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post #3631 of 15338

Oh...

 

When you print the shipping label. You will have two options for shipping insurance (USPS and Ship Insure...or something like that). There is a check box to activate the drop down selector. Then you have to check the box to verify that you agree to the terms. The amount is automatically insured based on the action price. The cost of insurance is pretty cheap too. Pay out for lost packages is pretty close to instant....maybe 2 days. 

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Oh...

 

When you print the shipping label. You will have two options for shipping insurance (USPS and Ship Insure...or something like that). There is a check box to activate the drop down selector. Then you have to check the box to verify that you agree to the terms. The amount is automatically insured based on the action price. The cost of insurance is pretty cheap too. Pay out for lost packages is pretty close to instant....maybe 2 days. 


Great! Thanks a lot wes.

post #3633 of 15338
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

I like the ideas you guys have shared about the shipping process you guys use.

 

I'd be interested in hearing how you guys itemize or categorize your items.

Do you use a # system? And how do you keep track of them?

I know some big sellers who deal with consignment (spoo) use a numbering system for each item.

 

Nothing fancy because I don't sell a lot...  Get an item home and whip out the pen & post-it sticky notes.  Hang the item and attach a sticky note to the hanger with the price paid (or even just a note that says "GW GA" which tells me I got it at Goodwill in Georgia so I know it cost $x plus y% tax and can figure it out later if it sells).  Later, edit sticky note and add measurements and any special notes I want to remember when listing (i.e.: on a sport coat, single vent, full lined, half canvassed, and whatnot).

Have an Excel spreadsheet with basic formulas for what I paid, sold for (incl shipping), shipping cost I paid, and profit before eBay/PayPal fees.  Has running totals all the way down each column.  I don't input any item unless it's sold.

I also have separate fields where I make notes on mileage and whatever else I might need for taxes, since this year I will exceed the $20k in PayPal sales if the pace continues (do remember, that is sales, not profits..hence the need to track paid, mileage, postage, etc).

And I print out the monthly eBay sales reports, which shows eBay + PayPal fees.

Stack of receipts in a big envelope to worry about later.

Most I ever have active on eBay is 80 to 100 items, and it's not too difficult for me to be intimately familiar after having inspected, measured and photographed each item.

Pretty low-tech...

post #3634 of 15338
I used to have a loaded excel sheet with if statements that calculated holding costs and stuff like that. No real record keeping now though as I've been lazy. Only really sell my own stuff (though I'm an idiot and buy plenty of stuff that I shouldn't so it ends up being sold) so measurements and stuff are pretty easy as everything is almost the same size
post #3635 of 15338
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Originally Posted by masernaut View Post

Do you gents ever dry clean/wash your purchases from thrifts/consignments? I've got a Zegna jacket that smells a bit musky- but you have to get your nose in the jacket to smell it.

All the time.  Not saying everything, but a lot more, usually coats, but I'm selling a lot of linen and silk shirts/pants for the summer and it's the only way to make them look presentable.

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Originally Posted by chiron View Post

 

Get a steamer ...

 

1. LINK (1500 Watts)

 

2. LINK (1500 Watts)

Won't do you any good with musty smell.  I had a pr of linen pants like that, they smelled worse during and after steaming, like I activated something :/

 

I don't agree that it's inefficient, I wouldn't want to get a jacket that smelled musty whether I was taking it to the tailor or not. I'm not (typically) selling items at garage sale prices, so there's a little room for some good customer service.  If I got a jacket that was smelly, I would probably return it.  I got a shirt one time that looked like someones very dirty laundry, how can you sell something like that at any price?  If you can't sell it for enough to make it presentable, don't buy it.

post #3636 of 15338
Current item price: $80.99
Shipping charge: $13 (USPS priority medium flat rate box)

Message: Hi, can you ship first class? Should be about $12 that way.
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post #3637 of 15338
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Originally Posted by hooker4186 View Post

Current item price: $80.99
Shipping charge: $13 (USPS priority medium flat rate box)

Message: Hi, can you ship first class? Should be about $12 that way.
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Answer: Yes, but there is a $2 shipping method change fee.

post #3638 of 15338
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I started with excel, but then switched to writing down the prices I pay for each item in a big binder organized by the type of item. I got rid of my PC and didn't want to buy excel for my mac. I'll probably breakdown and buy it eventually, but honestly I think writing down the price is faster - but that wouldn't be the case if you do really high volume, obviously. I use the Outright app that Ebay offers. It allows you to do everything, you just need to track your cost of goods sold on your own - it takes care of the rest.

Open Office is free and handles excel spreadsheets better than Excel does.

post #3639 of 15338
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Originally Posted by messenger309 View Post

Open Office is free and handles excel spreadsheets better than Excel does.

Thems fightin' words.
post #3640 of 15338
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Originally Posted by messenger309 View Post

Open Office is free and handles excel spreadsheets better than Excel does.

 

Google also has spreadsheets through Drive

post #3641 of 15338
Question-

Does your local post office always scan your pre-paid packages?

Something funny has happened to me the last few times I attempted to buy something. I am bidding on an item, I get caught up in the bidding frenzy until I've had enough. Someone else wins. A little while later I get a second chance offer. Seems a little fishy to me, like the seller drove up the bid.
post #3642 of 15338
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Originally Posted by gyasih View Post

Question-

Does your local post office always scan your pre-paid packages?

Something funny has happened to me the last few times I attempted to buy something. I am bidding on an item, I get caught up in the bidding frenzy until I've had enough. Someone else wins. A little while later I get a second chance offer. Seems a little fishy to me, like the seller drove up the bid.

Different sellers each time it happened? Still kinda weird, though ...

I don't get many second chance offers at all
post #3643 of 15338
Yes, different sellers. It's like they have an unadvertised reserve bid, without using the reserve bid feature on eBay.
post #3644 of 15338
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Originally Posted by gyasih View Post

Question-

Does your local post office always scan your pre-paid packages?

Something funny has happened to me the last few times I attempted to buy something. I am bidding on an item, I get caught up in the bidding frenzy until I've had enough. Someone else wins. A little while later I get a second chance offer. Seems a little fishy to me, like the seller drove up the bid.

 

Yes, my local USPS has always scanned my outgoing packages (though once they scanned them "backwards" as being delivered instead of picked up, which caused a stir with a bunch of buyers wondering what was going on).

 

As far as 2nd chance offers, I infrequently have 2 of the same thing I may have picked up new on sale, and will offer the spare to the 2nd highest bidder rather than relist it.  Not sure what you mean by "a little while later", nor what sort of item, but if it was a used item that the buyer almost surely did not have two of in the same exact size / condition  / etc, that would make me suspicious...however in at least one instance I had a winning bidder tell me after the auction closed that they bid on the wrong size and did not want to pay...so instead of going thru the hassle of waiting 8 days for the unpaid case to close on eBay, I just offered it to the 2nd highest bidder.

post #3645 of 15338
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Originally Posted by gyasih View Post

Question-

Does your local post office always scan your pre-paid packages?

Something funny has happened to me the last few times I attempted to buy something. I am bidding on an item, I get caught up in the bidding frenzy until I've had enough. Someone else wins. A little while later I get a second chance offer. Seems a little fishy to me, like the seller drove up the bid.

My 2 local post offices an no problem but I have been to some that just refuse to. I dont go to those anymore.

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