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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

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    If you're paying an average of $8 to ship a shirt, you're losing money this way. It costs me roughly $3 per shirt, give or take a little depending on the final weight. Even if 1 in 100 shirts were to arrive damaged (which hasn't been the case) and you had to refund, you still come out ahead. From a customer service perspective, you may still prefer your method, but from a purely financial perspective, envelopes are the way to go. If you're really worried about the bag getting torn, use a tyvek bag instead of the cheap poly ones. Tyvek is pretty tough to rip and still far less than a box.
     


  2. Brianpore

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

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    How much does it cost to ship a 2-3 lb package with a suit? I pay $6-7 with a regular priority box. Don't think they'd fit in a small flat rate or regional A, and medium flat rate or regional B cost more ($10+)
     


  4. VLSI

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    Unless you ship everything really close by, there's no way it's that cheap. Brian is right about the rates. Regional rate A is equal to a 1lb-1lb15oz priority mail package, and over 2lb regional rate A is cheaper.
     


  5. Brianpore

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  6. VLSI

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    Actually, still $.20 cheaper ;)
     


  7. Brianpore

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  8. VLSI

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    Yea, I was looking at the A rate. I've never used a B box :D Suit can't go in a rate A? Pants in a poly bag, jacket in a poly bag, slide the two bags into the box.
     


  9. Brianpore

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    They 'can' but its a damn tight fit and if I'm shipping an expensive suit I'd rather pay the extra few dollars and have it show up not looking like I shoved it in the smallest/cheapest box I could find. I shit Sport Coats in box A and suits (unless a super small suit or very light weight summer suit) in box B or medium flat rate box, whichever is cheaper.
     


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    I've shipped a pair of jeans in the small flat rate box :hide:
     


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    Note to self: Don't buy sport coat or suit from Brian.
     


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    So what size from the USPS website is best for suits? Wes, what are the dimensions of the boxes you use to ship a size 44L suit in?
     


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    I ship suits in a 13x10x4 box. I inform the buyer that it will be sent in that box and may require pressing.
    I ship all my shoes in a 13x9x6 with 8 sheets of bubble wrap.
     


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