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post #3331 of 16725
It's either a week or ten days, I always forget. You won't be able to close it until after that exact minute has passed.
post #3332 of 16725
You're pretty safe to relist early to be honest since you don't ship to his country anyways and I don't think there's a scenario where ebay would force you to complete the transaction with him given that.
post #3333 of 16725
FYI, Home Depot has halogen tripod stand worklights on sale for under $20 apiece with free in-store pickup. Mount an inexpensive umbrella or bounce the light off a wall, and they should work well for taking Ebay photos indoors.

I know we had some previous discussions about halogen not being the most ideal choice, color-temperature-wise, but for amateurs like me they should do fine.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-1000-Watt-Halogen-Work-Light-with-Tripod-WL500DPT-H/203082161?cm_mmc=CJ-_-4485850-_-10368321&AID=10368321&PID=4485850&SID=e7c8hMRtEeK7qobrTeAH1w0_uSYZ3_0_0_0&cj=true


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post #3334 of 16725

I have halogen work lights for other purposes (as work lights!) but have used them in a pinch for ebay. They run VERY hot though, in a small space in the summer you wouldn't be able to photograph for long.

post #3335 of 16725
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

FYI, Home Depot has halogen tripod stand worklights on sale for under $20 apiece with free in-store pickup. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Mount an inexpensive umbrella or bounce the light off a wall, and they should work well for taking Ebay photos indoors.

I know we had some previous discussions about halogen not being the most ideal choice, color-temperature-wise, but for amateurs like me they should do fine.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-1000-Watt-Halogen-Work-Light-with-Tripod-WL500DPT-H/203082161?cm_mmc=CJ-_-4485850-_-10368321&AID=10368321&PID=4485850&SID=e7c8hMRtEeK7qobrTeAH1w0_uSYZ3_0_0_0&cj=true


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That's a fantastic deal. I bought mine at Harbor Freight Tools and paid much more.

BUT:

I will warn you I've been sorely disappointed. Even my new Canon Rebel DSLR has trouble getting the whitebalance right under those lights. They add nothing to shots taken with flash -- the flash washes everything out to the same extent with or without them -- and they are insufficient to take shots with the flash turned off. I suppose I could try messing with the i settings and stuff, but as Org said, I'm just an amateur. So I'm still shooting under natural light in a 4 hour window on sunny mornings. ffffuuuu.gif


SEPARATE QUESTION:
I have a solid offer on these trou:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230986206299&ssPageName=ADME:L:BOWO:US:1123#ht_954wt_924
(full disclosure: Bought or traded from a guy here and rocked them until I finally realized they just don't fit me well (too tight at waist and too baggy in legs))

However, it seems like the guy hoovers up Kiton stuff, then spits it back out on the bay. Now, maybe he genuinely wants the trou. Or maybe he thinks he can double his money -- which, frankly, I don't begrudge, because I'd be doing A-OK at his offer price. But something seems funny. It's not like he leaves negative feedback or anything, but something just seems off. What do folks think the odds are that this guy is going to try to screw me and demand a partial refund or something crazy?
post #3336 of 16725
^ I wouldnt worry but thats a great name for a flipper lol8[1].gif
post #3337 of 16725
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

^ I wouldnt worry but thats a great name for a flipper lol8[1].gif
Especially given that I sell primarily MC. I was pretty proud of it when I thought of it.
post #3338 of 16725
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

Especially given that I sell primarily MC. I was pretty proud of it when I thought of it.

Oh thats YOU? lol8[1].gif I thought it was the guy who bought it from you and was reselling it. LOL, thats a good one. Well done.
post #3339 of 16725
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

It's interesting that his argument is based on the assumption that you should trust that he'll follow through on his promise to ship but he doesn't extend the same courtesy to you about refunding him the money.

FAIL!

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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

If it wasnt your fault (really) then you shoudnt even offer return shipping IMO, you should actually be charging them a restocking fee.

A big thanks again to all of the seasoned sellers that contribute to this thread. You guys are an invaluable resource.

I always like when people follow-up on situations, so I'll give a quick update.

We're still in the "negotiating" phase...not sure what it's really called. He opened the case but it hasn't gone to customer service yet. Anyway, I submitted a message to him saying that I'm still willing to give him a full refund + return shipping, but he must ship them to me first. I also said that came straight from ebay's customer service and he can contact them should he need further clarification. He hasn't responded to it, so we'll see.

Brian, I do feel as though I'm in the right, but I wasn't sure if I would win a case. The point of contention is the listed size. I have to use an EU size in the drop down menu in a listing even if there isn't an EU size. The shoes only had a UK size, so I compared them to two other pairs I was listing at the time that were the same listed size but also had an EU size. In the listing, I clearly stated that the sizing was UK, but as always added to check the measurements. I provided insole length and width.

I was surprised that the customer service woman told me that I was correct in this case. She read the listing and our messages and said that it's clear that the description says they're UK and that the measurements were given. She even said that it was clear that he hadn't really read the listing as he referred to US sizing in one of his messages to me.

The offer or paying for return shipping was simply out of goodwill/customer service. I thought it would end the debate, he'd see that he was at least partially wrong and that we'd move on and it would leave him with a positive impression. Doesn't seem to be the case as he's still firm that he's correct and I'm 100% wrong.

