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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post
 

:slayer: 


Thanks for making my life difficult...

So, earlier tonight I am working on some listings, when my wife calls from another room, "Robert, come look at this!" I walk in there expecting to have to sit through yet another silly cat video on youtube. Nope... not the case. She is looking at a website with great pictures of great clothing. She starts berating me for not being as professional as "this guy". For the better part of ten minutes, she explains how everything about this guy's listings are superior to mine. "He even has a website!" For reasons unknown, she had stumbled upon tailoredconsignment.com. Why couldn't it have been another damn cat video? In your "About" section, it shows that you are an "active member of Styleforum". She looked at me and asked, "Hey, do you know this guy?" I looked at her with the most sincere expression that I could muster and said, "Nope... Never heard of him." Finally, the inquisition stops and she goes back to youtube. :tounge:

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Has anybody used the Ebay valet service. Says you get 70% to 80% payout in two days after the sale. Seems like a good margin compared to consigners. Free shipping as well. I just got racks of stuff I need to dump. I may list it myself if i ever find time.
post #28548 of 30428
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Originally Posted by the2ndhandman View Post

Has anybody used the Ebay valet service. Says you get 70% to 80% payout in two days after the sale. Seems like a good margin compared to consigners. Free shipping as well. I just got racks of stuff I need to dump. I may list it myself if i ever find time.


yes but 70-80% of what price? you see what i'm getting at - are you paying for somebody else's bargain at a "good" margin?

 

i've wondered about valet myself, i thought that they used certain "approved" processors (Linda, etc). am also curious to see if anybody has experience...

post #28549 of 30428
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

I wanted to recommend a cart that I picked up at IKEA. A lot of their office stuff is functional and budget-friendly. They have these on clearance:




They were normally €50 but are on sale for €20. Really sturdy with nice wheels. I grabbed a couple for photo equipment and shipping supplies, since I'm always moving around. I'm going to get another one or two for my garage to carry tools.

It looks like they're $29.99 in the US, though I'm not sure if that's a sale price.

Edited to add: These aren't plastic, but metal and relatively heavy at 10kg/21lbs.

The name is "Råskog."

Austrian link (€20 price in-store): http://www.ikea.com/at/de/catalog/products/50227973/

US link ($29.99): http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50227973/


have the same one. Love it. It has batteries, camera, flash, pins, etc all where you need it. $30 US is a deal.

 

jb

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I should add, that unless I'm in a hotel, I always do submissions wired. 1000bt. Plugged in. Yep. connected. The refresh speed on GarageSale can be slow as can the uploads.

Going back a couple months, @HandersHund posted about getting a new iMac with the 27" screen and asked about broadband extensions (which all suck to one degree or another. see http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/).

I took my own advice and went to AT&T and told them I was moving carriers. Result? They came an installed their latest modem (supports gigabit speed), took me up to 45mbs internet, quit charging for DVR''s and in short, dropped my spend with them over $150 a month for what has been way faster service. .

It pays to check this every year. I put a calendar reminder for June 1 every year.

As a followup to this, I upgraded my speed with my ISP and got a new modem from them. I now reliably get 60mbps download and 6mbps upload. It's made a world of difference and I really appreciate all of the help you guys offered!
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@HansderHund thanks for the tip - had been looking for something like that.
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have the same one. Love it. It has batteries, camera, flash, pins, etc all where you need it. $30 US is a deal.

jb

My pleasure! As jebarne said, they are great. I was going to order a cart for my garage from one of the big brands that was going to be about 3x the price, so I'm happy to have found these.
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post
 

:slayer: 


Thanks for making my life difficult...

So, earlier tonight I am working on some listings, when my wife calls from another room, "Robert, come look at this!" I walk in there expecting to have to sit through yet another silly cat video on youtube. Nope... not the case. She is looking at a website with great pictures of great clothing. She starts berating me for not being as professional as "this guy". For the better part of ten minutes, she explains how everything about this guy's listings are superior to mine. "He even has a website!" For reasons unknown, she had stumbled upon tailoredconsignment.com. Why couldn't it have been another damn cat video? In your "About" section, it shows that you are an "active member of Styleforum". She looked at me and asked, "Hey, do you know this guy?" I looked at her with the most sincere expression that I could muster and said, "Nope... Never heard of him." Finally, the inquisition stops and she goes back to youtube. :tounge:

 

haha sorry :hide:

 

 

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Originally Posted by the2ndhandman View Post

Has anybody used the Ebay valet service. Says you get 70% to 80% payout in two days after the sale. Seems like a good margin compared to consigners. Free shipping as well. I just got racks of stuff I need to dump. I may list it myself if i ever find time.

