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

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

  1. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Well-Known Member

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    Heh - I don't drill down to the region rate stuff. I just use the box that is - more or less - 13 x 3 x 14. I have 3 or 4 variations of the same box from the USPS, and will use a "Priority Mailing Box" over a "Priority Flat Rate Box" if it's cheaper. Other than that I don't spend the time to go as inexpensively as possible.
     
  2. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    Dude you are talking like $3-$5 cheaper per package, depending on destination. I would try it out. Flat rate Regional A is almost always the cheaper option.
     
  3. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Well-Known Member

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    Saving $3 to $5 may well be looking into in that case. I'm going to have to school myself on the Regional Rate options as I have zero experience with it. Thanks!
     
  4. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    It's like $5.30 locally and under $9 to California, that't the range.
     
  5. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Well-Known Member

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    I would say only if it's an experienced seller, they should know better how to fold up a SC. But aside from us who do this sort of thing, who the hell knows how to fold up a SC? So, really not worthy of neutral in my opinion.


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    I've been doing research on my new Lobbs. Couldn't figure out why my box and bags are different than everyone else's selling on the bay. Turns out the ones I found are the ones issued every October 25th in limited quantities per size. They used to be called "Vintage" which is what mine are labelled. Now they are called the Saint-Crepin in honor of the patron Saint of bootmakers. So mine are the Vintage 2001. I actually found an ancient thread from 2006 here on SF that clued me in. I'm surprised that there's not more info/items for sale since they've been doing this every year since at least '99 as far as I've found so far. So market value is eluding me since they're collector's items. StCrepin2012 Anyone else know where I can turn?
     
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  6. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Well-Known Member

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    I second that, my savings are usually between 1-3, I almost always check Regional VS Flat Rate. I don't try to stuff a suit into Regional, the box is too small, anyone else doing that? I always do full suits in Medium Flat Rate, SC's in Regional A
     
  7. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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  8. txwoodworker

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    Yes, it's your guide I printed out and put on my wall. Guess I don't refer to it enough...
     
  9. sn0wman

    sn0wman Well-Known Member

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    I've been using Medium Flat rate boxes for sportcoats and a Large Flat Rate for suits. I tend to go priority (in what looks like medium flat rate, but isn't) for shirts.

    Perhaps I'm a little too OCD, but the way I fold and wrap mine in tissue, I think I'd have a hard time getting a whole suit in a medium box.
     
  10. WhatTheWill

    WhatTheWill Well-Known Member

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    So, this may be a pretty dumb question, but here goes. I recently started selling on ebay; I've only sold one item so far. How bad of an idea is it to trade items with someone else on ebay?
    I'm selling a pair of common projects and someone offered to trade a different model/color for the ones I have up. Is agreeing to this asking to get ripped off? He has a feedback score of 607, 98% positive feedback, located in the US, etc.

    Thanks! I'm new here, but this forum seems like a fantastic resource!
     
  11. Brianpore

    Brianpore Well-Known Member

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    I've traded with people for stuff my size.. it depends who it is IMO. for the most part I would avoid it unless it really benefits you a lot. Just weigh you're risk vs. your reward like in any trade.

     
  12. Snoogz

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    98% scares me already tbh, but I may be over paranoid...aside from that, I would not do a trade through eBay, and personally ONLY to people I'm comfortable with.
     
  13. almosthandsome

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    Thanks for the sound advice, guys. Seller seems newer though at the point where he should know better. Coat is as described and I'm getting it dry cleaned anyway so wrinkles don't bug me. Will probably email him some friendly advice for his future shipments, and skip the feedback.
     
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  14. dexconstruct

    dexconstruct Well-Known Member

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    Just as eloquent as his message:

    NOT A HONEST EBAYER! ..WHATCH IT!
     
  15. hucklecat

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    For shirts I like the padded flat rate envelopes. Envelopes are free from the USPS and cost to ship is $5.70 for regular accounts. After cleaning and measuring all my shirts get labeled and go into a poly bag. Easy to simply slide the shirt into the bag and ship. Sometimes 2 shirts can fit in padded envelope.

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  16. Snoogz

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    I also enjoy using the padded flat rate. I've used them for ties, shirts, dress trousers, socks, and cufflinks.
     
  17. stevent

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    Had a seller charge me $11.25 for a shirt with USPS priority, send for $3 for first class. First time I've complained about shipping costs to a seller before. In refund she said ebay takes $10 a transaction, almost left a neutral but just gave a low rating for shipping costs
     
  18. capnwes

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    Who cares what the ebay fee is, that's her fee not yours. She delivered using a shipping product other than the one you paid for. She should at the very least refund the difference.
     
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    Its my understanding that they can only remove a feedback in which they say IN the feedback something thats not true - like being used or something. Doesnt sound like that happened here, so how did you get it removed?
     
  20. capnwes

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    I think ebay is pushing for buyers to try to work it out before they can leave neg feedback. It seems here like they did not even contact him in advance.
     

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