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

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

  1. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Link to auction?
     


  2. dbhdnhdbh

    dbhdnhdbh Senior member

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    Odd behavior by the buyer, but I have had one experience with mail order pants, purchased new from the online store, grossly mislabelled for size. The error would have been obvious to anyone who checked, but apparently no one did
    So it does happen.

    Entirely unrelated question for you eBay experts. On several occasions I have seen items BIN or OBO at double or triple the market value. A few times I offered a reasonable price. Everytime declined. Two things then happen: they ultimately sell for a market price, or they don't sell and get relisted. In the former case I have seen people pull it from BIN, put it on straight auction, and sell for less than I offered. The relistings I have seen put on for 30 days, expire, realist, and repeat, seemingly forever. No one is ever going to pay that price. I follow in fascination, but can anyone explain this behavior? I see this from experienced sellers with hundreds or thousands of sales. Any thoughts?
     
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    I printed a bunch of labels on Monday for stuff I'd sold on the Bay, assuming I'd be able to get everything out the next day. Well, I had to go out of town unexpectedly so I wasn't able to ship Tuesday. Took them to USPS today and got a hard time about the date on the label. The guy took them but he said in the future, they will only accept the labels 1 day after the date on the label. Has anyone else encountered this? Does it really matter what date is on the label?
     


  4. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Anyone know who ebay seller "enduringstyle" is?
     


  5. Steve Smith

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  6. Brianpore

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

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    I've never had an issue, and have shipped stuff 7+ days after I've printed the labels, BUT you are suppose to ship the day of the label. If you go to the USPS website and print a label (not though ebay) it actually gives you the option at the bottom of "what day it will ship" so you can select a date in the future if you know it's going to take a few days to ship the item.
     


  7. concealed

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    No offense to the guy but look at Brianpore's auctions, granted not as egregious, but probably 1.75x market value.
     


  8. Brianpore

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

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  9. SpooPoker

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

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    Im not sure if I like the public watch count at all.

    In fact, I hate it.

    And, you know you want that watch.
     


  10. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Why?
     


  11. SpooPoker

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

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    I think it may turn bidders off - I have abnormally large watch counts and if thats public knowledge, it may dissuade a watcher thinking that its already on someones snipe list, as opposed to the sense of finding a "bargain".
     


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    Exactly right. As someone who only uses EBay as a buyer, I've used a website that provides watcher numbers on auctions (provided a bid has been placed) and it has certainly deterred me from bothering with many auctions assuming that many snipers will be waiting in the wings. Having said that, given that I think it utterly pointless to bid on an auction until the dying moments, EBay to me is really now a blind auction system where you have to choose the most you are happy paying.
    Game-theoretically this can still yield, for the seller, the highest available price even though buyers aren't driven up by the momentum of the auction because the buyer willing to pay richly for an item will still bid, it really only discourages those who were hoping to make a steal.
     


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    Lately I've been starting my bids at the least amount that I would be happy getting for the item. I may not kill it as often due to bidding wars, but I also don't have to feel let down when an item goes well below what it's worth to the right buyer. This have overall been a more suitable strategy for me.
     


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    No, I dont think you are 2-3x market value, I said 1.75x. It's fair, I understand your philosophy of finding the right buyer for the right item, and you spend a lot of time and effort on photography, I totally respect your business model.

    I would buy Spoo's hideous watch before I buy a barn! If you do happen to come across an MCM/Danish teak/walnut desk, give me a shout, I will drive to NJ for that!
     


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    I think that a $.01 no reserve auction is best for a common item with broad appeal, a Brooks Brothers navy cashmere V-neck sweater in size M for example. For an obscure item the same strategy can get you burned.
     


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