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

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

  1. othertravel

    othertravel Well-Known Member

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    Hey Eddie, were you able to sort out the mess about the Tom Ford 3-piece you sold on the forum a while back?
     
  2. MJMcRibb

    MJMcRibb Well-Known Member

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    Is everyone else constantly receiving unsolicited offers (listings w/o the OBO option) for their items? Usually something to the tune of: "Hey, would you take $ (fill in blank w/ a value that's never more than half of the list price) and ship for free." I just ignore them b/c I know going off on them won't really benefit me, but I've been getting a lot recently and it's driving me crazy[​IMG]. Sorry, just venting to those who can probably feel my pain.
     
  3. stevent

    stevent Well-Known Member

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    Ship cover only covers up to $1k and like spoo said FedEx is the way to go. Not too expensive neither

    Congrats on the sale!
     
  4. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    Always have, always will. I do get the occasional workable offer too.

    I do it too, but not so much of a low ball offer. It never hurts to ask, the worst a seller can do is say "No", or ignore you.
     
  5. Aidan K

    Aidan K Well-Known Member

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    I make the odd offer, usually on items that are in my size but are overpriced relative to their peers of other sizes. And I did just pickup two very nice ties that were misspelled in the listing with offers of about 50% of the listing price.

    I think that some of the time people put up an ambitious buy it now price, but are realistically willing to accept 10% or more less. It never hurts to try.
     
  6. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Well-Known Member

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    Not a bad price on a casual BB blazer, Large, cotton-poly blend, NWT - $33 w/ shipping vs. $128 retail tag (not my listing) - here.
    I would buy it for self-use, but finding NWT BB stuff at GW from time to time, I'm so jaded that $33 is too much for me to pay.

    Also, requested a seller limit increase...and boy did I get one (that I will never hit unless I start dealing drugs on eBay):

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. MJMcRibb

    MJMcRibb Well-Known Member

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    Quote: Probably previously discussed, but where do you find your seller limit? And I think you're selling yourself short. I'm sure you could find, post and sell 50 items a day at an average of $35 a pop and hit that limit[​IMG]
     
  8. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Well-Known Member

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    I didn't even know I had a limit until I started getting a warning message every time I listed something, that I was approaching my limit. Don't know if it's easily locate-able on eBay itself; I had to call and find out what it was, and ask for the increase.

    Find, post and sell 50 items a day?! Who do you think I am, Linda? [​IMG] Maybe I could if I quit my day job. Though, I can totally see hitting the $ limit if I keep posting for 30-days BINOBO at basically double the price I'd like to get - those add up real quick.
     
  9. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Well-Known Member

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    1. If the offer is way too low I usually ignore it or send them a "I can't sell it that low, thanks."

    2..If they are close I may send a message like "I will accept $XXX." If they make a counteroffer I ignore it. If they accept then I go to bullet 3.

    3. If the offer is acceptable I send them a message stating "I have changed the BIN to your offer. Please buy it today. Thanks." I make a note to change the price back tomorrow. There are too many ebay jerkoffs who want to negotiate a deal and then disappear.

    Bottom line is that I don't spend a lot of time dealing with them because I learned that most of them are time wasters. I do not bother with a back and forth negotiation with an ebay lowballer.
     
  10. Snoogz

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    Linda is ridiculous...
     
  11. Shoeluv

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    My eBay --> All Selling in left hand side. In the center shows your selling limits. As you can see I am serious big time:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. ArborVitae

    ArborVitae Well-Known Member

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    Hello all, I'm a longtime lurker and occasional poster. I've been selling clothing on eBay that I purchase at thrift outlets for a few months now and have been doing fairly well. However, I really only buy higher-end SF approved stuff that clears a ten or fifteen dollar profit. This coming school year I've felt optimistic enough to rely on eBay money as part of my budgeted rent money while I attend grad school. I was wondering if someone could recommend me (on here or through pm) some lower-end (by SF standards) brands that I could buy for $2-$3 and make at least $5 profit on so I can increase volume. I've cruised the completed listings a bit, but was hoping to hear from someone with experience. I appreciate it!
     
  13. Snoogz

    Snoogz Well-Known Member

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    5$ profit is not something I personally strive for. After fees, that doesn't leave much in regards to paying for the labor involved.
     
  14. concealed

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    Go to Nordstrom/Bloomingdales, note high end looking stuff, search for it
     
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  15. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Well-Known Member

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    If you dont see that column, I assume you dont have any limits?
     
  16. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Well-Known Member

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    I don't see that column either - mine is a giant notice at the top of my Selling page (above Selling Reminders, Active Selling etc).

    Still trying to figure out the Spoo eBay necktie knot that's not really a knot...need to practice that one myself since it looks pretty good and I HATE trying to roll ties into neat miniature farm-field bales.
     
  17. ArborVitae

    ArborVitae Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I meant $5 after fees. If I sell 3 items a day at $5 profit for an hour or less of work, that's still a good turnover for someone in my position. $15 a day would pay my rent. Thanks for the replies, I guess I'll just keep learning by experience, just thought I'd ask to see if anyone had any quick tips. Happy selling!
     
  18. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Well-Known Member

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    Over, around, and through. Thats it!
     
  19. earthdragon

    earthdragon Well-Known Member

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    I started getting the same message today.....Can't find any column
     
  20. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    +1

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