I have to admit that I’m a bit of an eBay addict…I don’t go and spend a lot of money on there, but I do love to seek out a good bargain!
There are a couple of eBay bargains that I have found over the years that I still can’t believe, and in this post I’m going to share my top tips and advice for finding them yourselves. It’s a fun game, and you can end up with some fantastic pieces for a fraction of the price.
1. Look for the ‘Ending Soonest’ items
When you search on eBay, you can apply various filters. One of those is the ‘Time: Ending Soonest’ option – this is amazing!
It means that you could spot items that have fallen through the gap and avoided the attention of other bargain hunters. I found this amazing Betsey Johnson cardigan at the last minute a few days ago, and I’m so glad I did!
2. Don’t dismiss a ‘used’ item straight away
Some of the absolute best gems I’ve found on eBay have been described as ‘used’. To some extent, it’s a technicality – a dress could have been worn only once yet it has this connotation of something old and ragged.
Read the description carefully and don’t be afraid to ask the seller for extra details about an item’s condition. This Betsey Johnson dress was an amazing find of mine – I got it for around £50 when the RRP was around $400!
3. Bid auctions are more bargain-friendly than Buy It Now
Even though it is super tempting to cut out the hassle of bidding by going for the Buy It Now price, it is always worth considering bidding. I have often bought items for far less than the Buy It Now price by sticking it out and having a bidding war 😉
There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but if an item is still bid-less as time goes by I would always give bidding a try. Besides, it can be quite exciting!
4. Persevere with rarer items
I love particular brands like Abbey Dawn and Betsey Johnson, and both are often found on eBay.
There was a particular Abbey Dawn jumper that I had been lusting after for a good few years. It had appeared in various sizes on eBay but never in mine – I could have easily given up, but kept checking back every now and again.
Then, one day…I found it! And got it for a bargain price, probably because it was way out of season.
5. Don’t necessarily limit yourself to one country
Yes, with international buys you do risk having to pay some extra customs charges. But if the item isn’t too expensive in the first place, you often don’t end up with those extra payments!
I have found some brilliant items from the US in particular, and always check that the postage isn’t too astronomical before bidding. If you’re looking for rarer items too, expanding the area you’re looking in will naturally help! Just be careful and always be sure to read the description of the item thoroughly, as it is always more difficult to return international items.
I hope that this guide has been helpful! If you’d like any more tips or want advice from a relatively experienced eBayer please just let me know.