Using Parcel Couriers For
How to get cheap eBay bargains using door-to-door parcel companies
If you're a regular user of
www.cheap-bargains.co.uk, then you'll know how this site works: it finds you
cheap, local eBay items for sale, most of which are too big for the seller to be
bothered to post. It has to be said, some real bargains can be had this way!
However, imagine if 'local' actually meant most of the UK. Imagine if you could
get the bargains that were 200 miles away for the same
price as the bargains that are 15 miles away.
Well, in some cases, you can. Here's how....
Mainly because of the popularity of eBay, many courier companies will now
collect parcels from your house and deliver them to any UK mainland address for
a competitive rate. In fact, I used to run a mail order business and would
struggle to get deliveries as cheap as some of these 'one-off' services offer
nowadays, despite the fact that I was sending hundreds of parcels every week!
As a result, there are numerous websites that will find you the best quote for
your parcel; simply enter the dimensions, weight and postcodes, and the site
will give you a number of quotes. Most 'normal' parcels
come out at under £10.
“That's great if you're a seller, but what has it got to do with buyers?”
you may ask.
Well, I recently sold a large item as “collection only” and a potential buyer
contacted me to ask if he could bid and, if successful, he would send a courier.
I said “Yes” and he won the bidding. I packed the parcel, printed a label,
attached it to the item and it was collected. He received it the next day and
was over the moon.
SO, WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU IS, TAKE A LOOK AT THESE PARCEL COMPANIES AND
CONSIDER USING THEM YOURSELF.
Obviously, this system isn't appropriate for every item for sale on eBay, but it
works with a lot of stuff. Here are a few tips:
GET A QUOTE FIRST – you'll have a rough idea of the size and
location. CHECK FIRST using one of the companies below.
CONTACT THE SELLER BEFORE BIDDING – the downside to using a
collection service is that they may not specify a time for collecting your
parcel. Unless the seller is in all day, they may not agree.
IF NECESSARY, OFFER TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS PACKAGING – if it's an
item you really, really want, offer to pay a couple of pounds extra towards
packaging and/or for the seller's inconvenience. REMEMBER; agree this in advance!The item I sold was a fishing rod (well, three fishing rods, actually)
and I was lucky enough to have rod tubes to send them in. If I'd had to buy
them, it would have added to the cost.
MAKE SURE THE ITEM IS SUITABLE FOR DELIVERY – some items are offered
'collection only' because they REALLY are unsuitable to send by a courier.
They may be too large/cumbersome, too fragile or perishable – use your loaf!
Ask the seller for the dimensions.
That's all there is to it, really. My personal advice would be to look for
items that would normally get sent by courier anyway, and if they are still in
the original box (sellers will normally mention this), then even better. Things
like garage tools, pressure washers, certain kitchen equipment, camping gear,
garden tools, etc. - there's quite a range of items that you could look for.
So, which companies to use for eBay parcel collections and deliveries?
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
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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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