I run Tailored Consignment (obviously from above lol)..... look at the above comment from @drlivingston who also sells really nice things and packs them 10x nicer then I ever could imagine. That's exactly why people send myself or one of the other professional Styleforum consignors their items (there are a handfull of top sellers here).  This is not saying to contact me but there is a different level of service and attention to detail that Styleforum members who are into mens clothing will do vs someone who is selling 10,000 items of kitchen wear, electronics, womens clothing, auto parts, etc will do. Do they know what a 3 roll 2 SAC is, why a Polo jacket made in Italy should be priced much higher then one made in the USA (usually), whats the difference between an actual Zegna made items and one that uses Zegna fabric for a no name tailor in China?

 

Would you rather 70% of $50 ($35) or 50% of $100 ($50)... See what you have in stock and then look up sold items on ebay, sorted high to low and see who actually sold the high priced items (anyone can list something high but you need to sell it to make it count). For say a preownd Canali blazer of which 569 sold in the last 90 days approx. I've sold 6 of the 10 highest sales prices. Scroll down and you will see only a handful of different sellers in the top spots http://www.ebay.com/sch/Blazers-Sport-Coats/3002/i.html?_from=R40&_sop=16&LH_ItemCondition=3000&_nkw=canali%20blazer&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

 

Polo Ralph Lauren 975 sold...7 out of the top 30 highest sales, etc.http://www.ebay.com/sch/Blazers-Sport-Coats/3002/i.html?_sop=16&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&_from=R40&_nkw=polo%20ralph%20lauren%20-purple&_dcat=3002&rt=nc&LH_ItemCondition=3000&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

 

I would research some of the guys here first before trying to save a few % with someone who dosent focus on mens clothing.

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^^^

 

i would add that there is the additional benefit of having a relationship where a direct channel is already established. without knowing how each and every pro here prefers to communicate i've found that StyFoers are a pretty open door bunch. 

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^^^

 

i would add that there is the additional benefit of having a relationship where a direct channel is already established. without knowing how each and every pro here prefers to communicate i've found that StyFoers are a pretty open door bunch. 

Great point.

 

Noted from ebay "What if I want to make a change to how one of my items is listed? Valets can't change a listing after the listing is published, but you can call the valets to cancel your listing and have your item returned to you."

 

- So the Valet leaves out the words "Purple Label" from the "Ralph Lauren" title and your only option is to have it returned.... :box:

 

 

To note a Valet should be able to list 100,000 items a month! (btw I think that is crazy and a huge exaggeration on ebay's part, but thats what they say)

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I looked those up when you mentioned them and I'm still undecided on what I want/need. I hadn't considered strobes as I didn't think they offered anything more.

Now, I'm not a photo guy. I really don't enjoy taking pictures, but I want to A) do it well (enough), and B) cut down time. In my current setup, certain colors are impossible to photograph (greens, to name one). Beyond that, I have to adjust pictures in order to correct the exposure/color.

To anyone that really knows photography, some basic questions:


  • Can I do just as well with continuous lighting vs strobes?
  • How many strobes do I need?
  • Are speed lights inferior to strobes?
  • What exactly do I need to wirelessly setup strobes?
  • If, by any chance, you happen to know what I need in German, that would be even more helpful!

Basically, I'm not into photography as a hobby, so I need someone to say "buy this," or "don't buy that."

Thank you to anyone with any helpful info!

Since you're around at the moment @Brianpore, could you offer any additional advice re: lighting? Of course, any other photo guys are welcome to chime in!
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

I looked those up when you mentioned them and I'm still undecided on what I want/need. I hadn't considered strobes as I didn't think they offered anything more.

Now, I'm not a photo guy. I really don't enjoy taking pictures, but I want to A) do it well (enough), and B) cut down time. In my current setup, certain colors are impossible to photograph (greens, to name one). Beyond that, I have to adjust pictures in order to correct the exposure/color.

To anyone that really knows photography, some basic questions:
 

  • Can I do just as well with continuous lighting vs strobes?
  • How many strobes do I need?
  • Are speed lights inferior to strobes?
  • What exactly do I need to wirelessly setup strobes?
  • If, by any chance, you happen to know what I need in German, that would be even more helpful!

Basically, I'm not into photography as a hobby, so I need someone to say "buy this," or "don't buy that."

Thank you to anyone with any helpful info!

Since you're around at the moment @Brianpore, could you offer any additional advice re: lighting? Of course, any other photo guys are welcome to chime in!
  • Can I do just as well with continuous lighting vs strobes? Yes you can for fun, if your doing 100's a week I would prob go with strobes for reasons I mentioned in the earlier post due to light power out put, coolness, color, etc
  • How many strobes do I need? IMO at least 3 of any light (i use to use 4 hot lights), you need 2 for the main object and one as a back/fill light which needs to be set or have a brighter bulb then the main lights if you want a pure white background. The amount of light (once you get enough for the main object) does not matter but it has to be 1-2 steps brighter then the main object into all 4 corners of the photo to get it all white or it will start to gray out
  • Are speed lights inferior to strobes? No clue sorry
  • What exactly do I need to wirelessly setup strobes? Depends on what lights you get and what camera you have. Higher end cameras will have the trigger built into the camera but most dont so you need a way to trigger the strobes. Some strobes also have a built in trigger (i think) but you'll need a receiving trigger and then a wire to connect the trigger to the strobe. Below is what I have. 

