't work if you just use the generic "contact seller" link.

 

Agreed - don't ask "what's the least you'd accept."  Make an offer.  The last time someone asked how low I'd go, I told them to make an offer, and - surprisingly - they did and it was reasonable and exactly what I was willing to discount it to.

post #26369 of 30470
I need advice on a shipping/return issue.
Buyer is new to eBay and didn't enter his apartment number with his shipping information. So, the sport coat I sent to him was undeliverable, and the tracking info says it was returned to sender--but the tracking info stops at that.
Quote:
Return to Sender
Jan-23-16, 12:23 PM, PALO ALTO, CA 94306

Insufficient Address
Jan-21-16, 14:08 PM, STANFORD, CA 94305

Undeliverable as Addressed
Jan-21-16, 11:56 AM, STANFORD, CA 94305

Notice Left
Jan-21-16, 09:42 AM, STANFORD, CA 94305

Arrived at Post Office
Jan-21-16, 08:58 AM, PALO ALTO, CA 94303

Departed USPS Facility
Jan-21-16, 02:02 AM, RICHMOND, CA 94804

Arrived at USPS Destination Facility
Jan-21-16, 01:01 AM, RICHMOND, CA 94804

Departed USPS Facility
Jan-19-16, 18:33 PM, SEATTLE, WA 98168

Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
Jan-19-16, 18:07 PM, SEATTLE, WA 98168

Departed Post Office
Jan-19-16, 15:42 PM, SEATTLE, WA 98115

Acceptance
Jan-19-16, 14:11 PM, SEATTLE, WA 98115

I haven't seen the package, and have no idea where it went after Palo Alto. Maybe it's still there, maybe it came to my shitty apartment building and someone stole it ... who knows?*
Buyer says he'd be happy to pay for shipping back to him, or wants a refund. Do I have to just eat it and give him a refund? He hasn't bugged me about it at all while I've been waiting for the sport coat to come back, but I'm sure the shoe's gonna drop.

*I have since updated my return address with a more secure location at my sister's house.
post #26370 of 30470
Avoid people paying with PayPal have had issues with them before! A lot of scammers use this method of purchasing and then canceling!
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