Bargains 4 cheap – getting the most out of eBay

eBay is a staple for every experienced bargain-hunter – I’ve found many mega-deal on there. You know the saying: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 14.40.13

eBay has such a wide range of things for sale and such a huge audience. From train hobbyists to fashionistas, from your 14-year-old cousin to your mum. My mum has actually got about 16,000 jumpers she’s bid on and subsequently won.

“Why are you declaring bankruptcy, madam?”
“Jumpers.”

I’ve used eBay myself for years – for clothes, technology, (fake) MAC make-up (stay away) and more recently for *REAL* cosmetics from the US I can’t get in the UK. In the past, I used to just bid on a few items and hope for the best, which meant me missing out on items I’d have really liked.

I’m by no means a eBay guru, but here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.

Avoid a bidding war
Contact the seller straight away with a ‘Best Offer’ if you really want something. This way you can avoid an intense bidding war if they take your offer – the worst that can happen is that they say no.  Bidding wars are really stressful and have me coming over all flustered and unnecessarily outraged when I don’t win. Avoid.

Be realistic
Leading on from the above, it’s tempting to keep bidding higher and higher when you really want an item. However, this can be dangerous if you don’t set yourself a limit, leading to you perhaps paying a lot more than you intended. Be realistic – how much would you pay for the item in a shop?

Sum peeple cnt speel
eBay doesn’t spell check or refine listings and often, people aren’t very careful spell checking. When you’re looking for a specific item, change the spelling a bit to see if someone cannae spell and has accidentally listed it as something else. For example, when looking for Doc Martens, search for Doc Martins or Doc Martyns instead – you’ll be surprised what you find! I won some Top Shop shoes for £10 once because someone had missed the second ‘O’, listing them as ‘TopShp’. Serves ’em ‘write’. Haha – such a comedian.

Cheap doesn’t mean quality
If you find an item going cheap which seems too good to be true – it probably is. Make sure you trust the seller and check feedback scores to ensure what you’re buying is the real deal. No one wants to pay £100 for a 100% genuine iPad and be presented with a framed picture of one.

What bargains have you found on eBay? Do you enjoy using it, or not? Let me know.

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