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Post Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:43 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Possibly worthy of its own thread, but it'll work here, too ...

New eBay feedback system — featuring "Detailed Seller Ratings" — goes worldwide April 30, apparently.

Official announcement

One interesting change: check out the new "leave some feedback" page.  8O  :!: Good lord ...

Yikes!

Anyway, it should be interesting to see how this plays out in the U.S., which (just stating a simple fact here; no offense intended) is still home to the vast majority of eBay users worldwide.

My initial take: it won't be that big of a deal. But any system that hurts Cougie — and this one should — is okay by me.  :)




(Points to the new topic created a few days ago....)



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Yep....cougie is going to go ape shit over this...

I wonder if you can go back over feedback that you left for him in the past 90 days and give an 'accurate' accounting


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:16 am 
 

Regarding the Iraq Con,

I emailed SPC Amberson and he confirmed the address:

SPC David Amberson
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I used a couple "flat rate" boxes today which each held 5 or 6 books (in bubble wrap).  Each flate rate USPS box costs $8.10.

You have to fill out a customs form at the post office, before you go to the counter.  I just called them "books" and gave the total box a value of $10.

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:54 pm 
 

Does anybody have any tips on taking photos of miniatures? or can point me in the direction of info? Unfortunately I only have a cheap Kodak digital 3.1 MP camera (Easyshare C300) so it does not have all the "Macro" features of the more expensive SLR cameras.

While going through more boxes today I started finding some of my old miniatures including a small bunch of 1979 Ral Partha's.

I played around with my camera to see if I could get a half decent picture but the minis kept coming out as little lead colored blurs...  :(

My next step is to try the tripod and see if I can use the zoom feature to get a clearer image... Once more into the breach!! (nothing funny intended BTB  :P )


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:22 pm 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:Does anybody have any tips on taking photos of miniatures? or can point me in the direction of info?

Well, according to our good friend Cougar, you just throw the damn thing on a scanner and press the big green button. :)

Oh, wait, you meant serious advice, right?

Okay, my two cents: if your camera does not have some sort of specific ultra-zoom feature, it's not going to turn out well ... you're just going to get a vaguely-miniature-like blob.

Even if you do have an ultra-zoom feature, you still need lots of good natural light and a clutter-free background. Mini's are a pain ... :)

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:09 pm 
 

Thanks Xaxaxe,
I experimented some more this afternoon trying various combinations of zooms, lighting and shooting ranges but, alas, 'twas all in vein...

As far as the Cougiescanner techniques, I think I'll choose to pass them by...  :P


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:01 pm 
 

I use a Nikon Coolpix 4300 on it's "Macro" setting and have been able to get some amazing pictures of my painted miniatures using only a standard light and white posterboard behind it.



On eBay right now, you can buy a NEW Coolpix 4300 with a special macro lens and adapter for $89.95 buy-it-now...




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You can then zoom in on the pics and manipulate them in Photoshop (or any other cheap image editor).



If you want more info, drop me a PM and I'll go into details.


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:50 am 
 

Jason
There's a wealth of advice among the articles posted on CoolMiniOrNot.

I like this article in particular:

http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/101

You'll probably have to shell out for more equipment, though. :wink:

  

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:00 am 
 

Thanks guys! Looks like good advice and both links confirm what I had been thinking while trying to squeeze a little more performance from my low end Kodak digital camera.

It looks like I will eventually have to spend some money on an SLR digital camera. Until then I'll just put the mini's back in the box where I found them and list them on eBay down the road.

I have all that macro camera stuff in 35 mm for an older camera with handheld light meter etc. but I do like the instant results that a digital camera provides.



One more question...
Does any of you that sell minis have an opinion on whether it is more profitable to see them as singles or as small groups? (four at a time perhaps?) All I have are older minis mainly Ral Partha from the late 70's and some from the early 80's.


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Post Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:47 pm 
 

Hi Jason



I'm a buyer, not a seller, but my sense is that selling them in your eBay store singly or in pairs is the way to do it, unless the minis are very common or originally came as sets.  



Selling them as singles is slow, but you can often get $4 or $5 for a relatively common single mini that way.



Check out the way these sellers do it:



Azhag2000

eBay listings

Vintage Miniatures

eBay listings

Silverhawk

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Definitely sell the rare or more collectible ones (e.g. monsters, pre-slotta Citadels) as singles.



On the other hand, common figs like Grenadier AD&D Gold PC races don't often fetch high prices except as sets with their original boxes.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:59 pm 
 

Thanks for the advice, I think I'll end up watching a couple of weeks worth of mini's auctions to look for bidding "trends."


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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:39 am 
 

This has got to be the greatest feedback of all time!



You're a load your mommy should have swallowed DEADBEAT PIECE OF TRAILER TRASH




http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... joetrog100


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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:45 am 
 

Kosh Vorlontay wrote:This has got to be the greatest feedback of all time!



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... joetrog100




:lol:



I dont know where you found that, but that is damn funny.  That actually appears to have been started out as a shill revenge feedback though account, look at the first feedback he ever left.



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... =-1&de=off



He must have decided to keep using it after.



While we are on feedback, I have been meang to bust this out:



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... TRK:ME:UFS



Worst total feedback score that I have ever seen on Ebay, -6. :D  It looks like X put the crowning jewel on him. :P  Now the question is can anyone find one thats lower?


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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:51 am 
 

bclarkie wrote:

:lol:

I dont know where you found that, but that is damn funny.  That actually appears to have been started out as a shill revenge feedback though account, look at the first feedback he ever left.

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... =-1&de=off

He must have decided to keep using it after.

While we are on feedback, I have been meang to bust this out:

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... TRK:ME:UFS

Worst total feedback score that I have ever seen on Ebay, -6. :D  It looks like X put the crowning jewel on him. :P  Now the question is can anyone find one thats lower?




Not to mention the fact that the account is still active!



But I do love a challenge  :)


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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:55 am 
 

not as low but has a few negs http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... argainland

still trading :lol: :lol:

  

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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:05 am 
 

How about movie personas:



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... djamesbond



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... userid=007



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... =bennyhill



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... inkpanther





My favorite:



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... ussygalore



and a classic:



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... ickdiggler


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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:15 am 
 

Rakeesh sah Tarna wrote:not as low but has a few negs http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... argainland
still trading :lol: :lol:




You gotta love their slogan on their auction listings:

"Where low prices come first and service comes second".



And right on their listings "Caveat Emptor/Buyer Beware".



They're also closing in on 25 thousand negs!!  

8O  8O  8O


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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:21 am 
 

Rakeesh sah Tarna wrote:not as low but has a few negs http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... argainland
still trading :lol: :lol:




Holy crap  8O


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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:56 am 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:
You gotta love their slogan on their auction listings:
"Where low prices come first and service comes second".

And right on their listings "Caveat Emptor/Buyer Beware".

They're also closing in on 25 thousand negs!!  
8O  8O  8O



It's like picking up a streetwalker whose name is "STD Sally" and wondering why you got the clap a few weeks later.....why do people even bid on stuff with a seller like that?

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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:44 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:It looks like X put the crowning jewel on him. :P


Wow, that's great ... I don't even remember that guy. :)



One I do remember, though, is a clown named something like jeffjon. We had him down to like -7 before eBay had enough. Let's see if I can find him ...



[searching ...]



Aha! Found it! Yep, it was -7 ... and I left him his first neg. all the way back in 1998!  :)



http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... id=jeffjon

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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 3:10 pm 
 

- Aha! Found it! Yep, it was -7 ... and I left him his first neg. all the way back in 1998!  :)

- http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d ... id=jeffjon[/quote]



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