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

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

  1. Koala-T

    Koala-T Senior member

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    Not exactly, but it is right by Coldwater Creek.
     


  2. Koala-T

    Koala-T Senior member

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    Finally broke down and ordered a pro lighting kit today:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/171378555744?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    Will supplement with my shop lights to erase background shadows, but I'm excited to see how it effects my pics. I also got some studio gray backdrop paper, and revamped my setup a bit. instead of a cube, it's now a half cube, cut on the diagonal. Will take pics once I get new lights, but it's already better all around, even with my old Home Depot cone lights.
     


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    txwoodworker Senior member

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    what settings did you end up with?
     


  5. Brianpore

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

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  6. TheNeedMachine

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    Ok now I'm inspired to give this a go with my Canon DSLR. Thanks for posting deets!
     


  7. tben

    tben Senior member

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    So I had a guy initiate a case prior to contacting me, it happens I am ok with it. He claims the item is about an inch larger in the shoulders than I claim, ok, that happens too. But his description in the case details goes as far as to call me a liar, using a little more complex English vocabulary, and to demand that I repay his return shipping cost.

    How would you proceed?
    Thanks!
     


  8. hbkshin

    hbkshin Senior member

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    Fucking beautiful pictures. I'll have to mess with my settings so I can achieve something similar.
     


  9. Snoogz

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    Blue is always a struggle for me to photograph, it always comes out darker. I'm not sure what settings I should start tweaking to achieve a more balanced color.
     


  10. noob in 89

    noob in 89 Senior member

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    Not knowing the shoulder make-up of potential buyers, what reason would anyone have for flat-out lying about almost an inch of shoulder width? Are there really people out there twisting their mustaches and evil-laughing over this shit?
     
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  11. Brianpore

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

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    I find the blue is actually "flat" so auto adjust the contrast so it "pops" a little more. That said, if they are too dark all 3 settings will make the photo lighter, not really sure which is best. Increase the shutter time letting in more light, lower the f stop (prob not the right way as from what I read you want to be 2 clicks over your lowest possible stop for a sharp image) and increase the ISO depending what it already is at. Prob want to max out at 800 where 200 or 400 is ideal but prob dont have enough light.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  12. tben

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    Yeah? I have no clue? The return doesn't bother me. I'm sure there are thousands of discrepancies regarding measurements a year, hell, probably a month. So no big deal his measurement differed from mine. It was just alarming that not only did he open a case immediately, but he called me a liar and demanded return shipping. How do I proceed in a situation like that? Call him a liar back. [​IMG] Usually, if someone contacted me I would just refund and move on, but there is something about being called a liar as a sell/buyer with 297 feedback and 100% rating. Just pissed me off.
     


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    Dude. His Dudeness. Dude-a-rino. This is going to help a LOT in my pics! I always get really crappy pics when using the mannequin against my beige walls.

    Old, tweaked in IrfanView and still not great:

    [​IMG]


    New, straight from the camera, no tweaking - looks much better to me:
    [​IMG]


    I also realized that, with these settings, stepping back a bit and zooming in is better than getting up close. At least, with my camera (Canon EOS xti).

    Thanks again for the tip! Haven't dialed it in completely but I'm already happier with the results!


    And for anyone interested, the mannequin/light set-up:

    [​IMG]


    ...the table to the left is 6' x 6' (two 3' x 6' folding tables), covered in white matte vinyl, for flat shots. Two overhead lights, going to add a third. Got a snake-pit of extension cords because one socket can't handle the power draw if I plug them all in.
     


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    Are you using a tripod? My pictures at 1/20 have little bit of bluriness.



    NeedMachine: Your background looks great in the 2nd picture but the coat seems be a little over exposed but it could be the actual color. I like the coat picture better in the 1st picture.

    I also have the same lighting set up.
     


  15. cdgreg

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    As far as I know, you're not required in any situation to pay the return shipping. With that being said, it's bs. In a situation where the seller is completely in the wrong, why should a buyer lose money? I'm not saying you're completely in the wrong here by the way, just my person feelings on ebay's policy.

    Did he provide you a photo with the measurement he claims? Obviously this can be fabricated pretty easily based on how he lays the garment, but it's about the only hoop I'd force him to jump through. When he provides the photo I'd apologize up and down, offer to pay the return shipping, and say you hope that he is left with a positive feeling so he will consider buying from you again in the future. At worst, you pay an extra $8 for non-negative feedback.

    At the end of the day, put your pride aside, and treat it like a business. Do whatever you think is best for the future of your sales, not because an internet user called you a liar v. a classy gentleman.
     


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