eBay has long been a great place to grab a bargain and is still hugely popular today, with the site now offering an Amazon-like experience of buying brand new items too. Whether you’re buying new or second-hand items, the massive online shopping portal offers a variety of products on which you could bid on or ‘buy it now’. Here are some money-saving tricks when shopping on eBay to grab the best deal!
1. Under £10 Section
eBay has launched a new ‘Under £10’ section for shoppers on the hunt for a quick and easy bargain. But that’s only one of many ways to save money when buying online. The new eBay hub brings together items available for £10 or less that are brand new and offer free delivery. You can browse clothes, gadgets, accessories, shoes, makeup, video games, and more without the distraction of more expensive items.
2. Cash-In On Typos
eBay listings that contain spelling mistakes won’t appear in relevant searches. So for example, if the seller accidentally lists an item as ‘ipone’ instead of an ‘iPhone’. There is a chance they are likely to attract fewer bids due to the lack of relevant searches and there’s less competition from other buyers on the hunt for the same products. Websites such as Fatfingers, BargainChecker, and Bay Crazy can help you cash-in on these typos by allowing you to trawl through listings with misspellings.
3. Set Up Alerts
If you like shopping for great deals or if you’re on the hunt for something rare or hard to find at a low price, then it’s worth setting up an alert to get notified the next time the item is listed on eBay. To set up an alert, type a product into the eBay search bar, click “search” and then click “save this search”. If you want a specific product, be more specific with your search. You’ll receive an email from eBay whenever a seller lists your item, hopefully at a price you’ll love.
4. Wait Until The Penny Drops
eBay’s goods are sold at auctions that end at a specific time, and clever buyers have found that the best way to win is to wait until the last possible moment (often one or two seconds before the auction closes) to put in their final, high bid. Many buyers are using the Lastminute Auction site, which provides a way for users to hunt for great bargains on eBay and place last second bids on products.
5. Create your own watch list
There is the option to add items to your watch list, which can be useful in many ways. Some use the watch list to jog their memories, while others use it to compile and compare items easily to make more informed buying decisions. The watch list can also pay off for patient buyers willing to wait it out and see if the price lowers. Sometimes the longer a seller has something listed, the more eager they are to sell the item.