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

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

  1. TheNeedMachine

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    Re: the bow tie, heh, yeah - I had just gotten a new tube light fixture to place on the floor and aim upward behind the mannequin (which helps it stand out a bit more from the background), and I was too focused on the new lighting to notice I shot 4 sport coats with the tie a bit off. Oh well.
    Far from perfect but given the cramped area I currently work in, best I can do for now. Have two sets of lights aimed directly at the mannequin, one overhead, and the new one aimed up the wall behind. Should start looking better when I shoot in front of my white backdrop instead of an off-white wall.

    Was just looking at some pics I used on eBay when I first started listing clothing in earnest - I had one of those open-backed plastic mannequins, no shirt or ties, and 2 halogen shop lights - jeez - looking back they sure were terrible! (not to mention I was buying and attempting to sell orphan suit jackets, before I knew there was such a thing). This is from January 1st 2013 - almost a year ago to the day - like to think I've gotten a bit better since then:

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    BTW- that Armani houndstooth SC is a short, not regular.
     
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    Hmm. I thought I'd seen others' setups with just 3 or 4 lights. Well, I'll give it a shot and figure out how to add more if I need to.
     
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    Shipping internationally via eBay printing using "Priority Mail International - Package/Thick Envelope" ; can we use Priority Regional Rate Box A ? I'm assuming it shouldn't matter because using that option allows you to use any box you source, whether its a plain brown box, or a regional box?

    EDIT: Think I found my answer: Just make sure the "Regional Rate A" wording on the Box is blacked out or covered up. Then the boxes become Priority Mail boxes, used however you determine.
     
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  5. TheNeedMachine

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    Gah! Thank you for catching that and alerting me - fixed!!


    I used 3 light fixtures with some good results...one fixture has a large spiral bulb for overhead, and two side-lighting fixtures have 4 spiral bulbs each. Just added the 4th fixture for background lighting with the 2 tube bulbs. I know some folks use 2 or 3 four-foot tube fluorescent fixtures with good results as well. Not sure how much light you'll get out of 4 bulbs vs. 4 multi-bulb fixtures, but a lot can depend on whether they have reflectors, your ambient light, and whether you've mastered your camera (or not, like me - just using a point & shoot). Less is better so it would be great if you can get good results.

    The subject of lights / setups / etc comes up here every so often, and folks post what they have and some really creative custom solutions, though it can be a chore trying to ferret it out of older posts. Maybe there will be a dedicated thread some day.
     
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    I just won an auction for a Canon Powershot S95, which is a point-and-shoot with full manual controls, including custom white balance calibration. Hopefully once I learn the camera I'll be able to make it work.



    That's a nice set, and those are the same bulbs I've got. Currently I've got these clamp lights for the bulbs; I still have to rig up some kind of diffusing mechanism. I may end up getting some umbrellas for that.

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    I might try doing this on the cheap by getting a flash for my slr and then using a plastic cup as a diffuser. I've seen it done for indoor photography with decent results.

    I don't have a mannequin, so I'm just trying to make the most of what I got. I'm hoping to find one of those plastic hangar mannequins at a thrift for now.
     
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  9. Stewie

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    No issues there for me, but I have only sent 3 or 4 items. But YMMV I suppose.
     
  10. Brianpore

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    I got two of these bad boys (and still wondering if I need more light) [​IMG]
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    Also have a few tota lights that I'm not really sure if how I'm going to use.




    QUESTION for a camera pro - Using a 18-55 lens and I do the auto white balance. Have the camera set on "A" Apature mode and I just adjust the +-exposure as needed. Is there a way so that it auto does the exposure so all my photos are the same "brightness"?
     
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    Looks good to me...Neither of mine have scripted buttons. I have one spread collar French cuff and one Tuxedo. Both do however have solid MOP buttons.
     
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    Thanks guys. The text on your tag looks a bit crisper/not as blocky. I've requested a picture of something else he mentioned which should definitely help determine authenticity. What's the best way to play this in general? Just send him a prepaid label and ask for it back?
     
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    Did you have pictures of the stain and a description saying they were stains inside?
     
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    Probably been asked before, but couldn't find it in the search....

    Is there a way to offer "Free Shipping" on auctions that have a Buy It Now option just for when they do the BIN? Pretty sure I used to do that, but can't remember if it was anything special I needed to do. Didnt see anything like that in the seller options...
     
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    Not that I know of, but you could mention it in the listing and just refund refund the shipping....assuming you require immediate payment for your BIN purchases. I think that is the only way around it.
     
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    There is no way they are going to fake a "Brioni for Barney's NY" shirt
     
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