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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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    You probably will have to soil them yourself. You know, for consistency's sake.
     
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  2. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    If I find any wool trou with such stains for cheap, I will send them your way.
     
  3. chiron

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    Count me in for pee pants too!


     
  4. MZhammer

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    Hey guys, I'd love some feedback, trying a new front photo style for my shirts, suits and SCs. Let me know what you think



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  5. Shoeluv

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    It looks good, I like the detail that it shows. I am not sure that it is legal ( Check the eBay picture standards they just started http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/sellingresources/picturestandards.html) or necessary. I think most people who find your suit will read the description below the picture anyway, so if Canali is the first word I think you are covered.
     
  6. MZhammer

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    Do you think it violates the policy if it's just minimizing a label photo that is also part of my listing and dropping it into the main one? I figured it was nice to see the label, especially when some of them show how old or new the garment is (think Zegna, HF etc)
     
  7. Shoeluv

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    Not sure, I think you probably have way more experience than me on eBay. I just saw the example they gave for "No text or artwork in photo" and it looked kind of like yours. But you are right you aren't adding any non-essential information you are just juxtaposing two pictures of the suit so probably not a violation. It looks good to me, and I did a quick search of eBay and nobody else seems to be doing it. In my opinion though I wouldn't just because it draws the eyes away from the beautiful suit.
     
  8. txwoodworker

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    Maybe a stupid question, maybe not. When listing waist size, do you measure them on the inside of the waist, or the outside? I button up the waist, lay them flat and measure to the outside and multiply 2x.
     
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    Just had to check, almost every measurement comes out bigger than tagged on waist, and smaller than tagged on inseam (for dress pants). I get the inseam one, the waist must be, larger than tagged as a "feel good" thing. "Hey look, I fit into 34's, I'm going to McDonalds!"
     
  11. Snoogz

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    On wool trousers the measurements should correspond correctly with the tagged size unless alterations have been made...

    Cotton will sometimes be different due to stretching and wearing (jeans, chinos). But a quick wash usually shrinks em back up to tagged size (unnecessary for selling, just a fyi)
     
  12. hooker4186

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    Last night I had a shirt end, with a bidder from Russia, who paid immediately. I am ok shipping internationally but require contact before bidding for a quote on shipping. The price he paid for shirt + shipping is only equal to the shipping cost to Russia - how do I revise his invoice to get him to pay me the balance for shipping now that he's already paid?
     
  13. Brianpore

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    What is the link to your listing? Depends how you had it set up, usually for an international buyer to buy the item you need to have a international shipping charge that is different then the domestic shipping charge.
     
  14. astrocyte

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    Hi all,

    I have some clothing I'm looking to get rid of. I've sold things at second-hand shops before, but I've realized I could do much better if I put a little effort in and sold on eBay. Having never sold anything on eBay before, I'm a total noob and have a ton of questions, but I'll try to limit it to three (I've read a bunch of this thread and it is highly informative but I think a lot of it is a bit advanced for me as I'm not wondering how to best package a vintage Canali suit for shipment to Burkina Faso).

    1. Since I'm a first-time seller, I obviously have no feedback as a seller. I assume people would be skeptical of buying from me. Is there anything I can do to improve my credibility off the bat? I do have half a dozen feedbacks as a buyer, showing that I've always paid promptly--not sure if this does anything toward showing I'm not a total scumbag. Should I expect to sell my first few items for lower prices than the than the typical going rate since I might be viewed as a risk?

    2. Traditional auction v.s. buy it now? Are there any general guidelines to help in making this decision?

    3. Aside from this thread, can anyone recommend a good primer that I should read to help answer some more of my noob questions?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  15. capnwes

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    1. Only way to build the reputation is to get to selling. It will come. Honest descriptions, clear photos.
    2. That is up to you. Auctions are more fun.
    3. Ebay for Dummies, as well as Ebay Listings that Sell, for Dummies. I have read both of them a couple times, a few years ago. They have a lot of valuable info in them. I wish I had knwn to read them when I was starting out. They would have saved me from quite a lot of headaches.
     
  16. txwoodworker

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    Anyone ever gotten spam through the ebay email system?

    Dear Trusted eBay Vendor,

    I am an importer of menswear for 20+ years located in Midtown, Manhattan, NY.

    Our company handles major corporate accounts, such as Burlington Coat Factory, dealing with large container volumes of inventory. I came across your e-store and thought you might be interested in our current temporary overstock. From time to time, we have opportunities to make special arrangements with independent merchants.

    If interested, please feel free to inquire about available inventory by calling 201.410.9802 or email MichaelYoon at KPORT dot US. Due to the volume of orders, we cannot handle consignment or dropship. If samples are requested, you have the option of scheduling a meeting at our office located in Midtown or warehouse located in NJ.

    Kind regards,

    Michael Yoon



    - black_lapel
     
  17. suited

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    I received the same message.
     
  18. MZhammer

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    1. There's not much you can do other than take clear, accurate pictures, provide all measurements necessary and be very open about the condition. Aside from that you need to wait for feedback.
    Or I suppose you can do what I did and spend time teaching yourself HTML and CSS to build a selling template that makes it look a tad more professional.

    2. I do both actually. I put my BIN at a somewhat ambitious price and start auctions at the minimum I'd feel ok with (typically 49.99 for a preowned Sport Coat with a BIN of 195). I can't say for certain but I think a high but not totally unrealistic BIN makes people more apt to bid a bit higher because they see the BIN and still think they're getting a "deal." Also I tend to put the MSRP if you know it in the title to add value.

    3. Google & the Dummies help books. Otherwise read this thread the whole way. It helps a lot.

    4. You can always consign with LuxeSwap or a few other members on here to sell your items without the hassle. They generally get higher prices than you or I will and do all the work.
     
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  19. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Me too.
     
  20. suited

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    I sold a pair of women's sneakers, listed as new without tags. They belonged to my fiance so I know that she had never worn them. Buyer purchases 2 pairs, I hook her up with a discount. She wants to return one pair because she states that they aren't new. My policy is no returns (even though I always issue returns). I message her and say something like "I'm happy to issue you a refund. Please send them back to me and I will issue it as soon as I receive them. Also, I just wanted to let you know that the shoes belonged to my fiance, and she had never wore them, so I was being honest when I said that they are new."

    She leaves neutral feedback. People are so unappreciative and rude - I go out of my way to give her a deal on the shoes and accept a return with no hassle, even though my policy says no returns, and she leaves neutral feedback.
     
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