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What does this cost you on average? I ship blazers in a tyvek that's placed inside of a poly mailer. On average it runs about $7.25.


Regional rate price depends on the distance.  Cheapest for me in California is around 5.50 to ship within my state. The further East I go, NY etc, it will increase to a maximum price of around 9.80 ish.  I like priority in US because of the tracking and 2-3 day delivery.  The feedback Ive received as a seller shows that most buyers are very thankful for such quick shipping.

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What does this cost you on average? I ship blazers in a tyvek that's placed inside of a poly mailer. On average it runs about $7.25.

 

I do free shipping, so Its a bit of a gamble on my end since I am on the East Coast.  For Washington DC and closer I only pay $5.50ish for whatever I can get in a regional rate A.  Mid West $8 and West Coast is $10.  

post #3738 of 16125
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Can anyone recommend a good consignment service or person? I have a half dozen or so suits I want to get rid of (mostly fashion house stuff, like Prada, Dior and Gucci - nothing really SF approved) and I take terrible pictures and have next to no eBay seller profile, so I think it makes sense for me to consign them off.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


There are 2 consignors on this thread that I know of, Brianpore and Spoo. Shoot them both a PM and they will get back to you if they haven't already preemptively reached out.

 

http://www.styleforum.net/u/86962/brianpore

 

http://www.styleforum.net/u/65974/spoopoker

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What does this cost you on average? I ship blazers in a tyvek that's placed inside of a poly mailer. On average it runs about $7.25.

 

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I do free shipping, so Its a bit of a gamble on my end since I am on the East Coast.  For Washington DC and closer I only pay $5.50ish for whatever I can get in a regional rate A.  Mid West $8 and West Coast is $10.  

This. Honestly the average might be the same, at $7.25. I live on the East Coast as well and find, I guess luckily, that the items I need to send in boxes are usually up and down the East Coast. The cost is usually around $6.83.

post #3740 of 16125
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question on suit jackets/sports coats:.

 

a)for sports coats just fold them in to a medium flat rate USPS box? or the large one?

b)and would you gift wrap/ wrap with wedding paper type material? or just stuff it in as is?

c)I was also thinking just get really big ziplock bags and just keep it in there and ship it like that

 

thanks guys

 

I use either Medium Flat Rate box or Medium Mailing box (side load variety).  They are approx. the same size, but if it's a lighter-weight SC I can mail it for cheaper if I use the "mailing" box vs. the "flat rate" box.  Your local post office likely does not stock the plain medium mailing box, but probably does stock the flat rate box.  I charge $8 to ship a SC, and it usually costs me more but occasionally less - so be it - I take it into consideration on the listing price as well.

 

I wrap the SC in tissue paper.

I used to fold the SC's in a convoluted manner (search YouTube for "how to fold a sport coat").  Now I just fold in half length-wise at the collar, then in thirds so it ends up fitting nicely inside the medium USPS box.

 

I do not think using big ziploc bags would be ideal...or cost-effective.  I've never had one get wet in transit and don't personally use any sort of plastic wrap or bags.

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source for tissue paper? 

post #3742 of 16125
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Originally Posted by Man of Wealth and Taste View Post

Can anyone recommend a good consignment service or person? I have a half dozen or so suits I want to get rid of (mostly fashion house stuff, like Prada, Dior and Gucci - nothing really SF approved) and I take terrible pictures and have next to no eBay seller profile, so I think it makes sense for me to consign them off.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


There are 2 consignors on this thread that I know of, Brianpore and Spoo. Shoot them both a PM and they will get back to you if they haven't already preemptively reached out.

 

http://www.styleforum.net/u/86962/brianpore

 

http://www.styleforum.net/u/65974/spoopoker

ME bigstar[1].gif PM Sent your way - Spoo isn't too shabby either lol8[1].gif

 

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I assume ur eBay sales are included as personal income vs business income for tax purposes? Or do you have a separate business license for eBay sales?
And as far as collecting sales tax, were able to collect it via eBay without a EIN # issued from our state?

 

Combined for ease. I include it as personal income. I leave it up to the buyer to pay the sales tax in his respective state as he should be when he buys something from out of state. I'm sure in a year or three ebay will have the tax built in just as they are doing with the big store (Amazone, etc) now.

 

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Originally Posted by sparrow View Post

question on suit jackets/sports coats:.

 

a)for sports coats just fold them in to a medium flat rate USPS box? or the large one?

b)and would you gift wrap/ wrap with wedding paper type material? or just stuff it in as is?

c)I was also thinking just get really big ziplock bags and just keep it in there and ship it like that

 

thanks guys

What everyone else said. I made an animated gif video how to do it, but can't find it now.  I also did a break down about a month ago how to ship everything. If you scan back a few pages you should find it....

 

Found here.

