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I often see people saying in threads that they found good quality clothes on eBay. Whenever I look, I can never seem to find anything wow! Is it best to be very specific or vague about what you're looking for? How often do you ladies spend browsing eBay? What brands are good to look for on eBay? What are your eBay hints and tips? Thank you
Also keep an eye out and set up alerts for when items get re-listed at a lower price. Managed to get a brand new Joules gilet for a fiver after being put on again for much lower price!
It's always harder to find bargains when you're specifically looking for something and I find myself reigning back on making a silly bid! Amazes me how much stuff on there is selling for more than the rrp
I've just got five Boden dresses, a M+S coat, a Fatface dress and a Seasalt jumper all for under a tenner each in the last month. My best buy has to be the Boden dress for £1.70. It's just pure luck and patience .
I've had success with keeping my searches broad in order to catch the crap sellers..you'd be surprised the number of items listed in the wrong categories or with rubbish descriptions and poor quality photos.
e.g. instead of listing as "NEW Adidas Stan Smith White trainer sneakers UK4 EU37", in the trainer category, these will be listed as "Addidas shoes" in the flat shoe section, so you'd miss them if you were only searching in "trainers" or "new" only...
It does mean you have to trawl through sometimes pages of listings but I've won brand new Whistles shoes, designer jumpers, jeans often at the starting bid.
Also set up a snipe and don't get caught up in bidding till the last minute, and don't go over your maximum.
Some good tips here, def worth trawling through all the listings, i've found lots of bargains this way. Also dont be afraid to make people an offer. Lots of people are happy to sell straight away rather than wait the auction out. I'd been lusting after a £29 Mint Velvet long necklace from their AW16 range which was sold out. I signed up for an email alert on Ebay, got one as soon as it was listed, messaged the seller straight away and got it for a Buy it Now price of only £7. Bargain
Decorating a bedroom and was looking for new curtains. Fell in love with a pair from Dunelm but DH (meany!) said no at over £100 for them. Kept an eye on ebay but even used they were still 50/60 pounds . Anyway was browsing ebay a few weeks and noticed a pair of curtains simply titled "Dunelm curtains". It was only the same ones and in the size we needed! Picked them up almost new for £12 the pair my lucky day
I have alerts set up for the kids So for example in winter I saw some lovely parkas in Next but 2 would have been over £80. So I set up alerts for " Next Blue Parkas " in the kids clothing category and set it to age 3 & 5 It pings you an alert every time a new listing comes up with those selections, got them in amazing like new condition for around £10 each.
Obvs you can tailor these to yourself , I have quite a few alerts running at any one time
Also as other PPs have said , it's just perseverance, browsing through the categories or else typing in " coast dress " and searching all size 10 Coast dresses until you get the exact one you need for a wedding etc.
I find EBay really up to date and if I see something online or in a store I always type in the description on EBay to see if I can get it cheaper
About 50% of mine and DC clothing is purchased on Ebay. ❤️