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

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

  1. futuremyth

    futuremyth Senior Member

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    I'd use discogs.com if it's not giga-rare stuff you'll be selling. Fees are less, you don't have to post pictures, and there's fewer unpleasant customer interactions than on eBay in my experience. Been selling on there for the last 4 years or so, if you have questions feel free to PM me.
     


  2. TheNeedMachine

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    • Definitely use the UPC system on eBay when you can - you enter the UPC (bar code) numbers and it will, in most cases, know what CD it is - artist, title, track listing etc - saves a ton of time not typing that stuff in. For any UPC's that don't show up in eBay, use discogs.com to copy/paste track listings etc.
    • Unless you've got some obscure, out-of-print, collectible, foreign pressing, limited, or otherwise non-ordinary CD's, expect to compete with sellers who offer the same everyday CD's for cheap (99 cents etc).
    • Stock up on CD mailers and ship via media mail or 1st class - whichever is cheapest.
    • When pricing your item, and figuring shipping cost, remember that eBay and Paypal combined will take about 13% off the top of your sold price and what you charged for shipping.
    • If you want to, get a roll of the small-bubble bubble wrap and cut out a bunch of 3"x3" squares, and place one inside each CD case before shipping - this keeps the CD from popping out of the tray in transit, and helps prevent the little spline/teeth from breaking off and scuffing the CD.

    Or bring a box full to your local CD resale shop and see what they'll give you for them - if it's reasonable, sell them all there and save the time & effort of listing individually on eBay, dealing with any returns, non-paid items, etc.
     


  3. TheNeedMachine

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    Good to know - I hadn't used the discogs marketplace in years - sounds like they made it easier to sell. I've also used gemm.com to some success.
     


  4. My Main Man

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    Regarding CDs, if there are any rarer/higher value CDs, discogs is great (like futuremyth said). For more average ones, it gets frustrating listing each one on eBay and selling them for $1-2. In the past, I've put up lots on eBay. Like 15-20 CDs in a similar genre and started the listing at $15 or so. Some of them will get bid up, some won't sell, but you'll do a considerable amount less work for a similar amount of profit.

    Garage sales have been the best for CDs for me. A few years ago, I put out 95% of my CDs (several thousand) and sold them for $3/ea or 5/$10. People were pulling up and shouting "are you the sale with the CDs?" and then they'd come and give me a handful of cash and all I had to do was sit on my lawn and drink beer.
     


  5. My Main Man

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    This is another great tip. You get money, albeit a little less, but you're helping out a local shop in a time where they need all the help they can get.
     


  6. Snoogz

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    My trending data still highlights April as a month that is taken into count. Unless I am reading into this incorrectly

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  7. capnwes

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    Hmmm.. I was just going by this....

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    Thanks guys, this is all very helpful. I am going to check out Discogs as I am already on there contributing.


    I called around to a few places in town and none were interested in a collection my size in mostly hip-hop/r&b but I do have a few more I would like to try out before giving up on that route.
     
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  9. jdrizzy

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    I had a defect about a month ago, where they stated the item was not received. I sent the tracking number and they instantly closed the case ( assuming it was at the post office or something) - Can I fight this ? ( it raises my defect % since I have 3/17x transactions)
     


  10. capnwes

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    It depends if the case was opened before or after the estimated delivery date. In my opinion either one is BS since you can't really control the delivery progress, but if it's before the estimated delivery date, you can fight it.
     


  11. cdgreg

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    Brian - looking good, I like the rougher dark background. One minor typo as I was reading, on the about page, just missing a period:
    Our selling philosophy:


    Our goal is to find the right buyer for your item which will generate the highest possible selling price(here) By offering a robust selection...

    My only other question, and maybe it's been answered already, if so ignore, on the main page in your scrolling pictures, I saw an item I potentially wanted, but tried to click but it would not. Are these meant to just be images for show, or an actual gallery of your current items? Lastly, thanks for the pro tips on which labels are marketable [​IMG]
     


  12. cdgreg

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    I recently tried to fight a case and they pointed out that the defect hits as soon as the case is open, regardless of the outcome of the case. They also told me that at this point they do not have any way to remove the defects even if they agreed. I asked if they would have the appeal process in place before it goes live in late August and the operator told me he was unsure. Pretty ridiculous.
     


  13. capnwes

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    Had a defect removed today...supposedly. They don't come off automatically unless it is an escalated case that is decided in your favor. If the buyer closes the case, the defect still stands, unless you fight/appeal it on the phone with ebay.

    Today's was one from a few weeks ago when the mail carrier scanned all my packages as delivered. I had to get the postmaster to back out all of the tracking and reenter it so it would track again. The case was opened in the mean time and since the tracking now shows delivered, they removed the defect. It is still on my downloadable defect report for now, but the defect percentage went down almost immediately.
     


  14. cdgreg

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    ^Nice, thanks for the info.
     


  15. cdgreg

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    I've unhappily received a pair of shoes in the USPS Tyvek bag before but leaving neutral or negative feedback for it sounds pretty darn harsh. Did you contact the seller about your frustrations?
     


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