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Yup it's the same.  I'm not one of the creative title types so unfortunately I can't help with that.  You are more than welcome to use the same lame title I did to sell mine: WILD Mens BURBERRY Blue Geometric 100% Silk Slim Fit Italy Shirt - Size 16.5 / 42

Thanks! Might go with something along those lines, just wasn't sure if the pattern had a specific name. Hopefully it did well for you!
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Thanks! Might go with something along those lines, just wasn't sure if the pattern had a specific name. Hopefully it did well for you!

 

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My shirt had a pretty decent run in the silk on the chest and still sold it for $75.  Assuming better condition I imagine you can get at least that.
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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post

If your listing is clear, organized, provides good photographs a long with all the necessary information, your return policy is a total after thought. For 3 months I offered returns. The 4 month I stopped. That month I doubled my Gross of all previous months, did absolutely nothing different. Fuck returns.

This.

If I even think I made a mistake on an item, the buyer gets a refund faster than they have a right to expect from a hobby seller. But for me that's pretty much that. Because eBay forces an all-or-nothing proposition on us for a return policy, I choose none. An unconditional return policy encourages low-information situationally-clueless buyers, and renters. I do not want the "business" of either of those groups; in fact, I actively discourage them by any means possible, and no returns is one layer in that effort.
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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post


In 5 days there is no point to 14 day returns... You have to start offering 30 day returns May 1st for the 20% Top Rated Seller bonus. I was charging 15% and still am now that I changed to a 30 day policy. I have only used it once on 7 returns, that guy was just an asshole and he opened the return then took 3 weeks to ship it back. I could have killed it after 5 days but forgot so wound up charging him the restocking fee.

From eBay:

"We're introducing a number of positive changes to selling on eBay -- changes which we hope will help you grow your business"

One of those changes is:

"to earn the Top Rated Plus discount and benefits, listings must offer a MINIMUM 30-day return policy with money back."
 
http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/top-rated.html
 
edit: Updated bonus to show it is 20% not 10% and added eBay mail

I didn't get this message, because I don't do or care about TRS, but I'm glad to see feeBay is consistent in strategic communications to sellers. I learned during my last go-around that whenever The Management says their changes are "positive" and designed to "help you," you better reach for the jumbo-size tube of K-Y, because you're about to take a John Holmes-sized hot beef injection, all the way.
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

I'm like this. I don't request feedback, ever. I often don't leave it. If a buyer requests it then I leave it for them. I have feedback of a little over 2000. Today a seller with over 23000 left me a request for feedback. Really? Do you need another A++++++++ BESTEST SELLER EVAR ON EBAY!!! XOXOXOXO feedback? What does it matter?

Shipping labels, by the way. I bought shipping labels from them. Put those fuckers in the mail to me and let's call it done.

Honestly, if I am evaluating a best offer from a potential buyer, I don't even bother to look at their pos FB, because as that's all a seller can leave, it's meaningless. I look at what kind of feedback they leave. If they appear in any way to be a PITA, I flush their bid and block em. Similarly, if a seller has 99.5% pos FB or more, that's all I really need to know. 0.5% is a reasonable margin of error because stuff happens, PITAs buy in haste and regret at leisure, etc. I do leave pos FB for sellers though, it just seems the courteous thing to do.
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I actually received a call from an Ebay CSR asking if I was aware of the changes regarding top rated sellers. We discussed the 30 day return policy and same or next day shipping. I explained to her that I am a "hobby" seller and told her that, because of some of the reasons that have been discussed here, I would maintain my no return policy and shipping within 3 business days.

 

I guess that I was just really surprised that they called me.

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Originally Posted by ark8712 View Post

I actually received a call from an Ebay CSR asking if I was aware of the changes regarding top rated sellers. We discussed the 30 day return policy and same or next day shipping. I explained to her that I am a "hobby" seller and told her that, because of some of the reasons that have been discussed here, I would maintain my no return policy and shipping within 3 business days.

I guess that I was just really surprised that they called me.

They called me too! Was surprised as well...
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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post


Edit: Sorry, you already have this equipment. Second suggestion, I would definitely update based on the ages of the rest of the stuff your working with, it's about that time. You definitely only need a single router, hell theres routers available that'll pick up your signal from a block away. A really good reliable router is absolutely worth the money. This way your vincity to your providers closest actual attena towers are is of far less concern/plays a far less of a role on impeding signal strength and speed.

