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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post
 

Two really quick questions, Googling has me going in multiple directions and I'm not sure where to start.

 

1. A good starting point or program to create custom Ebay listing description layouts, for someone who knows nothing about coding/programming.

 

2. Secure way to ship ties? Just a small padded envelope or does anyone use a specific size box to prevent smashing/creasing?
 

Thanks!

 

Also one to add to the block list: "shses" - Goes to the trouble of submitting multiple offers on a Brioni shirt I have, then doesn't pay when we agree on a price.

For shipping ties, I use the square approx. 7" x 7" disposable bubble packs that are used in lieu of shipping peanuts these days.

 

Simply wrap the tie around the bubble pack and place inside a padded envelope. As an extra layer of shipping security, I will wrap the tie/bubble pack with a thin layer of sheet foam or place inside a plastic shopping bag before putting it into the envelope. Fold the envelope over so the tie/bubble pack cannot shift in transit. The bubble pack keeps the tie from flattening/creasing.

 

I came across this method after one mediocre shipping comment and it has worked great. I have received several positive ebay comments because of it.

 

I can try and put together a little photo essay if anybody is interested.

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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post
 

Two really quick questions, Googling has me going in multiple directions and I'm not sure where to start.

 

1. A good starting point or program to create custom Ebay listing description layouts, for someone who knows nothing about coding/programming.

 

2. Secure way to ship ties? Just a small padded envelope or does anyone use a specific size box to prevent smashing/creasing?
 

Thanks!

 

Also one to add to the block list: "shses" - Goes to the trouble of submitting multiple offers on a Brioni shirt I have, then doesn't pay when we agree on a price.

1. GarageSale if you have a Mac. There are plenty of layout options and you can tweak them. 

 

2. Uline 3x3x4 boxes shipped first class. http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-4244/Corrugated-Boxes-200-Test/6-x-3-x-3-Long-Corrugated-Boxes?keywords=S-4244

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I used to ship ties first class but now ship everything priority (I'm extremely impatient and I assume others are as well). I charge $6.00 for shipping and ship ties in USPS small flat rate boxes.
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I used to ship ties first class but now ship everything priority (I'm extremely impatient and I assume others are as well). I charge $6.00 for shipping and ship ties in USPS small flat rate boxes.

I am in the opposite boat. I used to ship ties Priority, but with the high shipping costs, wasn't getting many bids. I switched to First Class and now my ties get bid up more often. It helps that I'm in the middle of the country so First Class is surprisingly fast. I imagine it would be much worse coast to coast. 

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I am in the opposite boat. I used to ship ties Priority, but with the high shipping costs, wasn't getting many bids. I switched to First Class and now my ties get bid up more often. It helps that I'm in the middle of the country so First Class is surprisingly fast. I imagine it would be much worse coast to coast. 

Seconded.

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Seconded.

Thirdsed
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fixed those shell cordovan loafers (Click to show)
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I'm hoping @capnwes will chime in, but I know he's busy and this is kind of his secret sauce. 

 

What can I do to bring back the heavily worn leather between the ripples here? I'm not concerned about the shiny parts. I am confident in bringing that back with a brush.

 

 

 

 

Is this where you finally use wax? Every guide out there says to keep anything other than brushing away from the shoes for 10-20 wears. These have obviously gone a long time without any help. Is it time to use wax? Should I use Saphir Reno to condition? 

 

Fixed it. I've seen the bone all over the web, but they're usually $30-40 and I didn't want to wait. Took a spoon, heated it in some hot water, wiped it off, applied a little neutral wax to the convex side, and rubbed in the wax with a lot of pressure. Whole process took like an hour.

 

Here's my result. Raised leather in regions between ripples is ~85% gone:

 

 

 

 

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that's really impressive, looks great!

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I used to ship ties first class but now ship everything priority (I'm extremely impatient and I assume others are as well). I charge $6.00 for shipping and ship ties in USPS small flat rate boxes.

