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post #5116 of 18124
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post


The value of an item has nothing to do with how much you paid for it. Let's say you have 3 identical NWT Canali suits. Which one is more valuable, the one you bought for full retail, the one you thrifted for $10, or the one Grandma gave you for Christmas?

 

Let's say you have 3 identical NWT Canali suits. Which one is more valuable,

the one you bought for full retail, I would expect to lose money on.

the one you thrifted for $10, I would be happy to sell for a few hundred.  (this one is more valuable, from a flipping perspective)

or the one Grandma gave you for Christmas? I would not sell until after Grandma had died, as she'd always ask "why don't you ever wear that nice suit I bought you?"

 

Therefore, I could not approach pricing my 3 identical NWT Canali suits the same way.  Might average out to a profit in the end, if all 3 sold, but I'd lose my ass on the one I paid full retail for, would make a tidy profit on the one I thrifted for $10, and would have to wait until Grandma died before listing the 3rd one by which time it might be out of style and I'd make nothing on.

post #5117 of 18124
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post


I sell a few shirts. Most shirts are less than 13 ounces shipped weight. I ship them First Class in a Tyvek envelope to US buyers and Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope to most other countries. How do you ship a 10 ounce shirt?

Combined shipping is a useful option for me to offer. I have a few buyers who like to combine shipping on as many as 50 to 70 items per shipment, to Asia or Australia. That business is profitable for me and I am not going to cut it off.

There is no "methodical and thoughtful" way for me to predict whether a shirt will end up in a Tyvek envelope, a Priority Mail Envelope, or a big box.

Selling large inventories of store returns to Australia and Asia is a situation unique to you. I tend to sell one item at a time, 95% of the time in the bag, envelope, or box I put it in when I was done measuring. It's a lot easier for me to find stuff in clearly labelled packages on a shelf then to check a tag on a shirt or a pair of pants. Again for me, the method I described is the least amount of work with the lowest error rate per unit sold, and that is helping me reach The Goal.

post #5118 of 18124
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Ebay is not properly calculating international shipments. I'm losing money because of this.

dupe
post #5119 of 18124
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Being able to print intl labels has been such an immense time saver. Thank the lord. But fuck the lord too, Ebay is not properly calculating international shipments. I'm losing money because of this.

Ok, what is GSP?

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

GSP is Global Shipping Program.


I add a pound to my international shipping for the shipping calculator, and add a $5 handling fee for international shipments. This way I am usually covered. If it ends up being more than a few dollars over, I just send a small refund of the difference.

GSP is their Global Shipping Program. I thought with GSP eBay calculates shipping and customs; the buyer is responsible for paying those charges and eBay won't give you less than 5 star if you ship it to their domestic center within 2-4 days

Capnwes, are you using GSP or doing it on your own?
post #5120 of 18124
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Originally Posted by deburn View Post



GSP is their Global Shipping Program. I thought with GSP eBay calculates shipping and customs; the buyer is responsible for paying those charges and eBay won't give you less than 5 star if you ship it to their domestic center within 2-4 days

Capnwes, are you using GSP or doing it on your own?

 

No GSP for me. 

post #5121 of 18124

Since I'm in Canada and offer free shipping, I'd been using the phrase "Free shipping in North America" in my listings. But people kept sending me questions like, "So how much to ship to Calgary?" I couldn't figure it out, but then one day it hit me: they thought that I meant the northern part of America. So now it's the "continent of North America."

post #5122 of 18124
Gotta watch out for the Albertans (kidding! My wife is from near Calgary).
post #5123 of 18124

Thanks everyone. Despite the different perspectives, this actually helps a lot.

 

Quote: capnwes

 

You will get several answers here.

 

Personally I do.....

 

Quote: idfnl
 My advice? Price based on what you think its worth...
Quote:ATLnoob
 

If 10 people answer your question I suspect you will get 10 different answers...

Quote:Steve Smith
 
This time of year, BIN gives me the best results...
Quote: fueco
 As for pricing...
post #5124 of 18124
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

Selling large inventories of store returns to Australia and Asia is a situation unique to you. I tend to sell one item at a time, 95% of the time in the bag, envelope, or box I put it in when I was done measuring. It's a lot easier for me to find stuff in clearly labelled packages on a shelf then to check a tag on a shirt or a pair of pants. Again for me, the method I described is the least amount of work with the lowest error rate per unit sold, and that is helping me reach The Goal.

The difference between you and me is that I don't pretend to know anything about your business and how it operates. You seem to have the need to interject your assumptions as fact.

Less than 1/4 of 1% of what I sell is store returns.
post #5125 of 18124

A new low for me...will be listing female contraceptive sponges this evening on eBay (not thrifted / not used!).  Were on close-out at my local pharmacy, quick eBay app search said I could prolly get 4x the price, so why not?  But just - really - what won't I try to make a buck off of?  Sigh.

 

Then I finally get around to photographing and listing some Pantherella socks, using the little wooden platform I made a while ago, and in searching prices I find that I have basically duplicated Wes' listing - title, photos, and price - purely by chance.  So I change it up a bit, and mine are a different size so I won't be stepping on his toes (sock humor).   

post #5126 of 18124
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Originally Posted by deburn View Post


GSP is their Global Shipping Program. I thought with GSP eBay calculates shipping and customs; the buyer is responsible for paying those charges and eBay won't give you less than 5 star if you ship it to their domestic center within 2-4 days

Capnwes, are you using GSP or doing it on your own?


So is anyone actually using this program? I read the link, but it doesn't mention cost. Who pays to get it to the shipping center?
post #5127 of 18124
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

A new low for me...will be listing female contraceptive sponges this evening on eBay (not thrifted / not used!).  Were on close-out at my local pharmacy, quick eBay app search said I could prolly get 4x the price, so why not?  But just - really - what won't I try to make a buck off of?  Sigh.

I see the potential for some hilarious negative feedback.

"Preggers. Worst seller in history of ebay. -1000"

Hopefully it doesn't turn out that way lol8[1].gif
post #5128 of 18124
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post


So is anyone actually using this program? I read the link, but it doesn't mention cost. Who pays to get it to the shipping center?

 

Seller ships to the shipping center. US based so the shipping is normal. Ebay ships overseas....apparently ripping off the buyer.

post #5129 of 18124
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

A new low for me...will be listing female contraceptive sponges this evening on eBay (not thrifted / not used!).  Were on close-out at my local pharmacy, quick eBay app search said I could prolly get 4x the price, so why not?  But just - really - what won't I try to make a buck off of?  Sigh.  

The night of the sale, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts. It never helps. You fight through that shit.
post #5130 of 18124
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post


The night of the sale, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts. It never helps. You fight through that shit.

 

 

 +1

 

 

...and they might sell for more used?:stirpot:

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