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<< What is a good source for odd sized boxes? I need to ship something 36"x6"x6", but only once. >>

 

Stuff like that I usually bring to UPS who will build a box around it if they don't have a box near that size in stock.

You could try UHaul, buy on of their lamp boxes.  Bit bigger but sounds like it would work.

 

Thanks, that looks like it will do the trick, and Uhaul is down by the post office too.

 

Another noobish question: how long do you usually wait to open a buyer did not pay case? Does it change if you have another person willing to buy the item? What about if the non-payer has a "good" feedback for did not pay (out of 49 opportunities)?

post #3767 of 18230
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+1.....me too. Very easy camera to use. Also very lightweight as far as DSLRs go. Not exactly a point and shoot, but if you use the same setup all the time, you shouldn't need to adjust the camera much at all. You will get compliments on your photos. 


Since your photos are some of the clearest on ebay, you must have a very nice 3 point lighting system to complement the camera.

 

What's your lighting set up?

post #3768 of 18230

I jealous of Wes's lighting setup. worship.gif

post #3769 of 18230
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Originally Posted by Aidan K View Post

 

Thanks, that looks like it will do the trick, and Uhaul is down by the post office too.

 

Another noobish question: how long do you usually wait to open a buyer did not pay case? Does it change if you have another person willing to buy the item? What about if the non-payer has a "good" feedback for did not pay (out of 49 opportunities)?

 

I have eBay automatically open a non-paid case after 4 days...after which the buyer has another 4 days to pony up.  Sellers cannot leave negative feedback for non-paying, because payment was not received which for some reason eBay does not think merits being able to leave negative feedback for a buyer.  All that happens is the buyer gets a negative strike that is not visible to sellers, hence the creation of the StyleForum eBay black-list.  

If you don't already have eBay opening non-paying cases for you, and you didn't state in your listing that you require payment in x number of days (which you should), then I would send a 2nd invoice 4 or 5 days after the 1st...then wait a few more days before opening the non-payment case.  

In the future, state in your listings when you expect payment, and also set up the automatic eBay unpaid item assistant:

My Ebay -> Account -> Site Preferences -> Selling Preferences -> Unpaid Item Assistant

 

You can offer the item to a non-winning bidder as a 2nd chance, if you close it out with the first bidder either by going the non-paid route, or canceling the sale before it gets that far.  You can cancel the sale before it goes into non-paid item status, but the original bidder has to agree to it or not respond at all in which case eBay will close it automatically after 4 days (I think).

Click on "Customer Support" at the top of the screen, in the search box enter "cancel sale" and choose "I'm a seller and want to cancel a sale."

 

You may want to also set your selling preferences, to block people who have x unpaid strikes against them,  negative feedback etc, but eBay is very lax here and you really can't block much that way...but it's still something.

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Why would you think you don't have to use them for taxes? What do you have for means of record if you were to get audited? 


I have a suggestion on the receipts. When you get your receipt, use an app like Genius Scan and have the app mail it to you. Then you never have to worry about losing a receipt. Also Do any of you guys use mileage apps that use the phone GPS to track mileage?

 

With most people buying smart phones or tablets, the technology is there to simplify some of the record keeping.

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Since your photos are some of the clearest on ebay, you must have a very nice 3 point lighting system to complement the camera.

 

What's your lighting set up?

Hey Thanks!

 

This is my "thrifted" light booth. It's a CVS (color viewing station) used by a graphics company to check test plots and photos. It uses a special 2x4 troffer fixture with six 5000K "Daylight fluorescent lamps. The 2x4 troffer fixture costs about $1000 and the lamps are roughly $60 a piece. I have no idea what the stand would cost. The desk surface is large enough for a 36"x 48" print with room around the edges. 

 

My buddy  worked for the company who owned this and they were giving it away for FREE. Score!! I love it, although, at 4'x5' and 8' tall  it does take up a considerable amount of space in my office.

 

For those of you looking for lighting solutions, try out the 5000K compact flourescent bulbs. They will likely give you a better result than the standard CFL.

 

CVS2.JPG

 

CVS 3.JPG

post #3772 of 18230
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

 

I have eBay automatically open a non-paid case after 4 days...after which the buyer has another 4 days to pony up.  Sellers cannot leave negative feedback for non-paying, because payment was not received which for some reason eBay does not think merits being able to leave negative feedback for a buyer.  All that happens is the buyer gets a negative strike that is not visible to sellers, hence the creation of the StyleForum eBay black-list.  

