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

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

  1. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I bought some hard drives ~6-7 months ago with intent to resell but got lazy and they've been sitting around in my room. Finally got them listed.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/111014565374

    I thought the buyer may have been referring to the box because there was a giant sticker on it from the store that had all of my personal information, which I of course had to remove.

     
  2. SpooPoker

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

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    ^ If it makes you feel better, you can just imagine the amount of unusual questions that I get.
     
  3. capnwes

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    Personally, I get almost internally irate when people ask me questions which are clearly answered in the title, description and photos.

    Number one question used to be "Do I measure from the bottom of the collar or the top? I added that to the details and it has stopped 90% of them.

    New top question is "Are the pants pleated or flat front?" Really? It is clearly written in the description and there is a closeup of the pleats. Most of the titles even state it!

    Number two top question "Do the shoes have rubber or leather soles?"

    Why does no one read anything? Why do I bother even writing a description? Of course I answer all if them as politely as possible, all the time imagining myself reaching through their computer screen and smacking them across the face.
     
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  4. tben

    tben Senior member

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    How many millimeters is the prince of wales pattern? [​IMG]
     
  5. Napaduck

    Napaduck Well-Known Member

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    Any help on this? Sent him a message and got no response.. Starting to sell more and this brought my feedback from 100 to 93.3... Have since made my listings more professional and with more noob friendly sizing explanations.
     
  6. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I believe there is a way for him to request to revise his feedback, but if he is unresponsive then you probably have very little recourse. It's extraordinarily unfortunate, especially since he did not contact you first, but I don't think there will be a lot you can do :(
     
  7. Orgetorix

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    I have an item up on auction with a BIN. A buyer has messaged me with an offer I think is fair and can accept. The item currently has 5 bids. Is it legit to take the offer after people have started bidding? And if so, is the best way to do it just to reduce the BIN to the agreed-upon price?
     
  8. VLSI

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    Yes, as long as the new BIN is at least double the current bid.
     
  9. capnwes

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    Personally, I don't out of fairness to the other bidders.

    But...

    You can't change the BIN after the item has bids. The only safe option really is to have him outbid the other bidders, then you can end item early...be sure to select the "sell item to highest bidder" option. Then you can adjust the payment up if needed on the invoice, by adding seller charges, reduce it by discounting the shipping.

    Another option would be to cancel all the bids on the item, end it, then relist at a fixed price.
     
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  10. VLSI

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    Did not know you couldn't change that, thought some things you still could. Didn't ebay start charging FVF for doing this last bit though?
     
  11. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Some you can change...I just tried it and it was grayed out.

    If you end it with bids...yes.
    If you cancel all the bids first, then end it. I don't think so....but I am not sure, since I have never done it.
     
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  13. capnwes

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    Looks like two bidders to me.
     
  14. JackFlash

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    I actually haven't done a ton of buying or selling on eBay, so I don't have a ton of experience with what's "normal." Looks to me, though, that "a**s (7)" went on a few runs: from $53-$80 and $90-$125. Seems strange to my untrained eye.
     
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  15. capnwes

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    Look at the dates and times also. The other bidder bid high. A**s bid in increments.
     
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  16. cbusguy

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    I have 4 Oxxford suits that I am going to put up. They are all the same custom size from the mid 90's. Should I have them end on the same day or list them over a couple of weeks?
     
  17. VLSI

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    Oxxford doesn't get the traffic it desrrves on ebay. I would BINOBO them all at the same time.
     
  18. suited

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    That's an option, maybe the best of both worlds.

    I started the large light tent project last night. It was more time consuming than I figured, mostly because the size of the tent is still in question. When you're working with limited space, the size needs to be perfect. Too large and I can't move around my office, too small and the tent is worthless (sides or top showing in photos). I'm also going to incorporate extra pieces of PVC to use as places to put clamp lights along the "roof" and the sides of the tent. One tip is to buy a PVC cutter and don't use a saw. I was working with thin PVC and it's still a pain to make a bunch of cuts with a handsaw. I will be using the cutter tonight.
     
  19. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Can anyone decode the bit about the driver?

     
  20. HansderHund

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    I think it's a typo (he meant drive, as in hard drive)...he's saying that he'll only pay $53 total for a new hard drive in his hands. He's implying that you're on the hook for his return shipping costs and the shipping costs to get the new one to him.
     
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