The term 'fat fingers' was coined to describe a
way by which a typo was made. i.e. the person doing the typing slipped and spelt
a word incorrectly because his or her fingers were too fat for the keys on the
Most items for sale on eBay are sold by
non-professionals who are prone to such errors (that said, even professionals
make plenty of errors!).
Some people picked up on the fact that items
listed with typing errors seemed to attract less bids, simply because they
didn't show up in searches. These items usually sold for less money.
One bright spark then decided to set up a script
to help others look for misspelt items on eBay, as trying all the different
variations on your own is time-consuming. The Fat Fingers website was born.
You can try the Fat Fingers system yourself.
Simply type a word into the box below, hit the 'Find' button and a link will
appear. Click it to be taken to a list of your matches.
You won't find as many matches as when you try a
normal search, and you may find some that aren't really much cop to you, but you
may well find a real gem hidden amongst them. That's the joy of bargain hunting
– finding the treasure that others have missed!
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:
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:
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.
There Are Other Ways Of Finding Cheap Bargains. Try
This For Size - Enter Your Search Term And Then Click
The Link That Is Supplied:
A few buying tips:
Only fools rush in - don't grab the first bargain you see...however tempting!
Don't avoid Ebay - if a seller asks you to buy direct, avoid them. You lose all your protection from Ebay.
Pay with PayPal - again, you get extra protection this way.
Read the small print - be SURE that you know what you're buying!
Make sure you can pick the item up - bulky items often need a van and some muscle!
Make sure you can store it - bulk deals sound great, but ever tried fitting a million widgets in your hallway?
Have fun - buying a cheap bargain can be great fun. Enjoy it!
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And don't forget your local GumTree website - a great source of cheap classifieds