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

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

  1. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    I also hate reserve prices. But I'm not willing to lose money on stuff either. I'd rather relist than lose $50 on a high ticket item. Maybe it is better to just start the auctions higher...

    I haven't used a reserve on an auction for over a year, and I might not do it. I'm still figuring out my scheme. Thanks for the feedback, I'll certainly keep your view in mind.
     


  2. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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    That was just my view BTW, I didn't mean to be an ass or anything. I agree don't lose money, I don't know how many schmucks who start their auctions at .99 with no reserve screw themselves. I have bought quite a few items that didn't get many bids than the seller wouldn't send because he was taking a huge loss. I always told them not my problem, and what I won it for isn't necessarily what I bid. 3 times I have won cases and left negative feedback from this, so +1000 make sure your opening price is enough so you don't lose money (plus shipping).

    I really appreciate that you guys are sharing this, it is like reading a book on eBay as the writer is writing it. We get to see your mistakes and triumphs as they happen.
     


  3. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    Sometimes you win too... I was pondering creating a sale through tomorrow night. I decided to put it off until later. By the time I got to the post office, I had two sales totaling $165. I almost lost $41!
     


  4. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Senior member

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    Interesting situation - I sold a pair of jeans to a guy last week. He asked a bunch of questions, I answered, he put in a BO and I accepted.

    They were delivered this morning, a few hours later, he gives me positive feedback. Then this afternoon, I get two messages in quick succession, first one saying "I knew this was too good to be true," and saying how the standard inseam on these jeans was 34 and these are 31, and asking if they'd been altered. Then a few minutes later, I get a message saying that he's demanding a refund saying that everyone knows these jeans come with a 34 inch inseam, and saying that clearly I was selling them so cheap because I was hiding the fact that they were altered.

    Meanwhile, in the item description I clearly list the measurements (as 30.5), both in the drop-down box and below where I can type them in.

    What's my liability here? He's already left me positive feedback, so I guess that's not a concern, and I agreed to give him a refund less 10% restocking as is my policy. Can he still open a case? How badly is this going to backfire on me?
     


  5. Brianpore

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

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    From my experience you are fine. If you want t offer him a refund as thats your policy then thats all you have to do. He cant change the feedback, if he opens a case, call ebay and explain the situation and you should win if you in fact listed the correct measurement and he confirmed it via ebay messages. Add him to your blocked bidder list (and ebay black list) and thats about it.
     


  6. jebarne

    jebarne Senior member

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    I already have one of those so let me know if it works. I think it will take a label that's almost 3 x 6
     


  7. jebarne

    jebarne Senior member

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    I sold a Sir Pendleton NWT shirt for the BIN price of $66.


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    I had picked this up as part of a 23 item purchase at an estate sale.

    Buyer gets it and send me a photo showing two holes in the shirt on the back. I respond to his email and tell him I'll refund his money and email him a label to print and send the shirt back. When I got back to a large screen, there was no point in the return because of the size of the holes so I followed some advice here and just asked him to donate the shirt.

    After 2 rounds of him trying to initiate a return on ebay that wouldn't charge the restocking fee, he messaged me that it was not working. I went to paypal and refunded his money. (I was trying to use the return process to get fees back). Because he was frustrated, I was worried about his feedback.

    I had a stack of woolrich fishing shirts, also new that had hadn't paid much for so for $10 in shirt and shipping, I sent him a long sleeve white fishing shirt at my expense with a note explaining how I was disappointed that the shirt wasn't what I expected it to be. (it had never been worn and I never unpinned it)

    Got his feedback today.

    "Customer service 2nd to none."

    Phew. ....I post this as I handled this very differently than I would have without following this thread the last 6 months and it paid off. From Wes saying on some items its better to just have them re-donate the item, to Spoo talking about throwing a fiver in a package when he discovered a problem but the buyer still wanted it........

    I may have gone overboard with sending him the free shirt, but for $10, it was worth it to me starting a store to try to make the bad situation into a good one.

    Now hopefully, he'll buy something else and I can make back some of my expense.
     


  8. capnwes

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    ^ my bet is he will be a return customer again and again.
     


  9. SpooPoker

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

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    I for one, think im really successful.
     


  10. capnwes

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    I was thinking the same thing....but apparently success is in the eye of the beholder.
     


  11. Snoogz

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    Well if I may chime in, I for one think all 3 of you are successful. Booya!

    Keep on pimpin pimpin.
     


  12. Shoeluv

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    Did no one notice the highlight and italic? Is irony dead? [​IMG]
     


  13. SpooPoker

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

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    lol

    i guess i need a cocktail
     


  14. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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  15. capnwes

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    Hey that's mine. Not entirely sure, but I believe Spoo prefers the Gentlemans Jack variety. I'm all about the single barrel. Though I will drink any of them....except that Honey bullshit.

    And sorry, I had no idea bold and italics meant sarcasm or irony.
     
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