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

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

  1. GM-H

    GM-H Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  2. txwoodworker

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    Congrats! Do you measure your goal in $ or what you can buy with it? 1 1/8 Bugatti?

    I beat my probably much more modest goal by almost $10k profit. But I had I would have done better if I didn't also change out my wardrobe. Bright side, I swapped out a bunch of Ben Sherman level stuff from my wardrobe and replaced it with Isaia and Kiton, so any further swaps will net equal to what I'm replacing. Until I learn about some other unobtanium I can't live without.


    Great written feedback makes my day. The ones that sound genuinely sincere and thankful. I try to always write people thanking them for the feedback, something along the lines of "glad you liked it, it's an awesome ..."
     
  3. guccihomme

    guccihomme Well-Known Member

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    Is there an alternative to using PayPal on eBay? I don't like they're not federally insured and can hold funds without cause for six months while "investigating". I don't know why they're not a bank when functioning as a bank.
     
  4. Snoogz

    Snoogz Well-Known Member

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    Use a credit card through PayPal to allow your self protection through the cc company. They're non fdic because their accounts do not accrue interest. There is no risk in the deposited funds. All the risk is from transactions and purchases made through a 3rd party. PayPal is more than just a means of purchasing on eBay. They are a separate entity, used for merchant services. Do other merchant service companies at brick & mortars offer protection through fdic? No. They are just there to take funds from point A, and re deposit into point B, securely.
     
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  5. Fueco

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    I really love the attitude of some people. This asshat still hasn't told me why he doesn't think my item description was accurate. Of course, every single communication from him has been in all caps. He's a 2-feedback buyer. I contacted the other person who left him feedback who told me he has also caused problems for them.

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  6. txwoodworker

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    Waiting for package to arrive AND my refund? How is it not as described if he hasn't received the package yet?
    Did you give his username?
     
  7. Fueco

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    He/she/it (hopefully) sent the sweater back in the same condition I sent it to Brooklyn. It claimed that the sweater was used (not NWT, as I described and photographed), but did not elaborate as to why it felt that way, and turned belligerent once I asked for clarification.

    Apparently my once-yearly problem customer will "buy" a Polo Ralph Lauren sweater every year from here on.

    I mentioned this one a page or two back, but to bring it to the top, the username is: [​IMG]

    Yes, I was feedback #1 in this case. The second person to leave feedback for this cretin told me they caused problems for him/her as well.
     
  8. jebarne

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    OK guys.....one of the advantages of being older is that you are in a position to give and get really nice christmas gifts.

    So thanks to my wife for this great d7100 bundle she gave me for christmas. I'm very early in the learning curve and can't use it for eBay yet, but its an awesome machine and I'm looking forward to using it. Came with a couple zoom lenses, but on the search for a nice pre-owned 35mm f1.8 AF lens.


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  9. suited

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    Pretty much. I issued him a refund (minus original shipping), but even if the guy left me negative feedback just to be a dick, eBay won't remove it. Buyer sends back damaged item, I issue a refund anyway, guy leaves me negative feedback, eBay concludes this is fair. Unbelievable.
     
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  10. Brianpore

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  11. Snoogz

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    Congrats on the Camera, thats stepping into big boy league! I may have a 35mm f.18 lens. I never use it, as I know its great for portraits and low light situations.
     
  12. thefastlife

    thefastlife Well-Known Member

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    First skeet. Do you guys have better luck with auction or BIN?

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  13. My Main Man

    My Main Man Well-Known Member

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    I'd do an auction for something that outrageous. It'll get plenty of views and plenty of bids and sell for a solid amount within a week. BIN you might end up waiting longer for not a ton more $$$. And who knows? It could go for way more than you'd set at a BIN price.
     
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    This is how I gauge the price that a skeet will go for... I put this shirt up as a BINOBO about 24 hours ago. I just received the 5th offer. If no one hits the BIN button (or offers within $5 of it) by Thursday, it's going up for auction.

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  16. Snoogz

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    Yea mine just sits because 99.9% of shots are for the business. And I basically need a zoom lens. But the little I've used the 1.8 it's been a really nice lens. Great for indoor shots, and even outdoor.
     
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    On a more positive note, this month was my best month ever, with $6,100 in sales with 1.5 days left in the month.

    Wanted to recommend this shelf from Home Depot. Each shelf is rated for 600lbs, or 3,600lbs total and it assembles in 5 minutes with no tools. It also has optional wheels (the wheels were on the shelf next to it). The ability to move it around your office or home without having to take everything off is a big convenience. I'm also currently using it as a light stand. It holds a lot of shit. They make a slightly smaller version that's black (36" width versus 48").

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-48-i...ommercial-Shelving-Unit-6T60184872C/100655787

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  18. Fueco

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    The lens I really want for creating listings is Canon's 24-105 f/4.0 L Series. Having a constant minimum aperture would be really nice for doing this sort of photography.

    For a fixed focus lens, I'd prefer a 20mm f/2.8 or a 24mm f/1.8. I actually have an older 20mm lens, but it only works at f/2.8, which is really annoying when trying to adjust exposure and adjust the depth of field.
     
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    Why do you want a minimum aperture and depth of field? I know very little, just what I have learnt from doing this on my own but I bump up my aperture to at least 6.3 or 7.1 so that more of the entire item is in focus. If I shoot lower then that the sides of the picture are blurry which is nice for other things but looks weird in product shots....something I'm missing?
     
  20. Fueco

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    Lower aperture allows two things: more light gets in, allowing for faster shutter speeds (this can be crucial if I'm on my fifth double espresso of the morning -kidding, of course); and it allows for a minimum DOF, which is nice for detail shots if you want the effect.

    Neither is necessary, just allows for different types of shots.
     

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