 

 

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To summarize what I do and have found to work best, easiest and usually the most cost effective way FOR US SHIPPING:

 

The key really is to ship 1st class under 13oz in poly bags and everything over 13oz goes in a Legal Flat Rate Envelope (if it fits) or into a Regional Rate Box A (or Box B if needed), except shoes. Best prices are though ebay if you are a Top Rated Seller, etc etc. I never use USPS.com even when shipping to SF members.

 

Single Tie: Folded in 1/3's. Large tip gets folded in first to protect it. Put inside "tyvek" then inside an "envelope" then inside a poly bag to ship.Should be about 6 oz and $2.03 off the top of my head 1st class.

 

Multiple Ties: Same, each gets it's own "tyvek" then all placed in "envelope" then envelope goes in poly bag (under 13oz). 4 or 5 ties, prob best to ship in a USPS Flat Rate Envelope for $4.99

 

Shirt: Folded into a "tyvek" then into a poly bag. Usually 11, 12 or 13 oz depending on size and material.

 

Multiple shirts: Each gets it's own "tyvek". I fold these one extra time in half, and can usually get them into a Legal Flat Rate Envelope for $4.99. 3 or more shirts go into a Regional Rate Box A

 

Pants: Folded in half twice the long way, then folded in half the opp. way. shoved into a "tyvek" then into a Legal Flat Rate Envelope. Good idea to extra tape these close (Priority Tape is FREE) as this is a tight fit into the envelope, but better then using a box.

 

Multiple Pants: Same as above, but Regional Rate A or see "Heavy Coat" below.

 

Sports Coat: tyvek then Regional Rate Box A

 

Suit: Coat and Pants get seperate tyvek then both go into Regional Rate Box A. If too thick see "Heavy Coat" below.

 

Heavy Coat: tyvek if it fits (prob wont fit) then into Regional Rate Box B or Medium Flat Rate Box depending on distance. Save a buck or two cross country with Medium Flat Rate (NJ to CA)

 

Shoes: USPS Shoe Box

 

This keeps your supplies very limited. Yes you might get an odd ball here and there but this covers about 95% of what you ship. I keep different size boxes (all Regional Rate A1, A2, B1, B2 + Small, Medium & Large Flat Rate) but I have an office which I have plenty of room.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING - Try to keep it under 4 lbs (1st class international rate) and send it 1st class registered OR just charge enough, use Priority Boxes + a scale (cheaper then the flat rate boxes for clothing weights usually), insure it though ebay and cross your fingers. If it dosent arrive, just send a refund and file a claim.

 

 

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 1st year ever? uhoh.gif I think I've done taxes since I was 16 and had a part time job.

What is her feedback left for others like or just post the ebay ID?

How much could it sell easily for? You profit margin is not really the $525, but the difference of what if could sell easily for minus the $525, if you think you could sell it easily for $400 you are there by gaining $125. Is $125 profit weighed against the risk of losing $400 worth it?
It was given to my fiance as a gift a long time ago. She never used it so she wanted me to sell it. I told the buyer that I would let her return it as long as it was postmarked within 2 days of her receiving it. Her feedback as a buyer has been good.

My only concern would be she sends you back a fake. Not sure how ebay would handle that, or she claims its not real (ebay refunds her and asks her to destroy the fake item). There was a pretty famous article about a rare guitar that I remember reading.

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Originally Posted by Man of Wealth and Taste View Post

Can anyone recommend a good consignment service or person? I have a half dozen or so suits I want to get rid of (mostly fashion house stuff, like Prada, Dior and Gucci - nothing really SF approved) and I take terrible pictures and have next to no ebay seller profile, so I think it makes sense for me to consign them off.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

 

I would have also recommended Spoo (did not know that Brianpore did it as well).  

 

I met a very nice guy in St. Pete FL, by the name of Kevin McBride, who has the only brand name/designer men's consignment shop in that part of the state.   I meant to mention him & his shop on SF before but it slipped my mind.  He doesn't need to slash prices or have clearances because he apparently moves the merch and gets good prices for it, being the only brick-and-mortar shop in FL that carries the stuff outside of maybe Miami.  I saw Prada and Gucci when I was there; other higher-end brands, as well as Missoni, Etro etc, and more everyday stuff - pretty much runs the gamut.   Being a physical store, there are no eBay, Paypal, outgoing shipping fees, and some buyers prefer to shop in a store vs. online.  He does list stuff on eBay but said he does better on-site vs. online.  He also said he consigns for a number of people all over the country.  Guess it depends on where your items might do the best - online or in a shop.  In any event, here's his web site.

 

Would not recommend consigning at Labels Resale in Atlanta - I've consigned there and ended up with a paltry sum after the 90-day consignment period.  I have shopped there as well, and did get some deals on clearance items but you have to be careful since they do sell damaged / stained items.

