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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    Thanks Shoeluv
     
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    This thread is intimidatingly large so I'll ask a stupid noob question. Some of the others (shoe care, shoe care product necessities, etc.) typically have a long, thorough post pulling together best tips and tricks. Does one exist on this thread, or do I have to read all 4000+ posts and pull together my own best practices?
     


  4. Brianpore

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

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    There are entire threads in the forum dedicated to just shoe care...
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/228153/the-official-shoe-care-thread-tutorials-photos-etc/0_100
    6000+ posts all about shoe care and that's just one thread [​IMG]
     
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    RIght, I've checked those out and have been able to find some really good thorough tutorials for beginners (me) within the first 15 or so pages of the thread. Does something like this exist for eBaying? From what I have read so far Brianpore, you seem to be one of the most knowledgeable on this thread.
     


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    I think he asking if there was a "best method" for listing as found in those other threads.

    1. Take good pictures
    2. Don't take bad pictures
    3. No one reads your description anyways
    4. You're going to have to take the return, so just roll over and take it early to appease the buyer
     


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    Yes, this is essentially what I was looking for. Thanks to all who replied. If there are any additional things to add to that I'd love to hear them.
     


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    There are of course more things, but a lot of it comes from experience. Things like learning how to pack (brian has a great guide on this), organizing your personal workspace to make listing and packing as efficient as possible, learning how to deal with various problems with buyers that arise. I don't think you can just prescribe a "Use condition X followed by polish Y" or whatever formula to listing on ebay like you would to caring for shoes.
     


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    How much work do you guys put into your finds before listing?

    I wasn't polishing shoes, and I've started doing that and it seems to help sales.

    I usually keep a pair of scissors handy and clean up loose threads on shirts, pants etc.

    Tonight I had a couple coats with wrinkles and I grabbed my steamer to make them look better.

    Is that close to what all you experienced sellers are doing? Should I be doing more/less?

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    Depends on the brand/value.

    I always clean up shoes unless they are in great shape when purchased. It's actually enjoyable when compared to ironing. I will also trim loose threads, etc. I rarely iron suits or blazers simply because they are usually hung up at the store and don't require pressing. However, if they do, a very high end item will get more attention than something cheaper which may get listed with a few wrinkles (although I would never list an item that was badly wrinkled).
     
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    ^^^Dry clean, polish, mend, anything helps. I don't sell much on eBay, usually just stuff I am done with, but prep and time spent on a quality listing make a tremendous difference. I just did an auction for a 1987 Polo Alligator belt, most have sold in the $85-125 area. I got $400.00. I spent a little bit of time conditioning and polishing the buckle, took my time on the listing, timed it to end at 9 pm eastern on Sunday and started it at $1.00 no reserve.

    This is the way I do all of my listings and I get top dollar.
     


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    All shirts get a quick iron

    Shoes get polished

    Sport Coats / Suits/ Pants all get steamed.
     


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    I have had stuff cleaned in the past, but I've come to the conclusion that a stain on a thrift store item that doesn't come off with your fingernail or a dab of saliva is probably there for good, and that's especially true for anything made of wool. Shirts are easier to clean, obviously. I've stopped buying anything with a stained collar. I simply don't think it's worth it to go through the process of soaking it in a solution. If it's a grail brand like Kiton that's a different story, but my days of soaking Zegna dress shirts are behind me.
     


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