Along with thrift stores and consignment shops another favorite place of mine to look for good deals (and weird pieces) is eBay. I put off using eBay for the longest time, the process just seemed really daunting and scary to me. Bidding? What’s bidding? Is it a fight to the death? Kinda. A lot of you have been asking me for help! Here’s some tips and tricks to use and close your deal when eBaying:
– Make a username and make sure your profile is updated. I forgot to change my shipping address once and it caused all kinds of confusion.
– Whenever you buy something LEAVE FEEDBACK. It’s very important because leaving feedback helps others know what sellers are safe to buy from and which ones are not reliable. Once the bid has ended and the estimated delivery date of the purchased item has passed eBay will prompt you to leave feedback. You simply rate the questions they ask you on a scale of stars and have the option to write two sentences about your experience.
– Stars are important. Always look at a seller’s star count. Stars are given on a rating scale, so +1 point for every positive rating and a -1 for every negative rating.
Obviously the higher the color star the seller has the more reliable and better of a store they are. Some stores only operate on eBay, so that is why some may have a lot more business than others.
– Does the seller check out ok? Cool. Now you need to go make a PayPal account. Paypal is simply the transaction middleman between you and the person you are buying from. PayPal transmits money from your account to their account so neither one of you see the other’s personal banking information. It’s also cool because you don’t have to type in your bank information every time you buy – PayPal keeps it stored.
– All set up? Ok cool. Now it’s time to bid! If you are eyeing up an item that still has a few days left before the auction ends you might want to hold off on bidding. With each bid, the price goes higher. Your goal is to keep it as low as possible. A lot of people will wait until the very last minute to place a bid in the hopes that the person they are bidding against (if there is someone) won’t have time to top their bid. I typically wait until the last couple SECONDS to type in my bid and the very last few seconds to hit confirm. That way no one has time to top you and you’ll win.
– Don’t like the whole stressful process of bidding? I don’t blame you. Good thing eBay has a “Buy It Now” button. Many shops will put items up for sale for a set price and you can buy it right there and then.
What have I found on eBay? AWESOME THINGS. This is my loot from February.
Search words I used to find items above: handmade bag, tooled leather bag, free people dress, slip dress, cowboy hat, leather hat, festival hat, fringe boots, suede boots, red vest, leather vest, suede vest, fringe
You don’t always have to be super specific! Maybe you’ll find something awesome by being more broad than you intended.
Made out pretty well even though I did go a wee bit overboard. All this stuff will be in my bag for Bonnaroo this year – just bought my ticket – so I hope to see some of you guys there! That vintage bag is probably my favorite.