It’s that time of year again. The ‘C’ word is upon us and if you have a child that is anything like mine, then chances are they will have already circled pretty much every toy in the Smyth’s catalogue and added it to ‘the list’. The never ending ‘I want it all’ list am I right?
This time of year means life is about to get more expensive and chaotic. Christmas shopping however, can be as expensive or cheap as we want it to be really can’t it. But not every gift has to be brought brand new or from the store. Trust me, I have found a fair few bargains in the past to use as Christmas presents in various different places online and in store!
With websites such as eBay and Amazon, finding items at reduced prices is so much easier these days. For this post, I am going to focus on buying tips from eBay to help you get bargains over the winter period and possibly save you some pennies too.
Unless you have lived under a rock the last 5 years you have probably heard of eBay. You can pretty much buy everything from eBay, for example, children’s clothes, toys, books, furniture, kitchen appliances, cars, bikes etc. You can also sell pretty much on there too, except for maybe your kids, spouse, parent, yourself!
Here are my top 5 super helpful eBay tips for Christmas.
The Early Bid.
When you find that item you want such as a new gap jumper for your little one, don’t bid straight away. The earlier you bid the more likely it is that you will drive the price up or get stuck in a bidding war. Trust me, I have been in so many bidding wars because I upped the price from the off. Instead, watch the item and place your bid right before the auction is due to end. You can do this by setting a reminder in your phone or using snipping tools.
Cash in on and spelling and grammar mistakes. People are not robots and we sometimes type things incorrectly or make the odd spelling mistake and this is a golden opportunity for buyers. As listing with spelling mistakes and typos will often attract fewer bids because many people miss them.
Use these wherever possible. Sniping tools such as Goofbid and Gixen both offer free tools. Goofbid allows you to search for listing with spelling mistakes. You can also use sniping tools to place last minute bids for you and to find auctions that are ending at antisocial hours. Another great snipping tool is Last Minute Auction which finds eBay auctions due to finish within the next hour.
Some eBay sellers will often specify that items must be collected in person, which usually means fewer bids on that listing and a bargain is to be had. Yet you can’t actually search for “pick up only” on eBay you will need to use a snipping tool. If the item is a heavy or large one and you need help to get it home, you can use websites like Shiply.com. An eBay compatible delivery auction site that is free to use and perfect for people like me who rely on public transport and can’t always get a friend/family member to collect for them.
Pay With PayPal.
When buying things on eBay the safest way to pay is with PayPal and it is free to create an account. Using PayPal means you will be covered by eBay’s Buyer Protection scheme and should something go wrong you are far more likely to see a refund. I love the fact you don’t have to keep entering your bank details for every purchase. I have activated the One Touch function so it’s now even quicker and easier to pay using PayPal.
There we go! I would love to know if these tips helped you save some money o find yourself a bargain this winter.
*Disclaimer: A collaborative post*