Moolr previously published two articles containing top tips for buying on eBay – Part 1 can be found here, and Part 2 here. But with so many tips on how to get the best deals on eBay, we have added a final 3rd part, with yet more great ideals to make your pennies go further.
If you see an item that you like, but the description and/or photos does not give you the full picture then contact the seller. Ask for clarification on whatever you are unsure about. do not just buy then ask questions, as many buyers have done to me. It is a waste of everyone’s time, and unfair on the seller. Any reputable seller will get back to you quickly and clear up any confusion over an item.
This is advice that over a decade on eBay has taught me. If you see an item for sale for two similar prices, but the higher price is sold by a trusted seller, or Powerseller, it is probably worth paying more. A trusted seller will never look to rip you off, as eBay is clearly part or all of their livelihood. Sometimes, the cheapest option is not always the best option.
It goes without saying that eBay is excellent value much of the time. Often eBay sells the cheapest items available in the internet. But do not assume that it always does. Before completing a purchase, do some research. Check prices via a search engine to see if you can get the item cheaper elsewhere. The market for most items is crowded and competitive. There may be great deals away from eBay. This may not be great for an article on tips for buying on eBay, but it is true!
Always check the delivery estimate if you need an item urgently. Check the seller’s terms, including returns, the length of the guarantee and more. Always double-check whether the item is used or new. Look out for fake items, and if in doubt over any purchase, walk away.