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

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

  1. Stacie

    Stacie New Member

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    Hmm, two cans of worms in one decision. I think I'd rather take advantage of ebay's own, er, framework, to avoid problems rather than put any terms in the listing itself. There's always that one buyer who overlooks them. Also this:
    so maybe free shipping isn't a big deal anyway. Maybe if a buyer truly wants an item, paying shipping isn't really much of a hurdle. Sometimes I forget that not everyone thinks about purchases the same way I do (i.e. what is the absolute cheapest option possible, heh.) I think I can live with doing free shipping for any buyer - just not on every listing. I'll try using it only on what might be impulse buys.

    Thanks for the help, guys!
     
  2. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bah. Bought a HF jacket on eBay. Seller said it was in great condition...and on the surface, it was. Took it in to get altered (shoulder pads replaced, sleeves lengthened, pockets realigned) and found out that it had been altered once before. And that the tailor had done a terrible job...basically making it impossible for the jacket to ever be altered again. When the cost of alterations hit $200 dollars, the tailor advised me to trash it...advice which was followed. I don't blame the seller, but I still feel [​IMG]

    Generally, half the jackets I own I buy used from eBay. But now I'm terrified of getting another jacket which has been altered beyond repair. I've purchased from one seller who lists whether his jackets have undergone any alterations or not. Do sellers generally check to see if jackets have been altered?
     
  3. Brianpore

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

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    Assume every 2nd hand jacket on ebay has been altered as anyone who wants it to fit correctly will have it altered to start with. As you said, you have had mostly good luck buying on ebay so why do you think your luck would change. It's just like everything else in life, you're going to get what you pay for and sometimes buying used cheap 2nd hand items on ebay will not be 100% perfect like you hope for. As I tell most of the buyers who offer stupid cheap prices for my NWT stuff, if you want new stuff that then you have to pay new stuff prices.
     
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    Or just limit yourself to buying things that need little or no alteration to fit you.
     
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    Ah, my apologies for the dubiousness. I want your damn approval!
     
  7. capnwes

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    Oh, ok then.... well I like it - especially the color. Although I would prefer a vented jacket and flat front pants. Based on the measurements I would say it's more of a 42R with really short sleeves. Don't buy it unless you require short sleeves, the surgeon cuffs will make it impossible to alter while keeping the correct look. The cuff buttons already look a bit high.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    All I can say is that my one experience with you was fan-fucking-tastic. [​IMG]

    Measurement-wise, this needed little altering. When I got it, the pockets were wonky, as was one of the shoulders. And waist measurements are rarely included (and requests for them have received a variety of responses: accurate, inaccurate, and "I don't know") Shit happens. I made the above post just after returning from the tailors, more miffed because I really liked the jacket than about the loss of $150 (though that sucks too). The jacket was totally wearable...but it didn't fit like I like my jackets to fit...and I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it.

    Still, I love the Bay. And its quality sellers (and really there was nothing wrong with that seller).
     
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  9. Mox C

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    My understanding is that tuxedos should be unvented, at least if you are being traditional.

    This probably isn't the place to discuss it, but I don't follow the current aversion to pleats, especially if wearing a jacket. If you wear flat-fronts, you get star-crotch, which can be pretty ugly. I think that's a trade-off, and either should be covered by the jacket at any rate. If you are sitting down, often a table will be covering your crotch. If I were just wearing pants and a sweater, I would personally prefer flat-front, but with something as formal as a tuxedo, I would lean towards pleats. I think that's more a personal choice anyway though.
     
  10. MZhammer

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    I would dare to say that you are being the unscrupulous fuck in this transaction. It is not unreasonable to pay an inflated shipping rate if it was clearly stated in the original post. It was clear and obvious as part of the overall total, so pay it.
     
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    Brianpore B&S (BS) ambassador-in-chief

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    Dead horse, and I agree with everything that's been said. I'll add only a reminder that ebay and PayPal each take fees out of shipping. So he's not clearing an $11 profit. Net of fees, he's probably making less than $7, which, in thrift thread terms, may be basically a proxy. Does that make you feel better?

    Edit: And no, it's not me. I am shut down for the holidays.
     
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    It wasn't so much trying to be mean but more that I loved the poetic approach he took in the OP.
    But yes you did say the same thing, you are always more delicate than I am[​IMG]
     
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