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

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

  1. txwoodworker

    txwoodworker Senior member

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    soupie.aieref6us is returning BANANA REPUBLIC POWDER BLUE 100% SILK MICROCHECK WEAVE NECK TIE MADE IN ITALY # 321411781478. We'll email you tracking information when the item is shipped.
    Reason for return: Found better price
    Buyer comments: charge me to much

    It was an auction, asshole.

    Wish I could up my restocking fee after the fact. On to the blocked list with you.

     
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  2. McPryon

    McPryon Well-Known Member

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    Ohmagod, if I get one more fuckstick canceling an auction that I've bid on I'm going to scream. Does this happen to other people more than it used to, or am I just blessed? I've seriously had half a dozen people do it just this year so far. I can count on one hand the number of times it happened to me in the previous 14 years.

    Current eBay mood = why do I do this?

    /rant
     


  3. FlorianQC

    FlorianQC Senior member

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    Kraft bubble mailer... Over 3 ties sold and knock on wood :D

    jdrizzy and I have an excuse. Everything's too expensive here :)
     


  4. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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    I probably bid on 50 things a week, many times I am the starting bid at a couple of dollars. Can't tell you the number of times I am winning up to the end and they cancel. Probably once every other week. I also get a lot of people who refuse to ship because their 1000 jacket just sold for $1.
     
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  5. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    Got an interesting call from eBay today, 50% off FVF for two months if you go back to GSP program. Was a little tempted but think I have far more buyers due to not having it. Did schedule a call to speak with specialist next week for $25 gift card

    Similar to this one I believe: http://pages.ebay.com/shipping/globalshipping/Q1-13promo-tnc.html can't remember url I was told on phone
     
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  6. Koala-T

    Koala-T Senior member

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    Why not just offer GSP as well as another international shipping method? That's what I do. Honestly, for me the GSP is so much simpler, but I understand why buyers don't like it, so I give other options on top of it. Some users pick the GSP, some don't.
     


  7. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    I didn't realize you could offer both, will definitely check it out then
     


  8. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    I roll the tie, wrap it in tissue paper scavenged from a dept. store, and ship it First Class Mail in a U-Line 3x3x3 box.
     


  9. jebarne

    jebarne Senior member

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    Thanks. I sent these terms to him yesterday. We'll see if that scared him away.
     


  10. jebarne

    jebarne Senior member

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    my preference is to always ship in a box. so RRA for me is my choice to a point. If padded FR is $5.25, In most cases, I'd pay the difference to stay in a box. But that's me. And often, when the RRA kicks in and you're way under 2 pounds, you can go by weight and its a bit cheaper. I just put stickers over the RRA identifiers.
     


  11. jebarne

    jebarne Senior member

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    100% in boxes. However, buy a tie from BB, Kent Wang, BR, or any number of other companies, and it will be shipped in a plastic bag, with a gray shipping bag over the top. With BB, you can request that they ship a "gift" box.
     


  12. jebarne

    jebarne Senior member

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    hmmm. My mind is going. I bought a couple of ties from you before finding this site and I thought they came in a small FRB, each in a clear plastic bag.

    I remember thinking that was a nice way to package the ties so that's what I tried to emulate.

    I wonder who it was that shipped the ties that way as I bought a dozen or so before I found this forum.
     


  13. jebarne

    jebarne Senior member

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    I occasionally list things that haven't sold at a low starter price and change from free to calculated shipping. At least 4 times in the last month, someone has come along to hit the BIN button and I've refunded the shipping.

    Is there a way to set up a shipping profile that does the following:

    1. goes from buyer paid to free? Pay $10 for a tie, and I'm getting $3 for shipping....Pay $30 and the $3 disappears?
    2. passes on the ebay shipping discount to the buyer? I haven't set up a shipping discount in my profile, because I get 9% on a padded envelope and 23% on an international box. I want the calculation that the buyer sees to reflect the actual shipping price they will see after the discount. Does the ebay shipping profile accommodate this variability? Right now, on international I'm going to paypal and refunding the difference between actual and charged, so they get the refund after the fact.
     


  14. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    As to point #1: nope. I wanted to do the same (auction item for $9.99 and $5 ship, or BIN for $25 and ships free, for example). No such animal.
     


  15. hbkshin

    hbkshin Senior member

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    I'm guessing this was heavily re-tailored. It's a Kiton jacket and I'm pretty sure it says 56R, but the measurements are definitely more like a 40R.

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    I'm not crazy and it definitely says 56 right?

    Is adding "tagged 46R measures 40R" to the title enough to be clear about how the item is tagged versus how the item really measures?
     


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