Originally Posted by Lirum
I'm a student, and really like predictable routine. When I started selling things I really didn't like that one Monday down the road I could need an hour+ to ship things before classes and the next week need only 15 minutes. Awhile ago @txwoodworker posted a pic of his setup and some quick explanation on how he deals with shipping and I copied. Now, when I'm done shooting, measuring, and listing an item, I also package it then and write a number on the outside of the box. When an item sells, I check the description for a number, walk to the wall of boxes and find the corresponding number. I take the box off the wall, print off an adhesive label, and I'm done.
The most I've shipped in a day has been 10 items, sure. But unless a buyer is requesting combined shipping (of which I have had 0 requests so far), I don't have that unpredictable time pileup that forces me to consider being late to class or voiding my stated 24hr handling time. I love it.
I suppose that system works if you have little chance of people bidding on & winning / buying multiple items, and I used to pack things as they got bids when I only listed 10 or 15 items at auction...but this past week I listed about 70 auction items and have had such a fluctuation that I could never pre-pack as I'd need to unpack & repack several times. i.e.: off the bat one guy was the high bidder on 6 items, and now he's been outbid by separate people on 5 of those 6...so I'd have to pack the 6 items, then unpack & repack into 6 separate packages, and maybe shuffle around again if the original bidder ups his bids later. Nope, it's going to be a painful Sunday night / Monday morning with 40 items bid on so far.
Originally Posted by thefastlife
DEAR GOD NO!
While examing the pull I see this. Is the sweater ruined or should I send these pics and see what he wants to do
Send the pics and ask, is what I would do if I missed the thread pull and the hole. Be honest, tell him you missed the flaws, offer to cancel the sale or give a partial refund towards the cost of having a few stitches done. I've had 2 or 3 sales over the years where I missed something until I was packing it up - crapped my pants - explained to the buyer and in all cases they said "ship it anyway".
My nomination for "tool of the day": eBay username cleanshower - asked a bunch of inane questions, offered me $20 on a pair of $224 OBO shoes and $50 on a $374 OBO suit. Huge waste of time, better to block from the get-go.
My question of the day: If I have scheduled start listings and want to "reschedule" them en masse to start immediately, is there no option to accomplish that other than edit individually? All I see is the option to reschedule them for a set time in the future, and optionally space them out, but no option to "start now".