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

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

  1. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    One thing...
    Do you have a scale? If not, you should hold off on shipping internationally until you have one. A few ounces difference can mean several dollars in extra shipping cost. Also, make yourself aware of package sizes, a few extra inches can mean higher prices. Some countries have smaller maximum sizes than others.
     


  2. FaceOfBoh

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    +1 on the scale. It makes a huge difference.

    I'm not sure how it is for you guys in the US, but with the scale I can weigh and measure at home and print shipping labels from ebay, via paypal. When I do this I also get a discount of 10% - 15% on shipping charges. I usually just state flat rates on my auctions ($10 to Canada, $15 to US). With the discount I get to these levels.

    PS I am bummed that we don't have flat rate boxes in Canada. That would be so easy to work with.
     
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  3. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    +1, you WILL get burned without one.

    Yes, I weigh at home, print the labels via ebay shipping tool or paypal. As a top rated seller I get at least 30% off priority shipping in the US, which makes priority cheaper than parcel post...usually. Then, USPS offers free pick up of your packages as long as at least one of them is Priority, International, or a return. You can schedule the pickup for the next day, at their site. Saves a shit ton of time compared to standing in line at the P.O. every day.

    Less time in the P.O. = more time in the thrift stores.[​IMG]
     
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    My only concern is printing costs and supplies, reccomendations?
     


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    That is service! We're not even close to that with Canada Post - plus I seem to recall you can get free boxes/mailers, etc.

    And to think some of your Republicans say that Canada is a socialist state! ;)
     


  6. capnwes

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  8. capnwes

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    I buy the refurbed/refilled cartridges for a fraction of the cost of OEM. Print only in black, and expense it all.
     


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    On the topic of scales, is there one in particular that is recommended? I'm looking at this get started kit on the bay for $28 and it seems to be a decent deal.
     


  10. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    I bought a cheapo (Digiweigh) on eBay for around $10. It weighs up to 80 lbs I think. For the first few weeks I still took in my packages to verify the weights with the P.O.
    I have been using it for 5 years and it is still accurate within an ounce.
     
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  11. Brianpore

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

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    Just my opinion but shipping 1st class or priority is a HUGE risk. From my understanding there is no way to prove the item arrived. I will only ship Registered or Express. 1st class registered, although slower, is close to the same price on most items as priority mail. A buyer can always pay to have it shipped faster, but I would not take the risk on anything sending it without a real way to track it as you'll be out the item and the shipping.

    On to a different question. Pictures of shoes, flash or no flash. Same photos, same lighting, one with flash and one without. Can't figure out which way I want to go. These are final photos (edited) that I would actually use on my ebay listings. Which photo makes you want to buy them more?[​IMG]

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  12. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I'd say flash. I know no flash looks more true to life, but the flash picture looks a bit more glamorous.
     


  13. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    Second photo. No contest.
     


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    Yep. Although it could be made better if the light sources were closer to the same color temperature as the flash
     


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    IMHO, if you're worried about tiny details, which I'm sure you are - I'd put the same shoe tree in both shoes. I am assuming you don't have a match, otherwise you would have done this already, but it can be distracting to the eye and takes away from the cohesiveness of the photo. It's one of those things that might subconsciously affect a potential buyer without them even knowing it.
     


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