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

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

  1. HansderHund

    HansderHund Senior member

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    Maybe ring up the post office and find out if it is missing or stuck in customs. Sometimes there are only spot checks and most packages (including your friend's) would go through quickly. If yours was stopped to be examined/weighed/inspected/whatever, it could be stuck. Sorry I can't offer you more advice, but at least it's not stuck in China's postal system!
     


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    suited Senior member

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    I am thinking of postponing all auctions until 2 weeks after the election. I figure that half the country will be disillusioned no matter what happens, and this could have some affect. Thoughts?
     
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    Letric Senior member

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    I've had decent results laying a folded shirt on a white paper covered table. I use either a rolled up washcloth or folded cardboard wedge to prop up the collar and make the label more visible.

    As for shirt folding, you may check out this video by T.M. Lewin. It's helped my fold a bit.
     


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    No antitrust concerns there at all. Tying? What tie? Nothing to see here, officer. Move along.
     


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    Weight training, stretching, and rest prevents carpal tunnel! I use to practice guitar shredding 3 hours a day then lift an hour of weights. I stretch regularly and after the practice and lifting, I rest for the rest of the day. Never had any problems!
     


  6. HansderHund

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    It's funny that this is mentioned as I have been experiencing pain for the past couple of years, but have only recently focused on it. On Sunday, I had a heating pad on my wrist/thumb. What types of stretching do you do? I work in an office/classroom/at home and am typing on something most of the day. Any recommendations?
     


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    Find an online ergonomic assessment for your desk/work space. You may be surprised how far correct lay out helps. I know it did for me.
     


  8. HansderHund

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    Really? At my office, I sit in the correct position. At home, I'm on the couch with my laptop. It's funny that I've only noticed sharp pains in my left hand and not my right. I'm certainly doing something wrong, but I'm not quite sure hat it is.
     


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    But also look at stuff beyond your sitting posture. Things like height of monitor, where your mouse rests and the keyboard tray is.
     


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    Japanese buyers seem straight up..never had an issue with them....Now I lost stuff to China, Europe....pretty sure customs folks swiped the stuff.
     


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  13. hooker4186

    hooker4186 Senior member

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    How long do you guys wait before opening an unpaid item case or whatever it is? Sold some shoes on Monday, haven't heard a peep from the buyer since. I've sent him an invoice, and messaged but still nothing. (And yes I'm factoring in Sandy but pretty sure he lives in Florida).
     


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    I wait a week usually. I try to remember that not everyone is looking at ebay every few minutes like we anxious sellers are. The case will take an additional 4 days until you can close it. When I open the case, I also send a friendly reminder email to help keep buyers from becoming irate (see below)...and you will get angry customers, even if you tell them they have so many days to pay and send them a reminder every day.

    This is the process I use.

    1- Bidder wins auction.
    2- Ebay immediately sends an automatic invoice and congratulation email to the buyer.
    3- After 2 days of non-payment, ebay automatically sends a reminder to the buyer.
    4- After 5 days, I resend the invoice.
    5- After 7 days, I open the case....and send the reminder/explanatory email (below)
    6- After 11 days case is closed, unless I get a response out of the buyer for more time or wanting to cancel the transaction.


    This is the email I send when opening the case....

    "Hello, DON'T WORRY, YOU STILL HAVE 4 DAYS TO MAKE PAYMENT. The following message is just being sent as a reminder, and notification of a pending case.

    I have not yet received your payment for this item. Buyers are given 11 days to make payment for purchases. As a matter of procedure, I open a unpaid item case on the 7th day so that I can relist the item on the 11th day in the case of non-payment. Don't worry, you still have 4 more days to make payment, and the opened case has no negative effect on your eBay account. Please make payment within the next 4 days or contact me if you need more time, to avoid any further action."

    Probably a little nicer than most folks, but it seems to work pretty well.

    Note: you don't have to wait that long to open the case, and you can actually set ebay to do it automatically for you. If you set it to autopilot, try to keep an eye on buyers who may be bidding on your other items so you don't ding them with an unpaid item strike when they were just trying to spend more money in your store.
     
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    The type of stretching I do is holding the base with the left hand while the right hand...HAHAHAHAHA, JKJK!

    I've been pretty flexible due to martial arts training and stretching for weight training. I bend my wrists backwards until pass the 90 degree angel on a flat surface about hips level and hold that for 30 seconds while NOT locking my elbows. Then, I stretch the opposite at an angle also on a flat surface. The degrees of the angle you have to experiment with to feel the "pull" of the extensors in your forearms. You have to play with the angle to feel the pulling sensation. Trust me, it feels really good to release all the muscle tension! I repeat about 4 to 5 sets. Remember to only stretch when your body is warm.

    Also, get one of the typing pad so you can rest your palms on it so you can type with your wrists in a natural, unbended position. Type for about 30 minutes and rest for 10. Do biceps curl and other pull down exercises strengthening your forearms while NOT moving your wrists ie. wrist curls. Try to keep your wrists in a natural/unbended angle while living your life!
     


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