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

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

  1. jebarne

    jebarne Well-Known Member

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    Very Nice. Looks like the photo quality by the participants of this group are greatly improved.
     
  2. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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    Send it to me to sell...that's how you get top dollar. [​IMG]

    Pictures are not bad...could be better (look at link below), but they are still better then 90% of the people selling normal clothing. When you start to get into the high end stuff (especially NWT) everyone has nice setups.

    IMO, list it BIN OBO 30 day listings at a high price and let it sit, and sit, and sit. Someone who wants it will eventually come along and make you a fair offer. Prob looking at a selling price in the $650-$850 range. I'd prob list at $995 to start with and see how many views/watchers you get.

    Here is what has sold NWT recently http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...-suit&_nkw=brioni+-cashmere+-suit&_sacat=3002
     
  3. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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    And with new lights comes a new way to photo shoes [​IMG] All I do is a quick resize and auto-contrast which is saving SOOOOOOO much time [​IMG]

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  4. chiron

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    Nice!

    Staging a suit has become more and more important . Sellers like threadmen and newer sellers are taking staging to the next level with some very nice profits.
     
  5. marc roberto

    marc roberto Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot! I will be taking your advice. [​IMG]
     
  6. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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  8. marc roberto

    marc roberto Well-Known Member

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    Yes, thanks, I got in touch with him. Thanks for the advice. I'm not too far from N.J. either so I may actually do that with a bunch of valuable stuff I have.
     
  9. Brianpore

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  10. txwoodworker

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    Great! I'm glad to see it working out. I've got a great setup too, now I have to get off my ass and list everything, or palletize everything and send it to you!
    On the subject, are you doing listing manually, or are you working from a program?
    I'm seriously thinking of starting a listing service, so I can just hire someone to do it for me.
     
  11. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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  12. txwoodworker

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    Like this: http://ebaytradingassistant.com/directory/index.php?page=home
    and thanks for the links to other great sellers, I'm always looking for someone who's got it figured out so I can copy/improve on!
    That one guy with the diagonal pics, there has to be a rate of diminishing returns if you spend an additional 10-15 minutes staging all your photos. I suppose it works if you're only listing stuff selling for a couple hundo and up. Seriously makes me wonder if I should just quit with shirts, pants and other $10-20 items and focus on shoes/suits. I'm still within my first 6 months of this, so have to find my niche, and Austin is not a dress up town.
     
  13. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been at this very long either, but have made my own mistakes and realized I needed to be choosier, despite the fact I don't find that much stuff to begin with...otherwise I ended up with a glut of items I didn't feel like listing knowing I'd only make $10 or $15 profit after all the work put into it.
    On the other hand, I do still pick up PRL shirts, decent ties etc, as I've had some good results when bundling items that aren't worth the time & effort trying to sell individually. Best of luck!
     
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  14. hooker4186

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    Thanks guys - thinner makes sense - going with a % mix should keep me from overdoing it. I'm thinking I should probably use cotton swabs or q-tips to control it yeah?
     
  15. marc roberto

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    I have some new shoes with the price written in permanent marker on the bottom, the soles are leather, do I use paint thinner for that too or is there something better?
     
  16. MJMcRibb

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    Totally agree with you on the bundle. I have a few stores around me that do $0.25 tags on Sundays. While buying one and selling for $15 doesn't seem too appealing, buying 4 for a buck and making $50-60 profit does. I pick up a lot of PRL shirts as well but tend to stay away from any without the logo, as they never seem to sell anywhere near as well as those with the pony.
     
  17. TheNeedMachine

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    I think you'll be left to your own devices in experimenting and seeing what works, as I doubt anyone here has a sure-fire method and materials list for removing paint splotches from the bottoms of shoes.
    If it were me, and I didn't want to put a lot of work into it, I'd do some spot tests to see what mixture did the job, then fill a shallow tray (like a cookie sheet, or disposable aluminum baking sheet) with the same mixture and let them sit (soles only submerged) for as long as it took to work in my spot-testing. Assuming I found a mixture that worked to my satisfaction to begin with. Probably need to do the arches by hand. Hope it works for you!
     
  18. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone identify this plaid/check pattern? I know what it is not...and cannot find any of the handy-dandy online guides that includes it - I see it so infrequently that I always forget. Like an alternating puppytooth open box check, but of course that ain't it.

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  19. TheNeedMachine

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    Permanent marker on leather soles? Yikes, haven't been faced with that one before. Are you sure it's permanent marker (Sharpie etc), and not grease pen (a la Goodwill) or silver pen (Marshalls)? Either way, on leather soles and no matter what the pen was, I have never been able to remove a pen mark without leaving some sort of trace, since the leather tends to soak up whatever liquid remover was used (Clorox Clean-Up, Goo Gone, etc - even plain water). On top of that, new leather soles usually have some sort of coating applied that will start to come right off on first wearing, or when some sort of cleaner is applied. Dried in the sun mostly returned it to normal, but not 100%, in my experience. Some online tips.

    Ditto that - definitely the PRL's with a pony; multi-color pony/rider even better. I'll grab a non-pony if it's a really unique design / style / fabric, but those eBay listings with the pony's all lined up in a close-up shot do sell well. Takes a lot of time to "save up" enough of the same size to have a bundled sale, and takes up room on my racks, but worth it to do every few months and then clear them out. Same for Brooks Brothers polo's with the sheep logo, though they are found far less often for me in sale-able condition.
    Bundled ties also do decent for me if I toss in 1 or 2 nice names even if they are older ties, i.e.: an ugly Ferragamo and an uglier Charvet, along with some BB's, Boss Italy, PRL etc.
     
  20. Dingusberry

    Dingusberry Well-Known Member

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    I bought something from a seller from Hong Kong, and the shipping time was estimated to be 3-4 weeks (free shipping). But the parcel hasn't arrived, and I bought it on 20 June. So I opened a case in the Resolution Center, and the case will be closed on 20 August. I asked about a full refund, but the seller asked me to wait further till 11 August and then let them know about the outcome.

    What should I do? Should I immediately ask for a refund, or should I wait? I heard something about that PayPal's insurance lasts for 40 days. Is that true?
     

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