A few weeks ago, I did a blog post all about my top tips for selling on eBay and a lot of you really seemed to like that post. So I thought I would give tips on the opposite today, buying clothes on eBay. Although I’ve been selling on eBay for about three years, I’ve only started buying clothes on eBay very recently. However, I’ve definitely learnt a few things, whilst getting some great bargains, so I thought this post would be worth sharing.
ALWAYS WATCH THE ITEMS YOU’RE INTERESTED IN
Super simple, but when it comes to eBay, you don’t want to miss out on a potential bargain. To avoid this, just watch any item you could see yourself potentially buying. This way, you will be able to conveniently track the items on their bidding prices, their end date etc. It is definitely the easiest way to show and act on your interest in the item listed.
DON’T JUST LOOK AT THE TOP OF YOUR SEARCH
Sounds like a strange tip, and although you could spend hours scrolling all of eBay’s listings, it really is a great way to find some pieces that you would want to buy. Whenever I search for something on eBay, I always look at the first page, minimum. This way, you can see a whole variety of what’s on offer, if there are any bargains, if there is something you like about one item and not another. The more you see listed on eBay, the more you’re able to see what it is you’re looking for and want to buy.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS A CONSUMER
Definitely something I wasn’t quite aware of when I started shopping on eBay, but understand that as a buyer you can request returns, etc. The person you’re buying from should also be selling their items properly, so they should be posted within three days I believe. So just make sure you that if you are unhappy about something you’ve purchase that you know the rights you have and what you can do about it.
MAKE REALISTIC OFFERS
A pet peeve of mine as a seller on eBay are people who give you ridiculous offers. Quite frankly it’s insulting and annoying, however, realistic offers, I’m all for. Making offers before an item has been bidded on increases your chance of winning the item, so it’s worth doing if it is something you really want. Usually if an item is listed for £10, I’d tend to offer £8 and see what they say. If they want an offer above the starting price, think about the maximum you’re willing to pay to guarantee having the item. I guess it is all about how much you want to spend on what items, but just keep the offers realistic.
ALWAYS CHECK FOR THE FINER DETAILS IN DESCRIPTIONS
As a seller, you have got to mention or show any damage in the description, otherwise the buyer is able to return the item. So always check the description. It tends to state if there are any holes, damage, discolouration, even down to the fit of the item and how much it’s been worn. Obviously ever seller won’t state everything about the item, but I always think it’s worth checking. I’ve definitely had a few close calls when I’ve nearly bidded on something that was actually damaged and therefore I was not longer interested in it.
LOOK FOR PROOF OF SIZING AND DAMAGE
Proof is so so important I think when buying clothes on eBay. I never bid or make an offer on an item unless I can see a photo of a label that states its size. That is just so that I can be certain of the size, it is says medium, and I’m not too sure what fit it is, I’ll message the seller. But usually the label size combined with the brand of clothing will tell you how the item will fit on yourself, if it is one you’re familiar with. Also look for photos of damage. If damage is stated in the description, then there should be a photo to show how ‘bad’ the damage really is. Once again, this just makes it super clear what you would recieve if you won the item.
LOOK AT PREVIOUS REVIEWS OF SELLERS
I don’t always do this, but it is definitely worth doing if you are new to buying clothes on eBay. If you think a seller looks a bit dodgy, always look at the reviews. It mainly just gives you peace of mind and you can see the type of seller they are. If the items are delivered on time, in the right condition and if they were easy to communicate with.
ALWAYS ACCOUNT FOR THE PRICE OF SHIPPING
It’s all well and good bidding on a cheap item, but remember that you’re paying for postage too. Fast fashion brands have really shaped us into believing that free shipping is super normal and the sign of a ‘good’ brand, but in reality, paying for an item to get posted to you, makes sense. It’s just something to remember when buying clothes on eBay, as I know I can forget too when shopping on there. Also just look at the price of shipping. Some sellers will charge more than others obviously, but just make sure that you’re happy with the price of postage too.
WAIT UNTIL THE END TO PLACE YOUR BID
Super risky, but I think it can be super effective. Obviously bidding at the last moments of the listing increases your chance of winning the bid. It does happen sometimes that you get outbid, but as they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it.
PAY AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN
From a seller’s perspective, there is nothing worse when someone takes ages to pay. A buyer should actually pay for the item within two days, if not, you can, as a seller, cancel the sale. Obviously, you probably wouldn’t want to do that, but as a buyer, I would recommend paying as quick as you can. And if you can’t pay within two days, message the seller to explain why and when you can pay. This way, it just saves the seller having to chase up a payment.
Hopefully you found these tips useful and that some of you now feel inspired to start buying clothes on eBay. I’d love to know if you’ve ever bought a steal on eBay?
Lots of love,
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