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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


Question : When you bought these shoes, did you even for a split second in the store, stand there and think that one day you would see a penny as a return on this investment? Or were you just buying a pair of shoes because you like them?

 

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Originally Posted by concealed View Post

 

I think he used a modified Dividend Discount Model and calculated the instrinsic value of each wear and discounted it to the present value, as well as a disposal fee at the end of their useful life, discounted to present value summed all those theoretical cash flows up and saw a net present value.

 

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

 

Accounting makes me want to hang myself

 

I bought them online and they turned out to be the wrong size. I'm not trying to make profit from them but if they are bid for less then $15 then after shipping and fees I'm paying money to sell them...

post #842 of 14113
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Originally Posted by MuZI View Post

 

 

 

I bought them online and they turned out to be the wrong size. I'm not trying to make profit from them but if they are bid for less then $15 then after shipping and fees I'm paying money to sell them...

 

sounds like a prime candidate for re-donation, chalk it up to error

post #843 of 14113
Something I came up with during idle time today. I fold the piece of paper and turn it into an envelope, much cooler than placing the letter in an actual envelope. It has customer printed on the backside, as you can see. I close it with a small seal. Presentation is everything, foo.


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Nice touch, suited.

BTW, I believe Japan has a level similar to US Registered. I don't know if it's quite as secure, but the Japanese postal system is definitely one I would have no qualms about shipping to. (I know your question was more about customs requirements, though.)
post #845 of 14113
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post


Probably not an issue, and I have no idea how you would be able to ask this politely, but can he speak Japanese?

I live in Korea, and generally the stuff I order is under $250 so it fits into Korea's customs exception, but on the odd occasion when I do deal with them, it can be a hassle as my Korean is far from being up to par (and I usually have somebody else talk to them if I can't get an English speaker). Minus the hassle on my end, I've never had a problem the 3-4 times I've had to deal with them. Never given anybody of purchased from any problem.

 

Regardless, I like to think us Americans in Asia (as well as Asians in Asia) make fantastic customers (and given that many sellers don't ship to Asia, easy to build loyalty with).

The eBay'r does speak perfect English.  I did respond to him asking him about a valid Japan address verified and registered with paypal to make sure its legit.  I'm still waiting for a response from him.

 

Question about revising an Invoice.  So of course all of my eBay postings have a flat rate shipping price for Cont. US, being as I stated in my posts that I only ship to Cont. US.  (granted I seem to continue to run into people interested elsewhere, so now I'm rethinking my shipping to worldwide after I of course get a little more educated on it all)  But back to the question; when it does come down to shipping elsewhere and changing shipping costs to the destination, how do I go about revising an invoice for the buyer to pay with the updated shipping costs?  Is it as simple as messaging the buyer to not pay as soon as the auction ends and wait for an updated invoice?  Once that is done, do I update the post after its completed to show the affect of an updated price?  Can I even change the price of the item and shipping after the auction ends? Then wait for buyer to pay the new price?  Or do I change the price in Paypal? 

 

-Sorry for all the questions, I just want to do it right the first time so I can learn from here on out how to go about adjusting prices and shipping for buyers in other countries.

post #846 of 14113
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Originally Posted by MuZI View Post



I bought them online and they turned out to be the wrong size. I'm not trying to make profit from them but if they are bid for less then $15 then after shipping and fees I'm paying money to sell them...

then just don't offer free shipping.
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I brought the topic of measurements up in another thread, but wouldn't mind more discussion. I just bought a 40R Hickey Freeman that was listed with shoulders of 19.5" and BOC length of 31", but when I received it and measured it, I got 19" for the shoulder and 30.5" for the length. Now I'm looking at a 40R Paul Stuart suit on ebay made by Southwick with a shoulder measurement of 18" and a length from the bottom of the collar of 32". That seems to be quite narrow and long for a 40R, especially for traditional suit makers like Southwick and Paul Stuart. I'm thinking about taking a chance on it since it's a good price. 

 

It would be interesting to know when people buy on ebay based on measurements, do they usually shoot for a range (like shoulders between 18.5" and 19.5" for a 19" shoulder), or do you only buy when the measurement is right on for you. It would also be interesting to know when people buy a suit, how often do the measurements not come out to what was listed or what you expected. 

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Ok, so this specifically is about NOT selling on eBay, but it still seem like the best place to ask this. If I want to send and item to a member here, how do i go about printing postage for a regional rate box? I guess eBay has them listed if you print through them, but if I go to the USPS.com site, I can never get them to show up as an available option, even though I've read people posting that they've done so.

So I downloaded Click-N-Ship, and can see them if on the "Calculate a Price" page, but it won't let me "Pay and Print". The button just stays greyed out. On the "Domestic Shipping Label" page, I again can't get the regional boxes to show up as options.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #849 of 14113
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Originally Posted by Mox C View Post

Ok, so this specifically is about NOT selling on eBay, but it still seem like the best place to ask this. If I want to send and item to a member here, how do i go about printing postage for a regional rate box? I guess eBay has them listed if you print through them, but if I go to the USPS.com site, I can never get them to show up as an available option, even though I've read people posting that they've done so.
So I downloaded Click-N-Ship, and can see them if on the "Calculate a Price" page, but it won't let me "Pay and Print". The button just stays greyed out. On the "Domestic Shipping Label" page, I again can't get the regional boxes to show up as options.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Shows up for me under options along with flat rate, etc.

post #850 of 14113
Wow. Ok, so I was looking under the "Calculate a Price" option on the website, which seems to have a very limited number of options. I didn't even notice that I wasn't looking under the actual shipping procedure.

