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

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

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Express mail international with insurance. Even without insurance, its only ~$10 more expensive than priority mail international, which does not have tracking.

    EDIT: Use USPS's shoe box if possible, otherwise just packaging paper wrap around the shoe box, reinforce the corners with extra tapes to make sure it wont get crushed. Mark it as sample or returned goods to avoid getting hold up at customs for days. Try not to send around holiday season or public holidays.
     
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  2. gyasih

    gyasih Senior member

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    ^^Thanks, $100 bucks lost to evilbay and paypal...^%*!
     


  3. capnwes

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    Apparently they bill the buyer for the return shipping charges, unless they are returning it for "not as described". What would keep buyers from just sellecting that option once they know it would be free for them?

    You can even set up an automatic restocking fee, which I love the idea, but I still think buyers will take advantage of the "not as described" loophole.
     


  4. TheNeedMachine

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    Does anyone have multiple eBay / paypal accounts? I looked into setting up a 2nd one a while ago, to buy stuff I would resell, and sell stuff that I wouldn't want mixed in with my regular listings...and it seems they make it pretty difficult to do yourself (meaning: not having a separate person set one up that you use yourself). Wondering if it's gotten any easier...
     


  5. gyasih

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    I have multiple acccounts, I just don't use the same registered email and I don't use the same Paypal account.
     


  6. VLSI

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  7. TheNeedMachine

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  8. TheNeedMachine

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    So...I'm bidding on something on eBay, currently the only bidder at their minimum bid, and today I get a message from the seller: "Just for further knowledge I will not let these go for a cheap price so if the item ends a day early thats why". Wow, so they're gonna end the auction early, even if it has bids, and they're letting me know up front. Instead of originally listing them with a higher start or a reserve. That's kinda shitty - think I'll add them to the blacklist just for being a douche. Was gonna respond with "That's shitty" and "Lots of auctions get bids in the last hours or minutes" or even "eBay will still charge you final value fees" (not true, yet)...but I'll see what happens.
     


  9. VLSI

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    Haha, stupid practice too since almost all bids happen in the last hour. Not like adding a reserve price is that expensive. If it doesn't get other bids and you know he will pull the item, set up a third account and bid it way the hell up... but you know, don't pay for such a not cheap price.
     


  10. TheNeedMachine

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    The seller is a noob (22 feedbacks), but also kind of an idiot - the way they listed their item, no one is looking for it and I just stumbled across it, planning to buy & resell. The 3rd account is a good idea, but I doubt I'll go thru the trouble, and would rather just let this one go. Picking my battles.
     


  11. Blog Marley

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    Halp!

    I recently sold these pants: http://www.ebay.com/itm/150889315299?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649

    and today received this message from the buyer: Hi, I received the pants today, and they're black, not navy. I'd like to return them for a full refund. Please let me know how that can be arranged.

    While dark, there's no way these aren't "navy" in fact my MacBook Pro's keyboard and my company laptop both serve as decent contrasts in color. I chose pretty accurate photos as well. I listed the item with a no return clause but would happily accept a return if I made a mistake.

    Does the buyer have a case? What should I do?
     
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  12. Steve Smith

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    Try to explain to him that the pants are navy, by Brooks Brothers definition. Ask him to put the pants side by side with something black, in natural light. BB navy is very dark and can easily be confused with black, especially indoors.

    If that doesn't satisfy him then he is either a complete dumbass or the just wants to return the pants for another reason. But if he still wants to return them, take the return. The seller is always wrong on ebay.
     
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  13. VLSI

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    Probably easiest to just take the return if you think you can resell for at least the same price. Definitely let him know that the pants are navy as described. Tell him to ship them back to you and then refund his purchase price less shipping.

    Inspecting further, I have a feeling that they don't fit him. 15.5" waist measurement on size 32 is pretty small and likely not what he is used to.
     
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  14. TheNeedMachine

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    ...in addition to what was already mentioned, a lot of men have trouble telling dark navy blue from black and vice-versa (it's a male / genetic thing). I have that problem and have to compare to something of which I already know the color. You're right, he's wrong - your listing photos clearly show the difference when compared to the keyboard and laptop.
     


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    His response: I did, and they were identical to a black pair that I have. I have a navy jacket from Brooks Brothers and it's a clear blue. I'm not sure why this one would be called navy. May I return it? If so, please instruct where I should send this item.

    Looks like I'm taking them back :/ oh the joys of selling on eBay.

    Question, a buyer on this forum expressed interest in the same pants but backed out after I couldn't figure out a way to get it to him tracked and insured for under $40. What's the best and cheapest way to ship to Paris while also protecting me?
     


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