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

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

  1. caseyfud

    caseyfud Senior member

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    I actually didn't list measurements, just the tagged size, but I ended up taking the return anyway. I can offer a second-chance offer to the next-highest bidder, who only bid $1 less than the winning bidder, or I can just put it up again (it only went for $7 over the starting bid, so I'm pretty confident I can sell it again at near the same price if it comes to that).
     
  2. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    I know it was mentioned awhile ago, but I wanted to make a comment in regard to listing sizes in auction titles. I've found that my auction listings that DON'T have a size in the title have gotten far more views and watchers than those with the size. I'm assuming it's because everyone hopes that it is their size and are willing to click to find out. I still list the size in the drop down menu, so it can be filtered, but I'm happy if more eyes are viewing the auction as it gets people to reconsider it.

    It's probably obvious to everyone, but I thought I'd also mention this: many people filter by price and the price points can make a huge difference in who sees your auction. I recently listed a pair of shoes several times in a row starting at €75. They didn't sell and when they finally hit an opening bid of €49,99, they got a lot of immediate attention. They ended up selling at my first opening bid.

    I don't have a lot of hard numbers to back things up like some of you guys that deal in volume, but it's becoming worthwhile for me to list something at €49.99 rather than €59.99 if it sells quicker and gets more attention.
     
  3. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

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    I agree with what you're saying, except the size in the title. A view from someone that is completely the wrong size is as good as no view.
     
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  4. concealed

    concealed Senior member

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    depends on your philsophy and inventory storage options. i can't stand having all the clutter and stuff that is associated with having a large inventory, so i tend to list items as the price I would accept and a buy it now just slightly above my best expectation of sale price.

    Brianpore and other sellers seems to manage a large inventory quite well, and is therefore able to offer longer term buy it nows, with correspondingly higher prices.
     
  5. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    I can completely understand that logic and agree with it to an extent. However, there might be that one person that sees them and then checks on measurements and finds out that they will work. Or, they could be a member of a clothing board and send the link to someone else :D


    Storing things is definitely wearing thin on me. I'd like to move things faster but at the same time I want to get enough out of it to warrant the time. I don't come across as many items to flip, so I try to milk them. I've done well with NWT items that I've gotten at various places in the US. I can easily see why you'd want to get things in and out quickly if you have access to a diverse selection.
     
  6. Jpmorris

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  7. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I like your pictures better as a whole, but I probably would have chosen one that showed off the shoe better as my gallery shot. Yours doesn't really show enough of the shoe. Ebay can also be fickle. I've relisted things multiple times with no bids only to have the bidding blow to the moon the next week -- so that may also have played a part -- you never know who is browsing your auctions when.
     
  8. HansderHund

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    I think your pictures are more accurate or real. The other ones are a bit busier and therefore distracting and you see fewer flaws. I personally think yours are far more helpful to the potential buyer. As VLSI said, it could just be the luck of the draw or even the price drop.

    At the very least, in a thumbnail view, his picture is far more tempting to click. You might just be getting more action on it because more people are willing to click on the link in the first place.
     
  9. Mox C

    Mox C Senior member

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    I think your photos show more detail, but I wouldn't want shoes that color. I like the color in the helper photos. I don't know which is more accurate, but to my eye, the raspberry color in your photos looks like something a women would wear.
     
  10. Brianpore

    Brianpore Senior member

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    Helpers photos are better to sell, but neither are great - sorry [​IMG].

    Photos in general you want nothing distracting. Take a look at the two below... same photo. I wouldnt be thrilled using the 2nd one but its a lot better then the first.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I thought you used RARE/CLASSIC/ESSENTIAL etc. as filler. Do you find that buyers actually take these keywords seriously?

     
  12. Brianpore

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    What do you call this fabric? Diagonal pencil stripe? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. tullytra

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    In the new listing you'll want to change the size in the text of the description. Currently it sits at 11A.
     
  14. Mox C

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    It's a twill, but I'm not sure how to best describe the alternating white/blue. Maybe just that: blue/white twill.
     
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  15. grendel

    grendel Senior member

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    What's the best way to photograph shirts given that I'm not great and doing a professional store fold?
     
  16. SpooPoker

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

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    I disagree - its a gateway to view all your items, and make a purchase from something else.



    Haha, my adjectives are ridiculous sometimes. Its part filler, part hype, but important nonetheless.



    Twill.
     
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  18. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    Nice looking suit and the buyer may just be looking for a way out of the sale. I don't know what the big leaguers will say, but I'd just say offer him a refund and have him pay the return shipping. If he can agree to cancel the transaction and therefore get your fees back (it's possible after the buyer receives the item, right?), you'll be out nothing but your time. It's either that or he'll quite possibly win a PayPal dispute and they'll ask him to return and bill you for shipping.
     
  19. VLSI

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    Or he'll win a dispute and be instructed to "destroy" the suit because it's "fake."
     
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  20. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    You have to love the "buyer protection; eff you, seller" policy at PayPal.
     

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