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

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

  1. SpooPoker

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

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    Sales, returns, expenses. Receipts for errythang. gas, food, inventory, labels, shipping, usps receipts, etc.
     
  2. masaccio

    masaccio Senior member

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    I was in a similar spot twice in the past month. In both of my cases I ended up getting the items. In one case it was a full month from auction close to receiving the goods. Zero response to messages until after I received the items. It was very frustrating, as you must know.

    I don't know of any recourse, other than negative feedback. If a seller claims the item is lost, EBay has no way of verifying it. Even if the seller were to relist the item in the future, he could always just claim to have "found" it.
     
  3. BlackChiney8

    BlackChiney8 Well-Known Member

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    You're right. I would believe it would be better to cut my losses and make attempts to get my money back since the seller has gone incognito. I have sold things as well and have taken losses but it was all in honoring the contract and being ethical about my sales. Not to beat a dead horse but put a reserve on the item if you're afraid of taking a loss!
     
  4. k4lnamja

    k4lnamja Senior member

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    uh oh ...
     
  5. BlackChiney8

    BlackChiney8 Well-Known Member

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    He also sold a navy Canali sport coat that went for $15. So let's see how this guys feedback will fare in the near future.
     
  6. Snoogz

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    share the seller? [​IMG]


    feel to send a PM [​IMG]
     
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  7. Fueco

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    To clarify this...

    You don't need to track gas, food, portion of rent for home office, etc unless you are planning to claim deductions on your taxes.

    My records for this year include sales returns, expenses, labels, shipping, etc. The rest will wait until next year.

    If you're going to get serious, serious do track EVERYTHING! For 2014, I'm going to be switching to an automated system (Quicken or similar) to track expenses, income, etc.... I need to maximize what I can write off and really see how my business is going. It's a bit of a clusterf**k right now...
     
  8. Fueco

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    Make your listings stand out! I know one of these did...

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  9. hooker4186

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    How detailed are you on USPS receipts or thrift receipts, as usually the receipt just reads "men's shirt" or something?

    I will file all my eBay income and have all my receipts from this year and a detailed spreadsheet of item sold, shipping/thrift costs on each item and my net profit, but am wondering if that will be enough.

    I'm not too stressed as my sales aren't anywhere near 20k but would like to do better with my audit trail next year.
     
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  12. capnwes

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    Actually the ones that catch my eye the most are the J Crew on top. They are straight sexay.
     
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  13. concealed

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    Taxes: Are we required to file the quarterly estimates or can we just wait until year end?
     
  14. capnwes

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    That, I would like to know as well. I have been doing year end stuff this whole time. Now my income is so high I think i need to do a switch.
     
  15. stevent

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    Regarding the 1099 is there any way to justify personal sales? I sell a ton of shoes I don't wear or only wore a few times and were not purchased with the intent to flip. I have them separated on excel but how does one prove this?

    Also same deal with some other bigger ticket clothing items. I shouldn't have to pay taxes on this stuff?

    I'd say half of stuff was sold for profit, 25% even and 25% loss. So it wouldn't make sense to include in taxes?
     
  16. capnwes

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    You'd have a hard time proving it, unless you kept the original receipts.
     
  17. stevent

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    Yeah I have all receipts and all shoes / clothes are in my size. Any ideas on how to prove?
     
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    Isn't the burden of proof on the IRS in that case? If you keep detailed records of all your flips, but sell a few items at a loss, it seems to me you'll be okay as long as you have tracked the actual purchase price.
     
  19. Fueco

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    They are indeed, but I was referring to the listings themselves.

    My saved search is just for Alden 9.5. You know, just trolling for bargains that are sold by unknowing sellers. This is how I scored 1/3 price on the hottest running shoes on the market.
     
  20. capnwes

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    Good. You can itemize it out of your business expenses/income. Or you can include it showing it as a loss which will decrease the income you are being taxed on.
     

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