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If you have something super high end that is dirty, perhaps... I never have, but I have washed some shirts.

 

I ask because I have a great BBGF suit that has a spot. I would prefer not to have to detail that in a listing, and I'm really not sure I'd be able to pick it up even in great lighting. If I don't mention it, my conscience is going to bother me and I'm paranoid the buyer may make it a thing. Picked up another BB suit today that has a slight dark spot. Again, difficult to see because the suit is navy design. What do you guys do about stuff like this? I would assume in a thread full of thrifters this comes up all the time.

 

Just my opinion but I don't think its worth saving those few cleaners dollars and risking a negative or a return that you have to reimburse for return shipping. I know as a buyer if the stain was not mentioned I would be a bit upset and if you found it he might also. That said, from my experience items with no flaws do much better than those with even minor flaws listed, so definitely worth getting it cleaned, assuming you're making a decent profit which I would hope you are anyway.

post #6032 of 14644
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Originally Posted by My Main Man View Post
 

Also, as far as autographed records go (assuming you don't have any sort of authentication), you'd be best selling them to a record store or even an antique store. Way too many fakes out there and it's hard to trust a stranger on eBay if you're throwing down tons of money.

thanks,

 

I'll check out the resources you've mentioned. 

 

I know there are a ton of fake autographs out there. Mine have certificates, but I learned after that a lot of these guys just print certificates for everything. I've got the signed ones up on the wall of my music studio along with a johnny van zandt signed guitar. So I'll probably just leave the there. 

post #6033 of 14644
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USPS scanned them backwards, as being delivered instead of picked up.  USPS site is technically correct since they were scanned wrong.  They're still going out for delivery but no way to track them now since it cannot be reversed per my own experience with this happening once. 

 

 

I used to buy/sell/trade in vinyl, and most mass-market classic rock, classical etc is dollar bin unless excellent or better then maybe into the regular bins at a record shop.  If mint (sealed & never played), really depends on the record but there's almost always a buyer for it.

If you're in the Portland OR area, Craig Moerer / Records By Mail would be a good resource for appraising.  Autographed do have some value if it's authenticated, but if the artist is still alive then you can check eBay prices to see how much (or little) they can be worth - depends on if the artist signs a lot of stuff or not.  Some everyday classic rock can be worth more than others, i.e.: if your Floyd still has the original stickers and whatnot - original inserts can sometimes be worth more than the record & sleeve.

For classical, there are some labels that are worth more than others, i.e.: INA-GRM, DG Avant-Garde and a couple others that escape me...same with DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) releases - half the time it doesn't matter who the artist is - folks collect releases on those labels / formats itself.  I never dealt in any big band - some releases on 78 can be worth good coin, most aren't worth much since they were rarely well cared-for.

If it never came out on CD and only exists on vinyl, that will garner some interest.  Same for some foreign pressings - oddball Japanese copies of everyday records can fetch some decent $ - that sort of thing.

If you don't think you have an original Beatles butcher album or something along those lines, if it were me, I'd take the ones I thought might be desirable or valuable and drop by a local record shop to see what they'd give me, which is usually about 20% of what they think they can sell them for, and they will (should) tell you how much they are paying for each record - at least that way you can see if they're giving you 20 cents for a bunch of them but $25 for one of them - that's the cherry record.

Unfortunately most records are not worth much, because they made so many of them and only the rare/sealed/etc copies have a value making it worth someones time to go through them all.

I assume most of the records have a bar code on the back - you can download a number of free bar code scanning apps for a smartphone and it will search prices online, assuming the bar code is in their database - some apps are better than others.  I use RedLaser (for books / records etc when I'm at a GW) but need to get a couple more apps since none of them are all that comprehensive.

Awesome answer. I bought albums to listen to, so I don't have any still in the plastic. I also have around 1000 CDs, but years ago I ripped them into my mac. 

 

I use delicious library to catalog all my stuff and have a hand held scanner (precedes the iPhone). I hadn't thought of that with the vinyl. 

 

thanks again. I appreciate the generosity with your time and knowledge.

post #6034 of 14644
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Do you guys dry-clean before listing? I assume not, but are there exceptions? 

I've done so with a recent loro piana BB blazer, and I just did with a brioni blazer, a pendleton knee length overcoat and a cashmere overcoat. 

 

There's enough margin that it was worth the $3.00 to have it looking as good as possible for photographs.

 

Plus, If I was selling something and found a stain or dusty spot or something I didn't notice, I'd have it cleaned before I shipped it..

 

I found a hardy aimes tie in a solid red and a hermes yellow tie with a pattern. both had a few spots I noticed when I put them under the photo lights. hermes came out in dry cleaning, the aimes was better, but not right. so that one goes in a donor pile. 

