Want to get even a better deal at eBay? Well, just keep reading this article and find out how you can do it.
1. Compare and Contrast
Seems obvious but this is one of the best ways to save money on eBay. Take some time to do a little research on the item that you’re looking for. Typically featured listings are sponsored by professional sellers who charge more money than an item that is further down on the page.
2. Negotiate with the seller
You just need to contact the seller to start a negotiation and who knows? You may get even a better deal!
3. Automate your bids
This can get a little tricky if reserves aren’t met, but eBay offers buyers the chance to automate their auction bids. This works by you entering your maximum bid amount on an item and eBay will increase your bid in increments whenever someone else bids on the same item. So, if you want to purchase an iPhone and you set your maximum bid at $300, but the next highest bidder was at $150, then you’ve won the auction by paying $151. Clever, right?
4. Become an eBay Sniper
Similar to automating your bids, you can also swoop in at the last second in the last couple of seconds to snag an item at a great price. If you want to learn how to become an eBay sniper, then you should know tricks like entering an off number for an auction. As opposed to $20, submit a bid for $20.87 to throw other bidders off. Let the games begin!
5. Stop adding items to your watch list
Auctions can get very competitive and you’re bound to come across those people who will intentionally raise the price of an item either to ensure that they’ll get the final bid or just to ruin the auction for everyone else if they can’t win the bid. To avoid this, don’t watch an item. Bookmark the page to keep tabs on the auction. This way, those competitive bidders won’t know how many people are actively watching the auction.
6. Wait to place your bid
It’s important you hold off until the last five minutes or so to make a bid. The fewer the bids are, the less of a chance there is for the price to be driven up. Besides, if you wait until the last moment, you can probably sneak in and get the item at a great deal.
7. Look only for the best deals
There are a couple of useful tools that you can use to discover amazing eBay deals. The first tool that you can try is GetItNext which can be used to refine eBay searches to exactly what you’re looking for
8. Track keywords
There’s a handy free service called Stuff Alert that will send you an email notification for the specific items that you’re looking for on eBay. It’s useful during those times when you go on eBay and can’t find that pair of ski boots in your size, for example. Isn’t it great? Thank God for technology!