When we lived in the US, I did a lot of online shopping. It’s just at a completely different level than online shopping in Aus. One year I did ALL my Christmas shopping online, mostly through eBay. It was so great to not have to fight the crowds at the shopping centers.
Since moving here, it has been a bit harder to shop online. However, since losing 10kgs, my clothes have all become too big. I am never, ever going to complain about having this problem. But it is a problem that needs a solution! So the first place I turned was eBay.
So far I’ve “won” 2 skirts and a pair of shorts. And the best part about eBay is that you can often find brand names for a fraction of the cost you’d pay for them new. The 2 skirts I’m awaiting arrival of are French Connection and Jigsaw, for the grand total price of $30 including shipping. I’m also watching a lot of auctions from sweaters to shoes to Lorna Jane work out gear.
Here are some pros and cons about eBay shopping:
- Name brands at low prices.
- A huge variety to choose from.
- Shopping from the comfort of your home.
- Pre-loved items that are sometimes once- or never-used.
- Not everyone gives accurate descriptions of their items. Touch wood I’ve never had too much of a problem with this.
- Sometimes things get “lost in the mail” (or not shipped – have also not had a problem with this yet, and eBay does have a reporting process).
- You can’t try things on before buying them.
For me, I think the pros far outweigh the cons. And it’s always fun to receive something in the mail, have it fit perfectly, and know that you’ve scored a bargain in the process!
I understand eBay isn’t for everyone, but if you want to give it a go, here’s some tips for buying through eBay.
- Ask for more photos if you don’t think you can get a good idea from the ones offered.
- Check seller’s scores – how many transactions have they made and what is their percentage? If it’s less than perfect, I also go and read what the complaints were about. Some people like to complain about silly things.
- Watch an item until close to ending time then think about your bid.
- Only bid what you’re willing to pay – if you lose the item, so be it. Bidding wars are how you end up paying too much for an item.
- Speaking of paying too much, know about what you’d be pay for the item new from a store. Sometimes eBay is not cheaper, and the peace of mind you’d have getting it new or from a reputable seller (for e.g. if you’re buying camera or computer equipment) is worth paying the bit extra.
- Check frequently – new items are added every day! You never know what might pop up tomorrow.
Do you shop on eBay? What’s the best bargain you’ve got?