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

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

  1. ruben

    ruben Senior member

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    Yeah, having them ship to each other way probably the wrong move.

    I messed doing that with two shirts once, I think I offered both buyers full refunds and offered to pay for the return shipping back to me as well.



    So I gave a question about Garagesale (the mac ebay app):

    I'm a small-time seller, I mostly do it just to feed my own clothing/thrifitng/discount store hobby.
    I have no interest in templates, or operating an ebay store. I generally just try and take good, well-composed, well-lit pictures on a table.

    I know that I'm leaving money on the table by doing this, that a mannequin and lights and templates would make me more money but it's easier for me and I like that once everything is shipped out, the only remnant of anything left in my apartment is a roll of packing tape.

    The thing is I loath the actual listing process, it's time consuming, tedious and dull.
    I was hoping for a program or app that would speed it up, make listing a little less clumsy (fewer "regular or big and tall" dropdowns and waiting for photos to load), ad ideally somthing that would allow me to prepare listings earlier in the week, istead of rushing to type them out thursday night.

    I can;t quite tell if garage sale would be any better for me in these regards, it seems like a great tool for big time seller, but I'm concerned it's more of an "ebay store maintenance app" than a tool for making listing easier.
     
  2. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    I would love to hear more about it as well as it sounds like I'm about in the same boat as Ruben. Anybody out there use it for hobby selling?

    Also, I'm not sure when it happened as I just saw it, but why did eBay.com make using the completed searches more complicated? It used to be a small box on the left and now it's a bit buried in a pop-up menu. It's not on eBay.de yet and I hope they don't make it that way as it's a pain to get to it.
     
  3. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    It seems to go to that default old format every time they are working on updates. This time it happened 2 or 3 days ago. Now when I go to ebay (as of this morning) it is in the new format with the completed listings and sold listings options right at the top of the results list....far more convenient than ever. What is strange, is that it has been in the new format at my home computer for a few weeks, but this is the first day my work computer has seen the improvements.
     
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  4. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    That explains it! I was afraid that they intended to bury the option to make it harder for sellers or potential sellers, but that made absolutely no sense as they attempt to make it easier valuing whatever it is that you're trying to sell. Things are much slower to happen to eBay.de, so a change that's made on eBay.com is a prediction of what I'll see later.
     
  5. ATLjon

    ATLjon Senior member

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    I really hate the glacial pace of ebay buyers and their insistence on bidding at the last minute.

    [​IMG]

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    !!!!!!


    OK. I am forever finished with complaining about the bidding habits of ebayers.
     
  6. concealed

    concealed Senior member

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    thats a strategy, not a habit
     
  7. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    I'm probably going way down the hole of spending too much money on a hobby, but I'm thinking about one of these: http://www.ids-la.com/DRITZ-D1760M-MrArdis-Male-Dressform-_p_619.html

    It has always bugged me that the only jackets that look decent on my size-40 mannequin are 38-40 jackets. Bigger ones might as well be laying on the floor. This one adjusts up to a 45" chest and 40" waist, which would help bigger jackets look much less like shapeless blobs and much more like jackets are supposed to look on a body.

    I've seen female versions of these adjustable torso forms a lot in antique and junk shops, but have never seen a male one.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Senior member

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    I haven't made any sales in the past few days and all the sales I've made in the past few weeks have been paid, now all of a sudden eBay is telling me I'm waiting for a hundred dollar payment, but I can't see what item they are referring to, and all the items in my sold items section are showing as paid - has anyone seen this glitch before?

    e: it looks like maybe it's tied in somehow to a partial refund I gave someone due to a USPS delay? Why is a $15 refund all of a sudden showing up as a partial payment with $100 needing to be paid?
     
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  9. rebel222

    rebel222 Senior member

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    Why don't you just ask eBay?
     
  10. FaceOfBoh

    FaceOfBoh Senior member

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    I agree, there's big and then there's BIG.
    But have you tried pinning, to give the jacket more shape for photographs?
     
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  11. grendel

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    GarageSale is good for hobbyists too, because it's worth it to spend some time developing a decent template. Your listing will just look much much better, you can have the images down with the description, etc. It's also good because you can schedule things to post at a certain time without paying eBay $0.10 per listing.

    On the mannequin, you'll never have one that fits everything. Learn to pin them. I use chip bag clips on the back to hold the excess material and it works up to 50L pretty well.
     
  12. caseyfud

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    Got an "Item Is Not as Described" message from a buyer, where, in the message he writes "The shoes are as described" but then goes on to say that they do not measure the same as other shoes in his same size. I'm going to let him go to buyer protection with this one, hoping that since he said, in his own words, "the shoes are as described" I'll be able to win this one.
     
  13. MZhammer

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    I searched through this thread quickly so forgive me if I passed over this section but is there a recommendation for where to go to get decent listing templates to build off of? I have a graphic for the "store" name and branding but now I need a rough template for spacing the description etc.

    Is there a place to find a starting point?
     
  14. GMMcL

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    I just use a binder clip or a chip clip in the back. Much less time than pinning per se. Sometimes it takes some fussing to get the jacket not to look too distorted (and sometimes I just don't care). But it "neatens" things up to an acceptable level.
     
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  16. Steve Smith

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    How many SFers have requested more measurements on that horse barn?
     
  17. GMMcL

    GMMcL Senior member

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    Honestly, shirts all I have to do is tuck under Manny, and then smooth the sides back. The cloth on the mannequin holds onto the shirt fabric, and holds it back. See: [​IMG] This shirt was a 17 x 35. Is it perfect? No did take me more than 30 seconds? No.
     
  18. SpooPoker

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

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    The shoulders are dropped, you should have taken it in a bit at the upper part too, not just the waist. Its not easy making a 48L US fit on a mannequin, Orgetorix that mannequin you found is clutch but I dont like the red its in. If it were black....
     
  19. caseyfud

    caseyfud Senior member

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    so is the severity of the report i'm making for this post "major" or "minor"
     
  20. sns23

    sns23 Senior member

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    Had something happen the other day that has never happened before.

    Sold a few ties on and the buyer claimed that they were "old and faded" despite the fact that they were like new and really never worn. So of course ebay and paypal put a freeze on those funds and eventually found in the buyer's favor. However, for reasons not known, ebay also found me at fault and paid the buyer the refund itself, and is not requiring me to refund ebay. So the buyer got a pretty good deal, got to keep the merch and got a refund.
     

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