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post #17026 of 110261
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Originally Posted by tonylamer View Post

My theory is: if it has two buttons and a vent, it'll look good with a pair of jeans.

This is a lousy theory.
post #17027 of 110261
RE the NWOT issue, I generally use "as new" instead.
post #17028 of 110261
Any advice on how to deal with buyers who don't pay on eBay? I have 4 items right now that haven't been paid for. It is absurd. In several of these cases, these people placed last minute bids, won the item, and decided not to pay.
post #17029 of 110261
^^ Not much you can do other than send them reminder messages and starting a Non-Paying bidder dispute which doesn't do anything other than get you your Final Value Fee credit back and they get a demerit or something. It's stupid. It's happening all too often now since you cannot leave buyers neg. feedback.. If they don't pay within 4-5 days, I offer a Second Chance Offer to the next bidder down from them. Doesn't always work, but sometimes they'll bite.

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Originally Posted by tonylamer View Post

Apparently, someone named Ron Adams just died and left his closet full of Samuelsohns to Goodwill. I hit the store just as the rack was coming out and found these. Four Samuelsohn sportcoats in staple colours and patterns.


Nice score - I live for the motherlode finds like this. Go back and tear the store apart for the pants, though. As others said, you have several orphans in there. I'm sure only the cashmere and maybe the light grayish one (but doubtful because of black buttons) are sportcoats.
Edited by Nataku - 8/24/11 at 1:33pm
post #17030 of 110261
Man, this thread is hopping.

  • I'd call it NWOT only if I removed the tag or there's something really obvious that precludes it from being used like unfinished hems or sleeves, white "basting" threads, other packaging. Otherwise just call it like new condition.
  • Recently had a guy not pay me on eBay for a week. After a reminder I filed for resolution which usually does nothing but this time he replied.

    Said he didn't think he would win, had buyer's remorse, and could he have a discount. ffffuuuu.gif
    I gave in. He replied asking for another discount. fuvissmiley.gif

    We settled on the first discounted price.
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@ Nataku. Thanks. I have the day off of work, so I'll head down there and look for the pants. If they exist, I'm sure they're there. I'm torn because I can't possibly fit into the pants. But I can wear the jackets. And I've read through a lot of your posts detailing how tough it is to sell this stuff. I guess the catch is that I'm willing practically to give it away. I also have this 70% silk Samuelsohn SC in 44L that anyone here can have for $25 plus shipping if it doesn't sell on EBay in the next five days. I was going to give it to another SFer, but it's too big for him:

 

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@ YoungAmerican. Yeah, I know my theory's lousy. But since joining this site and learning the difference between canvassed and fused, I've drawn compliments from strangers every single time that I've left the house with a "good" jacket (Zegna, Samuelsohn) and a pair of jeans. I'm a third-year law student working in a courthouse this summer, and I've seen PLENTY of legal-aid type lawyers wearing horrible orphaned suit jackets with chinos or even brown slacks. But I really believe that a 20- or 30-something guy can pull off almost any jacket with a nice pair of jeans, a good shirt, and AEs or a similar-quality shoe. Especially if you're just going out to dinner or a bar. I guess this is a topic for a different thread.

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Originally Posted by HomerJ View Post

  • Recently had a guy not pay me on eBay for a week. After a reminder I filed for resolution which usually does nothing but this time he replied.

    Said he didn't think he would win, had buyer's remorse, and could he have a discount. ffffuuuu.gif
    I gave in. He replied asking for another discount. fuvissmiley.gif

    We settled on the first discounted price.

 


as soon as you start reading you get the picture where its headed.. that guy will get karma in a big way.

post #17033 of 110261
If someone could get enough startup cash, they could totally put the final nail in eBay's casket. Notwithstanding the fact that it seems vaguely illegal for a company to charge a number of separate final value fees on the same amount (that is, eBay charges final fees on the winning bid + shipping then Paypal charges you a fee on that same amount, even though that amount isn't a real value because eBay has already applied a fee on that amount...), the fact that the company has decided to side solely with the buyers is nonsensical and a very poor business decision.
post #17034 of 110261
@tonylamer

Is the navy blue jacket two-button? Also, is it a 40S? If so, and you can find the pants, I might be interested.



Some luck lately, especially with Lands' End ties. But since I'm not really flipping right now, I've passed up some very, very nice stuff (HF brown 2 button windowpane SC in 44L, Zegna trofeo 2button gray pinstripes w/out vents that I can't remember sizes on). Hard to do, but I'm not going to spend the money just to let it sit.