I agree that I should probably upgrade since I'm at the end of the lifespan of most of it, but I'd rather replace it due to need than just because. I know little of router technology, especially the newest, but I thought I'd suffer the same potential pitfalls i.e.: range. Our house is 250+ years old and walls are thick. Ground floor are close to a 1m/3ft thick. Router is currently very central, but the range extenders immediately stopped the problem of sudden drops in streaming. I can also play videos outdoors without issue.
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I was in need of a new computer, so I went for a new 27" iMac 5K Retina with the fusion HD. It's beautiful.

There's nothing like new computer day. Anyway, I'd like to speed up everything, including internet. I remember you guys posting screenshots of your speed awhile ago and being insanely jealous. I probably come in last here, but I'm paying for 30mbit/s DL and 4mbit/s UL. When I test it, I'm actually averaging somewhere around 10/2.

For those that have incredible speeds, you don't know the pain of uploading pictures to SF.

My question, then, is for IT guys. I'm clearly not an IT guy, so if you have suggestions, please keep that in mind. Here is what I have:

- Cable modem (Scientific Atlanta DPC2505)
- Time Capsule from somewhere around 2011-2012 (2Tb). I moved an iTunes library onto it to use throughout the house, if it's relevant.
- 2 Netgear WiFi range extenders. The one on the top floor prevents streaming from dropping and the one on the ground floor carries the connection outside.
- Everything in the house is connected via WiFi

I'm paying around €27/month for my current speed. I can go up to 60/6 for €37/month and 150/10 for €57/month. Each of these plans are for 2 years and have an introductory special of €10/month for the first 6 months.

Obviously, browsing and doing normal stuff is no problem. I have AppleTVs in every room and we can stream from a central library/Netflix with few problems. We'll occasionally drop content/hit errors/low quality for some time, but it's nothing awful.

My question:
Where should I be putting my money to get the speed I desire? Is there a benefit to upgrading our modem/router? Would it be silly to jump to 60 or 150 mbit/s when I'm likely to get a fraction of that speed?

Any advice on where best to spend my money would be greatly appreciated!

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Thank you guys for your quick responses!

I'll have to test a few things tomorrow to see whether it's really on my end. To be honest, I always just assumed the advertised rate was just the max and that it was "normal" to get something a bit lower. I do thing my speed is a LOT lower than what it should be though.

To answer a couple of things:

It varies, going from 8-20. Right now, midnight my time, I hit 20Mbps DL, 2 UL. I can reliably get 2UL. When I signed up, I asked whether it would be consistent and was told that it should be. I feel as though it's slowed over time, but that could be because I have more devices/use it more.

My router does throw out a 5ghz signal and that definitely helps things that connect to it (iPad).

I need to connect to my modem directly. I had two Macbook Pros attempting to do it last night. Both had some mysterious errors and I sifted through pages and pages of a 5 year old thread on the topic before shelving it. I'll come back to it tomorrow to see if I can trace it.

On my most recent test, ping was 22ms, which I'd peg at average for me. Is that good, bad, or somewhere in the middle?

I'll certainly call my ISP, but I'll have to arm myself with some knowledge. If I don't, I'm sure they'll convince me to hang up thinking I'm some rube.

Thanks again for the helpful input, it's much appreciated. I'll run a few tests tomorrow and come back with the info.

So, I'm an idiot. I tested everything recommended: I tried two laptops connected with an ethernet cable, I have tested at all times throughout the morning/day/night, and tried a spare router just in case. I couldn't get anything past 20mbt/sec DL and 2 UL.

It dawned on me that maybe I signed up for a package that no longer exists...and I did. I currently pay the same price that I would get 30mbit/sec, but when I signed up for it, it was 20mbit/sec. Essentially, I'm getting exactly what is advertised. I will, however, call my ISP and ask whether they'd be willing to bump me up to 30 since I'm already paying that price.

Now, if I were to upgrade to one of the higher speeds, would it be worthwhile? Part of me feels that I should jump straight to 150/10 for €57. It's €10/month for the first 6 months, but is that overkill? Could I get away with 60/6 for €37 considering that's 3x as fast as what I currently have?

