We know this is not denim news but many of our readers love Ebay and this definitely will affect the availability of quality, authentic denim on Ebay, as well as those of us who sell on Ebay. Check out the email we just got from Ebay (our editor is a PowerSeller):
Seller Update: Fees, Rewards & Standards
eBay buyers want value and selection from sellers they can trust–and good sellers deserve rewards for delivering great customer service. PowerSellers rank among the most successful eBay sellers and we’re proud to recognize and reward your contributions to the success of the eBay marketplace. That’s why we’re making a number of important changes that may affect you:
Reduced Listing Fees
You asked, we listened. We’re reducing Insertion Fees and adjusting Final Value Fees to lower your up-front cost to sell on eBay. You wanted free Gallery, now you’ve got it–plus more feature discounts.
Lower Insertion Fees
Free Gallery picture with every listing
Lower fees for Gallery Plus, Picture Pack, and Feature Plus
Rewards for great sellers
There will be discounts and incentives for those who satisfy customers best. Who decides who gets rewarded? Customers do, by giving sellers high Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs). You get:
Fee discounts for PowerSellers
Unpaid Item protection for PowerSellers
Expanded seller protection for PowerSellers from PayPal
More search exposure through Best Match
Significant changes coming soon will increase buyer confidence and showcase good sellers.
Buyers will only be able to receive positive Feedback. (Ed. Note – wait, WHAT?! What about deadbeat bidders?!)
Positive repeat customer Feedback will count and Feedback more than 12 months old won’t.
Negative and neutral Feedback left by the buyer will be removed for transactions in which a buyer doesn’t respond to the Unpaid Item (UPI) or if the member is suspended.
Today we are featuring an interview the DenimBlog.com had with Fidelity Denim designer, Jason Trotzuk. Fidelity is a big premium denim brand in Canada, and its begun making its way to the U.S. for some time now, with many celebrity fans.
DenimBlog: So tell us about Fidelity. Why should people buy a pair of Fidelity’s if they are die hard fans of brands like Rock & Republic or 7 for All Mankind?
Jason: Fidelity Women’s is a luxury jeans brand for the contemporary modern women. Focusing on the 3 F’s… fabric, fit and finish. Fidelity used the best fabrics, impeccable fits and amazing finishes. We are devoted to making the best jeans on the market. Fidelity Men’s…”the Modern day original”… is based of the 3 F principal, but is for the “Original Blue Jeans” man. A classic jean for true denim wearers…. Vintage washes and details, nothing flashy…NO decked out pockets or crazy stitch detail, just great fitting premium jeans. Why should people buy a pair of Fidelity’s over the other brands??? So much of the high-end denim market has been based on hype…all fluff and no foundation. Fidelity’s focus is always on the customer and making an incredible and timeless pair of jeans…end of story…we focus on doing things right where others wrong… details on fabric fit and finish where others fall short…
DB: We hear Fidelity is known for its fit. Give us some pointers on picking the right type of jeans for your body type, which styles of Fidelity you recommend our readers try?
Jason: All of our styles/fits are created with purpose…whether everyday jeans or fashion jeans, we have many different fits but here are a few of the essentials:
HYACINTH – 5 Pocket Trouser jeans…wide leg mid rise…fits all body types…always dressy!!!
BELLADONNA- Mid Rise Boot Cut…Most versatile cut for a woman…The Belladonna medium rise is the perfect rise @ 8.5”, the thigh is slimming and the boot cut open allows for both dressy or casual occasions.
THE LUX - flare, Do some damage with this cut…clean tailor details on a 5-pocket jean with a long lean flare.
Again, there are many bodies too numerous to mention, but our specialty is our fit… many customers swear by our “uplifting” qualities and Fidelity has been coined as the “butt bra jean”. Read More >
Last night’s Project Runway episode featured a challenge involving denim! The designers were presented with more than 500 pairs of Levi’s 501 jeans in a variety of sizes and colors, and one-yard bolts of white cotton. The challenge: To create an iconic denim look of their choice that captures the spirit of originality and creativity of the 501 legacy. The winning look will be sold as a limited edition on the Levis.com. How cool is that for an aspiring designer? Designer Ricky was the winner (photo above of his creation) and below are some of the looks the other designers came up with.
Have you got some denim designs in your head? Check out Levi’s Project 501 Contest where you can create your own denim masterpiece!
Update: You can bid on the actual designers creations over at SeenOn!
+ = YOU WIN!
We love Ebay. We buy everything from razors (hey, the five-blades ones are expensive) to lots of jeans and more. Yes, there are a lot of fakes on Ebay, but if you follow the advice on HonestForum – its easy to find authentic denim on Ebay for discounted prices if you stick with reputable sellers. One tool that we absolutely love is Auction Sniper. It’s a great tool (and you get 3 free snipes when you sign up) that bids for you at the last few seconds of an auction, thereby greatly increasing your chances of winning the auction. We set ours at 3 seconds and have won lots of great stuff using this tool! Just thought we’d pass on the tip!