If you don't already have eBay opening non-paying cases for you, and you didn't state in your listing that you require payment in x number of days (which you should), then I would send a 2nd invoice 4 or 5 days after the 1st...then wait a few more days before opening the non-payment case.  

In the future, state in your listings when you expect payment, and also set up the automatic eBay unpaid item assistant:

My Ebay -> Account -> Site Preferences -> Selling Preferences -> Unpaid Item Assistant

 

You can offer the item to a non-winning bidder as a 2nd chance, if you close it out with the first bidder either by going the non-paid route, or canceling the sale before it gets that far.  You can cancel the sale before it goes into non-paid item status, but the original bidder has to agree to it or not respond at all in which case eBay will close it automatically after 4 days (I think).

Click on "Customer Support" at the top of the screen, in the search box enter "cancel sale" and choose "I'm a seller and want to cancel a sale."

 

You may want to also set your selling preferences, to block people who have x unpaid strikes against them,  negative feedback etc, but eBay is very lax here and you really can't block much that way...but it's still something.

 

Awesome, thanks so much for that detailed and useful reply. I guess I need to make up some terms and conditions text to paste into all of my listings. Rereading this thread front to back is also on the list of things to do, maybe if work is slow tomorrow...

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I give my buyers 11 days to pay. The case is opened on the 7th day. closed on the 11th...which just so happens to be my next listing day. Works perfectly with my 10 day Thu to Sun listing schedule.

 

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Awesome, thanks so much for that detailed and useful reply. I guess I need to make up some terms and conditions text to paste into all of my listings. Rereading this thread front to back is also on the list of things to do, maybe if work is slow tomorrow...

You are more than welcome to "steal" and modify mine if you like. Just follow the terms and conditions link in any of my listings.

post #3774 of 18230
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Hey Thanks!

 

This is my "thrifted" light booth. It's a CVS (color viewing station) used by a graphics company to check test plots and photos. It uses a special 2x4 troffer fixture with six 5000K "Daylight fluorescent lamps. The 2x4 troffer fixture costs about $1000 and the lamps are roughly $60 a piece. I have no idea what the stand would cost. The desk surface is large enough for a 36"x 48" print with room around the edges. 

 

My buddy  worked for the company who owned this and they were giving it away for FREE. Score!! I love it, although, at 4'x5' and 8' tall  it does take up a considerable amount of space in my office.

 

For those of you looking for lighting solutions, try out the 5000K compact flourescent bulbs. They will likely give you a better result than the standard CFL.

 

CVS2.JPG

 

CVS 3.JPG

 

I'm surprised by this. I didn't expect it to be a self contained system with the number of jackets that you shoot on mannequins. But it seems to work extremely well. I enjoy building stuff so I'm going to look into this as a project.

 

I am not an active seller and therefore won't need a set up like yours, so I bought 3 metal large clip on lights from home depot, added 65 watt replacement LED spot lights and got a decent result with my wife's canon t2i.

 

Speaking of Cameras, the Yashika you have is nice. When I was in college I used a large format mamiya owned by architecture professor. He didn't loan his hasselblad.

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Thank you, that is very kind!

post #3776 of 18230
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You are more than welcome to "steal" and modify mine if you like. Just follow the terms and conditions link in any of my listings.

very kind of u sir!icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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very kind of u sir!icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

Anyone may use them....just not Snoogz lol8[1].gif

post #3778 of 18230
I just gotta say, the knowledge and helpfulness of many members within this thread is invaluable. You all know who u r. A handful have personally helped me, and I'm sure I speak for the masses when I say thanks again for the huge involvement and open arms from u all!
post #3779 of 18230
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Originally Posted by Aidan K View Post

 

Awesome, thanks so much for that detailed and useful reply. I guess I need to make up some terms and conditions text to paste into all of my listings. Rereading this thread front to back is also on the list of things to do, maybe if work is slow tomorrow...

 

Generally speaking, the vast majority of eBay buyers are honest folks who occasionally may be slow to pay or whatever, and the only reason most of us have terms & conditions is to preemptively address issues we've had with individual unsavory buyers.

Mine are pretty basic - payment within 4 days via PayPal, check measurements to ensure fit / usability since returns are only accepted due to "not as described", I ship every other business day on average, and I state how the item will be shipped. Covers 99% of issues I may have had, and the other 1% will be unavoidable problems you will eventually have no matter what, if you sell enough.

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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

I just gotta say, the knowledge and helpfulness of many members within this thread is invaluable. You all know who u r. A handful have personally helped me, and I'm sure I speak for the masses when I say thanks again for the huge involvement and open arms from u all!

 

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