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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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    Why? It changes the value of the item not at all. Do you get pissed every time you buy something from the store because those capitalist pigs made money off of you?
     
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  2. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Senior member

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    I bought an item recently. MSRP was $300, I ended up getting it for around $115. Seller left a Nordstrom Rack tag for $75 on. I still felt like I got a great deal, but could see how someone could have been pissed off not because it's logical but because eBay attracts the scum of the earth.
     
  3. sparrow

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    I would take it off even if the buyer gets a good deal some people feel like they need to get the BEST deal. Why not minimize risk to you
     
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  4. Brianpore

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    Just touching on that again... there is NO upside to leave on the price you paid... what is your benefit [​IMG]


    Someone who knows Barbour better then I.....it looks "black" or very dark navy. The trim is obviously navy so that would make the material navy also, right? Common sense they would use black trim on a black vest. One of the hardest things for me is determining between black and dark navy

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  5. ScottW

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    Thanks brochachos, the NMLC tag is getting clipped. That's the direction I was leaning, I just wanted to make sure it was standard practice before I did so.

    @ Brian, it can be tough to tell over the internet due to color balance issues with different cameras & monitors, but if those buttons are true black with a little bit of brown in them as it appears to me, then the main jacket color is definitely navy.
     
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  6. Stewie

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    +1 on the tag issue And...pretty sure Barbour doesnt do much in black, and it looks dark navy to me as well.
     
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  7. SpooPoker

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

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    x post from the label thread... these are draining my brain. Do you have any idea?

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    Pretty sure the middle one is Caruso, but top and bottom?
     
  8. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Senior member

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    This is a little bit of good news (sorry if it's old but just saw this in a message):

    "As announced this spring, to reduce unpaid items eligible fixed price and auction-style listings purchased with Buy It Now will remain for sale unless the buyer pays right away. That means buyers must first add items to their eBay Shopping Cart to purchase multiple items with a single payment."

    Not much, but I'll take what I can get...
     
  9. Brianpore

    Brianpore Senior member

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    There has been a bunch of talk about this (not here but on other sites and the ebay forum if you google it). It seems some people love it and some hate it. It was also rolled out only on a few beta items to start with. For items that we sell if they transition it to clothes it should be a positive I think, but for people selling the same exact NIB items like a small flat screen TV where you have 10 large ebay stores selling the same exact item there seems to be issue with the system.
     
  10. marc roberto

    marc roberto Senior member

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    I always cut off the part of the tag with the price on it and leave the rest on so its still new with tags. Maybe this person thought he had to leave it all there.
     
  11. Steve Smith

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    I agree. Them sumbitch capitalists are ruining America and everything it stands for.
     
  12. Steve Smith

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    You get to choose which tags stay on the item and which are removed. Engineer it so that the buyer sees that he has a good deal. Of course the item is the item, and its value is its value. So the price tag should not matter but some buyers will get their panties in a wad if you make "too much profit". A childish concept, that.

    Going a step further, the current Brooks Brothers Custom Tailored line (made by Southwick) always has a manufacturer's tag inside the inner right chest pocket. This has some indecipherable (to me) numbers on it, but it also usually has a size. This size is quite often not the size of the jacket, going by measurements. A jacket which measures as a 44R by comparison to other jackets may have an inner tag with 46L on it, for example.

    These are MTM items and I am guessing that the fabric pieces are laser cut by a computerized system. I also suppose that based upon the measurements a decision is made to start with a particular standard size and then alter every measurement from that baseline starting point. Maybe the shoulder is the key measurement. So this guy is a bit big in the shoulders and the 46 is chosen as the starting point. But he is a little narrower in the chest so the jacket is built with a chest size for a 44. What we have here is a custom item which is going to be a perfect fit for someone but does not exactly conform to certain standard classifications of size.

    And that is why we on SF are such sticklers for measurements on suit, blazer and sport coat jackets.

