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

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

  1. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    You realize that some of the people on this board sell over 100 items per week? Less than 200 is not enough activity to have a strong opinion.
     
  2. coolarrow

    coolarrow Senior member

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    I recently discovered the USPS pickup at you house option and think it is a godsend. Even though, they will sometimes not pick up on the date promised. I will usually ask for another pickup the next day and they’ll usually come. I hate going to the post office and waiting on line and dealing with the clerks who would rather be doing something else than interacting with the public.

    Anyway, I would like to start shipping internationally and would like some tips as to what countries to ship to (avoid), package size limits, with the overall goal of avoiding contact with the idiots at the USPS. For example, if you say that anything over 3lbs or ship to <insert country name here> would require me to go stand in line, etc, that will definitely be out. I don’t have the time with my 9-5 job. Thanks in advance.
     
  3. Dolfan954

    Dolfan954 Senior member

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    I 100% agree, but do you see the irony? They bargained to pay return shipping and changed the deal because they have leverage. If you try to hold them to the deal, they file with eBay and win. In essence, they have forced your hand and can ask you to do anything. If you refuse, they dispute with eBay.

    What's worse, is eBay recognizes there are nasty buyers, but refunds them the money anyway. In my only dispute ever, the guy was clearly gaming the system, enough so that plenty of sellers left "positive" feedback to indicate so. He disputed with eBay (over the "color" of the item, of all things) and got to keep the shirt AND got a full refund. Several months later I get this message from eBay basically apologizing, but they still took my money and my shirt. I consent to EVERY return regardless of what my terms say because I am too scared to lose both again.



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    So, eBay has methods in place to track unethical buyers, but once they catch them they simply remove the "blemish" on your seller record.
     
  4. capnwes

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  5. pnutpug

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    Yes, you're absolutely right, which is one reason why I took a long hiatus from eBay and only recently started up again (the arbitrary holds on funds plus listing expenses were a bigger factor, though, if truth be told). I've had better luck than most, I suppose, but with two non-paying bidders in less than a month with fewer than 25 items sold, I'm feeling the pain. Yours is a different issue, of course, but there isn't a re-course with teeth for me, either, and there should be (if you have a PP account, then eBay can, should, take funds out and get them to sellers if buyers don't pay). It's all part of buyers-can-do-no-wrong. In a perfect world, a track record would make a difference. Has to be some way of weighting things so that folks who've been doing business for years with lots of transactions don't automatically lose whenever someone stupid tries to do something stupid.
     
  6. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Got a current buyer who just purchased/paid for a 40S SC. He has asked about several other items in the past, but always gets beat out at the last second at auction. He is looking for a green check tweed. I asked him if he needs 40-42 assuming he could make either work. He just told me he can fit up to a 46 as long as the shoulders are ok. Boy...to have that kind of versatility must be nice....

    Say What??!!
     
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  7. VLSI

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    Honestly, that sounds like a great buyer. If they don't know what a proper fit is, they won't be picky when it's a little off. They'll also never complain about 1/4 inch here or there in your measurements.
     
  8. capnwes

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    Got a reply from him regarding this. He is looking for 19-20 inch shoulders and gets everything else tailored. Seems like the hard way to do it, but I guess it makes a little sense.
     
  9. Stewie

    Stewie Senior member

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    I need to list these shoes, and trying to figure out what size I should put in the title...

    They measure 12" heel to toe, and 3.75" wide.

    The would be an "A" width I pretty sure, or maybe AA, but I'm guessing a 9?

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    Thanks in advance!
     
  10. capnwes

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    Pretty sure 0/00 is a combo last A/AA (Narrow Forward, extra narrow Heel)...hard to say on the size though.
     
  11. Stewie

    Stewie Senior member

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    List as perforated cap toe oxford?
     
  12. capnwes

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    Balmoral Perf Toe Oxford Wingtip Semi Brogue Medalion
     
  13. FaceOfBoh

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    This one takes the cake:

    Guy wins auction
    Payment not forthcoming.
    After 7 days I send a polite notes saying that in 3 days I open an unpaid claim.
    I still give him a few days grace. I start the claim. Four days later I can cancel. I was busy but I get to it a few days later.
    A few days go buy - actually 3 1/2 weeks since the auction closes. Today I get a message saying...

    can pay

    WTF?

    Guess who's not getting a reply back? I smell trouble if I get any farther ino this.
     
  14. Samuel Smith

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    I had to deal with a similar situation last week. buyer finally paid after 3 weeks of patiently waiting for her 'son-in-law' to approve her purchase etc.
     
  15. pnutpug

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    A lot of folks might already know this, but I was stunned to learn that eBay doesn't boot non-paying buyers. Heard from a guy today who got stiffed a couple weeks ago by the same buyer who won't pay me. He says that he notified eBay and also was able to put in feedback--the icon is green as if it is positive, and it counts as positive, but you can write anything you want, which in this case was "Beware, he didn't pay me." Any rate, this guy says that beyond blocking the guy, he has also set it up to block all bids from buyers who haven't paid twice or more. Huh? How many times can buyers refuse to pay before eBay does anything?
     

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