 

Consigning can be a good way to go, though - when I consider all the time I spend taking measurements and photos, writing descriptions, packing, shipping, buying supplies and fretting over things...sometimes I think I'd be happier getting half the $ I ended up getting vs. selling it myself on eBay, without having to do all the stuff I dislike most.  And some consignment folks are frequently featured the PTO eBay round-up, which boosts the views by hundreds and brings more $ than if you listed the same thing yourself.

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source for tissue paper? 

 

I buy the "value pack" (40 sheets) from Target ("Spritz" brand name) in the greeting card / gift wrap section - I buy like 3 or 4 packs at a time since I use so much.  Plain white.  And doesn't leave fibers all over the place like the cheaper stuff from WalMart etc that seems to be made from recycled newsprint.  It's also a larger sheet size - stuff from other stores is so small you can't wrap anything with it.  I wrap everything in plain white tissue paper - SC's, shirts, pants, ties etc, and get compliments / positive feedback on my packing & shipping.  For larger items (SC's etc) I'll use 4 pieces - 2 "stacks" of 2 pieces each, then tape them together end-to-end on both sides to make a large 2-ply sheet - can wrap & tape a folded SC into that no problem.  

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Originally Posted by Man of Wealth and Taste View Post

Can anyone recommend a good consignment service or person? I have a half dozen or so suits I want to get rid of (mostly fashion house stuff, like Prada, Dior and Gucci - nothing really SF approved) and I take terrible pictures and have next to no ebay seller profile, so I think it makes sense for me to consign them off.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

 

I would have also recommended Spoo (did not know that Brianpore did it as well).  

 

I met a very nice guy in St. Pete FL, by the name of Kevin McBride, who has the only brand name/designer men's consignment shop in that part of the state.   I meant to mention him & his shop on SF before but it slipped my mind.  He doesn't need to slash prices or have clearances because he apparently moves the merch and gets good prices for it, being the only brick-and-mortar shop in FL that carries the stuff outside of maybe Miami.  I saw Prada and Gucci when I was there; other higher-end brands, as well as Missoni, Etro etc, and more everyday stuff - pretty much runs the gamut.   Being a physical store, there are no eBay, Paypal, outgoing shipping fees, and some buyers prefer to shop in a store vs. online.  He does list stuff on eBay but said he does better on-site vs. online.  He also said he consigns for a number of people all over the country.  Guess it depends on where your items might do the best - online or in a shop.  In any event, here's his web site.

 

Would not recommend consigning at Labels Resale in Atlanta - I've consigned there and ended up with a paltry sum after the 90-day consignment period.  I have shopped there as well, and did get some deals on clearance items but you have to be careful since they do sell damaged / stained items.

 

Consigning can be a good way to go, though - when I consider all the time I spend taking measurements and photos, writing descriptions, packing, shipping, buying supplies and fretting over things...sometimes I think I'd be happier getting half the $ I ended up getting vs. selling it myself on eBay, without having to do all the stuff I dislike most.  And some consignment folks are frequently featured the PTO eBay round-up, which boosts the views by hundreds and brings more $ than if you listed the same thing yourself.

I do biggrin.gif

 

Speaking of consignment in FL... AVOID http://www.yelp.com/biz/consigned-couture-north-palm-beach

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There are 2 consignors on this thread that I know of, Brianpore and Spoo. Shoot them both a PM and they will get back to you if they haven't already preemptively reached out.

http://www.styleforum.net/u/86962/brianpore

http://www.styleforum.net/u/65974/spoopoker

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ME bigstar%5B1%5D.gif PM Sent your way - Spoo isn't too shabby either lol8%5B1%5D.gif

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Originally Posted by Man of Wealth and Taste View Post

Can anyone recommend a good consignment service or person? I have a half dozen or so suits I want to get rid of (mostly fashion house stuff, like Prada, Dior and Gucci - nothing really SF approved) and I take terrible pictures and have next to no ebay seller profile, so I think it makes sense for me to consign them off.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

You have a PM, but you can read more about my service here. Brianpore is a great dude and I do recommend him as well. I consigned something to him myself.
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I also can Consign clothing peepwall[1].gif

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Originally Posted by Man of Wealth and Taste View Post

Can anyone recommend a good consignment service or person? I have a half dozen or so suits I want to get rid of (mostly fashion house stuff, like Prada, Dior and Gucci - nothing really SF approved) and I take terrible pictures and have next to no ebay seller profile, so I think it makes sense for me to consign them off.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

You have a PM, but you can read more about my service here. Brianpore is a great dude and I do recommend him as well. I consigned something to him myself.

I should add, I have also consigned items to Spoo, great guy fistbump.gif

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I also can Consign clothing peepwall%5B1%5D.gif


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I should add, I have also consigned items to Spoo, great guy fistbump.gif

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