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

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

  1. Acme

    Acme Well-Known Member

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    Those pics look fine to me. I finally solved my color problems when I 1) got all the same color bulbs (5000K just like yours) and 2) manually set the appropriate color balance setting on my camera (daylight setting for 5000K bulbs). Hope that helps you.
     
  2. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    Does sound kinda sketchy - NWT shirt with alleged stains, they want to give as a gift BUT also have it dry cleaned (thus no longer NWT) which will cost $15 (?!).
    Agreed - no partial refund - either they ship back and get a full refund, or they keep the shirt and get nothing.
     
  3. Tweets

    Tweets Senior member

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    I think we need an award for stupid Ebay buyer of the day...

    Dear Intelligent Seller,

    I WON THIS ITEM AND WEAR SIZE 9.5 INSTEAD OF 10.
    PLEASE, CONFIRM IF YOU HAVE SIZE 9.5 IN THIS SHOE?
    THANKS
    NAT

    - Idiot that thinks I'm Foot Locker

    Do I look like a shoe store?
     
  4. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    Par for the course...
     
  5. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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    Some of those look good but some I have a hard time telling what the color of the suit is (mainly those on the mannequin). What are you using to edit the pictures after you take them? If you are looking for something free, I started using GIMP which is available for Mac or Windows (I use a Mac). All I do is open all of the pictures and do 'color -> auto -> white balance' and some came out fairly good and some are still a little dark. You can check out a few here.
     
  6. Koala-T

    Koala-T Senior member

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    Thanks for the tip here. Not OP, but I'm going to start using this.
     
  7. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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    There are some options I am exploring like scriptfoo where you should be able to automatically run the auto white balancer on an entire directory. This would save me a ton of time, if anyone has done this or has a better way using GIMP to edit photos please chime in.
     
  8. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    A better option is to always use the same white balance settings. I believe that even most point and shoot cameras let you set the white balance. If you set it to 'flash' and leave it there while photographing indoors with a flash, you should get fairly consistent results. If you can do manual exposure, find a setting that gets you consistent results and remember that setting. As an example, my general 'Ebay sales photography' setting is: 1/30th at f/5.0 (ISO 200) with the white balance set for flash. I use an external flash, but a similar setting might work with a P&S as well. I never alter the colors before importing to Ebay. I've not had any complaints other than one where I didn't know the difference between burgundy and brown in dress shoes...
     
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    The pro camera app has a white balance control. Way better photos than the internal app.
     
  10. Steve Smith

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    A few weeks ago a buyer opened a case against me stating that I sent him the wrong shoes. According to him, the shoes I sent were not blue like the ones in the auction. My description took up four lines. Here is the last line: The colors of the suede, starting at the toe, are dark brown, brown, and a light stone or light tan.
     
  11. capnwes

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    I had a guy leave me neg feedback once because I clearly sold him a burgundy tie, listed as burgundy, titled as burgundy, described as burgundy and pictured as burgundy.

    His feedback read "The tie is not purple"

    I called him out on it and he removed it.
     
  12. k4lnamja

    k4lnamja Senior member

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    Hey Wes! Thanks for your help! I looked for a catalog online but couldn't find anything

    The #'s are

    10 E, 36652, 12 or 17
    5377, 4629

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  13. DanM

    DanM Senior member

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    I downloaded that app last weekend and had not noticed that feature.

    THANK YOU! [​IMG]
     
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    Buyer told me that shoes from the outlet store should not be sold as "new in the box". That's half the new shoes on ebay.
     
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    You sure it's not 5277?

    If it is, the official color is antique burgundy calfskin.
     

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