eBay is one of the most popular e-commerce sites and online marketplaces (app and website) where buyers and sellers can buy and sell fashion, electronics, art, collectibles, etc.
I like to buy both new and used items by winning auctions, making offers or sometimes just hitting the buy now button.
The search filters advanced options can be very helpful in narrowing down the results and finding the item that you want. Some of my favorite filter options are for condition (new, used etc.), item location (US only), returns accepted, price (set the minimum and maximum values), brand (to make sure items are not similar knockoffs) and sorted by lowest pricing +shipping.
Save the Search Results
One of my favorite features of Ebay is the ability to save your searches and be notified with an alert when there is a new listing that matches. Therefore, you do not continually have to check the app for new listings. After you have set the filters for your search results you can save the search by clicking the save heart icon. You can then choose whether to receive alerts of new items matching the search criteria over email, over phone or just when you check back in the app.
I look for previous seller ratings that are listed as 100% next to their profile name and what other items are for sale by them. I sometimes do an advanced filtered search to see their completed sold items to see what conditions those items were and if best offers were accepted. The seller ratings can give you a good indication whether this is a trustworthy seller or if the item will arrive on time and in the described conditions. Many first time sellers do not have a percentage listed of feedback and you would be taking a risk in buying from them.
eBay allows you to communicate directly and privately to the seller. When in doubt ask the seller a question by clicking “show more” under their username and ask seller a question which will help you ask a question on that particular listing.
Read the full descriptions thoroughly to see if the seller listed anything about damage or sizing. Look at each photo too for details that you might have overlooked like a missing belt, snags or loose buttons.
Be Kind and Patient
With all communication be kind and if a dispute comes up contact EBay’s customer service by phone or email to assist you in getting a problem resolved on your behalf.
It was fun to bid and win this New With Tags Alice + Olivia dress for a 92.12% savings at $29. This dress was also listed as “returns accepted” but I definitely kept this one and love the hidden pockets!
Shop Alice + Olivia for women’s designer clothing, shoes, and handbags, featuring luxe materials and fashion-forward styling.
Parker NY is one of my favorite brands when I can get a dress at a fabulous price. I bought both the Parker Olivia and Parker Hollow dresses on eBay by winning a bid and having an offer accepted. A dress that once sold for $330 in stores became $17.50 and the sheath lace metallic dress I bought at an 84.3% discount.
Parker NY is the go-to brand for women’s designer clothing with a city-cool edge. Shop flirty dresses, on-trend tops, luxe jackets, sequined gowns and more. Find their clothing online or at Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus an Nordstrom.
Know Before You Buy
It is helpful to know what brands you like and sizing. “If the item you received doesn’t match the description in the original listing, or if it arrived faulty or damaged, you’re covered under the eBay Money Back Guarantee.” You can return it even if the seller’s returns policy says they don’t accept returns.” However, the return policy will require you to write and attach photographs of the issue.
If you want to retract your offer and the seller has NOT already accepted it then you might be able to fill out a best offer cancellation form with the item number and reason why. According to eBay it’s OK to retract a Best Offer if:
- You accidentally enter a wrong offer amount (for example, you submitted an offer for $9.50 instead of $99.95).
- The description of an item you have placed an offer on has changed significantly.
- You cannot get in touch with the seller
“Please remember that every Best Offer is binding. Cancelled Best Offers are counted toward your maximum available offers. In some categories, you may not be able to make another Best Offer.”
5 Steps to Winning an eBay Auction
If I find an item that I want to buy on eBay I make sure that I cannot get a better deal on another online resource, store or listing. Sometimes another eBay listing at the “Buy it Now” or “make offer” price is better. A good auction item to bid for would be an item in great condition, from a seller with 100% feedback and that you can’t get anywhere else for the price. I read the description, measurements and look at all the photos. I do not click on the “watch” item to let anyone else know that I am interested in it. I do not place a bid at this time.
Many times you will not be paying your maximum highest bid and will only pay the increased increment over someone else’s highest bid. For typical bidding increments and more information on automatic bidding click here for eBay’s information.
- When you receive your items in the mail check the item has arrived undamaged and as described. I would try on the clothing items in a good lighted area to look for stains or undocumented alterations. If you do happen to find damage or the item is not as described in measurements, description etc. then you have 30 days to request a refund under eBay’s money back guarantee policy. You can request a refund by going to My eBay > purchase history > request a refund next to the order.