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

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

  1. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    I've just gotten caught up on 100+ posts from this thread and I have to say thank you to all of the sellers that have contributed here. I've learned a ton and it's really great to hear of everyone's experiences. I've said before that I'm a small-timer on ebay and do it mostly to fund my own habits, but I think I'd like to step up my game. I have realized that I need to take a much closer look at my own sales to maximize my views and get the most out of my items.

    We're looking for a new apartment or (hopefully) a house. My wife even suggested that we dedicate a second bedroom to storage of our own clothes and an office/photography area for eBay stuff. Here are a few things that I feel I need to make sure I'm increasing sales/sale prices:

    - Get a mannequin: completed sales utilizing a mannequin are consistently higher than hanging/folded clothes
    - List regularly and for 10 days: I need to check if eBay.de charges fees for this. There are fee differences between ebay.com and ebay.de and ebay.de has been going through a number of changes in the last few months. Last time I listed we went from having 12 free photos to having 1 or two free photos. All others were .15
    - Somehow reduce shipping costs or build them into the listing. I have had trouble walking the line between getting a decent price for something and breaking even. The Austrian/German market is incredibly sensitive and only certain items by certain brands bring in guaranteed minimum prices. Austria is a small country and about 75% of my sales go to Germany. Shipping is expensive from Germany ----> Austria and from Austria ----> Germany. The Germans have no idea what it costs, only what they THINK it should cost. Therefore, I get emails on about half of the shipments to Germany asking if I can send it cheaper, without insurance, slower, etc.

    I'm not sure how to get around these, but for the most part I enjoy selling and it provides some income to cover things like tailoring costs.
     


  2. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    Nice - excellent info - this is exactly what I wanted to hear - thank you.

    More good info - thank you as well. I used to offer two shipping options - free (parcel) and paid (priority), and as long as you specified the free one first when listing it, it shows up as "free shipping" when buyers see it. Did bring views it seemed, but in actuality I don't think there is anything about eBay that can ever be quantified or measured outside of eBay's own internal number-crunching WOPR's.

    Heh - OK I'll get a scale! I keep eyeballing them like porn at Office Max but hell if I'm gonna pay $40 for one. You'd think Office Max would have the lowest prices on office supplies - you know - that being their forte and all. Strange then that their prices are higher than, say, Target / WalMart etc for almost everything.
    I get compliments on my wrapping & packing so no issues there...just need to shave some cents - will check out the poly mailers - grazie.

    shopgoodwill.com....let me just say - Eff them! I used to buy a lot thru there, then was dormant for a while. Got back on a few days ago, bid on a shirt, then decided to do the "estimated postage"...over $12 to ship a plain old cotton shirt - $9.08 plus $3 handling - from Florida to Georgia (which is, as we know, the next state over). Are they nuts?!

    As far as your dad's issue, a checking card / debit card is [usually] backed by a bank and will afford the same protections as a credit card [unless he's got a Rush or Kardashian card or something]. Dispute the charges. A few of the stores represented on shopgoodwill say they take returns in all cases, others case-by-case, but most say no returns ever no way no how. Website terms & conditions mean naught, when you dispute thru the issuing bank.
     


  3. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Yup, their prices, along with OD and Staples, are consistently the highest when I need office supplies. Screw that.

    The shipping/handling charges are indeed crazy. I avoid that site, not a ton of flippability unless you have more patience than I. He's had a few good purchases, but for the most part garbage that I wouldn't have even bought at thrift store prices. It's super frustrating because he refuses to ask me for help when buying the item, but needs help later listing it. Only so many times I can listen to "I won't do it again, I just need to get my money back on this" :fu:
     
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  4. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    That's a bad deal. I've commented before that I've seen clearly fake items in thrifts that they had incredibly high prices. One item, a Burberry tie holder, was fake and expensive. It was gone a few days later, so I feel bad if someone bought it. I'm all for charities maximizing their profits but not if they're unsure of what they're selling. One thrift actually consults me occasionally and puts things back on the floor (and out of the case) if I don't think it's legit.

    I'm not sure what kind of recourse your dad has, unfortunately. At the least it's a learning experience as most of us at one point or another have brought something home that was fake. I hope he can get his money back and not get stuck with a fake pair of jeans.
     


  5. barrelntrigger

    barrelntrigger Senior member

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    What a moronic answer.

    +1

    The last thing you need is when the post office return your package for under paid postage.

    +1 for poly mails.

    I usually fold my items nicely and bag them in a plastic bag or bags. I tape my bags shut just in case the flat rate envelopes tear. If the item is bulky and or the flat rate envelopes are stretched to its limit, I reinforce them with heavy duty packing tape. To save ink, I set my printing quality to "lowest without fucking up" mode. Always use Ebay and Paypal's printing labels and pay postage to save $. There you go! Happy selling and shipping!
     
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  6. capnwes

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    I try to support other ebay users when I can, while finding the best deals online.
    Here are a few of the sellers I deal with on a regular basis for my supplies, they are top notch with speed and quality products

    Boxes - (I hate the flimsy Priority boxes, but that just me) This guy has all sizes imaginable. If you don't see the size you need, shoot him a message and he will create a listing that will work for you. From very small to very large, his boxes typically cost about 25-30% of the Office Max price. Cheaper still than even U-line. He's a drop shipper, so they come from different warehouses around the country and arrive quickly.
    http://www.ebay.com/usr/topmailers

    Bubble Wrap - Quick shipping, any quantity or bubble size you need.
    http://www.ebay.com/usr/esupplystore
    I use this one of his, great deal, especially if you have ever bought it off the store shelves.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300779892178

    Tape - I usually buy 36 rolls once a year. I don't skimp on the quality, after all, this it what holds those $300 shoes in the box. I use this product but not necessarily this listing. Usually I try to wait till I have some ebay bucks to blow on it.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Case-of-36-...915?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27ca4cea63

    Shipping Labels - This guy has all sorts of labels for printing your own shipping labels.
    http://www.ebay.com/usr/sunshinelighting
    I use these specifically
    1000 Self Adhesive Shipping Blank Labels 8.5x5.5 Paypal
     
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  7. ruben

    ruben Senior member

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    Why do you guys use boxes for everything when most shirts and pants fit into envelopes?
    Seems like you're just adding weight fo no good reason.


    Speaking as a buyer, it's kinda annoying me when I buy a shirt or something on ebay and get charged $12-15 for shipping in a box when an envelope would be just as god and less than half the price.
     


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    I rarely do. I use boxes for suits or SC's, which don't fit into envelopes. For shirts and ties, I fit as many as I can into poly envelopes, then bump up to flat rate envelopes, then up to regional rate A. CONUS, of course; Int'l is diff't.
     


  9. capnwes

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    I used to use the envelopes, until I received an envelope with a snag in it and a tear in the pants inside. I ship for free, but the average cost of the US shipping ($8) is added to the starting price.
     


  10. Brianpore

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

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    I find that flat rate is almost always more expensive than regular Priority unless it's a really heavy item or going out to California (and sometimes then too).

    How many here do the nice wrapping, etc? I usually just fold things as nicely as I can (hey, I'm a guy) and put them in the box.
     


  12. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Me...
     


  13. Brianpore

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

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    ^^I just got caught with this one. Flat rate would have been around $11, I ended up paying $15.
     


  15. capnwes

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    Yep...had an item arrive to me damaged, torn right through the mylar envelope. That won't happen with one of my boxed shipments. Side note....I rarely deal with shirts (since I despise ironing).
     


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