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

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

  1. Tyrone MacStiophain

    Tyrone MacStiophain Senior member

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    Informal poll: how many of you try not to let clerks at the thrift stores know that you're a flipper, and why?
    I'm thinking about it because I just bought a pair of size 18.5 sneakers, which is about twice my size, and the checker asked, "so these fit you?!" I just said they're for a friend, which is my stock answer to questions like that, because I don't know if they're annoyed by flippers, or if they're going to get hip to the brands I sell, and start pricing them higher.
    OTOH, having a friend in each shop who knows what I do could be useful, or at least pleasant, so I wonder if I should just be honest about it.
    What do you all do?
     
  2. SpooPoker

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

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    I tell anyone with an ear that Im reselling. Honesty is always the best policy and its afforded me many, many discounts that I really dont think I would have received otherwise.
     
  3. double00

    double00 Senior member

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    ^^^

    imo the beating heart of thrifting is getting a bleeding, shrieking deal on somebody else's terms... regardless of whether i ultimately resell, wear, etc etc.

    along with that i really only buy what is interesting to me so if somebody asks if i resell my typical (and completely honest) answer is 'well i just think it's really fuggin cool'. and really i only ever figure out what to do with things after i own them. ymmv.
     
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  4. Fueco

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    I tell no one. My reasoning is because those are the interactions with the most potential to drive thrift prices up. I'd rather they not know the off-beat stuff they're selling for super cheap is worth a whole lot more. I'd rather pick up stuff for pennies on the dollar for as long as I can.
     
  5. SpooPoker

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

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    Hey @Fueco I sent you a PM the other day, not sure if you saw it.
     
  6. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    Is not checking shipping costs a thing now? I have now had three international sales in a row where the winning bidder came back to me after the sale and asked me to drive down the cost of shipping.

    I'm getting pretty tired of the whole rigmarole of getting a screenshot of Australia Post's calculated costs, penning them an oh-so-polite reply pointing out the need for tracking and all the rest of it and then gently asking them to pay what they signed up to pay for by bidding.

    I'm wondering if I'm making a rod for my own back. Does Paypal actually require tracking and signature for seller protection? (That's the reason I'm giving them for refusing).
     
  7. dazedstate

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    @California Dreamer Looking at the AU PayPal website, it looks like signature and tracking are recommended but not required as long as you can provide the date of shipment and prove that it entered the postal system. That being said, I can't imagine PayPal not taking the buyer's word over yours if they claim an item is not received.

    If anything, I would just suggest putting some text in your listings along the lines of "Postage rates will be charged as calculated by Australia Post in the Postage and Payments section of the listing. Please be prepared to pay the calculated rate. Discounted rates are not available."

    The other option is to offer a flat-rate shipping option at a discounted rate and building the rest of the shipping cost into an inflated listing price. I've had plenty of success with this. My buyers seem to be more willing to overpay on the listing price than to pay for the true cost of shipping. YMMV.
     
  9. drlivingston

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    My international shipping exclusion list is extremely long now. I am VERY particular about which countries I will still ship to. I am tired of the drama and deception.
     
  10. noob in 89

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    If asked, I just tell them the truth -- I occasionally trade clothes with strange men on the internet.

    IME, employees like friendly people, and dislike the rude ones. Same with anything else. I don't think they're under any illusions about selling great stuff for cheap; I've picked up a couple things for myself and had the manager say something like, Ooh, purple label for five bucks -- glad you could find a deal today!

    They're mostly just annoyed when people grab things they want, as they're not allowed to themselves. My funnest thrift store moment, though, was grabbing all the cool Harley t-shirts (and one goofy sweater!) for like a buck all year, and having the checkout dude wince every time, and then giving it back to him in a big bag at Xmas.

    This was the dude who didn't hide the good Polo in the women's section. :p
     
  11. Tyrone MacStiophain

    Tyrone MacStiophain Senior member

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    Maybe a dumb question, but here goes: Is there an easy, or even a hard way, to look up the cost I paid for shipping an individual item, say 2 months ago? Now that I ship most items in bulk, ebay and GoDaddy seem to just provide a record of the bulk charge, not each individual, shipped item. Is there a way through this? If so, please explain it to me as if I were a particularly bright Golden Retriever.
     
  12. Reosymes

    Reosymes Senior member

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    In My Ebay-> Selling page you'll find 'Shipping labels' on the left panel. Give the appropriate date range. I think it shows up to the last 90 days.

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  13. dreamspace

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    I wouldn't really classify myself as a reseller. Sometimes, during sales season, I can find some amazing items which will sell in 2 seconds, and generate a nice profit. Do I tell them? It depends...some stores use crazy discounts (on limited items) as a loss leader to attract customers. Others just want to move inventory, as they're getting in new stuff the week after.

    If it's a last day sale, and they haven't been able to move the stuff, I just tell them I'll take it all, and say that I sell it on Ebay if they ask. One younger sales guy was actually impressed, and we had a 15 min conversation about how it works.

    The other high-end store I frequent will flat out refuse service to obvious resellers. They primarily use the discount to up-sell customers other things.
     
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