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

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

  1. almosthandsome

    almosthandsome Senior member

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    I think plenty of you guys do the same, but everything I sell goes out with a small thank you card and a little handwritten message. The wife finds them at nearly every thrift we go to since we started looking for them, bundled with christmas cards or something and dirt cheap. An email I received just reinforced my commitment to the practice, and made my day a little:

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  2. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    ^ that's fantastic feedback from a buyer. I have yet to implement a hand written thank you note! I should though...
     
  3. green_machine

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    A while ago I was going to start printing a thank you note but found a handwritten note gets a much better response. Now I just grab some nice paper and cut them is small rectangles and hand write them.
     
  4. capnwes

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    I have no personal experience from actually using the GSP, but I have had several buyers tell me they shop with me because I do NOT use it.

    I use USPS priority with Ship Insure for pretty much everything except Canada (DELCON)
     
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  5. concealed

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    no issues, i hate dealing with international shipping and have had plenty of success with the GSP
     
  6. chiron

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    I soaked a pair in cold water with woolite/ tide stain remover for 48hrs with excellent results. If you try it make sure you apply the detergent in the stain area only. Also, do not agitate the fabric too much.
     
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    AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IS DO NOT WRING DRY OR HANG DRY. (Or dry with heat, obviously) That's the part that stretches and distorts the wool fibers, and is the real reason manufacturers recommend against standard cleaning. Well, that and people tend to put a hot iron directly on the wool, searing and glazing them, creating that sheen we all hate.

    So, to review ... no, there is too much. To sum up:

    1. Soak your item in a solution of woolite and Tide
    2. Only put the detergent on the stained area.* (*Not sure I understand this one. I use woolite solutions to clean ties and wool items all the time with no issue.)
    3. Do not agitate while in solution.
    4. Do not wring dry
    5. Do not hang to dry
    6. Do not tumble dry with heat.
    7. DO lay flat to dry, being careful not to stretch fibers
    8. If you attempt to press them yourself, DO use a pressing cloth; DO NOT place hot iron directly on wool. (Alternatively, just get them dry cleaned),
     
  8. Brianpore

    Brianpore Senior member

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    To summarize what I do and have found to work best, easiest and usually the most cost effective way FOR US SHIPPING:

    The key really is to ship 1st class under 13oz in poly bags and everything over 13oz goes in a Legal Flat Rate Envelope (if it fits) or into a Regional Rate Box A (or Box B if needed), except shoes. Best prices are though ebay if you are a Top Rated Seller, etc etc. I never use USPS.com even when shipping to SF members.

    Single Tie: Folded in 1/3's. Large tip gets folded in first to protect it. Put inside "tyvek" then inside an "envelope" then inside a poly bag to ship.Should be about 6 oz and $2.03 off the top of my head 1st class.

    Multiple Ties: Same, each gets it's own "tyvek" then all placed in "envelope" then envelope goes in poly bag (under 13oz). 4 or 5 ties, prob best to ship in a USPS Flat Rate Envelope for $4.99

    Shirt: Folded into a "tyvek" then into a poly bag. Usually 11, 12 or 13 oz depending on size and material.

    Multiple shirts: Each gets it's own "tyvek". I fold these one extra time in half, and can usually get them into a Legal Flat Rate Envelope for $4.99. 3 or more shirts go into a Regional Rate Box A

    Pants: Folded in half twice the long way, then folded in half the opp. way. shoved into a "tyvek" then into a Legal Flat Rate Envelope. Good idea to extra tape these close (Priority Tape is FREE) as this is a tight fit into the envelope, but better then using a box.

    Multiple Pants: Same as above, but Regional Rate A or see "Heavy Coat" below.

    Sports Coat: tyvek then Regional Rate Box A

    Suit: Coat and Pants get seperate tyvek then both go into Regional Rate Box A. If too thick see "Heavy Coat" below.

    Heavy Coat: tyvek if it fits (prob wont fit) then into Regional Rate Box B or Medium Flat Rate Box depending on distance. Save a buck or two cross country with Medium Flat Rate (NJ to CA)

    Shoes: USPS Shoe Box

    This keeps your supplies very limited. Yes you might get an odd ball here and there but this covers about 95% of what you ship. I keep different size boxes (all Regional Rate A1, A2, B1, B2 + Small, Medium & Large Flat Rate) but I have an office which I have plenty of room.


    INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING - Try to keep it under 4 lbs (1st class international rate) and send it 1st class registered OR just charge enough, use Priority Boxes + a scale (cheaper then the flat rate boxes for clothing weights usually), insure it though ebay and cross your fingers. If it dosent arrive, just send a refund and file a claim.
     
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  9. jebarne

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    Generally agree, but when I use ebay shipping, they add a healthy % to what the USPS charges, so in my case, USPS is almost always cheaper. I think ebay charged 1.05USD on $11.35 in postage on an item.

    For me, its 2 extra steps to print it from USPS. You big sellers probably get a break I don't get.
     
  10. DanM

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    I am going to print and frame Brian's shipping guide. Probably would have saved me some $$ yesterday.
     
  11. Shoeluv

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    This is amazing and truly appreciated, I printed it out and placed it in my "office" (the tiny corner my wife allows me in her arts & crafts room).

    Just a little confused on definitions "Put inside "tyvek" then inside an "envelope" then inside a poly bag to ship"

    So the poly bag I get, I purchased some from ebay that you recommended. Are you saying you put a tie into 3 different envelopes?

    Tie goes in Tyvek Envelope
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    Than in plain envelope
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    Than finally into Poly Envelope
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    Sizes not representative of course, but damn that is a lot of wrapping.

    Also you said "(Priority Tape is FREE)", where would you get this? I don't see it on USPS.com to order.
     
  12. chiron

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    Apply the Tide or Zout to the stained parts of the lining only, then soak the pants in Woolite. After drying I usually send the pants to the cleaners to get pressed . Using an old tooth brush with the stain remover on the stain is also helpful.


    I use this product to some success.

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    LINK
     
  13. Shoeluv

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    Thanks for the tip, I am a very small seller (10 items up this week all Ties). This is actually my real first week selling, went all out and purchased Garage Sale and ordered all sorts of shipping supplies... Of course I don't have any bids on anything so not really that worried about shipping yet [​IMG]
     
  14. chiron

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    (I don't list items every week so I want to keep my costs low.)

    I mail my ties folded (Brian) in tissue (dollar store) then in a Tyvek envelope (usps/fedex) or small box then a poly bubble mailer #2. The bubble mailers online are pretty cheap quality so I use the Scotch brand from Sams Club. (7.53$ /.31 cents each)
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    LINK
     
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  15. Brianpore

    Brianpore Senior member

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  16. txwoodworker

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    I have had complaints and request for cancellations, but until I step up my shipping game, I'm going to keep it simple. They need to refine that system, and put it more in line with regular shipping, or it will die.
    That's great customer service. If people saw my handwriting I'd get more complaints than compliments! Should enlist my wife for that.
    Just did (ok, no frame) taped to my office wall.
    Great info, and timely. I'd like to add that I've had success with using lanolin hand cleaner (degreaser) on tough sweat and oil stains (ring around the collar and grease pencil from over zealous thrift markdowns). Gojo type stuff without the grit. Going to step on a toe because I think they're an advertiser here, but "my clean shirt" = lanolin hand cleaner just 10x more expensive. I ordered it and I felt like a schmuck when it finally showed up and I opened the tub to find what it was. Then again, I just got back from the dry cleaners, so nice... 5x Nat Nast silk look like new now. Worth the $6ea for what they should bring. Does anyone have a "frequent cleaner's club"? I asked my local cleaner, no luck, going to have to shop around.
     
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  17. Fueco

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    All this talk about shipping supplies...

    I ship ties in 4x6" manilla envelopes that I thrifted for 99 cents (pack of 25).

    Shirts and such go in letter-size manilla envelopes that cost me about 30 cents each.

    Most everything else goes in USPS Priority envelopes or flat rate boxes that I can get for free online or at the Post Offices.

    I've got a pretty good handle on what to charge for shipping. I add about 50 cents to each package for my time (and to defray the cost for the occasional return).
     
  18. Fueco

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    Thanks dude! [​IMG]

    I just spoke with customer support. They at least gave me a reference number to use if this deadbeat does leave me negative feedback.

    Speaking of which, the guy says that he is finally ready to ship. Fingers crossed that he either sends it off tomorrow or randomly forgets about it for two months.
     
  19. Brianpore

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