Have you been shopping on Ebay lately? If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you are a savvy shopper! If the answer is no then you are in for a treat. Ebay has transformed over the years from a “garage sale auction site” to a one stop shop for clothing, home goods, pet care, sporting equipment…you can even buy a car, boat and vacations on Ebay! Full disclosure, I have been a EBAY Top Rated seller for many years and will be posting more on this subject, including how to source and sell money making items.
The changes in Ebay have been significant over the years, phasing out most “Auction” style listings as the need for Buy It NOW has risen with consumers. Here are a few of the best features of Ebay and how you can use them to buy what you need while saving money:
1- Ebay accounts are free to open and maintain. You do not need a Paypal account to process a credit card payment, rather can enter your card details on a secure EBAY page with the option of opening a PayPal account at the end. Using a Buy It Now item and do not want an Ebay account? Just check out as a guest (you will not be able to bid on auctions or leave feedback with this option)
2- Always check Ebay’s home page in their sliding banners, as there is usually a coupon code. Today’s deal is 20% off select items so it is worth checking out! They also send random coupons throughout the year for free shipping.
3- Ebay is a marketplace full of thousands of individual sellers that just may have what you need. The Ebay community is very friendly and these sellers are motivated to assist you to get the sale, so do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions. You never know what a seller may have or be able to get for you.
4- Do not miss their DAILY DEAL page, located at the top left of every page. Deep discounts can be found on everyday items and closeouts. Be sure to check in the listing for condition and description.
5- Utilize their expansive filters in each listing to find your item, new or used, location of item, sizes and so much more. Guaranteed delivery is a newer option that allows you to choose the number of days you need it delivered in and then shows which sellers are participating. Not delivered in time? Just notify Ebay and you will get your shipping refunded. How easy is that! They are also beta testing free 30 day returns right now in about a dozen categories so be sure to see if that is offered to you as well.
One thing I can promise you is that if you spend more than a few minutes browsing around Ebay, you will be sure to fall in love with something that you just must have. Thank goodness for the Buy it NOW!!