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post #1 of 66
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Ebay is really becoming a drag. I've got a pair of C&J cordovan loafers up for auction and just received this message:

"Yes indeed I do have a question. How and IF is it indicated that they are "Crockett" Polo? Is it printed inside the shoe or on the sole? If not, why Crockett & Jones? I see fraudulent listings all the time. Please provide photo documentation of your authencity of "Crockett". If you do not, you may be certain that it will be reported. Thanks,and good luck with your listing. Bill Wells"

So basically, because this clown doesn't know what he's talking about, I might have to defend myself to ebay.

I guess things like this are part of the reason why the sf selling forum is so popular.

It also makes me really hesitate to purchase clothing/shoes over the net anymore. If I try something on in person, I'll know it fits, I like the color, etc. Then I won't waste so much time searching/buying/selling/shipping sartorial items all over the USA.
post #2 of 66
it's enough dealing with scum in person. now you have to do it over the internet? forget it. i hate ebay.
post #3 of 66
Don't worry about that fool, just put enough info in your ad that the shoes are manufactured by CJ for Polo and that they can call any Polo mansion to confirm as well as CJ. He may be a competitor or a nut, his feedback will tell.

Also, when someone is pre-empting a confrontation instead of being polite, add him to a blocked buyers list for your auctions.
post #4 of 66
Dear Mr. Wells,

Or do you prefer the moniker, "the ultimate DB"? Kindly point yourself to the HOF: Labels, heels and nail patterns - Secrets to ID the maker thread.

It's nice to know people like you are keeping ebay safe.

Ebayingly yours,
William
post #5 of 66
I have an auction right now for some Aldens and I've received the same stupid question two days in a row because the first person did not read the description and the second person did not read the description and the question that the first idiot already asked.

Another person asked if the shoes were real or fake shell cordovan.

Also, I've been burned twice by German buyers who take the goods then tell Paypal that they never got it and since Germany isn't seller protected I get screwed.
post #6 of 66
LeatherSoul, I'm sorry to hear that about German buyers. I've bought quite a couple of items internationally and I've never had and never caused any problems. Still, I don't think it is fair that sellers can't give negative feedback any longer.
post #7 of 66
ja thats nasty. but i think that german customs authorities frisk every single parcel that is coming from the u.s. - at least you quote the approximate value of the shoes on the accompanying ticket, so you can be sure the parcel will be opended. custom duties on import of shoes into germany are circa 6% tax and 19% vat. finally the buyer has to sign some documents before they hand over your parcel.
i would advise you to do some research, to contact your postal service if your parcels had been handled by german authorities.
post #8 of 66
Same with Romania - also EU. Just use a Intl Signed for Parcel (or equivalent), or UPS, Fedex. etc. With the weak dollar and the strong euro, plus the fact that always prices were lower in the US (even when the dollar was very strong) you have a good bargain on state side shopping. Insure the package for lost in transit (it happens) so you and the buyer are protected!
post #9 of 66
I have been advised by a friend to not order things from the US. He had several (non-sartorial) items getting lost, whether at custom or elsewhere.
post #10 of 66
I've had 150 transactions on eBay, the bulk of them international transactions, and the bulk of those involved US-to-Australia shipping. Never a lost item yet. Most items US to Oz arrive so prompty and reliably I can predict which day they'll arrive. So long as you require buyers to pay for shipping that gives some kind of tracking, I'd be deeply sceptical about 'lost in transit' claims. Most Western postal services (other than a few I won't mention) are extremely reliable nowadays. They have to be, given all the competition.
post #11 of 66
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Originally Posted by rssmsvc View Post
Don't worry about that fool, just put enough info in your ad that the shoes are manufactured by CJ for Polo and that they can call any Polo mansion to confirm as well as CJ. He may be a competitor or a nut, his feedback will tell.

Also, when someone is pre-empting a confrontation instead of being polite, add him to a blocked buyers list for your auctions.

+1

Truth.



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Originally Posted by CatsEyes View Post
Most Western postal services (other than a few I won't mention) are extremely reliable nowadays. They have to be, given all the competition.

Agreed, but let's mention at least one of the bad ones - Italy.

To all sellers - use a service with tracking & signature on delivery whenever sending an items of any significant value internationally. It's just not the hassle otherwise.
post #12 of 66
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Originally Posted by Holdfast View Post
... Agreed, but let's mention at least one of the bad ones - Italy. ...
As an Italian who has bought several items on eBay I can say that Italian postal system is far from perfect but works, you just have to use a signed for service, never lost an item, even a very badly packaged Pringle cashmere vest finally came to me (did I say packaged? Badly wrapped in paper, but it came anyway). Customs are probable if buying from USA but USPS is your best bet to avoid them.
post #13 of 66
Russia's pretty bad too. A coworker is from Russia, and she and her husband send things to their relatives. The boxes always arrive, but the contents sometimes do not.
post #14 of 66
Tom, I am so sorry for you. Please watch out with international.

That is the reason why I only encourage canadaian, korean, british, and japanese buyers if it has to be international.
post #15 of 66
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Originally Posted by shoe View Post
Tom, I am so sorry for you. Please watch out with international.

That is the reason why I only encourage canadaian, korean, british, and japanese buyers if it has to be international.

Thanks Brian. I've sent hundreds and hundreds of shoes to Japan and have not lost one...knock on wood. I've sent about 10 pairs to Germany and lost 3. It may be USPS, but shipping via FedEx or UPS normally scares people off since it costs $150 versus $50 by USPS.

Another problem is the communication.
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