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

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

  1. SpooPoker

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

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    I agree with everything but this - it costs $30 to send a suit jacket to NY-Canada as a 1-2 lb package by priority with insurance.
     


  2. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    minimum bid encourages competition.
     


  3. hrb

    hrb Senior member

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    Sorry, to clarify I was referring from Canada to the States as the Seller is located in Ontario. When I ship a suit jacket, with tracking, priority via Canada Post and USPS to the United States, it costs $20. without tracking $12-14.
     


  4. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Really? When I'm browsing through things, I'll ignore items that already have bids thrown on them because I don't feel like getting into a bidding war. Additionally, by using only the minimum bid, I let gixen do any real fighting for me at the end since people generally try stupid bids just above the minimum and won't have time to fix it later.
     
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  5. hrb

    hrb Senior member

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    That's hilarious. I assume you were bidding as well.
     


  6. DeadBoy

    DeadBoy Senior member

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    Not sure if this has been brought up yet, but a PSA for all you Canuck sellers (and people buying things from Canadian sellers):

    The nice lady at Canada Post informed me today they are no longer offering coverage up to $100 for items shipped with the Small Packets service. That means your options are either to chance it without insurance, or charge customers for a more expensive service.

    Apparently, they will be unveiling a new Small Packets service with tracking and insurance in the near future, which presumably will cost somewhere between the existing service and Expedited Parcel. In the meantime, I can almost see my business (my buyers are about 95% from the U.S.) shooting down the drain.

    Which also leads me to a question: anyone have experience using UPS or FedEx instead of Crappy Post? My recent order from Yoox cost just $15 for UPS shipping and arrived lightning fast, and left me pretty impressed.
     


  7. Tweets

    Tweets Senior member

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    No I just had too much free time at work and went and looked up the listing after the buyer posted the seller's Id.
     


  8. tben

    tben Senior member

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    I ordered some clothing online on January 9. The UPS transit records show the package arriving yesterday at 10:30 am. Considering where the package was coming from, I felt that may have been a touch long. However, the package never even arrived. So, right now, I am relatively unimpressed, and this was all domestic shipping. I can't attest to international.
     


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  10. capnwes

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    I stumbled on to those auctions before, and have wondered what "Old Fashioned Service" really means.

    On the other hand, the whole Uncle thing is kinda creepy.
     
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  11. Ken P

    Ken P Senior member

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    What are your guys' thoughts on 5 day auctions? Up to this point I've rigidly stuck to the 7 day auction Sunday to Sunday formula and it has worked. At the moment, I have a backlog of inventory that I would like to cash in on sooner rather than later (for various reasons including school starting, upcoming end of season sales etc) Sticking to this sunday to sunday format is slowing down the quickness of my availability of funds. Have any of you done 5 day auctions? (I'm thinking Wednesday to Sunday) or would it be more profitable to do 7 day auctions that end on weekdays? Either one of those options would solve my problem just curious what you guys think would be more profitable.
     


  12. tben

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    Don't do it! Actually, I don't know, I am not as experienced as the othesr here. But from my most recent experience, I ran a 10 day auction prior to my auctions currently running and I received more views and watchers than I ever have, and the items sold for more than I believed. I am running a 7 day auction with similar items now and I barely am breaking double digits on how many views my items are getting and only two items have watchers. [​IMG]
     


  13. nahneun

    nahneun Uncle Nephew

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    Normally, I'd take the time to search the thread, but my auction is almost over and I'm kind of at a loss for what to do.

    I'm bidding on something on ebay right now, but I know for a fact that the only other bidder is a shell account used by the seller. I can see which bids were withdrawn in the bid list. He bid up to my max bid (60 euros above the initial bid) then withdrew his bids that went past it. It's not a lot of money, and I was already planning on investing that much had there been actual other competition, but his actions really piss me off. Is there anything I can do to rectify this situation? I really want the item, but it irks me that the seller is artificially raising his own auction. I already sent a message to the seller calling him out on it because it's such unethical behavior. Should I just ask him to cancel my bids? That's what someone else suggested I do.
     
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  14. DanM

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    I would withdraw my bids. Also, (being the vindictive type) I would check other items he has sold and see if the same shell account has been used before in his other sales. If there is a way to report it to eBay and have him banned as a seller go for it. He could probably set up another account immediately, but it would be worth causing him the inconvenience.
     


  15. nahneun

    nahneun Uncle Nephew

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    Yes, I used the sock account's history of bidding on his other items as leverage for him to remove his sock bids, as I really do want the item. My immediate concern is that I win my auction fairly, at least. I can figure out the other stuff later :foo:
     


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