Ebay has recently become one of my favourite online shopping sites. I do not only find great things for my wardrobe, but I also sell stuff that I do not use anymore. It is always someone out there that find your stuff more interesting than you.
However, I will make a separate blog post on how you can make the most out of selling stuff on Ebay. Below you will find my top tips for a great Ebay experience!!!
1. Know what you are looking for
okay.. Maybe not all the time – I must say that most of the time I am just skimming through to see if I find something I like. However, it is hard for a ‘beginner’ to process all the millions of listings on ebay. So start of by filtering.. I usually start filtering down by a brand I like.. this is where you can make great deals… I usually look for brands such as Selected Femme, Ganni and Tiger of Sweden (My personal favourites).. Also make sure you filter down by your size, potential colour, ‘used’ or ‘brand new’ or whether you want to find stuff on auction or whether you prefer to buy it straight away. I personally like the excitement of auctioning. I think you are more likely to do better deals on auction. However, not everyone have the patience of waiting. On the other hand though, sometimes I search for a brand I like and then filter it to ‘ending soonest’ – sometimes you can find great deals having only minutes left on the site and get them straight away for a low price.
I have for example won a brand new jumpsuit from Selected Femme with the retail price of 100 pounds for only 3 pounds as no one else was bidding. Happy days
2. Look at the details
Unfortunately, sometimes great deals are too good to be true. Even though sellers offer great deals, you sometimes end up buying the pig in the poke. So my best advice: take precaution such as; read the descriptions of the items, is it from a smoke-free home, is it fake? and does it has any damage?.. Also look at the sellers rating; I have personally never experienced any bad sellers, however, as any other market place, there are always some. However, I use PayPal which gives you free insurance when you purchase something through them. Also make sure to leave feedback for the seller after as well, as it makes it easier for other customers to gain a better shopping experience on Ebay. There is also a lot of fake products out there – make sure if you are buying any designer stuff that you ask for validation of the item – for example: do they have the receipt?.. Another important factor is the shipping costs. Usually you have to pay for shipping (some sellers do offer free shipping, make sure you look at that cost). As a seller you have different options; some have next-day delivery which is obviously more expensive than 2nd class – I have in some cases asked the seller to send it 2nd class as I do not mind waiting a couple of extra days if I can save some money.
I have also heard awful stories about people buying fake branded make-up on eBay ending up getting really bad skin – Please be careful!
3. Tiny things – Big difference
Sometimes you get too carried away on eBay – I know from experience that if you see something really cheap and is a great bargain you buy it even though it might not be something you would have bought in a shop. It might be a bargain – however, you do not necessarily need it. the small sums add up – and instead of throwing a few pounds away, wait until you see something that you really really like.
I use the ‘watch’ button a lot on Ebay – even though I see something I really like – I wait until I have looked through other options and other deals before I place a bid – Because once you´ve put in a bid – there is no way back!!
4. Look For Bundles
This is something I came across recently Bundles. It has become increasingly common for sellers to list their items in bundles. A bundle can for example consist of clothes in a particular size, a brand, or for example gym clothes. Bundles tend to start off at a low price and consist of more products – Win win – you get more for less!
I hope you found some of these tips useful – happy shopping!!!!