 

PC Male Sync to 3.5mm Plug Cable/Cord with Screw Lock for Studio Flash Light New

YONGNUO RF-603 II N3 Wireless Flash Trigger for Nikon D3000 D600 D7000 D5000 D90

  • If, by any chance, you happen to know what I need in German, that would be even more helpful! ----- I have a hard enough time with english usually.
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

  • Can I do just as well with continuous lighting vs strobes? Yes you can for fun, if your doing 100's a week I would prob go with strobes for reasons I mentioned in the earlier post due to light power out put, coolness, color, etc
  • How many strobes do I need? IMO at least 3 of any light (i use to use 4 hot lights), you need 2 for the main object and one as a back/fill light which needs to be set or have a brighter bulb then the main lights if you want a pure white background. The amount of light (once you get enough for the main object) does not matter but it has to be 1-2 steps brighter then the main object into all 4 corners of the photo to get it all white or it will start to gray out
  • Are speed lights inferior to strobes? No clue sorry
  • What exactly do I need to wirelessly setup strobes? Depends on what lights you get and what camera you have. Higher end cameras will have the trigger built into the camera but most dont so you need a way to trigger the strobes. Some strobes also have a built in trigger (i think) but you'll need a receiving trigger and then a wire to connect the trigger to the strobe. Below is what I have. 

PC Male Sync to 3.5mm Plug Cable/Cord with Screw Lock for Studio Flash Light New



YONGNUO RF-603 II N3 Wireless Flash Trigger for Nikon D3000 D600 D7000 D5000 D90


  • If, by any chance, you happen to know what I need in German, that would be even more helpful!
    I have a hard enough time with english usually.

Thanks a lot for your helpful info, Brian! It's incredibly useful for a guy like me that's out of his element with photo stuff!
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Originally Posted by the2ndhandman View Post

Has anybody used the Ebay valet service. Says you get 70% to 80% payout in two days after the sale. Seems like a good margin compared to consigners. Free shipping as well. I just got racks of stuff I need to dump. I may list it myself if i ever find time.


I've made some great e-thrifts from eBay valets . . .

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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post
 
  • Can I do just as well with continuous lighting vs strobes? Yes you can for fun, if your doing 100's a week I would prob go with strobes for reasons I mentioned in the earlier post due to light power out put, coolness, color, etc
  • How many strobes do I need? IMO at least 3 of any light (i use to use 4 hot lights), you need 2 for the main object and one as a back/fill light which needs to be set or have a brighter bulb then the main lights if you want a pure white background. The amount of light (once you get enough for the main object) does not matter but it has to be 1-2 steps brighter then the main object into all 4 corners of the photo to get it all white or it will start to gray out
  • Are speed lights inferior to strobes? No clue sorry
  • What exactly do I need to wirelessly setup strobes? Depends on what lights you get and what camera you have. Higher end cameras will have the trigger built into the camera but most dont so you need a way to trigger the strobes. Some strobes also have a built in trigger (i think) but you'll need a receiving trigger and then a wire to connect the trigger to the strobe. Below is what I have. 
 

PC Male Sync to 3.5mm Plug Cable/Cord with Screw Lock for Studio Flash Light New

 

YONGNUO RF-603 II N3 Wireless Flash Trigger for Nikon D3000 D600 D7000 D5000 D90

 
  • If, by any chance, you happen to know what I need in German, that would be even more helpful!
    I have a hard enough time with english usually.

Thanks a lot for your helpful info, Brian! It's incredibly useful for a guy like me that's out of his element with photo stuff!

To note, I like a white background but you can prob get away with 2, one on either side hitting the object if you are going with anything besides pure white background.

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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

To note, I like a white background but you can prob get away with 2, one on either side hitting the object if you are going with anything besides pure white background.

I like a white background as well, but I'd be willing to experiment. I'm currently using a homemade setup I did on the cheap. Would it be a terrible idea to go with one of the many sellers on ebay doing package deals that are dirt cheap?

I'd love to redo the entire thing for €500, but can add to the budget if necessary. How would you spend it?
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Originally Posted by ReubenR View Post
 


I've made some great e-thrifts from eBay valets . . .

Exactly, while I might consider giving the eBay valets a pile of office supplies or other commodity that i picked up at auction, when it comes to our kind of clothing, they usually don't know what they have and are too willing to sell it fast.  I know I picked up some things from one where I hit Buy really quickly since they clearly didn't understand the market price.

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