While most people hunt for different ways to save money when shopping online, they usually find themselves stuck in an endless array of those 5% coupons that can only be used on a product that doesn’t even allow for combining coupons. What they don’t know is that what they’re looking for might actually be on eBay. Here are some tips on how you can use the online platform to score big discounts.
- Search for local deals – For the most part, a merchant on eBay might be selling something for a higher price due to packaging and shipping costs. Finding a dealer which offers you an option to pick up the item personally reduces the cost of the product marginally. Add some coupons to the mix and you’ve got yourself a really sweet deal.
- Wait a little bit – If the product you are buying usually has a successor, such as in the case of smartphones or graphics cards, it’s a good strategy to wait for a while especially if the successor will be released soon. For example, the price of an iPhone 5s dropped dramatically as soon as the iPhone 6 was released.
- Search for misspelled items – While that Christmas offer on your favorite product might seem sweet, searching for a misspelled item can reveal a treasure trove of great deals. Since a lot of sellers don’t care to change the spelling of a misspelled product, these products usually don’t get a lot of bids. This means you can bid at the last moment and get the product at a really great price. While it might take a while before you get something like this, it will be worth it. This is the only method where we can actually guarantee that you’ll get more than 50% discount in some cases.
- Last minute “bid-sniping” – Sniping is basically what we explained earlier; searching for a great deal and waiting to bid on it at the last moment so that you get it instead of someone else. But manual sniping can be tough, so it’s always good to get a sniping tool especially if you are a frequent shopper. They only cost a few bucks but can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. All you have to do is add a few parameters (max bid, notification, etc.) and you’re good to go.
Now go and find a great deal on Ebay and save a bunch!