Originally Posted by VLSI
Other than the dior ties, you can probably sell everything. Just not for margins that I would be happy with. I think some
Valentino stuff may actually be worth money, but since I don't know the difference, I pass on it all. And actually, the burberrys jacket/pants you can probably trick someone into buying, but it's not the "good" stuff.
Valentino's Tailoring line is made by Isaia and is really good quality. I made a good chunk of change selling a sport coat from that line a while ago, but I listed the brand as Isaia because Valentino does not appear to move on Ebay at all. I think the ladies like it a lot more than the gents.
Originally Posted by suited
My main concern right now is selling accurately described quantity and acquiring some feedback. If I began by only listing the highest quality items, I have a feeling it would take me far too long to accumulate enough feedback to get things moving. I'd also suspect that there are plenty of buyers out there that will make no distinction between various lines within a brand - and are only looking for a name.
However, I take my own opinion here with a grain of salt since I am new to this. As far as margins, it's going to vary between items, but I feel comfortable with what I paid. None of these were purchased from boutique thrift stores, all were from GW's, so it was a cheap haul.
"If I began by only listing the highest quality items, I have a feeling it would take me far too long to accumulate enough feedback to get things moving"
With the exception of brands such as Oxxford, high quality items are what is desirable to most Ebay buyers. Things will 'get moving' as soon as you have something to sell that someone wants to buy. Sure some people might be hesitant to buy from you in the beginning and a few items might go for less than others could get for them, but that's better than the $0.50 profit (or loss) you'd get with something old and shitty.
"I'd also suspect that there are plenty of buyers out there that will make no distinction between various lines within a brand - and are only looking for a name."
You only have to look at Ebay completed listings for brands such as Lanvin, Dior and YSL to see that's not entirely true. Sure some items sneak by, going for say $50 for a suit or sport coat. But many, many others sit there at their $14.99 opening bids, not moving. If you're looking to sell vintage, you'd probably have better luck on Etsy.
The other thing to consider, if you really want to stick around for the long haul, is building client base. Feedback is great, but if all of your feedback is for crap stuff, what does it say? If all you want is feedback, go to Goodwill, buy every tie that isn't stained or damaged, and put them all up for $0.01 opening bid.
Or look at a guy like Spoo, who's made a name and built a loyal client base over the years by selling good stuff that people want (and some horribly gaudy shit, but gaudy shit that people still want). And see how many of his auctions are featured on the most recent PTO Ebay listings, and how much his items tend to sell for.