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

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

  1. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    If it's me, I'll give you free delivery.
     


  2. Snoogz

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    There was a list floating around with about 10-12 countries. I was viewing it a few days ago, I'd have to look for it again.
     


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    Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland per the USPS
     


  4. Shoeluv

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    So I set up a light box and took a couple hundred pictures of ties tonight. I just did my first listing and the pure white background looks blue [​IMG]

    I took the picture and just did auto-color in Picassa.

    WTF!!!

    I am using a Canon Rebel XS EOS 10.1MP on a tripod using the stock 55-250mm lens. I also have available an 18-55mm lens.

    EDIT: I use Garage Sale on a Mac for listing and Picassa on the Mac for editing
     
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  5. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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


  6. Brianpore

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

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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
    [​IMG]

    In photoshop - Edit - Color Replace (select eyedrop blue -> white) - Auto Contrast
     
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  7. 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.
     


  8. capnwes

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


  9. Brianpore

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  10. 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?
     


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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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    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
     


  13. 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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    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.
     


  15. 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.




    Quote:

    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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