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post #5821 of 18180
Who are these people that make a best offer and then when it's accepted don't pay?!?!
Even more frustrating, who are these people that hit BIN then don't pay?!? I can understand throwing a bid on something thinking you'll get outbid and that doesn't happen, but BIN/OBO is a completely different ballgame.

In a similar vein - why is the "require immediate payment with BIN" not a default when selling?

And how come eBay never has a problem remembering that I'll accept returns with a 10% restocking fee, but loses its memory on my bidder requirements each time I make a new listing?

Also, I have gone BIN or BIN/OBO on just about every item lately, and don't think I'm going back to auction style again anytime soon (especially now that I've got the instant payment thing figured out). Over the past ten days, I have listed about 90 items at prices I feel happy about, and have sold around 50. Besides a few random non-payers and other hiccups, it's been great - things are slowing down a bit now, so I may adjust prices down if sales taper off pretty much completely. For my money is a much better experience than auction style listings - people don't forget to bid or don't get pulled away from their computer, rather they see it, want it, buy it, pay for it, I ship next day, everyone wins.
post #5822 of 18180
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Originally Posted by futuremyth View Post

Related, how do you all package ties? I have just been folding them and putting them in a long bubble envelope (which cuts Canadian shipping by 1/2 to 2/3s since they can often go as letter mail), and haven't had any complaints thus far, but based off of some of the other posts in this thread it sounds like that might leave them creased, especially for longer intercontinental journeys. Any info is appreciated.

Cheap ties: fold tie and place in tyvek bag. Fold up tyvek bag around the tie. Place tyvek bag into a poly bag. Ship first class. Average cost is less than $2.00

Nice ties: fold tie and place in tyvek bag. Fold up tyvek bag and put it into a small flat rate box.

I suppose the cheap ties are susceptible to creasing since they are not in a box, but I've never had a complaint.
post #5823 of 18180
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Originally Posted by suited View Post
 
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Originally Posted by futuremyth View Post

Related, how do you all package ties? I have just been folding them and putting them in a long bubble envelope (which cuts Canadian shipping by 1/2 to 2/3s since they can often go as letter mail), and haven't had any complaints thus far, but based off of some of the other posts in this thread it sounds like that might leave them creased, especially for longer intercontinental journeys. Any info is appreciated.

Cheap ties: fold tie and place in tyvek bag. Fold up tyvek bag around the tie. Place tyvek bag into a poly bag. Ship first class. Average cost is less than $2.00

Nice ties: fold tie and place in tyvek bag. Fold up tyvek bag and put it into a small flat rate box.

I suppose the cheap ties are susceptible to creasing since they are not in a box, but I've never had a complaint.

Why not put flat rate box into poly bag. Ship first class. Avg cost under $3..... :teach:

post #5824 of 18180

I fold my ties once and roll them. Placed in a small "Have a nice day" bag and ship in a 6x3x2 box. About 5oz total. No complaints. 

post #5825 of 18180
Fold then roll tie, place in ziplock bag, stick in envelope. Average cost $2.97.
post #5826 of 18180
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post
 

Why not put flat rate box into poly bag. Ship first class. Avg cost under $3..... :teach:

 

Done this quite a few times w/ ties and belts. Don't tell USPS:hide: 

post #5827 of 18180
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post
 

Trying something this week.

 

I realized than more than 50% of my items sell with only one bid which, with my pricing structure, is still quite profitable. While I am always looking for ways to generate more bids on these items, sometimes it just doesn't happen, or it only increases the sold price by 50 cents or so.  By raising my start price a few dollars, I can potentially squeeze another $650-800 out of my sales per month. I may lose a sale or two, but it would only mean less work for more money. I am still keeping my start price below $50 since I think the $50 mark would make the bidder rethink things too much. Previously, I had my sport coats, shoes and suits priced at $42.68 and have bumped to $48.68 which visually doesn't look like much more. And since I offer free shipping, the total doesn't break that $50 point.

 

Let's see what happens.

 

Already 4 opening bids have been made since the switch.

 

Update...

 

So, since putting this into effect about 3 weeks ago, I have had 58 sales which ended in either the starting bid or a second bid within $1 of the starting amount.

 

This amounts to $348 which would have been left on the table with the old pricing.

post #5828 of 18180
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Update...

So, since putting this into effect about 3 weeks ago, I have had 58 sales which ended in either the starting bid or a second bid within $1 of the starting amount.

This amounts to $348 which would have been left on the table with the old pricing.

Interesting experiment; glad it worked out for you.
post #5829 of 18180
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Interesting experiment; glad it worked out for you.

 

Thanks, should equate to about $6k a year, so I'm happy.

post #5830 of 18180
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Originally Posted by adam-r8 View Post

Chaps, question relating to mannequins:

Are dress makers/tailors ones a must? From my pov dress makers look ok or is the shape too different?

 

Are you asking about the difference between a mannequin and a dress form? The dress form is a must for me, I don't want to spend all that time shoving mannequin arms into sleeves.

post #5831 of 18180
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I still am having problems getting accurate color on herringbone tweed images because my camera seems to perpetually overexpose those and I've been experimenting with various manual settings trying to get those accurate so I can post them. 

 

jb

 

I use a consistent color of bulbs (5000K), and set the auto white balance on my camera to daylight (also the 5000K setting). This works pretty well for me.

post #5832 of 18180
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Anyone paid for and using Terapeak?

 

Yes. Worth every penny.

post #5833 of 18180

So, apparently I am officially a bigwig in my town. I just got a call on my cell from the postmaster. He said that they have no delivery on Monday due to Columbus Day, but if I am going to have any packages that day, they would pick them up anyway since I am one of their top shippers. So with the government shutdown and the holiday, I still get 5 star service.  :bigstar:


Edited by capnwes - 10/8/13 at 11:56am
post #5834 of 18180
I sold an item off eBay through Paypal (via an invoice) and the tracking info says that the shirt was delivered, but the buyer is claiming he never received it (it went first class). He is being nice about it, not asking for a refund, but it seems suspicious that the tracking info says "delivered." I would think that a lost package would never reach the delivered status.
post #5835 of 18180
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Why not put flat rate box into poly bag. Ship first class. Avg cost under $3..... teacha.gif

'Cause it's easier to grab tons of usps tyvek bags rather than lots of usps flat rate boxes, if one were so inclined, that is.
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