As I sit here typing this, we're approaching a 'Free Fixed Price Mobile'
listing weekend on eBay here in the UK (26th and 27th May, 2012). What that
means is that sellers will be able to list items for sale at a Buy It Now price,
with no insertion fee.
was in two minds as to whether this is good for us buyers. Fixed prices aren't
really the best way to get an eBay bargain, as we have no say on the price
(unless they accept best offers), so you're actually unlikely to get the sort of
deal that you might usually find using the usual Cheap-Bargains.co.uk
formula. That said, it did make me wonder...
Lately, I have been watching a certain 'type' of item I'm interested in. They're
expensive, so I'm doing a bit of research to make sure I get a good deal, rather
than rushing in! What I have noticed is that whilst most sellers have a rough
idea of what this particular item is worth, some don't do their homework and
list it as a Buy It Now cheaply. The result? These ones get snapped up quickly.
This makes me think that when we do have a promotion like this weekend's one on
eBay, quite a few sellers will be in such a hurry to use their 100 free listings
that they won't necessarily do their homework, too.
There will be items listed this weekend on eBay at fixed prices that will be
bargains. It's just making sure you see them before someone else!
To be honest, there is only one way; keep looking! It's one of those promotions
where you need to be on the ball. Personally, I have a lot to do this weekend
and won't be able to check eBay very often. As we are experiencing a mini
heatwave in the UK right now, it may also be the case that eBay will be a bit
quiet on the buyer front, too. PERFECT if you do have a few minutes to
spare. Fewer buyers = better bargains!
For the best local bargains, put your postcode in below and remember to pay
attention to the 'Buy It Now' items that you may have previously ignored.
Sometimes, just sometimes, a bargain does appear!
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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