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I've done so with a recent loro piana BB blazer, and I just did with a brioni blazer, a pendleton knee length overcoat and a cashmere overcoat. 

There's enough margin that it was worth the $3.00 to have it looking as good as possible for photographs.

Plus, If I was selling something and found a stain or dusty spot or something I didn't notice, I'd have it cleaned before I shipped it..

I found a hardy aimes tie in a solid red and a hermes yellow tie with a pattern. both had a few spots I noticed when I put them under the photo lights. hermes came out in dry cleaning, the aimes was better, but not right. so that one goes in a donor pile. 

Are the Hardy Aimes ties even worth bothering with? I've tried to see two in classic patterns that languished on Ebay for months and got no interest even when reduced to $5!
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click auction > Contact buyer > send invoice


Thanks, Spoo!
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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post
 

I've done so with a recent loro piana BB blazer, and I just did with a brioni blazer, a pendleton knee length overcoat and a cashmere overcoat. 

 

There's enough margin that it was worth the $3.00 to have it looking as good as possible for photographs.

 

Plus, If I was selling something and found a stain or dusty spot or something I didn't notice, I'd have it cleaned before I shipped it..

 

I found a hardy aimes tie in a solid red and a hermes yellow tie with a pattern. both had a few spots I noticed when I put them under the photo lights. hermes came out in dry cleaning, the aimes was better, but not right. so that one goes in a donor pile. 

 

 

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thanks,

 

I'll check out the resources you've mentioned. 

 

I know there are a ton of fake autographs out there. Mine have certificates, but I learned after that a lot of these guys just print certificates for everything. I've got the signed ones up on the wall of my music studio along with a johnny van zandt signed guitar. So I'll probably just leave the there. 

 

Good to know. Thanks guys.

post #6038 of 14644
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Are the Hardy Aimes ties even worth bothering with? I've tried to see two in classic patterns that languished on Ebay for months and got no interest even when reduced to $5!

Personally had zero luck with HA stuff. They used to be a thing but I don't know how to tell the older good stuff from the junk so I always pass now.
post #6039 of 14644
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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post

I've done so with a recent loro piana BB blazer, and I just did with a brioni blazer, a pendleton knee length overcoat and a cashmere overcoat. 

There's enough margin that it was worth the $3.00 to have it looking as good as possible for photographs.

Plus, If I was selling something and found a stain or dusty spot or something I didn't notice, I'd have it cleaned before I shipped it..

I found a hardy aimes tie in a solid red and a hermes yellow tie with a pattern. both had a few spots I noticed when I put them under the photo lights. hermes came out in dry cleaning, the aimes was better, but not right. so that one goes in a donor pile. 

$3 for dry clean? For 3 I would always clean
It's like 10-15 for a sportscoast here
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I had a guy open a case "accidentally" last night. He only wanted to ask me a question under the "not as described" section. This I am not concerned about.

 

The question is the funny part. He bought a suit with 38/30 pants. He said the jacket fits him well, but the pants must be only a 36 since he wears a 37 and they are too tight. I suspect he is used to vanity sizing and never measured his waist or existing pants to know the actual measurement.

 

Here's the kicker. He read in my listing that the pants could be let out up to 3" but he he just can't figure out how to do it. 

 

Lol. I guess I need to add something to my listing stating that let-outs should be done by an experienced tailor. 

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I had a guy open a case "accidentally" last night. He only wanted to ask me a question under the "not as described" section. This I am not concerned about.

 

The question is the funny part. He bought a suit with 38/30 pants. He said the jacket fits him well, but the pants must be only a 36 since he wears a 37 and they are too tight. I suspect he is used to vanity sizing and never measured his waist or existing pants to know the actual measurement.

 

Here's the kicker. He read in my listing that the pants could be let out up to 3" but he he just can't figure out how to do it. 

 

Lol. I guess I need to add something to my listing stating that let-outs should be done by an experienced tailor. 

:rotflmao:

post #6042 of 14644
I think some of u use a steamer for garments

Worth the jnvestment?
Jiffy, Rowena, or steamfast?
post #6043 of 14644
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I think some of u use a steamer for garments

Worth the jnvestment?
Jiffy, Rowena, or steamfast?


YES 100%. Get a good one. Spend the extra few bucks, it makes a difference. I think a few have a 1500W? steamer and love it. Every item I list gets either a quick steam or iron. It's all about presentation.

 

Side note - wait for the right buyer.... listed since FEB!!! but finally sold at the BIN price :D

CANALI Brown Multi Color KICK ASS Flat Front Casual Dress Corduroy Pants 34 x 30

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Maybe that's just what you get for listing corduroys through the whole summer nest.gif
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Do you higher volume sellers try to work around seasons? I know Wes started his tweed thing in September(?). 

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