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post #2731 of 16759
Phew. Just finished my taxes. Was prepared to owe about $6k.

Somehow forgot that I had increased my tax withholding on my "real" job paycheck. Add to that, I quadrupled the size of my home office and took better track of my spending and mileage with the use of outright......and

Turns out i only owe about $150! Feels like I just got paid $5850.
post #2732 of 16759
I remember doing taxes on the paper form. It was like a roller coaster: the numbers go up, up, up, then down then up then down again, then through a loop. I always needed Immodium as it went into the home stretch.
post #2733 of 16759

I'm praying I dont owe too much. They are getting done next week peepwall[1].gif

post #2734 of 16759
BTW, dudes, I was talking a few days ago to my wife's uncle, who has a bunch of years in the USPS, including the "lost packages" division. He recommended that I include a copy of the shipping label inside the package, just in case the outside one gets too mangled or ripped off. He said they would do everything they could to discern either the destination or return address first from what they can find on the outside. Failing that, if they can tell there's a second copy inside -- they won't open a compromised package unless it's already been ripped open -- they will check that and use it to get it to its destination. So I've been printing and packing a second copy of the shipping label inside the package.
post #2735 of 16759
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Phew. Just finished my taxes. Was prepared to owe about $6k.

Somehow forgot that I had increased my tax withholding on my "real" job paycheck. Add to that, I quadrupled the size of my home office and took better track of my spending and mileage with the use of outright......and

Turns out i only owe about $150! Feels like I just got paid $5850.

That is a fucking awesome feeling man! Congrats.

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

BTW, dudes, I was talking a few days ago to my wife's uncle, who has a bunch of years in the USPS, including the "lost packages" division. He recommended that I include a copy of the shipping label inside the package, just in case the outside one gets too mangled or ripped off. He said they would do everything they could to discern either the destination or return address first from what they can find on the outside. Failing that, if they can tell there's a second copy inside -- they won't open a compromised package unless it's already been ripped open -- they will check that and use it to get it to its destination. So I've been printing and packing a second copy of the shipping label inside the package.

FWIW, Ive shipped like 10,000 packages and they lost like, three. Im good on those odds. (watch me lose a package this week)
post #2736 of 16759
A buyer messaged me saying he hasn't got his package yet. USPS tracking shows it as being delivered two weeks ago.

He seems genuine and trustworthy and everything, but I kinda feel like he should contact USPS before I issue him a refund, is this a seller faux pas?
post #2737 of 16759
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


That is a fucking awesome feeling man! Congrats.
FWIW, Ive shipped like 10,000 packages and they lost like, three. Im good on those odds. (watch me lose a package this week)

A.  It definitely feels great....but makes me skeptical too. I will be double/triple checking this week.

B.  In 8 years, I never had a lost package until this year...I have had 4 missing parcels since January. baldy[1].gif I blame it on all the recent USPS changes and cut backs.

  • First was a return to me from a SF member....no biggie. It went out for delivery to my house a month ago and apparently didn't survive the 2 block ride from the P.O. to my front door.
  • Second was a HF Loro Piana Suit, sold for $180. Went to an apartment complex with one of those mailbox banks. Someone else must have grabbed it. The apartment management company refunded the guy his money!!! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
  • Third package still currently lost in Russia somewhere.
  • Fourth was my Brioni SC. Sold for $280, notice was left, guy didn't get the notice. He went to the P.O. and package wasn't there. I called the P.O., package isn't there. They have no clue. Still a couple days before I can open the insurance claim. Should be covered with no problems.

 

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Originally Posted by ruben View Post

A buyer messaged me saying he hasn't got his package yet. USPS tracking shows it as being delivered two weeks ago.

He seems genuine and trustworthy and everything, but I kinda feel like he should contact USPS before I issue him a refund, is this a seller faux pas?

 

That is a completely reasonable request. Many times, the carrier will remember dropping it off, especially if they are not usually receiving packages. Ask them if they live in a community with a bank of mail boxes. Sometimes the packages get put in a large package section and the mail carrier forgets to put the key in the recipients normal mail slot. This has happened with my packages a few times.


Edited by capnwes - 3/25/13 at 7:18am
post #2738 of 16759
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Phew. Just finished my taxes. Was prepared to owe about $6k.

Somehow forgot that I had increased my tax withholding on my "real" job paycheck. Add to that, I quadrupled the size of my home office and took better track of my spending and mileage with the use of outright......and

Turns out i only owe about $150! Feels like I just got paid $5850.