Still curious about why Click-N-Ship is acting the way it is, but I'm guessing I'm missing something obvious there as well. Thanks for the help.
post #851 of 14113
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Originally Posted by The Dork View Post

I brought the topic of measurements up in another thread, but wouldn't mind more discussion. I just bought a 40R Hickey Freeman that was listed with shoulders of 19.5" and BOC length of 31", but when I received it and measured it, I got 19" for the shoulder and 30.5" for the length. Now I'm looking at a 40R Paul Stuart suit on ebay made by Southwick with a shoulder measurement of 18" and a length from the bottom of the collar of 32". That seems to be quite narrow and long for a 40R, especially for traditional suit makers like Southwick and Paul Stuart. I'm thinking about taking a chance on it since it's a good price. 

It would be interesting to know when people buy on ebay based on measurements, do they usually shoot for a range (like shoulders between 18.5" and 19.5" for a 19" shoulder), or do you only buy when the measurement is right on for you. It would also be interesting to know when people buy a suit, how often do the measurements not come out to what was listed or what you expected. 

Not exactly an answer to your question but I think that 1/4 inch either way is a reasonable standard due to slight differences in measuring techniques, maybe 1/8 inch for length.

And a Southwick made BB 1818 40L is usually around 31 inches BOC. 32 inches in a 40 is not far from XL territory. But there are often variations in measurements even on unaltered suits.
post #852 of 14113
I prefer to measure from the collar seam rather than the bottom of the collar. It looks to me like the collar itself will vary in the same way that lapels do, though not as much, obviously.
post #853 of 14113
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

He still thinks Vintage means expensive and classy...not old. Thinking about sending him a dictionary, lol. I have a few lying around here.

 

I would rip out the page with the definition for "Vintage" and high light it. Ship it to him with the forever stamp.

 

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Oops. Fixed that..lol.

 

I could send it to them, and try for the last 15 bucks just to screw him, but it is not really worth the shipping cost to do that. Either way, He is out $38 and has no vintage suit to show for it. I actually made a very small profit. He should have taken the return with the $4.54 restocking fee, but hey...if he wants to learn the hard way, I am happy to teach him.

 

Just out of curiosity, I googled the buyers name to see who I was dealing with. Turns out he is a 50 year old dude in NY. He has a trademark on record for some recording equipment, which is yet to be developed. I had the opportunity to leave the first review, but I decided not to at this time.

 

I was thinking maybe something like this.

"The product is not what I expected. It is not worth the expense I paid or the time I spent. I get better recording results from my vintage equipment at home."

 

That would be a dick move but it's justified. Do it!

 

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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

What's eBay?? puzzled.gif

 

You know, the Bay that comes after "dBay"...Yikes! Tough crowd...

 

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Originally Posted by grendel View Post

So this morning the Samuelsohn suit buyer opened a SNAD. How a restocking fee issue makes the item not as described I'm not sure, but there you go.

 

I talked to eBay at lunchtime and the customer service rep said that since it's there in the description the restocking fee is valid, even though I didn't have it in the return policy section (which I've fixed in my auction template going forward). Unfortunately I had to respond to his case first and can't escalate to the eBay customer service reps for a week, but she did indicate that it's pretty clear. 

 

I forgot to ask about the final value fees that he denied by refusing to cancel the transaction, so I called back and they did it immediately. 

 

Altogether a much more pleasant experience than I expected, so now we'll see if this guy sees the light or if eBay has to step in. 

 

Where's the ebay black list again? I need to add this guy and wes needs to add his. 

 

Almost there!

 

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Originally Posted by Digmenow View Post

I highly recommend going to your local pawnshops and asking to see their inventory of digital cameras. They usually have at least 10 or more from which to choose and you should be able to test them out right there. Most come complete with cases, instructions, batteries and memory cards (more on that in a moment!). I picked up a 3 year old Olympus that sold for around $300 new for $40. I looked up reviews of the cameras in the store on my phone before I made a selection.
I deleted the pics of the nubile females in swimwear that were still on the memory card, however. bounce2.gifshog[1].gif
Just remember to offer less than the ticketed price.

 

Come on, Dig! We all know you still have those! Share the wealth!

 

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Originally Posted by suited View Post

Something I came up with during idle time today. I fold the piece of paper and turn it into an envelope, much cooler than placing the letter in an actual envelope. It has customer printed on the backside, as you can see. I close it with a small seal. Presentation is everything, foo.

 

Wow! That's a smart idea!

post #854 of 14113

Took me forever and a half to get through to customer service on eBay, but apparently I was a victim of a glitch in their system (with regards to the problem I posted about a few threads ago).

 

On that note: if anybody wants to talk to a human on eBay customer support (very difficult...they have a pretty hefty tree of options and if you go down any of the branches you'll get a crap computer answer) just keep hitting the pound key when they ask you to select one of their options.

post #855 of 14113
Hey guys, have you shipped anything to any US soldiers on base? I had one win a BIN and the shipping is a base in afghanistan. The address doesn't look like any address I've seen and I wouldn't care, but ebay says the address is invalid and will not let me print a label. WTF??? anyway, let me know if you've had anything like this.

He may have bought stuff from someone here, his feedback history has all kinds of menswear.... c&j, alden, BB.. etc
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