    And yet I took a return on SF a few months ago on a Custom Tailored BB suit. Paraphrasing the buyer's message from memory "The suit fits perfectly but I see that it is not a 42R, but is instead a 44L which has been altered to the measurements of a 42R so I am returning it because you misrepresented the size."

    At that point I changed my policy. If an item is on my rack I own it and I will decide which labels and tags stay and which ones go.

    TLDR: Remove or leave labels on to give the information which you want to give. Giving too much information can confuse or anger some buyers.
     
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  13. stevent

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    E-Delcon require signature confirmation in Canada? Other countries?

    And ugh so many dumb messages recently claiming I have no idea what I'm talking about. I don't really understand why people spend effort to send messages that make no sense
     
  14. hbkshin

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    I'm so incredibly close to reaching that Top Rated Seller status. Hoping it'll motivate me and make me up my game even more once I hit it. 80 transactions and 97.8% feedback currently. Getting one neg feedback early on really hurts.
     
  15. TheNeedMachine

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    Got a message from a buyer, and if you want to return something that is not a SNAD, this is how to do it. I get so few returns, and will have no problem re-selling (Barbour gilet), that I'm happy to take it back. Guy really schmoozed me, complimenting me on my mad measuring and packing skillz - flattery will get you everywhere!

    <my name> - the Dunmoor vest was delivered today in perfect condition. It's a beautiful item, but I'm going to have to return it to you. You posted the right measurements with the listing, but what you - and I - did not account for was the thickness of the interior insulation. It is the equivalent of about one full size, the difference between an XL and a Large. I can zip this vest alright, but it's simply too tight. I have no one to give this to; therefore I am returning it to you so someone else can enjoy it. I plan to return it to you in the same box and packaging it arrived in (good job on your part, by the way). I expect to get to my local post office on Monday (Dec. 2nd.) Please let my know when it arrives and when you will post a refund. Thank you again for making this vest available; it's a beautiful garment and I'd love to keep it, but I just can't wear it. Regards, <buyer name>

    EDIT: also, I'd say any of you guys who have NWT items, list them all this weekend! Cyber-Monday is this Monday, and online sales are expected to be 15% higher vs. last year. Don't forget to include the UPC in your listings - buyers will also comparison shop while in-store using smart phone bar code scanners and buy online if they find it cheaper & with free shipping. Happy selling season!
     
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  16. Fueco

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    Re: tags discussion...

    If you bought, say a $325 pair of sneakers for $5.60 at a thrift shop, would you leave your price tag on when you sell it for $150?? Same thing on a more exaggerated scale for your NMLC TAGS!
     
  17. Master-Classter

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    dunno if this is the right place, but I'm not usually an eBay seller, just a buyer and recently listed up a bunch of stuff (username dgj2004). Anyone care to take a skim and give me any feedback?
    Not looking to open a store, just get rid of some stuff, but also none of it seems to be selling so not sure if there's something I'm missing. Thanks!
     
  18. TheNeedMachine

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    Saw your message in the "what i'm selling on ebay" thread as well...at minimum, link your listings in your post so folks don't have to jump thru a few minor hoops to find your items. It's as easy as this. Looks as though you have sold a few items in the last few weeks - the thing I always have to remind myself of is "just because I've listed it on eBay, doesn't mean anyone is looking to buy it"...even if it's a great item at a great price. Hardest thing to learn was patience. If you're going to be an occasional seller, I don't see anything really wrong with your listings...and as long as you've done your homework to figure where to price things so they will sell, you need to wait for the buyer to find you. (re: pricing, that's up to you - I didn't check other active or sold listings to see if you're in line or on the moon...)
     
  19. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    Thanks.

    The other thread went wonky on me and I couldn't reload it so thought my response never got posted. :embar:
     
  20. wilay05

    wilay05 Senior member

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    I had a case open against me. Buyer purchased a sweater. I didn't provide any measurements but the item was clearly marked and there are pictures of the size tag in the description. Now the buyer has opened a item not as described case against me. His only complaint is that the item fits one side to small. Do I have a chance at winning this case? I don't want to accept a return but I can...
     

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