To eBay or not to eBay?

In my last post, I talked about thrift store shopping. However, the reality is that sometimes you don’t have good thrift stores around you, or you don’t have the time/energy to thrift, or you are looking for a very specific item. That, my friends, is where eBay comes in (or other online platforms but for the purpose of this post I’ll use eBay).

Believe it or not, I never bought anything on eBay until I started selling. Now I have a few sellers that I regularly check for new inventory. In fact… checking out their inventory is now part of my morning routine second to making a cup of tea. So why did I start buying on eBay?

1. Sellers are in different parts of the country so they have the opportunity to find unique and different items that I might never come across!

2. Saves me time when looking for specific items (Lululemon, Patagonia).

3. You can still get items at thrift store prices! (The other day I got a pair of my favorite jeans for .99 plus shipping) whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!

It was 99 cents! – Macklemore

Before you get addicted um… started on eBay I wanted to provide you with a few tips for finding quality items from quality sellers.

  • Before you get started bidding or buying, make sure you have an eBay account. You can buy with card or your PayPal account.
  • Some items are available to “buy now” while others will be auction style. This means you have the potential to be outbid during auctions and will need to keep your eye on the item.
  • Before you consider buying/bidding from a seller, you can look at their seller rating, read feedback (like Amazon!), and see where the item is shipping from. Unfortunately, there are some unethical sellers (sigh) but by doing a little bit of research you can help protect yourself from them. Also know that eBay has standards in place so if something unethical does happen they will help you! These situations are rare but still something to be aware of.
  • Quality sellers will use clear photos, a description of the item, and measurements or size chart for the item.
  • Some sellers do not offer returns so check their policy. Even if they do offer returns, you might be the one paying for return shipping.

Ok, there you have it! Are you ready to get started?

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