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

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

  1. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    When did this start?

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    I have to wait seven days to leave feedback for someone who ships shoes in a bag?
     


  2. MJMcRibb

    MJMcRibb Senior member

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    The Powerseller color indicates sales volume over the course of a year. $40K+ for silver IIRC.
     


  3. TheNeedMachine

    TheNeedMachine Senior member

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    Ah ok - sounds about right...and now I'm clear on Powerseller status having nothing to do with getting FVF discounts.
     


  4. MJMcRibb

    MJMcRibb Senior member

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    Actually, it's $36K for silver.
     


  5. McPryon

    McPryon Well-Known Member

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    Good point and I do see that, too. However, there are a few auctions where it specifically states it's "rare" and "expensive" shell cordovan (and frequently described as "cordovan shell") and how it retails for $650 you can get it at a cheap price. Then you look at the picture and it's an old, creased up pair of calf (or not even) shoes.


    That's actually nice to hear, maybe I should do the same. I've become pretty cynical towards eBay lately after a handful of crappy experiences like a seller outright trying to screw me, a rash of canceled bids on items because people think they can just end an auction for no reason (usually because it's cross-listed somewhere), and a newbie sending me a pair of shoes with literally no packaging and them shoved into a too-small medium flat rate box (the thinner version).

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    I should take your experiences in a positive direction and look at it as a way to help sellers who may be new to this complicated world, but it seems like when I do that I get attacked immediately. In fact, I was going to post a few of these auctions, but I think the energy is better spent simply messaging these sellers instead. I guess I'll just try it!
     


  6. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Silver sellers and higher do get Shipping Discounts though.
     


  7. Shoeluv

    Shoeluv Senior member

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    Hmmm this seems to be saying that I would save even more than a silver or gold seller?

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    Because this just showed up on my sellers dashboard yesterday
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  8. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    Yes, that's why its a really big deal if you lose the TRS status with the new defect system. If you are a power seller, shipping a lot....you will lose more money by losing the extra shipping discount than you would by losing the FVF discount.
     


  9. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    I'm so not looking forward to the change next month...I am currently at 2.25%...which means I'll need somewhere around 200-225 sales with no issues. And I have a case pending atm...so possibly another 50 would be needed.
     


  10. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    I think I read somewhere that there is a 3 month grace period any time you fall below the TRS standard, meaning you have 90 days to turn it around before you lose the discount. I may be wrong.

    Plus you have to consider how many will roll off by then, it only looks back 3 months for higher volume sellers.


    EDIT: I was incorrect. The grace period is only for cases where you fall below the minimum transaction volume or 90% tracking standard.
     
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  11. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    Ah, that 3 month look back is key! If I can get 3 to fall off, that would put me at 1.92%...so if this holds true, than neutral or negative feedbacks that are older than 3 months will not count against us? A rolling 3 month period means they will be only using our total transactions for those 3 months as well, which will probably increase my percentage [​IMG]

    I think I'll only be having 2 fall off. Low detail seller rating, and a neutral feedback were both given in April. August will make that 4 months.
     
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  12. capnwes

    capnwes Senior member

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    April already rolled off. We will be talking May roll-offs by then.

    Also don't forget, after August 20th we are supposed to be able to call in and dispute any defects that are questionable. I have 4 that I am going to fight.
     
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  13. My Main Man

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    Anyone else picking up less slightly damaged items than before because of the new defect system? Found a Prada shirt yesterday that had a little distressing on the collar where the collar stays had rubbed the fabric. Three months ago, I would have picked it up in a heartbeat (and taken photos and described the damage) but I left it because I could just see someone bidding on it and not really paying attention to the warnings and then given me a low star rating or a negative. I guess on a semi-positive note, I'm slowly getting the point where all of my items are near mint and I don't have to describe damages and fear that buyers won't read the listing, which is good for the buyer and eBay as a whole.
     


  14. Burzan

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    Any tips or tricks for a guy looking to start posting CDs from his collection up on the bay? I own around 1300 and looking to sell off most of them but have only sold a few things on ebay before.
     
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  15. TheNeedMachine

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    Picking up fewer damaged items, yes, but not due to the defect system. Like you, I've gotten far better at spotting damage when initially buying. I have a couple piles of probably 30 or 40 items that need minor mending, buttons replaced, spot-cleaning etc...which I'll never get to. Now I pass unless it's something cheap and pretty nice, with an easily addressed issue.
     


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