Is there a thread where people could list what they are potentially looking for from the thrift stores? For instance, I'm in the market for a navy 2B suit and a light to medium gray SC in 40S (solids, herringbone, or glen plaids/windowpane); so if someone found something like that, it would really hold my interest and potentially benefit their pockets.
post #17035 of 110261
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Originally Posted by horse's_ass View Post

If someone could get enough startup cash, they could totally put the final nail in eBay's casket. Notwithstanding the fact that it seems vaguely illegal for a company to charge a number of separate final value fees on the same amount (that is, eBay charges final fees on the winning bid + shipping then Paypal charges you a fee on that same amount, even though that amount isn't a real value because eBay has already applied a fee on that amount...), the fact that the company has decided to side solely with the buyers is nonsensical and a very poor business decision.

Peter Thiel of paypal was handing out angel investments for young entrepreneurs who signed an agreement not to go to college in exchange for the cash to do a startup. Seeing as paypal is so integral to ebay, though, I doubt he'd be interested.
post #17036 of 110261
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Originally Posted by horse's_ass View Post

If someone could get enough startup cash, they could totally put the final nail in eBay's casket. Notwithstanding the fact that it seems vaguely illegal for a company to charge a number of separate final value fees on the same amount (that is, eBay charges final fees on the winning bid + shipping then Paypal charges you a fee on that same amount, even though that amount isn't a real value because eBay has already applied a fee on that amount...), the fact that the company has decided to side solely with the buyers is nonsensical and a very poor business decision.

eBay has succesfully blocked search sites that looked across auction sites. I think that was the only hope for competition. There have been many competitors to eBay - but auctions require critical mass of both buyers and sellers. The reality is that even if eBay is charging 40% of sales, you'll still do better on eBay (with tons of people searching and buying) than on a much cheaper option with nobody searching. For an auction to find a market price, you need multiple bidders.
post #17037 of 110261
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Originally Posted by YoungAmerican View Post


eBay has succesfully blocked search sites that looked across auction sites. I think that was the only hope for competition. There have been many competitors to eBay - but auctions require critical mass of both buyers and sellers. The reality is that even if eBay is charging 40% of sales, you'll still do better on eBay (with tons of people searching and buying) than on a much cheaper option with nobody searching. For an auction to find a market price, you need multiple bidders.

Indeed, but it seems like the majority of sellers are ready to leave eBay. I mean, look at the eBay forums, they're littered with people who are absolutely unhappy with the "service." As more and more forums, such as SF, adopt B&S platforms, I think it is becoming increasingly likely that someone with significant resources challenges eBay.
post #17038 of 110261

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Originally Posted by horse's_ass View Post

Indeed, but it seems like the majority of sellers are ready to leave eBay. I mean, look at the eBay forums, they're littered with people who are absolutely unhappy with the "service." As more and more forums, such as SF, adopt B&S platforms, I think it is becoming increasingly likely that someone with significant resources challenges eBay.


As long as i am able to provide the stuff that the buyers on SF want i will always use B&S, unless i have something that sells remarkably well on ebay

post #17039 of 110261
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Originally Posted by tonylamer View Post

@ Nataku. Thanks. I have the day off of work, so I'll head down there and look for the pants. If they exist, I'm sure they're there. I'm torn because I can't possibly fit into the pants. But I can wear the jackets. And I've read through a lot of your posts detailing how tough it is to sell this stuff.


Not sure what you're referring to. Selling the stuff isn't hard at all. It takes me maybe 5 minutes to list up a suit. If you have the right price on it, it'll go. Those Samuelsohn suits look recent, and this is a big factor with most makers (along with being vented). If they are vented and recent, you could sell them on here no problem. I was just making a comment that B/S is definitely not as great as it was before the recent change. eBay isn't hard either. Despite the fees and such, I've pretty much moved all my sales there unless I have something I know a specific member on here will want. Then I will just PM them and offer it up.

Had a couple finds today.

- John W Nordstrom navy sportcoat. 100% Loro Piana cashmere. Side vented. 3 btn. 48L if anyone is interested.
- Cool back-woodsy wooden fish sculpture by an artist named Josh Grant.

Passed on a vintage Sulka tie. The thing was hideous. Also had an "All Silk" tag but felt like polyester and was very thin. Felt like it was from K-Mart. Likely dated from the mid to late 70's.
post #17040 of 110261
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Originally Posted by TheWGP View Post

Really not having any luck around here lately in thrifts. frown.gif

My best find in awhile, though - a Tivo Series 2 Humax DVD-recording unit... with lifetime subscription! 20 bucks. Works fine, should ebay for ~100-120.

Is there a way to check for a lifetime subscription in the store, or did you get lucky?
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