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

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

  1. grendel

    grendel Well-Known Member

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    I use my old Canon XTi with a zoom. It can be had on eBay for around $200. For lighting I use a Vivitar manual flash on a stand bounced off the wall / ceiling. A flash will give you better color accuracy unless you've got studio lights and is much easier to control than natural light.
     
  2. Snoogz

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    I have a question and concern about shipping to Canada. I have no experience shipping there, but what little research I have done thus far informs me that shipping cost is 15-20$ with a package that is 4.9 pounds and under. From what I've been told anything over 5 pounds the cheapest shipping is about 30-35$.

    Now the concern for me is that I have a pair of Red Wing boots up for sale, the highest bidder is located in Canada (even though I specified in my description that I only ship to Cont. US) Now I really don't want to lose this bidder because he has excellent feedback and these boots are at 60$ thus far. Problem is, shipping them will well exceed the 4.9 pound mark as they are a size 15 Red Wing boot with steal toes...

    Any suggestions as to how to efficiently ship to Canada? The shipping cost on the Auction right now is 16.99. I can inform the bidder of a price increase in shipping before auction ends and make sure he is ok with it.

    -remember, I've never personally shipped to Canada so my research of pricing may be off compared to those here with experience with it.
     
  3. Mox C

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    I use my ancient 10D on a tripod. I'd kill for the new 5D. I also have a Panasonic TZ5 P&S.

    BTW, here's an awesome site for reviews: http://www.dpreview.com/
     
  4. capnwes

    capnwes Well-Known Member

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    Have you checked in the options that you only ship to the US?

    If you are doing flat rate shipping to all buyers, maybe it is time to look into getting a scale and doing calculated shipping instead.

    Can we have a link to the auction so we can check out what your listings look like and what options you have chosen?
     
  5. Snoogz

    Snoogz Well-Known Member

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    I scared to link my auction, only because compared to the rest of you guys, I'm still very noobish at all this. Granted its been a few months with successful sales, I dont have the layout or consistency in all my auctions with the rules regulations and what not...

    So I guess I apologize in advance for a terrible auction layout and details. but here it goes....

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221131250978?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
     
  6. VLSI

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    Also important to note that the limit for first class international is strictly 4lb, not 4.9lb. Anything over 4 is going priority or express which will run you ~40 or more. Even things right at the 4lb limit are probably going to be more than 15.
     
  7. Snoogz

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    Oh thank u for the clarification. When I was on the phone with USPS she stated 4 pounds xxx$ amount and 5+ pounds xxx$+. So I wrongly assumed that the 4 pound benchmark naturally went right up to the >5 pound.

    over 40$ sheesh...
     
  8. VLSI

    VLSI Well-Known Member

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    If you have an accurate weight, you can instantly look up the shipping cost on USPS's website. If you're just estimating, I believe it goes in 4oz increments, so plan accordingly.
     
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    Don't worry about it, we all have to start somewhere. I did a quick browse...they are not terrible.

    One thing I noticed. This is not Hickey Freeman.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hickey-Free...SA_MC_Blazers_Sport_Coats&hash=item337c8ca006


    THis is H. (Hyman) Freeman and Sons of Philadelphia...no relation. Everyone seems to make this mistake at first. You should change that right away
     
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  10. Snoogz

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    Can u link me to that page on USPS, the little time I spent on the website required a zip code or providence code in Canada to give an accurate pricing. Is that info necessary ? As I assume we dont always have that kind of info from bidders before auction ends.
     
  11. VLSI

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    The description and title are fine, but the brand is still listed as "Hickey Freeman."
     
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  14. MuZI

    MuZI Active Member

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    I have a pair of Cole Haan shoes I no longer wear. I was wondering if I should even bother listing them on eBay since I don't see these shoes bid up for much. I normally offer free shipping to entice buyers but I'm afraid I would end up losing money on these.

    I sold the Coach shoes (light tan) for $61 and after fees barely made anything.


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  15. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus

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    Question : When you bought these shoes, did you even for a split second in the store, stand there and think that one day you would see a penny as a return on this investment? Or were you just buying a pair of shoes because you like them?
     
  16. Snoogz

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    Fixed. ty

    Question on shipping to Japan, any concerns I should be worried about? An eBay'r registered as a US address bidder asked me if I can ship some boots to Japan. I emailed him back verifying that he has a Japan registered paypal mailing address as well as his US. But while I'm waiting for a response, is there anything I should be concerned about when shipping to Japan with customs? I still need to figure out shipping cost, any recommendations as to how I should ship? USPS Priority Mail work fine?
     
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    I think he used a modified Dividend Discount Model and calculated the instrinsic value of each wear and discounted it to the present value, as well as a disposal fee at the end of their useful life, discounted to present value summed all those theoretical cash flows up and saw a net present value.
     
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  18. grendel

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    Accounting makes me want to hang myself
     
  19. concealed

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    Finance, but potayto, potahto
     
  20. Claghorn

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    Probably not an issue, and I have no idea how you would be able to ask this politely, but can he speak Japanese?

    I live in Korea, and generally the stuff I order is under $250 so it fits into Korea's customs exception, but on the odd occasion when I do deal with them, it can be a hassle as my Korean is far from being up to par (and I usually have somebody else talk to them if I can't get an English speaker). Minus the hassle on my end, I've never had a problem the 3-4 times I've had to deal with them. Never given anybody of purchased from any problem.

    Regardless, I like to think us Americans in Asia (as well as Asians in Asia) make fantastic customers (and given that many sellers don't ship to Asia, easy to build loyalty with).
     

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