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Buying and Selling on eBay: Tips, Tricks, Problems & Questions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HansderHund, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. goneAWOL

    goneAWOL Well-Known Member

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    How do you ship ties? Folded or rolled up, and in a bubble mailer or box?
     
  2. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    Until recently, I was shipping rolled in a 2x3x5 box. Had two come back from the same buyer. He claimed they were not as discribed, but never gave an explaination of what he meant. Both were in Excellent shape when sent, but returned a bit creased and required pressing. I assume this is what he was referring to. Now I use a small flat rate priority box with it loosely folded. No feedback on the new method yet.

    See Brianpore for other options...which may or may not be considered federal crime.
     
  3. VLSI

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    I've been wondering about that last part, Wes. Didn't stop me though :hide:

    Brian's method really does make a great package though.
     
  4. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    I think if you actually end up shipping it priority, you are in the clear. Otherwise it is unlikely you would be caught unless the package got caught in a sorter or something and tore open, exposing the naughty stuff.
     
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  5. VLSI

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    That happened to me before when I used brown shipping paper around priority boxes. The woman at the post office is the one who told me to do it too. All that happened was the guy I was returning it to had to pay the difference in shipping methods.
     
  6. HansderHund

    HansderHund Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone else noticed a serious decline in interest in summer clothing? I know it's that time when people abandon summer purchases in favor of fall, but I'm not seeing much interest at all in the few warm weather items I have. I haven't listed any tweed/corduroy/coats/boots yet. When do you generally roll out these things? I planned to start at the end of the month.
     
  7. mjt73106

    mjt73106 Well-Known Member

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    My linen shirts and sport coats are still selling very well, but the basic short sleeve cotton shirt seems to be stalled. BTW, I have sold about five BR linen sport coats this past month. They have sold between $24 and $40 plus $12.90 for shipping. Seems that I have a difficult time selling high end Italian jackets for much more. I have sold four sweaters this week, which may be signaling the start of the new season. One of the sweaters, a heavy wool one sold to Brazil(?) So not sure that is part of the seasonal flux since it is winter there, or as much as winter that it can be. . .
     
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  8. grendel

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    I use the padded flat rate envelopes, folded in 3rds.
     
  9. mjt73106

    mjt73106 Well-Known Member

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    Number 2 bubble pack envelope - USPS first class with free tracking. Folded in thirds.
     
  10. Cotton Dockers

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    I do a soft roll, inside a plastic sandwich bag to avoid pulls, all in a small flat rate box. No complaints yet.
     
  11. Brianpore

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  12. VLSI

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    I can't tell if you're being sarcastic?

    [​IMG]

    :nodding:

    (if you didn't want that posted, just let me know)
     
  13. HansderHund

    HansderHund Well-Known Member

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    I know what you mean. I just sold a linen sport coat and there is interest in my other linen stuff, it just isn't selling like it was in May. Same with sunglasses. At the same time, I don't see a lot of views on the few fall items that I've listed. I guess that just means we're in between seasons and that a month will change the ballgame quite a bit. It's hard for retailers at this time of the year when they are trying to push summer stuff out the door and get people into a fall mindset. They really push "back to school" to drive people in the right direction.
     
  14. HansderHund

    HansderHund Well-Known Member

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    I just noticed that ebay.de and ebay.com isn't allowing me to filter my searches with "new without tags." Are people not allowed to list items under this category anymore?
     
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    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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  16. Calder

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    When buying, never under-estimate the ability of users to make spelling mistakes. I've picked up several nice pairs of "Brouge" shoes quite cheap, for example.

    When selling, remember that a high-quality picture is worth a thousand words
     
  17. hmmurdock

    hmmurdock Well-Known Member

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    30 minutes of my life have been wasted with eBay customer service....transferred about eight times....but my only negative feedback has sucessfully been removed.

    :slayer:
     
  18. Brianpore

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    100% don't count that wasted then [​IMG] I'd take 30 = remove one neg feedback every time, hell I'd spend an hour on the phone if I could have gotten it removed. What was your "reason"?
     
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    Zenga Suits, Vinyard Vines ties used to be $, but now the "Brands" tab on item specifics page kinda kills that
     
  20. Calder

    Calder Well-Known Member

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    The "Brands" field is a two edged sword for stupid sellers though.

    I'm watching a coat at the minute... the label pics say Aquascutum, the description says Aquascutum... but the item specifics doesn't have it, and nor does the title of the sale!

    So anyone searching for it by brand or name won't find it. But I spotted it. And I have no concerns over taking advantage of stupid people.
     

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