A few days ago I posted about consignment shopping. Today I’m featuring the thrifty shopper’s other best friend… eBay. Ever since I spotted my first Hudson’s Bay coat, I knew I was destined to own something with the iconic Canadian stripes. Only problem was that the styles that I loved so much were made in the 60s and 70s… and that’s where eBay is so amazing.
You can find anything on eBay – from a brand new copy of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1, to a box of 500 “gently-used” Hot Wheels, to the 50-year-old vintage jacket from another country that I sought. And what’s great is that most of the time, you are going to get an unbeatable deal. Even these statement over-the-knee boots were a brand new eBay steal at just $46! Just keep these few things in mind when eBaying:
- Factor in the cost of shipping and dry cleaning (you have no idea where that vintage jacket has been!)
- When buying vintage, always double check the measurements or request them if they are not listed
- Be aware of the sellers return policy (most private sellers do not accept returns)
- eBay has a good customer satisfaction policy, but I also prefer to pay with Paypal for extra security and reassurance
- Always bid the maximum that you are willing to pay for the item, especially if there is little time left in the auction. There is nothing worse than losing by $.50!
Have any other eBay tips? Feel free to comment and share!