EBAY SELLER MISTAKES...
AND HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM!
To make the most money possible on eBay, as a
seller, you want to have a product that everyone wants and you need to present
it perfectly to as many potential bidders as possible. As a buyer looking for
the cheapest eBay bargains, you want to be looking for almost the opposite!
The list of eBay seller mistakes below is not a
definitive list. In fact, I bet I think of other things to add to it as soon as
I upload it! However, it should give you some idea of what to look for if you
really do want to pay the lowest prices on eBay.
As with all the good things in life, finding the
best eBay bargains requires a bit of effort. Sure,
www.cheap-bargains.co.uk will find you some excellent bargains anyway, but
the best rewards will come to those who go the extra mile.
So, here's that list of mistakes (actually, some
are 'laziness', rather than mistakes!)....and how I
sometimes take advantage of them:
A really easy one to spot and an absolutely daft thing to do as a seller. Even
a photo with a kid's camera is better than no photo! As a buyer, you have two
real choices; you can either use the 'Ask The Seller A Question' facility to
request one, or pay particular attention to the description and take a gamble!
One thing I would add is that as the seller hasn't bothered uploading a photo,
you may need to make your request as simple and tempting as possible for them.
Something along the lines of, Hi, I'm very interested in your product. If I
sent you my email address or mobile phone number, would you be so kind as to
email or text a photo so that I can see how much I want to bid up to? - this
way, you have given two ways to send you a photo (of course, some of you may
choose not to share a mobile number) AND you have implied that you are going
I saw a car listed over Christmas with a great description....and a photo
taken AFTER 6-inches of snow had fallen on top of it. I kid you not! I also
regularly see blurred or dark photos. In these instances, you can either take
the advice above about asking for a photo, or try running the photo through
some image software. I'm not familiar with many software packages, but a free
one like Irfanview will allow you to tweak the brightness and contrast. The
old version of Paint Shop Pro that I run on my machine has a fantastic 'One
Step Photo Fix' that turns even the most horrible of photos into something
worth viewing. Usually.
Most searches on eBay are set, by default, to look in the title only. You can
search by description, but you have to tick a box saying you want to and, if
you do, you usually get too many results! Therefore, a product with a poor
title will get less viewers. Less viewers = less potential bidders. I saw one
recently that said 'Car Seats'. I bought them. Had it said, '2 x Sports Car
Bucket/Racing Seats Brand New', I dare say they'd have cost a bit more than
the £26 I paid for them!
Companies spend fortunes on making sure that potential customers know exactly
what their product is about, as they are more likely to buy it if they do. The
same applies to eBay. Even as someone bidding on a secondhand item, you want
to know what you're buying, so many people will skip items with bad
descriptions. As a bargain-hunter, items with poor descriptions shouldn't put
you off; ask the seller to fill in the gaps for you and, again, be as polite
and as helpful as you can in order to get them to make the same effort back.
ONE SNEAKY TIP: it may be worth contacting the seller direct through their
eBay profile, rather than through the item listing itself. That way, your
question won't appear on their listing. If it does, you'll be helping the
others who were too lazy to ask!
I've said it a million times before, but eBay gives me no incentive to bid
until right before an auction closes. I'm not the only one who has noticed
this fact; I bet most people now don't bother bidding until the last few
seconds! Therefore, items that finish a 3am, or any other ridiculous time of
the day, are less likely to attract last minute bids. Either become an
insomniac, or use an eBay auction sniping facility!
EXCESSIVE POSTAGE 'SORT Price + P&P: Lowest First' I bet
nearly EVERYONE searches by that criteria! Items with high postage
costs suffer as a result, despite eBay's rules to outlaw excessive postage. If
you are prepared to collect the item yourself, search by cutting down the
distance and selecting 'Lowest Price'. Just remember to be polite and ask a
seller if you can collect the item BEFORE you bid don't assume you
can, if it's not stated. There is nothing stopping them saying no, but a
polite email (again, mention how interested you are!) will usually get a
www.cheap-bargains.co.uk centres around items that are collection only.
These seem to attract far fewer bids than a lot of other stuff. Nothing to
stop you using your own transport, or a courier company,
to collect these bargains.
These items do occur from time to time but, to be honest, you'll tend to find
them through luck rather than by design. However, if you do stumble across an
item in the wrong section, it's worth keeping an eye on it. One section well
worth checking for these is the wholesale section. I regularly see items in
there that should be elsewhere!
INCONVENIENT PAYMENT METHODS
My understanding is that eBay try to insist on PayPal for just about
everything these days. However, some sellers try to avoid this and can often
put buyers off. I am fully aware of the protection that PayPal offers me and
use it regularly, but I often like paying cash for the simple reason that it
means I get to see the goods BEFORE I pay for them. If a listing looks
'dodgy', I'd avoid it like the plague, but I don't get put off by cash only
sales. Others do, hence there are less bidders to compete against.
LACK OF COMMUNICATION
A lot of the above rely on you contacting the seller and hoping for a
response. If you don't get a reply, you may choose to move on. Let's face it,
eBay isn't short of other stuff to buy. However, chances are that if the
seller hasn't replied to you, he or she hasn't replied to anyone else. It's
possible, therefore, that you'll be the only bidder. On some occasions, it may
be worth taking a gamble. It's your decision, but there are times when fortune
favours the brave!
I hope the above points help. As I explained in
www.cheap-bargains.co.uk will find you good eBay bargains with no effort
whatsoever JUST TYPE YOUR POSTCODE BELOW AND YOU'LL SEE! However, those of
you with a bit of time and determination may like to take it a step further and
start thinking whether taking advantage of some seller mistakes is worth your
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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