To clarify: we use the internet in all parts of the house...everything is connected and we'd be lost with it otherwise. We rarely turn on the TV without streaming something. Obviously, faster is better, but it's hard to judge what I "need" based only on numbers.
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

ump straight to 150/10 for €57. It's €10/month for the first 6 months, but is that overkill? Could I get away with 60/6 for €37 considering that's 3x as fast as what I currently have?

To clarify: we use the internet in all parts of the house...everything is connected and we'd be lost with it otherwise. We rarely turn on the TV without streaming something. Obviously, faster is better, but it's hard to judge what I "need" based only on numbers.

What you have is enough if everything works without any lag. 60/6 will give you a decent upload speed if you decide to go that route. Unless you play heavy streaming games/4k videos there is no real need for 150 mbps.

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What you have is enough if everything works without any lag. 60/6 will give you a decent upload speed if you decide to go that route. Unless you play heavy streaming games/4k videos there is no real need for 150 mbps.

This is not a man simply trying to purchase a router to set up his wireless in his studio apartment. He's unhappy with his speeds and want to optimize everything he can be in control of. Words like enough and if or decent, aren't what he's asking for. He wants to go fast like Ricky Bobby. If you ain't first your last. a 150 router is literally 70 bucks top with 2.4 ghz coverage. There's literally no reason not to upgrade.

 
Now, if I were to upgrade to one of the higher speeds, would it be worthwhile? Part of me feels that I should jump straight to 150/10 for €57. It's €10/month for the first 6 months, but is that overkill? Could I get away with 60/6 for €37 considering that's 3x as fast as what I currently have?

To clarify: we use the internet in all parts of the house...everything is connected and we'd be lost with it otherwise. We rarely turn on the TV without streaming something. Obviously, faster is better, but it's hard to judge what I "need" based only on numbers.

I bolded the two most important parts of what you said here and you answer your own question. When your entire home life is essentially entirely controled, centralized, relies on, purely on your internet service, why in the world would you go with anything less than the optimized route? It's not like you only find yourself online Sunday morning reading the Sunday paper with your coffee with an occassional weather check or something. If it runs your home than buy the best you can because why would you settle for anything less? don't ever cut corners on things in your life that you truly know are important and vitale, regardless of what they may be, ever. From what you have shared, your how should have goddamn fiber optic wiring and shit running through the walls. Spend the 80 bucks, buy the best router money can buy, then sign up for the best surface your are able to.

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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post

Spend the 80 bucks, buy the best router money can buy, then sign up for the best surface your are able to.

80 bucks for the best router money can buy?? I bought one of best home routers money could buy (at the time) in Dec and it was 200. CNET's top rated is 350.
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Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine View Post


80 bucks for the best router money can buy?? I bought one of best home routers money could buy (at the time) in Dec and it was 200. CNET's top rated is 350.

I'm sorry, my apologies, I didn't mean the best router you could by ing eneral in the world, I was strictly speaking in refernce to his specific maximum router qualitey he had mentioned, the 150, the best he could get, which is just about $80 tops, but no, not for a second would I assume that $80 dollars would be able to purchase the best possible piece of equipment in the world in general especially for something like an internet wireless router.

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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post
 

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I'm sorry, my apologies, I didn't mean the best router you could by ing eneral in the world, I was strictly speaking in refernce to his specific maximum router qualitey he had mentioned, the 150, the best he could get, which is just about $80 tops, but no, not for a second would I assume that $80 dollars would be able to purchase the best possible piece of equipment in the world in general especially for something like an internet wireless router.

I was referring to the internet plan not router capacity.

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 Part of me feels that I should jump straight to 150/10 for €57
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Well excellent we got a bunch of people all well intended trying tio help someone to optimize their internet but suggestion a bunch of equoiptment that is all name with numbers, however their strengths sizes abilities and every other properties they posess are also measured by numbers, the only other thing, I'll be the first to bow out because I more than likely know the least, thus most likely to be the one to confusse the most.

 

 

Just a last piece of advice, get the absoout without a dobut, fastest settup you can possbly buy....You'v never looked at your computer and wished your connection was a little slower, and your entire fucking life runs via the internet. GO fucking huge. I am bowing out.

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