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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    You can't win with some buyers. They just don't read or look at the photos. I had a guy last week ask me if the pants are pleated or flat front in this listing. There are 3 indications of the pants style. Title, description, and photo.
    Hickey Freeman Suit Wool Loro Piana 120s 42R 36/31 Dark Gray Pleated Cuffed EUC


    Once you get a few more feedbacks in front of them, no one will even notice them. Just in case someone were to see them in the future, I would do a feedback response, reminding buyers to be sure to check the measurements provided in the listing.

    It is strange that the HF was tagged Large at that measured size. That would be big enough for me. I wonder how big a XL would be. Sweet coat though! Surprised it didn't go for a lot more.
     
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    I thought I would post this for those that are interested in tracking their profits in excel, but don't use excel very often. If any excel junkies notice any errors, please let me know. Also, if anyone notices any errors in what I have eBay and PayPal charging for fees, also let me know.

    Please reference the photo below when looking at formulas:

    Formula for Final Value Fee for Buy it Now when the item sold + shipping was greater than $50:

    =IF(AND(E2="BIN",B2+K2>50),50*0.1+(B2+K2-50)*0.08,0)

    - Cell E2 is the cell in which I type either the word Auction or the letters BIN
    - Cell B2 is the Sale Price
    - Cell K2 is the Shipping Charged to Buyer

    Final Value Fee for Buy It Now when the item sold + shipping charged to buyer was less than $50:

    =IF(AND(E2="BIN",(B2+K2)<50),(B2+K2)*0.1,0)

    PayPal Fees:

    =IF(B2>0,(B2+K2)*0.029+0.3,"")

    - Cell B2 is Sale Price
    - Cell K2 is Shipping Charged to Buyer

    Final Value Fee for Auction Style Listing:

    =IF(E2="Auction",(B2+K2)*0.09,0)

    - Again, in cell E2 I would type either the word Auction or the letters BIN
    - Same as above (B2 is sale price and k2 is shipping charged to buyer)

    Below is an example of how you could setup a spreadsheet to calculate your profit on any given item. All of the formulas I have listed match this example:

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    Formula in Profit cell:

    =IF(B2>0,(B2+K2)-M2,"")

    Formula in Total Costs cell:

    =IF(B2>0,C2+F2+G2+H2+I2+J2+L2,C2)

    The rest of the numbers are manually typed in, no formulas.
     
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  3. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    I wouldn't worry about it. It is positive feedback. In a week it will be buried and nobody will read it again.
     
  4. GMMcL

    GMMcL Senior member

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    Inorite? He's bitching because he got an awesome HF hunting jacket for $20!
    Anyway, thanks guys.


    Wow. A lot to digest here. Personally, I just multiply my final value fee plus shipping times 0.099 (plus any listing fees) for the Ebay fee, and 0.049 for the paypal fee. I'm sure that's a bit too high for auctions, since I get the discounts, and possibly too low for fixed price listings. But it's close enough for government work.
     
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    I'm the office excel guru (accountant in my day job) and I'll check out the excel tonight. iPhone screen too small to make sense of stuff.
     
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    After glancing back over that I should clarify - I am NOT the guy that left crappy feedback for GMMcL, I just read the posts and it screamed meme to me.
     
  7. stylexchangemtl

    stylexchangemtl Senior member

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    Probably just buyers who didnt quite yet accepted their sizing was upgraded after the xmas period.
     
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    suited Senior member

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    I suppose I went a little crazy, but I enjoy it.
     
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    When that Java shit acts up, that is so frustrating. Ive had that happen a few times.
     
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    Very helpful post! Big fan of the background and may consider it. As an idea (I'm no expert), if the frames lacked cross beams, and you used moslin and lit behind the background, your lighting could be drastically improved. As this would work as a light tent.
     
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    Sold a pair of running shoes to a buyer in Italy...so what do I need to do with shipping it? do they really check on this kind of stuff? Seems odd that shoes would be on the "banned" list.
     
  12. HansderHund

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    I agree with all of that. I received one myself and thought it was a bit silly as well. Especially since I received no messages from the buyer and would have happily refunded him. I've toyed with the idea of leaving tagged sizes off entirely and just listing measurements. At least try it on a couple of items and see what happens. If there is no size listed, you're losing an audience but you're also forcing buyers to check their own measurements. More likely, it will just end with a flood of messages asking me what size it is. :nodding:
    Thanks! I added the cross beam to the longer side of it, so it's only on half. You're most likely right about the lighting and it's something I will try. The problem is that I take most of my photos in a corner that wouldn't allow the space for lighting from behind. I'd need to be especially careful since it could easily catch fire (I'd imagine) if I were to allow the light to get to close. I'm going to mess around with it this weekend and see if I can get some better results.
     
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    Don't.

    While you may get away with it 9 times out of 10, it is against the law.
     
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    now THAT would be a photograph
     
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