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

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

  1. FaceOfBoh

    FaceOfBoh Senior member

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    Thanks for this. I guess I'm just concerned that he'll say "What do you mean you haven't received it, I put it in the mail 3 weeks ago."

    I guess it all starts with me making contact. I'll keep y'all posted.
     
  2. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I do the same. Trust no one.



    Try listing a Rolex at 9.99. Then you really get the butterflies.



    Let it run, don't be a weenie. Its like the first time you have unprotected sex. You know theres safer ways, but it feels soooooo good to be soooo badddddd :slayer: :lol:
     
  3. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    Listings started and I got my first one penny bid. Woo hoo! I'm not gonna weenie out. I also listed a few decent ties at regular auction with BIN so I figure they will cross-pollinate and bring some eyeballs in front of my stuff from both angles. The Brioni shirt might actually sell for a penny, being past season and all. Oh well - it's bait.

    Edit to add PS: more like the most recent time you had unprotected sex. The first time, the worst that could happen is you knock the broad up. These days, I know the risks are greater...far, far greater.
     
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  4. GMMcL

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    BTW, I got a nice little call from Ebay today. Totally useless exercise taking me through their new "fall improvements." Until they just casually said, "Oh, and starting in February, if you cancel auctions where you have a bid, you'll still have to pay the final value fee." Dude totes tried to change the subject. I'm all: "Wait, so, I sell my shizz somewhere else, you still get paid? What's that bullshazz about? Don't you realize that just incents me to make you my sale location of last resort. That what you want, brah?" No good answer.

    What's the justification here? Dumb. Asses.
     
  5. TheNeedMachine

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    You must be a super-duper power seller or something. If eBay ever called me I'd be frickin' surprised.
    But what you said - final value fee if you cancel and it has a bid...that sort of blows. Then again, I personally have never canceled an auction that has a bid (would just serve to piss off the bidder and any watchers)...eBay is becoming ever more creative in their ways to extract money from us, yes?
     
  6. GMMcL

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    Rare, but it happens. Sometimes I find some serious issue with the item, sometimes I sell it here on SF or somewhere else. Either way, it's BS that Ebay gets paid. Almost as BS as the fact that they take fees from my shipping charge, even when I buy the shipping via Ebay. How hard would it be to exclude the shipping charge when I pa via Ebay (or even PayPal, which they own)?
     
  7. SpooPoker

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    Why wouldn't you just cancel all the bids, then end the auction?
     
  8. TheNeedMachine

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    I dig - I had bids on an item and someone asked for an extra measurement, and it was when making that measurement I noticed a flaw that made the item unsellable, so I had to cancel it. You reminded me of that, so yes I have done it...and if eBay charged me the final value fees I'd be pissed. But what Spoo said - cancel the bids, then the listing - could be a get-around on that rare occasion, which eBay will recognize and address. It's lose-lose for everyone - they wouldn't exist without sellers, but sellers wouldn't exist without buyers.
    And I can relate re: eBay taking a cut of the shipping charges, which is by far (in my opinion) the most shitty thing they do...especially if you charge - for example - $11.00 to ship something Priority Flat Rate Medium Box...they know it costs $11.35 and you're losing money on shipping, yet they decide to take a few crumbs for themselves anyway. Well, if we become big-timers and sell stuff for hundreds or thousands, like Mister Spoo, there won't be any complaints from me.
     
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    Have you guys notice any change with the new "Best Match" algorithm? It sounds like popular brands are getting a boost in search rankings over no-names. Unfortunately, with the market share that eBay has, they can get away with all sorts of crap and still be number one.
     
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    So remind me again, which shipping service is best to use internationally, say, to South Korea? I mean for my protection with reliable tracking and everything.
     
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    Conversation with potential buyer about ending an auction early on a pair of TR jeans that are currently bid at $20, but I'm expecting it to jump a fair bit hopefully as it has lots of watchers.

    I don't know how he plans on paying before the auction ends though... I love playing dumb with dummies :paranoia:
     
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    Haha that's great. He hasn't previously bought from you and knows your paypal address right? Keep clownin' the clowns!
     
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    Yea no clue who the guy is and haven't dealt with him before, not sure how/if I should continue this. Perhaps shoot him a message tomorrow "Hey dude, haven't gotten your payment yet. Just wanted to make sure everything is alright"
     
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