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

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

  1. tben

    tben Senior member

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    Wes, I thought you might like this...

    Dear ME,

    What is the bottom outside length, toe to back of heel, please?


    - THE OTHER GUY
     


  2. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Well I lost my tape measure, but in my best estimate it's between 10 and 13 inches. :paranoia:
     


  3. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Had two of those this weekend as well. I always chuckle, but still gladly answer. If by chance his name is Paulo...he does usually end up buying something. Even though I give him a hard time about his choice of measurements.
     


  4. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Just realized a drawback of allowing returns with free shipping. If they return you're out the original shipping, instead of being able to hold out the original shipping. Thoughts?
     


  5. Brianpore

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

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    Go onto any real company website that offers free shipping and returns. They either have a restocking fee or a restocking fee + will deduct the original actual shipping price from the refund. Just put that info in your shipping details an you should be set. totally different story if a buyer does not read your shipping details and then bitches to ebay or leaves neg feedback...
     


  6. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    This is what I always wonder. Is anything you write in regards to terms for returns/shipping actually enforceable? At the end of the day, can't the buyer just whine to ebay until they get their way?
     


  7. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    I charge a 10% restocking fee...if the return is due to no fault of my own. Then once it is returned, do a transaction cancellation request...you will get most of your ebay fees back too. I have these terms in my FAQs, also in a Terms and Conditions section (linked) to each of my listings. I also reiterate the terms in the emails proir to a return. My current case is the only problem/dissagreement I have had over the terms to date.
     
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  8. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    Yeah, but 10% might not be enough to cover shipping. I guess you just have to eat the loss as a cost of doing business.
     


  9. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    You can set it higher. Not sure if there is a cap though.
     


  10. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Yeah I don't know about a cap either. You just want to make sure it is a reasonable percentage or you will more than likely get dinged with neg FB or a case.

    More importantly, with honest/accurate listings, good photos, and quality merch, you shouldn't have a very high return rate. Mine is around 1%. If you have to eat half of the shipping cost every now and then, it's ok.
     


  11. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    Here is the resolution from ebay:

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    We've asked the buyer to return the item to you for full refund.

    Comments:
    The buyer has been asked to return the item to you. Once tracking shows the item has been delivered to you, the buyer will be issued a full refund.




    To clarify, the pants are exactly the size listed in the auction. My guess is that the buyer has no idea that Madison pants are cut fuller in the seat, thigh and leg and doesn't like the fit. Or perhaps he has no idea what his size is.

    Anyway, you may think that you have a "no returns" policy on ebay. You don't.
     


  12. concealed

    concealed Senior member

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    I agree with this.

    I might as well just apply the 14 day return policy, to go for top-rated seller status, and hope for the best.
     


  13. VLSI

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    Not needed for TRS status. Only needed for FV fee discount.
     


  14. concealed

    concealed Senior member

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    word
     


  15. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Yes...but you have to be a TRS in order to get the discount. No FVF discount without TRS.
     


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