 

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Originally Posted by My Main Man View Post
 

I am in the opposite boat. I used to ship ties Priority, but with the high shipping costs, wasn't getting many bids. I switched to First Class and now my ties get bid up more often. It helps that I'm in the middle of the country so First Class is surprisingly fast. I imagine it would be much worse coast to coast. 


I always have free shipping on ties. I utilize first class on domestic sales on ties less than $50 (complimentary upgrade to Priority on anything higher than that). And, unless I know the buyer, ALWAYS Priority for international shipping.

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Has anyone here dealt with an insurance claim for something damaged in shipping by USPS Priority? Is it a relatively easy and straightforward process, or a pain in the ass? I'm only looking at a $50 claim for something that I'll be out about $9 for if I just eat the loss, so trying to figure out if it's worth my time.

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Has anyone here dealt with an insurance claim for something damaged in shipping by USPS Priority? Is it a relatively easy and straightforward process, or a pain in the ass? I'm only looking at a $50 claim for something that I'll be out about $9 for if I just eat the loss, so trying to figure out if it's worth my time.

The one time in recent history I made a claim it was super simple. Slightly different claim though.

 

Sold a Xikar lighter and when it arrived to the buyer it had been opened and the lighter was gone but the packing material was still there. I refunded the buyer what he paid and made a claim with USPS for the same amount. Got a confirmation email that it was being processed and got a check a few weeks later. For $40 I'd do it

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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post
 

Has anyone here dealt with an insurance claim for something damaged in shipping by USPS Priority? Is it a relatively easy and straightforward process, or a pain in the ass? I'm only looking at a $50 claim for something that I'll be out about $9 for if I just eat the loss, so trying to figure out if it's worth my time.

 

I filed one for something that they just lost. It was a really quick and easy process, not a pain at all. Just fill out the stuff online, upload evidence of the damage, and they'll cut you a check and send it to you in the mail.

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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post
 

The one time in recent history I made a claim it was super simple. Slightly different claim though.

 

Sold a Xikar lighter and when it arrived to the buyer it had been opened and the lighter was gone but the packing material was still there. I refunded the buyer what he paid and made a claim with USPS for the same amount. Got a confirmation email that it was being processed and got a check a few weeks later. For $40 I'd do it

 

 

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I filed one for something that they just lost. It was a really quick and easy process, not a pain at all. Just fill out the stuff online, upload evidence of the damage, and they'll cut you a check and send it to you in the mail.

 

 

Thanks for the feedback. It looks like it should be an easy process.

 

Now I'm running into a snag in the process... My old address still populates into the form as my current shipping address and I am unable to edit it. My USPS profile has my current address... I need to call the Accounts department at USPS, but need a break from talking to the regular CS rep there for about 30 minutes...

 

 

EDIT... Problem seems to have been fixed now... But I need to wait two more days to file the claim, as they say I can't file until 7 days have passed from shipping date.

 

As for the valuation. Do they automatically cover $50 for Priority, or only the actual value including shipping if less?


Edited by Fueco - 5/10/16 at 9:28am
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1. GarageSale if you have a Mac. There are plenty of layout options and you can tweak them. 

 

2. Uline 3x3x4 boxes shipped first class. http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-4244/Corrugated-Boxes-200-Test/6-x-3-x-3-Long-Corrugated-Boxes?keywords=S-4244


1. Awesome, is this eBay "Manager" aspect of it pretty nice as well? Seems like an awesome program and definitely worth the $40 if things truly function as they claim.

 

2. Perfect! Something like that is exactly what I was looking for an can't beat the price.

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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post
 


1. Awesome, is this eBay "Manager" aspect of it pretty nice as well? Seems like an awesome program and definitely worth the $40 if things truly function as they claim.

 

2. Perfect! Something like that is exactly what I was looking for an can't beat the price.

 

I've been a strong garagesale user for a couple of years now and have always used the ebay site to monitor my auctions or any big picture stuff. Kicks the ass of any competition for listing though (no, really, nothing comes close and a couple people here have bought into OSX just to use it). 

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