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Buying Seasonal Items On eBay
Would You Buy A Bikini In Winter?

I could save you a bit of time here: DON'T buy goods that are seasonal at the time they are popular. Not if you want to get a bargain, anyway. However, DO buy out-of-season goods that you will want later in the year!

Most retail is quite simple; when a lot of people want your product, you can generally sell it quite easily. In fact, you may even have some control over the price. When very few people want your product, you will have to work harder and, in fact, may have to drop the price to compete with other sellers.

If I sold bikinis in the UK, for example, I'd probably struggle in December. In fact, I may well have to cut my prices to shift any at all. The only people buying them will be those going on holiday and those forward-thinking enough to buy some for the summer.

eBay auctions are the perfect example of a case where demand decides the price, as there is no fixed price to begin with! YOU can get the best deals by being that person who buys their bikini in the winter!

Here are a few examples of categories/products that may well be affected by the seasons:

Christmas Decorations
I started with an easy one, just to show what I'm on about. That said, there were just under 38,000 items in the UK eBay Christmas Decoration section when I looked today (May 23rd, 2012). Not surprisingly, many of them didn't have bids!

Tents & Other Camping Equipment
When the sun comes out, people start thinking about outdoor activities. The camping section sees a huge turnover at that time of year, but take a look through it when there is snow on the ground and it's a different story.

Lawnmowers
See above! Again, as soon as spring is in the air, the grass starts growing and people wheel out their old lawnmowers, only to find they don't work. Higher demand equals higher price buy one in the winter!

Boats
I know quite a few boat owners and have been through the process of buying and selling boats myself. It's simple, really buy in the winter and sell in the spring/summer. Kerching!

Ugg Boots
A very popular item on eBay, but don't buy them just before Christmas. Buy them when it's scorching hot outside and everyone else is searching for sandals!

Obviously, there are loads more items that you can think of that will be affected by the seasons, but the above should give you some idea of what I'm talking about. With big items, such as boats, the difference in price can be thousands of pounds and, to be honest, you may not even bother thinking about buying 'out of season' with smaller stuff. Just try not to buy a 4x4 vehicle when it starts snowing, or a caravan when the sun comes out. Not if you want a bargain, anyway!

In summary: Getting the best bargains on eBay, or anywhere for that matter, is about being in the right place at the right time, with the money to back you up. Yes, but you can help by putting yourself in the right place to see the bargains. One such way is to look for things that nobody else wants right now. It's as simple as that.

Happy bargain hunting!

P.S. After you've had a search by typing your postcode below, please join us on our Facebook page and tell us what bargains you've found. http://www.facebook.com/CheapBargains



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Another great way of finding cheap eBay bargains is to look for items that haven't had many bids. Just because they haven't received bids, it doesn't mean they aren't any good! Quite often, the item will be poorly described, have a bad photo or just finish at an unsociable time. Use the drop down box below to find items in each category that finish soon and have had 3 bids or less:

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And here's a favourite for many....the good old 99p auctions! A lot of people start their auctions at 99p or less, partly because they believe that they'll attract more attention if they do and partly because there are often promotional incentives to do so. The result is a LOT of items sell for a pound or less! Select a section below to see what I mean:

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And here's one more trick to use. Type your search term into the box below. Select your postcode and distance you'll travel and get the results. If any of them take your fancy, check the descriptions and if it doesn't say that they'll accept collection in person, ASK THEM.
Not everybody does accept collection, but there is no harm in asking. I've bought plenty of stuff like this and you'll often find you can save a lot by cutting out the postage.

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There Are Other Ways Of Finding Cheap Bargains. Try This For Size - Enter Your Search Term And Then Click The Link That Is Supplied:

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A few buying tips:

bullet Only fools rush in - don't grab the first bargain you see...however tempting!
bullet Don't avoid Ebay - if a seller asks you to buy direct, avoid them. You lose all your protection from Ebay.
bullet Pay with PayPal - again, you get extra protection this way.
bullet Read the small print - be SURE that you know what you're buying!
bullet Make sure you can pick the item up - bulky items often need a van and some muscle!
bullet Make sure you can store it - bulk deals sound great, but ever tried fitting a million widgets in your hallway?
bullet Have fun - buying a cheap bargain can be great fun. Enjoy it!
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