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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    They look good to me unless I'm missing something. Based on the listing though, I'd say you may not win a case for minor nicks, but of course you can win any case if you're a bit dishonest... not that I'd advocate that. Should wait to see what others have to say.
     


  2. aglose

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    Yeah. I can see two dots on the left boot when he pictures the toe caps and I don't know if those are a reflection or if they are leather imperfections.
     


  3. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    I'm not one to buy used shoes but they look perfectly fine IMO
     


  4. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    I see what you are talking about, I would be just as concerned for the price range it is creeping into.

    Wait for a response, worse case purchase, and if not describe, eBay should side with you. Especially after they see you have attempted to contact the buyer 3 times.
     


  5. aglose

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    It's getting up there for shell. I wish I could find some good shell boots for not an arm and a leg. I'd be Ok with just an arm and some toes or something.
     


  6. TheNeedMachine

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    They have a lot of feedback, but "only" 98.9% positive for that many sales / feedbacks tells me they're slinging what they can and probably will never responding to any inquiries. 16 negatives in the last 6 months, and 34 negatives + 24 neutrals in the last year. That's sort of a lot, even if they are a high-volume seller. Two of the negatives are re: Wolverine boots... I say, if you bid, you're taking a bit of a gamble with this seller. Not a huge gamble, but more than usual.
     


  7. capnwes

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  8. aglose

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    Good point, I will inquire as to the mismatch.
     


  9. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    When did eBay start displaying the # of watchers on other people's listings? In the past I could only see the # of watchers on my own listings, not someone else's...not sure if I like that change...

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  10. Brianpore

    Brianpore B&S (BS) ambassador-in-chief

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    They started this with the last BIG refresh of the site about 6??? months ago. It has come and gone. If you are a big seller with popular items I think it is good to make people have a desire to bid and or make an offer.....not that I'm saying I like it, but I see why they added it.
     


  11. concealed

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    It's bad for items that have few watchers, might make people more likely to lowball, etc.
     


  12. TheNeedMachine

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    Huh - first time I've ever seen it, and I have bid/bought recently. I have seen the little pop-up window that tells how many views/watchers in the past 24 hours or whatnot.
    If I was watching an auction item and it had a bunch of other watchers, I'd be less inclined to bid and get into a war later...but for buy-it-now, agreed - might make me want to jump on an item before anyone else.

    Agree on that as well.
     


  13. sparrow

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    if you look at the sole it seems barely worn.
    its probably a pair of factory seconds, so slight imperfections would be normal.
    you are buying used.
    but given the state of the sole I dont think its seen much use
    worth the savings over the 700? 800? retail on new
     


  14. TheNeedMachine

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    Not sure if I should leave negative / neutral feedback or not... I bought a vintage stereo accessory item on eBay. Was delivered, slowly. Only halfway worked - it has two modes - one "ideal" and the other considered a "get-around" if you can't use it in the more ideal mode based on your receiver...the "ideal" mode didn't work, but the "get-around" does. The item was described as used but in fully working order (which it was not). I messaged the seller saying I'd like to return it either for a refund or repair. No reply after a few days, so I initiate a return. Get a notification that an e-check refund is in process. Few days later, get another message that the e-check refund did not clear the seller's bank account = no refund. In the interim, I decided to keep the thing and just sell it along with the speakers that it goes with, so I canceled the refund case. I opted not to use eBay buyer protection to get my refund after the e-check failed, and keep it instead, knowing it can be fixed.

    The seller has a bunch of older and one current negative feedbacks (which I did not see until after I'd already bid and won), and when I Google him, he appears to be a total nut-job - made his own Wikipedia page.

    His website is equally odd, with the manifesto "The Ultimate in on-line rare purchasing and selling. There is nothing worse in life then shopping next to cheap idiots lacking taste, experience, and hygiene -- while checking out at the counter of some bitter-condescending-asexual-erudite giving you the once over. At Literaturopolis you are treated on a first come first serve basis. There is no line, no rush, no time limit, and best of all... No herd of garage-sale-lemmings lending you their take on popular culture, live action role playing (LARP), and what it means to be the last bearded hipster in Echo Park without a tattoo, skinny jeans, and girlfriend named Bitchiffer with more metal in her face than the front row at OZ fest."

    What a tool.

    ANYWAY, do I leave a negative...neutral...or let it slide, seeing as how I am actually keeping the half-working gizmo...bearing in mind their refund check e-bounced and they sold me a malfunctioning item described as fully working? I have never left a negative in my life as things have always been worked out in the end.
     
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  15. Tweets

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    I'd go negative...if you don't know what you are selling and can't test it, don't list it as in working order...and just the fact that he wouldn't respond to correct the situation would make me leave negative.
     


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