I think it's true what the ebay customer service woman said...you certainly can't please all buyers and there will, from time to time, be one that won't be happy with you no matter what. confused.gif

All in all, it's not a lot of money we're talking about here and it happens. It will likely happen again. It's just frustrating, as everyone here surely knows, to take the time to try to do everything right: from measurements to pictures and descriptions to post-sale communication, and then still worry about the consequences of a single negative feedback (loss of top rating, discounts on fees, etc.).
post #3340 of 16725
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

FYI, Home Depot has halogen tripod stand worklights on sale for under $20 apiece with free in-store pickup. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Mount an inexpensive umbrella or bounce the light off a wall, and they should work well for taking Ebay photos indoors.

I know we had some previous discussions about halogen not being the most ideal choice, color-temperature-wise, but for amateurs like me they should do fine.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-1000-Watt-Halogen-Work-Light-with-Tripod-WL500DPT-H/203082161?cm_mmc=CJ-_-4485850-_-10368321&AID=10368321&PID=4485850&SID=e7c8hMRtEeK7qobrTeAH1w0_uSYZ3_0_0_0&cj=true

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

That's a fantastic deal. I bought mine at Harbor Freight Tools and paid much more.

BUT:

I will warn you I've been sorely disappointed. Even my new Canon Rebel DSLR has trouble getting the whitebalance right under those lights. They add nothing to shots taken with flash -- the flash washes everything out to the same extent with or without them -- and they are insufficient to take shots with the flash turned off. I suppose I could try messing with the i settings and stuff, but as Org said, I'm just an amateur. So I'm still shooting under natural light in a 4 hour window on sunny mornings. ffffuuuu.gif


I have a similar light, though it only has a single lamp/bulb. I've had the same trouble as GMMcL. I'm an amateur, so it's likely a user error, but I can't seem to get the lighting right. When I use the lamp with a flash, everything is washed out/overexposed. When I use the lamp without the flash, everything is yellow.

Daylight is my friend and my photos still leave much to be desired.
post #3341 of 16725
Experienced guys, do you all use selling/listing software? Which is the best for you? I don't have a mac so no Garage sale mad.gif

I have been using the online listing on ebay and it's not that bad but there's gotta be faster ways. I tried the turbo lister ... but it's exactly like the online lister but offline. With my wife, we list like 30 items a week.

Thanks
post #3342 of 16725
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

When I use the lamp without the flash, everything is yellow.

What are you using to correct the white balance? I usually just shoot a gray card and then use that for WB. You can do it in camera (check your manual) or I usually do it as soon as I import into Lightroom. With the eye dropper tool in Lightroom click on the pic of the gray card to set the WB, then Sync all the pics in one step.

Gray card: http://www.amazon.com/DGK-Color-Tools-DGK-XL-Lanyard-White/dp/B007FH8MS8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369511233
Lightroom 4: http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-65164937-Photoshop-Lightroom-4/dp/B007BG9VLK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369511402
Lightroom is cheap right now because LR 5 will be out really soon. There's already a public beta if you want to try it. I don't think they've announced pricing though.
post #3343 of 16725
So i picked up an Anderson and Sheppard tux, and I'm not sure what equivalent size to put it down as...

P2P - 23
Shoulder - 19
Sleeve - 24
Lenght BOC - 32
Waist at Button - 24

What is this, some sort of 44L with t-rex arms?
post #3344 of 16725
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Originally Posted by green_machine View Post

Experienced guys, do you all use selling/listing software? Which is the best for you? I don't have a mac so no Garage sale mad.gif

I have been using the online listing on ebay and it's not that bad but there's gotta be faster ways. I tried the turbo lister ... but it's exactly like the online lister but offline. With my wife, we list like 30 items a week.

Thanks
I've asked this before and the answer I got was "get a mac."
So I bought my wife an iPad with credit card points for a combined birthday/Mother's Day/Thanks for not dying while giving birth to our third gift. I plan to convert to Garage Sale soon.
Up till now I've used Excel to track inventory/profit etc. and Ebay"s "sell similar" feature. I also have to say: the new interface for importing photos from another website is WAAAAY easier. You have to enable that feature under "add remove options" in the picture section. But it means I can have the add photo window open side by side with the ebay listing window Photobucket window, cut and paste the link and then edit the photo, all in the interface. So much easier.
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Originally Posted by hooker4186 View Post

So i picked up an Anderson and Sheppard tux, and I'm not sure what equivalent size to put it down as...

P2P - 23
Shoulder - 19
Sleeve - 24
Lenght BOC - 32
Waist at Button - 24

What is this, some sort of 44L with t-rex arms?
And narrow shoulders; 44 is usually reliably 20" shoulders (even in non-1990s/MC Hammer stuff). You've discovered why this guy has is suits custom made.
post #3345 of 16725
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

And narrow shoulders; 44 is usually reliably 20" shoulders (even in non-1990s/MC Hammer stuff). You've discovered why this guy has is suits custom made.

Sigh. I was a bit worried about that when picking it up. The dude is filthy rich so I was hoping it was more a case of money to burn (as this thing is minty fresh and looks like it was hardly worn) rather than hard to fit, but couldn't tell till I got home and pulled out the tape...
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