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How long does it take to list shirts? When I look at sellers sold listings I find usually more shirts sold than anything else and usually 30 to 60 so doesn't seem so bad profit wise?

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Originally Posted by Spruce Moose View Post
 

How long does it take to list shirts? When I look at sellers sold listings I find usually more shirts sold than anything else and usually 30 to 60 so doesn't seem so bad profit wise?

Like everything it depends.... in general if items come in on consignment you need to button all the buttons (not a long time but do that for 60 shirts and it adds up), tag, iron, fold, store, prep photos, do listing, inventory.... sold pack & ship. All for a $50 shirt is usually not worth it when you can do the same or less work for a $100-200 jacket. 

 

Edit: PS - 6,999 post!


Edited by Brianpore - Today at 8:51 am
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Originally Posted by Spruce Moose View Post
 

How long does it take to list shirts? When I look at sellers sold listings I find usually more shirts sold than anything else and usually 30 to 60 so doesn't seem so bad profit wise?


There is more to the equation than just the time involved in listing.

  • They are usually wrinkled from the handling at the thrifts and need special attention
  • Unlike sport coats / suit jackets, shirts come in direct contact with skin and will often have some minor discoloration
  • Nicer buttons tend to be brittle
  • They simply do not look good on a mannequin
  • Too many size variables (and multiple measurements required)
  • The endless questions from buyers about certain measurements
  • etc. etc.
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I have a buying question: I have a list of more than a dozen sellers that I follow (probably all of you regulars in the thread). Is is possible to browse the items being sold by all those sellers simultaneously, by category, instead of having to go to one seller at a time?

 

I want to be able to make a mega-store of all of you and filter items by category.

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Originally Posted by flvinny521 View Post
 

I have a buying question: I have a list of more than a dozen sellers that I follow (probably all of you regulars in the thread). Is is possible to browse the items being sold by all those sellers simultaneously, by category, instead of having to go to one seller at a time?

 

I want to be able to make a mega-store of all of you and filter items by category.

You can't do it on ebay that I'm aware, BUT there was a Styleforum member @briancpotter  who had a really nice site to filter out the junk and only searched quality sellers

 

http://www.haberdashboard.com/

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Originally Posted by flvinny521 View Post

 
I have a buying question: I have a list of more than a dozen sellers that I follow (probably all of you regulars in the thread). Is is possible to browse the items being sold by all those sellers simultaneously, by category, instead of having to go to one seller at a time?

I want to be able to make a mega-store of all of you and filter items by category.

If you go to the advanced search page, and enter in only the seller ID's you want to see, you can get a combined list of multiple sellers.  However, it doesn't seem to work (or maybe you need to add quotes or something) for sellers who have dashes or other special characters in their seller name.
For example, this search includes baleric1, rolledcollar, and zelda58...and from there you can filter in/out certain categories etc.

Edit: hmm - seems to only work on computer, not mobile.
Edited by TheNeedMachine - Today at 10:21 am
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The upside to shirts, as a non-consignment person: They're low hanging fruit, I can pick up 10 shirts at a store that I find zero suits/sport coats.  Finding zero suits and sport coats is happening more and more often.  They take me slightly less time to list than a sport coat, there's fewer sizes, they're a few dollars cheaper to ship.  Yeah, they are more prone to stains, but there's less to inspect, and there is less of a loss if you find a hole/stain you missed at the store.  Obviously way lower ROI for the time, but If I relied on suits and sport coats, I'd have nothing to list.

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Originally Posted by double00 View Post
 

tbh, this is surprising to me. just seems like a can of worms, both in terms of communication and in the event something goes wrong. i assume as far as your concerned either works equally well? 

 

 

Sample of a tie listing from a recently uploaded auction. I've probably sold 300+ ties, and have only had one returned.

 

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^ good to know!

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My biggest sale! Buyer in Luxenbourg. Ebay only has the First Class option (which I won't be using), but paypal has the Priority Express International option, thankfully.

 

Couple of questions.

 

1) Should I be worried that ebay doesn't have express international option to Luxembourg? Any problems with tracking, etc. that I don't know about?

2) Can I print a label on paypal and add on insurance at the post office? I seem to remember that for items more than $500 you can't buy USPS insurance online, you'd have to go to the PO. But can they just insure something without generating a shipping label first?

 

Would appreciate any tips. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Reosymes View Post

My biggest sale! Buyer in Luxenbourg. Ebay only has the First Class option (which I won't be using), but paypal has the Priority Express International option, thankfully.

Couple of questions.

1) Should I be worried that ebay doesn't have express international option to Luxembourg? Any problems with tracking, etc. that I don't know about?
2) Can I print a label on paypal and add on insurance at the post office? I seem to remember that for items more than $500 you can't buy USPS insurance online, you'd have to go to the PO. But can they just insure something without generating a shipping label first?

Would appreciate any tips. Thanks!

Congrats. Use the PP Express option for sure. nothing to worry about on eBays end, it syncs automatically. You'll have to buy insurance if you want it separately at the PO which is kind of a pain in the ass as they have to weigh it, subtract what you already paid, etc. it takes a bit. (I personally wouldn't add insurance separately, express covers door to door, but YMMV)
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post
 

You can't do it on ebay that I'm aware, BUT there was a Styleforum member @briancpotter  who had a really nice site to filter out the junk and only searched quality sellers

 

http://www.haberdashboard.com/

 

Excellent site, I'll make good use of this for sure.

 

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Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine View Post

If you go to the advanced search page, and enter in only the seller ID's you want to see, you can get a combined list of multiple sellers.  However, it doesn't seem to work (or maybe you need to add quotes or something) for sellers who have dashes or other special characters in their seller name.
For example, this search includes baleric1, rolledcollar, and zelda58...and from there you can filter in/out certain categories etc.

Edit: hmm - seems to only work on computer, not mobile.

 

Very cool, thank you for the tip. I normally do my serious browsing on PC and mobile after I've bid to keep tabs.

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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


Congrats. Use the PP Express option for sure. nothing to worry about on eBays end, it syncs automatically. You'll have to buy insurance if you want it separately at the PO which is kind of a pain in the ass as they have to weigh it, subtract what you already paid, etc. it takes a bit. (I personally wouldn't add insurance separately, express covers door to door, but YMMV)

 

Thanks, Spoo. That helps a lot.

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Originally Posted by ClosetEvolution View Post

Oh sages of eBay, I beseech you, What is the best packaging method for shipping ties? 😉

I get 4x4x4 boxes off Amazon for cheap.. Roll the tie up, put in ziplock bag, put in box, ship first class for $2.60
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