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

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

  1. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Well-Known Member

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    Is there a seperate "Priority mail international flat rate legal envelope"?
    or do you just use the flat rate legal envelope with the proper postage? For the life of me I can't find the product on the website.

    Also, did everybody get this?
    You’ve got 400k free listings!
    This time the promo includes 10 day listings which are usually another $.40. Nice, guess I'll be working hard to get all my stuff ready to list Thursday night.

    Thanks,
    Tx
     
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  2. Aidan K

    Aidan K Well-Known Member

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    As sellers, do you guys nudge people that havent left feedback? I find ~50% of buyers never bother.
     
  3. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I usually send a quick note after 30-40 days if I havnt heard and they havnt left feedback. I would say about 50% of the 50% (25% additional) that dont leave feedback do after you ask which brings it up to about 75% total which isnt too bad.
     
  4. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    I don't. Ebay sends a reminder automatically after a few weeks. I figure they might get annoyed by more reminders and leave neutral or neg feedback.
     
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  5. Aidan K

    Aidan K Well-Known Member

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    Fair enough, I won't worry too much about it. Thanks for the feedback.
     
  6. Snoogz

    Snoogz Well-Known Member

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    As far as the feedback goes, I tend to leave feedback about 2 weeks after the buyer has purchased the item IF they haven't left it earlier (in which I'll leave feedback right after them).

    I agree to those sellers who leave feedback immediately after paying, because that's our responsibility. But I've found that if they haven't left feedback after 2 weeks, and I go and leave it then, I feel that my actions then come accross to them as a reminder in receiving it to go ahead and leave it for me if they have forgotten. It has seemed to work well for me so far.

    So essentially me leaving feedback 2 weeks after the purchase, works as a reminder for them to leave it.
     
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  7. FaceOfBoh

    FaceOfBoh Well-Known Member

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    What I hate:
    Buyers who win an auction and then feel the need to negotiate a better shipping rate (usually only to save what amounts to only a dollar to two). Has happened twice to me lately. A close second is when they confirm fit after winning the auction. A winner wanted sizing help on a Burberry mac that clearly was not going to fit and instead of drawing it out to a painfully and costly end I bit the bullet and said, "No, it's not going to fit. In the future please confirm sizing before bidding/winning. You will receive an transaction cancellation notice shortly."

    What I love: if you can carry inventory, post a 30 day auction and someone will come along eventually and it'll be just what they're looking for. Thanks the brianpore for this; he's advocated this many times.
     
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  8. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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    +1 HATE when someone asks about size after.... I offer free shipping so no room to negotiate that part. Find it so much easier.

    And yea..... $2K GIANNI VERSACE Black Rain Jacket Sport Coat Blazer Jeans Couture XL 42 R [​IMG]
    Sold at BIN price of $175 after sitting on ebay for 4 months and turning down multiple offers at/under $100.
     
  9. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Well-Known Member

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    I dont think I could have got that much, well done.
     
  10. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    shocked. well done indeed.
     
  11. Brianpore

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  12. txwoodworker

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    If I could get Spoo $'s for stuff, I'd have everything on a 10 day auction and be done with it. As it is, BIN is my friend. Can't imagine I could've gotten $75 on some Florsheim monk straps at an auction.
    and hey... shameless self bump, because I want to get this shipped...

    Is there a specific International Priority Mail Flat Rate Legal Envelope or will the regular one with proper postage work?
     
  13. dexconstruct

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    Regular envelope with international postage.
     
  14. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Well-Known Member

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    Ugh...

    8 months preceding June - 160+ transactions, 2 non-paying bidders, 1 pretty valid return - 1.8% of total
    June so far - 22 transactions, 5 nonpaying bidders, 1 return falsely claiming incorrect measurements - 27% of total.
     
  15. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
     
  16. capnwes

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    I'm gonna keep on with my instant feedback upon payment, but I really do like your idea.

    I hate when people ask me if I will consider lowering my BIN, and then when I say "Yes, No problem. What is your offer?" They offer me less than my starting bid price.
    FTFY

    About 5% of my bidders don't pay. I've had 18 over the past 90 days and 3 were last week alone.Returns are at 12 in 90 days, cost of selling menswear. Most were for fit issues, for which I charge 10% restocking fee.
     
  17. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Well-Known Member

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    Do you find folks fight the restocking fee? The current return I have ongoing the guy is claiming inaccurate measurements so I'm planning on giving a full refund to try and avoid a negative feedback and going with a second chance offer tithe next in line.
     
  18. capnwes

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    I don't fight it if they contest it. I do remind them of the 12% ebay/paypal fees, and the free shipping I paid to let them try the item on. Most don't complain about it but I have had a few. I had one last week who I negotiated down to 5%. If they are claiming it is my fault, I don't even bother with the restocking fee. That would be asking for trouble.
     
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  19. GMMcL

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    This restocking fee talk is timely. Like Cap, I dont fight it if contested, and affirmatively waive it (and original shipping) if its clearly my error. It does piss me off when dudes contest it. But cap: how are ebay/ppl fees relevant to justifying the restock? Those fees are refunded when you process a return. I usually say it goes to listing fees, shipping time/materials and perceived value diminution among buyers that the item is defective where in fact it is not. i'd say roughly 50% of buyers are cool about it and others are jerks. For example, one guy, who bought brand new AE Sanfords and returned based on color transfer and some writing on the sole, threw a hissy fit that i wanted the restock fee. Another guy is saying I minimized the mothball smell in some nwob alden suede shoes even though I USED ALL CAPS WHEN DESCRIBING IT.
    There's just no pleasing some people.
     
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