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

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

  1. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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    I think I should actually be posting this in the Hall of Shame thread [​IMG]
     
  2. Brianpore

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    Post a photo or two, but its the light bulbs obviously. Looking at the photos the color correction is going to be the easy part to fix. Need to do something about the image sharpness though. Is there an image VR or image stabilizer on the camera? All the photos look slightly out of focus/blurry

    Guessing there is an setting to have the camera auto correct for whatever kind of lighting you are shooting in. Even better and someone here just metioned it like two weeks ago, is that there is an custom setting (Nikon at least) where you take a picture of a white background to set the color and it auto adjusts everything to it. Freaking amazing!

    Before Photoshop
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    After 30 second in Photoshop
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    In photoshop - Edit - Color Replace (select eyedrop blue -> white) - Auto Contrast
     
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  3. TheNeedMachine

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    Yep - they moved it, then blanked it, then added more brands but none of them were "Ralph Lauren" etc. Whacked. New feature.

    As Spoo says, "sell smart." I used to do a lot of price-point research for myriad companies, the ultimate goal being finding out 3 things:
    1. What someone would expect to pay for something of they saw it in a store,
    2. At what point the price would be too high that they would never consider buying it no matter how great it was, and
    3. At what point the price would be so low that it would make them doubt the quality of the product.

    #3 being key when it comes to so-called designer brands, and more so when it comes to luxury brands. Of course, sort of goes out the window if you're doing auctions with low starting bids...I list for the least I want then cop a squat and see what happens.

    I use Photoshop Elements and, depending on the color of the item, I usually have to play with it a bit. Sometimes the auto color correct does it in one shot, other times it's the generic auto fix, and/or auto contrast. You might be well-served with PSE or something as powerful (mine came bundled with Adobe Premiere for video - useful as well).

    Canon also has the white balance setting (which is what I think Brian was getting at). You can Google it based on your camera make/model and it probably has the setting, but, it may be one-time or always-on (depends on your camera). My Canon Rebel EOS XTI has it but it's fiddly to get to and set.
     
  4. capnwes

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    [​IMG] This has been pissing me off all night!
     
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  5. Brianpore

    Brianpore Senior member

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  6. jebarne

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    flourescent lights? were they at least 5000k? did you have a filter to compensate? Regardless, with photoshop or even pixelmator, its a quick process to change the color of the background.

    did you set the white balance or us AWB?
     
  7. JackFlash

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    Found a patch pocket cotton SC by Hickey this weekend. I know this is a modern line by Hickey Freeman. I'm trying to find the original retail for the item but having trouble finding Hickey online. Any suggestions?
     
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  8. stevent

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    It was a youth oriented line that died out then got started again to make stuff for gilt. Earlier stuff is nice and was priced just under Hickey Freeman I believe. New stuff is junk
     
  9. JackFlash

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    Interesting, thanks. Piece I picked up is nice enough looking; staple navy worsted cotton triple patch blazer!
     
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  10. marc roberto

    marc roberto Senior member

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    I typically ship only in the u.s. but some one asked me if I would ship a suit to u.k. Can I please get some advice from those who have done it about the best way to ship to u.k. and the risk factor. Thanks.
     
  11. capnwes

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    Quote:

    The case details:
    The buyer says the item doesn't match the description.
    The buyer paid on Jul 08, 2013.
    The buyer can be contacted at "212915xxxx" in order to resolve the problem.
    The item is fake

    Additional information:
    "Hi. This is a nice belt, but I believe it is not a genuine Coach belt. I have a Coach store near me and they can tell me. I hope you will refund my money if they verify that it is not a genuine Coach belt. I have other Coach belts and this material is significantly lighter than the others, and shorter length than other Coach 36 inch belts. I fully expect that this was unintentional on your part. Thanks, Mike"

    The buyer requested:
    A refund. The refund amount includes the purchase price plus original shipping.




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    Your message to the buyer:
    "Mike, I am sorry you feel the belt is fake. I do believe it is authentic. Please feel free to have it checked out and submit the findings in writing. Thanks, Wes"




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    eBay Customer Support comments:
    This case has been automatically closed by our system. We allow a maximum of 30 days for a case to be opened in our Resolution Center when the seller has responded. If we don't receive notification from either party within that 30 day time frame, our system will close the case automatically, assuming that the issue is taken care of.



    Gotta love that....[​IMG] No doubt it was real, and I'm sure they verified it for him.
     
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  12. RockyTop

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    I may have my first non-payer. Granted I'm not a high volume ebayer but most buyers have paid within 24 hours, if not almost immediately after the auction has ended. It's been a few days on this one though and haven't heard anything from the buyer, even after sending an invoice. I'll give it a couple more days but they had me leery from the get-go. They were the first one to bid on the item and I immediately noticed they had zero feedback and then I saw they had just opened their ebay account that same day. Was kind of relieved when they were outbid a couple of days later but then within a couple of hrs of the end of the auction they again became the high bidder and ended up winning the auction. Seems weird to go to all that trouble but they may have done me a favor. The item is seasonal and will likely sell for a higher price if I do get to rel-list it later.
     
  13. Steve Smith

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    I have shipped to the UK many times, using Priority Mail and First Class Mail. Never any problems.
     
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  15. VLSI

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    Buyer is responsible for customs. You can get estimates of cost on usps.com
     
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  16. capnwes

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    +1. If you don't have a scale, get one. You put the weight in the listing and use the calculated international shipping. It takes the guesswork out of the equation. When it comes to international shipping, guessing is your worst enemy. A few ounces can mean a difference of several dollars.
     
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  17. Brianpore

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  18. Snoogz

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    I'm assuming they want total weight including box / shipping materials correct?
     
  19. VLSI

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    Unless you're taping the label to the collar, yes.
     
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  20. FaceOfBoh

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    Does this mean that you can stipulate flat rate for domestic and then stipulate calculated for international? Or even different shipping classes for different coutnries? Like to Canada could be First Class International, Europe and Asia, some other class, more approriate for the risks.

    'Casue I don't mind doing flat rate domestically (in Canada) and to the US but shipping to Europe or Asia can be hugely different.
     
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