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

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

  1. Brianpore

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    Yeah 200 lb is normal. Damn that's cheap as hell.
     
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    Yep, but I don't shop for boxes everyday.
     
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    We now have a critical mass of methods to begin running some experiments. I will start picking up some $1 pants in similar colors in all state of urinal disarray, and report results.

    As to your question about cleaners, no frequent cleaners club, but I periodically run up a tab then pay my guy with thrifted clothing. He credits me market value and writes off my debt. Everybody wins: He's getting a great item at whatever his cleaning cost was (much lower than regular rates), and I only pay my thrifted cost.


    I roll mine then double polly bag.
     
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    Yeah, don't forget to block non-payers. Send him a message, maybe he's just ignorant to how ebay works. If the $ is there, it's worth the time to make sure he pays this time.
    That's interesteing, I have to find a "guy" then. The place I have been going to is staffed with horrible non customer service oriented grumpy people.
     
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    Hard to block a different bidder/email address
     
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    If you are able to, please break down your results based on the type of stain remover used .


    Enzyme (zout, shout, resolve...)


    Concentrated Detergent (Tide stain release , ect...)


    Oxygenated Bleach (oxiclean, oxy anything..)

    Also for folks that do not have the time for the method on their collars. Fels-Naptha is an excellent bleach free alternative.

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    Want to put a good word in for this seller for his reasonable international shipping (I don't know if he's on SF):

    http://myworld.ebay.com/hamishmyboy?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

    I recently won a NWT Tom Ford tie for $59 (!) from him.

    Alot of times I get dinged with high shipping since I'm in Canada. But he only charged me $6 for the trouble.
     
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    Shipping prices from the US to Canada have come WAY down in the last 2 months, thanks to the UPS and Canadian Post now offering tracking on 1st class packages. I think I charge $9.99 to ship a tie to Canada, cost is a few bucks less, but it still beats the old way of $20+ (my cost) to ship with tracking.
     
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    I agree. And vice versa. Canada Post now offers Tracked Packet for small packages under 2 pounds. Makes shirts and tie more economical to ship to the states. My only beef is that the actual cost of shipping now appears on the label, something that doesn't occur with Expedited Parcel.
     
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    Can an ebay buyer bypass the ebay global shipping program (or whatever it's called)? The duties are crazy high.
     
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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...
     
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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.
     
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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.
     

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