eBay Buying – Hidden Tricks to Save Big!

It’s not a secret that eBay along with Amazon is the two most significant eCommerce sites in the galaxy.  But with Amazon’s Snow Ball effect in full, grabbing companies like Whole Foods, eBay knew that there is always something they’d have to do to keep up with the competition.

Recently, eBay has introduced their Price Match Guarantee.  Of course, there are stipulations they do NOT apply to the regular auctions, but rather the eBay Deals page.

ebay price match guarantee

This new price match policy is just one of the more unique functions to save on the e-commerce website.  Here are some top pointers to save big when you buy or bid.

Best Offer Option

Often overlooked, you can select this function when you are ready to purchase a particular product.  Look through other similarly priced items and then sort out the ones that offer Best Offer capability.  Test up to 3 offers on the product.  You never know what will resonate with the seller!  Sometimes when someone lists on eBay, they are trying to get rid of that product!

Sort by Low Price + Shipping

You may be ready to buy a product, but the easiest way to find the deal is to sort through low price and shipping.  Remember, shipping is an extra cost for the seller, and sometimes there is no cap on the cost to charge a buyer here.  Avoid it by sorting out the best-priced options that include shipping.

eBay Bucks

An often overlooked and used function of being loyal to eBay is their Bucks program.  Simply put, the more you shop on eBay, you get a little money back in the form of eBay Bucks.  Spend a ton of money on the site?  You could get a bunch of things for free after a few purchases!

ebay bucks

eBay Customer Support – No More

If you are looking for a person to contact for issues regarding selling or buying, you’ll find yourself a bit frustrated.  Instead, use eBay’s Community feature to find an answer.  There you’ll find a group of active users who have likely experience an issue similar to yours.

Refurbished is OK (most of the time)

Sometimes when you look through items, you’ll see things, for example, electronics to be labeled as refurbished.  This means that the product has been reconditioned to its normal function.  But because there is a bit of misconception here, it could be that the product was returned without reason, or without any issue to the product.  A refurbished product is almost always inspected by the seller to fit factory conditions, all at a substantial discount.  Have a faulty refurbished product?  You are protected by eBay’s Buyer Return Policies



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