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

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

  1. SpooPoker

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

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  2. FaceOfBoh

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    I'm not sure if this is a tip but it's new to me.

    I have bunch of Thursday evening 10-day auctions going up tomorrow. I did most of the listing on Monday and was charged 50 cents/per.
    In the meantime some sort of Black Fiday listing sale kicked in.
    Today I revised one of the listings and was only charged a dime to revise. I can't remember if that's for 10-day or for scheduling but at 40 cents for 20 listings, it does make a difference.

    I'll probably spend a few minutes revising the rest tomorrow.
     
  3. MrDV

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    What is the consensus regarding listing during the thanksgiving - Christmas holiday season. I feel this is the last solid Sunday for eBay sales. At least for my kind of items (thrift flips). I have not had strong Decembers for the last couple of years, I'm probably not listing anymore this year after my auctions end this Sunday. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    My store link
    http://stores.ebay.com/shellcordovans
     
  4. Jpmorris

    Jpmorris Senior member

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    I hope to christ your wrong. I gotta eat the end of the semester of law school!
     
  5. capnwes

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    It was balls to the wall for me all last Christmas season....I found it to be a prime time to sell. Was still selling stuff on Christmas Eve and Christmas Night. If anything, you could maybe do 30 day BINOBO listings and just let them ride.
     
  6. Tweets

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    How are you guys packing shirts? I've been putting them in a ziploc, and stuffing them in a Small Flat Rate Box, they fit but its kind of like vaccum packing. I've shipped 10-15 this way and someone whined on the last one that it was wrinkled. I guess I kind of assumed everyone was washing and pressing or dry cleaning when they got them.

    Any other cheap ideas short of going and buying $3 shippers?
     
  7. capnwes

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    For packaging tips see near the beginning of the thread for "Brianpore's Shipping Tutorial"

    I put this exact phrase in all of my listings...can be edited for shirts. Never any complaints....yet.


    "Jacket will be carefully packaged and shipped in a 13x10x4 box and will possibly require pressing.
    This will be taken care of when you have it dry cleaned anyway. "
     
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  8. concealed

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    i typically fold the shirts following the tm lewin method and put them in priority tyveks for shirts that sell for over $50 and supply my own tyveks and ship first class for those under $50
     
  9. tullytra

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    I'm in need of wisdom. I had an item end on Sunday night. The winning bidder had a couple of positive feedbacks saying how he was a flake: maybe 3 out of 12 or so. I figured there was a 50/50 at best chance I'd get my payment. I sent him an invoice Monday morning, and he marked "payment sent" for the item. I only have PayPal as an option, so I can't figure out why he can mark it as payment sent. Today I got three messages from him saying he paid long ago and has been waiting for the package.

    I realize I'm not going to get the money from this guy, so should I just cancel the transaction and give the next person a second chance offer or go through the non-paying bidder process?
     
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  10. VLSI

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    He's probably trying to scam you. Mark payment sent manually and then inattentive buyers will see the item as paid and just ship the item. Then you're out your item and there's nothing you can do to recover it. Best to open a case and contact ebay.
     
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  11. capnwes

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    Just be sure he didn't send an e-check via paypal and it is just pending approval. They can take 5 or 6 days to clear your account.
     
  12. VLSI

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    That will still generate a transaction in your paypal account immediately, so he should be able to tell if that's the case.
     
  13. capnwes

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    Correctomundo... but it will look like payment sent in the items awaiting payment list, and won't move to the items awaiting shipment list until it clears.
     
  14. tullytra

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    Thanks for the info guys. In my PayPal account there isn't anything listed from him, e-check or otherwise, in my account history. I can open the unpaid case today, so at least I won't have to wait much longer.
     
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    Woaaaahh that was close. I just cost myself like $45 for a stupid mistake, but caught it before it got any worse. I had my listings scheduled to start tonight around 11PM. I went in earlier and did a bulk edit, and somehow switched the listing time to AM instead of PM. They all went live costing me listing fees, I had to end each one individually and reschedule. [​IMG]
     
  16. VLSI

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    But when you go to print a label through ebay, it will give you a warning at the top that payment hasn't cleared yet.

    Not sure why I'm replying to you, I'm sure you know all of this :) But for his benefit and whoever else reads this thread.
     
  17. capnwes

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    lol...I was thinking the same thing when I was replying to you....it was just for the [​IMG] of the OP
     
  18. MrDV

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    Thanks for your suggestion. I will give the 30 day bonobo option a try.
     
  19. caseyfud

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    What do you guys do when you attach the wrong label to a purchase? I sent a pair of boots to one buyer and a pair of pants to another buyer, and one of them contacted me to let me know they got the wrong shipment. I contacted each of them last week to send them a new label so they could ship the item to the right buyer, and I haven't heard anything from either of them since then.
     
  20. VLSI

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    You probably should explained the mistake and paid them both to ship the items back to you. Then asked if they still wanted, and shipped as originally intended. Having them ship to each other sounds like a recipe for disaster and you really shouldn't be sharing their personal information with other people anyways. As a matter of practice though, I'm not sure how you accidentally confuse pants and boots?
     

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