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

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

  1. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    Can an ebay buyer bypass the ebay global shipping program (or whatever it's called)? The duties are crazy high.
     
  2. concealed

    concealed Senior member

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    I am assuming the duties are based on the price you are paying, which probably lines up with your local laws...
     
  3. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    Actually it doesn't.

    Same issue with Barney's. A $19 tie has $5 in duties + shipping.

    Myhabit includes duties as well, and refunds if they over collect.
     
  4. GMMcL

    GMMcL Senior member

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    Indeed. Anything less would be unscientific.

    Here are the tests I plan to run:

    Water (control)
    Weak Woolite solution soak
    Strong Woolite solution soak
    Woolite with enzyme stain remover pre-treat to waistband
    Water with enzyme stain remover pre-treat to waistband
    Woolite with detergent stain remover pre-treat to waistband
    Water with detergent stain remover pre-treat to waistband
    Woolite with Lanolin hand cleaner pre-treat to waistband
    Water with lanolin hand cleaner pre-treat to waistband

    I will not run the Oxy because the Great Zegna/Zanella/Red Knit Silk BB Tie Debacle of 2012 proved that the Oxy method is not color safe on wools and silks, especially red-based. (Note: I had no issue with the beige woolens I ran in that batch.) Since our goal is a system that removes the urine without ruining the trou, and we want it to be of general applicability, Oxy is out.

    If you're counting along at home, this means I need no fewer than 9 pairs of wool trou, roughly equally soiled, that I'm willing to ruin (read: that cost me $1 or less). That could take me a while to amass, given that most GWs in my area charge on average $10 for all wool trou.
     
  5. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    You probably will have to soil them yourself. You know, for consistency's sake.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. chiron

    chiron Senior member

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    Count me in for pee pants too!


     
  8. MZhammer

    MZhammer Senior member

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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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  9. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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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.
     
  10. MZhammer

    MZhammer Senior member

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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)
     
  11. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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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.
     
  12. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Senior member

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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.
     
  13. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    ^^outside
     
  14. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Senior member

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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!"
     
  15. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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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)
     

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