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

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

  1. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    +1. My bids haven't slowed down a bit.
     


  2. IRKSM

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    thanks guys [​IMG] I have been taking pictures for like 4 hours the amount of items doesn't seem to end
     


  3. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Come to my house man. Ill show you endless :)
     


  4. labravajazz

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    Here iAustralia I had problems. Sold a few items oeBay and had to ship some to USA - a pair of shoes I posted to a buyer Decemebr 3 and he was complaing 10 days later it hadn't arrived. Gave hitheminfo as I sent via Registered signed for mail at extra (my) expense. Only info showing was that it had gone to USA - he complained and lodged where is my item? Paypal asked me for proof of postage. I scanned it showing date addressee etc on the receipt all stamped with reg no sent it buyer as well, got noticed today they found in favour of buyer and refunded the money. I lose though I did everything I was supposed to do. Australia Post cannot confirm if it was delivered, neither can USPS, yet paypal say I have to prove it was delivered. A offical inquiry through USPS takes 60 days. Paypal gives me 10 days to prove delivery. Meantime buyer seemingly may have received it but USPS shoes no delivery.
    I can't win , ,right?!
     


  5. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    How was it sent? Priority? If not, it may still be in transit due to holiday delays. Unfortunately, you are screwed unless the buyer is honest and re-pays you when the item arrives.

    It sucks that the ebay/paypal requirement/standard to show proof of delivery is constantly fouled by the incompetence of the USPS. We pay for services such as delivery confirmation and signature confirmation; but many times, by ether laziness or oversight of the carrier, packages go unscanned rendering the added services useless.
     


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  8. labravajazz

    labravajazz Senior member

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    The item was sen
    How was it sent? Priority? If not, it may still be in transit due to holiday delays. Unfortunately, you are screwed unless the buyer is honest and re-pays you when the item arrives. 

    It sucks that the ebay/paypal requirement/standard to show proof of delivery is constantly fouled by the incompetence of the USPS. We pay for services such as delivery confirmation and signature confirmation; but many times, by ether laziness or oversight of the carrier, packages go unscanned rendering the added services useless.    
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    The item was sent registered mail (signed for) and I provided paypal the scan of the receipt and detailed document tracking no etc and yet their expert specialist team still decided in favour of buyer with full refund. What happened to "seller protection"?! I did 100% what I am supposed to do
     


  9. FaceOfBoh

    FaceOfBoh Senior member

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    Here's a postal service horror story:

    In residential areas in my city (in Canada), every couple blocks there is a letter carrier box. It's like a rectangular locker about 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep, with a door that swings open. A truck comes around every day and drops a load of mail for the letter carriers to pick up for their rounds. They're currently phasing these out as they move to a new delivery model but they're still in use for a bit longer.

    I went out this morning and saw that last night someone had cut a 4"x4" hole on the side, right next to the locking mechanism. Someone had sprung the lock from the inside and then stolen all the mail.

    The good news is that every package we're expecting has been delivered; the bad news is I hope no one had a "the cheque is in the mail" letter coming.
     


  10. patrick_b

    patrick_b Senior member

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    I've been buying from ebay since 02 but sold an item for the first time this month. Sale went well but I'm unclear about one thing:

    When submitting the listing, ebay calculated my shipping automatically based on the size of the original packaging/box. However, I placed the original package into a larger box to ship along with bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc.. For example, if I was selling a pair of shoes, they calculated the size/weight of a standard shoe box.. In the end, shipping cost me double what ebay calculated. I tried to edit this after submitting the listing and before the auction concluded but I couldn't figure out if this was possible? How can I avoid this in the future?
     


  11. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    You gave them the size of an inner box which you then put inside a larger box along with more packaging material? Even then, a doubling of the cost doesn't sound accurate.

    I suggest that you weigh and measure the entire package when you list the item.
     
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  12. MrDV

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    Should I offer free shipping in order to regain my "top seller status" or charge for shipping and give up "top seller status" advantages?
    What do you guys think?
    FYI, in the past 90 days i've sold 163 items, $42 average sale. In my latest ebay review i had really high ratings in every other category besides shipping charges.
     


  13. VLSI

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    You don't need free shipping to be a top rated seller.
     


  14. capnwes

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    +1, the only thing Free Shipping gets you is better listing placement in buyer searches, which in my opinion is worth it. I just adjusted my starting bid to allow for the shipping ($9 average in the US for suits and shoes). International shipping is not one of my free options.

    So were you overcharging for shipping, or charging the accurate amount?
     
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  15. Brianpore

    Brianpore B&S (BS) ambassador-in-chief

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    I've gone to all free shipping except for some really small cheap stuff. I figure it just makes life easier for the buyer and its another selling point + they cant leave a bad star rating for the shipping cost b/c they feel like being an idiot. The less things they can leave ratings for IMO the better.
     


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