I just started using outright and entered all of my COGS for Jan-March. Considering that it's free, it's going to be a lot easier come tax time. I think the easiest way to do it is waiting till the item sells, copy the item description from the income section, then add it to COGS by pasting it into the expense section (so the names match identically). It's my understanding that, for tax purposes, you recognize the cost of the item when the item sells, not when the cost is incurred by you.
post #2739 of 16759
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Originally Posted by ruben View Post

A buyer messaged me saying he hasn't got his package yet. USPS tracking shows it as being delivered two weeks ago.

He seems genuine and trustworthy and everything, but I kinda feel like he should contact USPS before I issue him a refund, is this a seller faux pas?

 

No. If the carrier shows it as delivered, you did your job properly. I'm not sure I'd even issue a refund in that situation.

post #2740 of 16759
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

BTW, dudes, I was talking a few days ago to my wife's uncle, who has a bunch of years in the USPS, including the "lost packages" division. He recommended that I include a copy of the shipping label inside the package, just in case the outside one gets too mangled or ripped off. He said they would do everything they could to discern either the destination or return address first from what they can find on the outside. Failing that, if they can tell there's a second copy inside -- they won't open a compromised package unless it's already been ripped open -- they will check that and use it to get it to its destination. So I've been printing and packing a second copy of the shipping label inside the package.

I know this might be a stretch but I could not resist asking after seeing 'lost package' division, etc.
Have a package coming into USA from overseas. USPS had it, last tracking was 3/14, processing in a sort facility and I think going out. Nothing since. Also,
it was 'missent' right before that, 3/12. Any advice from your uncle, wise in the dark arts of USPS package relocation, or whomever?

They have totally passed the buck telling me the sender must issue a notice on his end so they will do something. Obviously, them having noted nothing for 2 weeks is not a valid enough
reason to make an effort on their end.
That makes zero sense but is not completely surprising.

Any advice appreciated.
post #2741 of 16759
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

 

Apparently eBay makes a profit on it, else why would they even bother, right. 

 

Because the prices will go higher due to more exposure.

 

I have used the GSP at least 20 times now and I am fine with it. If someone doesn't want to purchase because they have to pay true customs charges, so be it.

 

I know others will disagree and I have made my peace with that. 

post #2742 of 16759
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Originally Posted by ruben View Post

A buyer messaged me saying he hasn't got his package yet. USPS tracking shows it as being delivered two weeks ago.

He seems genuine and trustworthy and everything, but I kinda feel like he should contact USPS before I issue him a refund, is this a seller faux pas?

My only negative feedback in the last 10 years is from this happening. They guy was a jerk to start with so I told him too bad and to take it up with the post office or police department. I spoke with the actual mail man who delivered the packaged in his town on the phone and he said that he remembered dropping it off.  The buyer opened a case and obviously I won with ebay/paypal as the item showed delivered. Guy left negative feedback and I left a response with the date shipped, date delivered and tracking number. Nothing more I can do, but I wasnt about to refund the guy anything. Not a single buyer ever asked about it and I highly doubt it kept anyone from buying something I had listed.

post #2743 of 16759

Had posted these elsewhere but thought fitting for this thread. I've changed it up a little for ties and dont cut anything in half but same basic way.

 

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post #2744 of 16759

Got a weird one today, sold a sweater, fits right in with what the buyer is always purchasing...I get message today from him

 

I received an email stating that I need to pay for this item! I regret to inform you that I did not bid on this sweater or authorized anyone in my family to bid on this sweater on my behalf! I related this fraudulent matter to Ebay corporate affairs on my behalf and yours!
Kindest Regards

 

What's my next move?

 

Thanks guys

post #2745 of 16759
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Originally Posted by Tweets View Post

Got a weird one today, sold a sweater, fits right in with what the buyer is always purchasing...I get message today from him

 

I received an email stating that I need to pay for this item! I regret to inform you that I did not bid on this sweater or authorized anyone in my family to bid on this sweater on my behalf! I related this fraudulent matter to Ebay corporate affairs on my behalf and yours!
Kindest Regards

 

What's my next move?

 

Thanks guys

He didnt pay, you still have sweater? Just accept and relist. Nothing you can do and no point to try. Welcome to ebay lol8[1].gif

 

As with most things in life, its not always lowering the price but finding the right buyer as this was listed 10/13/12.... had multiple offers for 1/2 the BIN price and would have accepted an offer in the 75-80% range, BUT today someone comes and uses BIN and already am paid Hermes Blue & Red Tie icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
 

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