Monday, January 7, 2013

Chloe Likes Sensible Shopping- eBay

I have a love hate relationship with eBay. The days of being able to consistently score someone's 'leather handbag' that turns out to be Prada for £2, well they're pretty much gone. But eBay can also be a super useful tool AND there are still some really awesome bargains.

The most recent way I've been using eBay, is for trial and error purchases. You know the ones- where you really want to try something out, but you don't want the commitment of spending too much? Well in times gone by, I would have turned to Primark, or maybe one of the several zillion discount online brands, but it hit me, after selling something recently that was a trial and error purchase, that eBay is a great place to try something new.

Jeans are a bitch for me. I like them, I do, but they do not seem to like me. After ditching what used to be my old faithfuls Martha's from Topshop (straight leg) due to difficulties making them fit in all the correct places, I have decided to have a shot at skinny jeans. I've tried cheap ones before, but the result wasn't ideal, so I decided maybe a slightly better designed pair, chosen with some caution might be the way forward.

So having had a mooch about the shops, tried on a pair that may represent a solution, realised I wasn't prepared to gamble £40, I headed for eBay. And having spent some time leafing through- here are some things I've learned.

1. DO cast a careful eye on the pictures. They're likely to show any wear to used items.

2. DO read the description carefully. Make sure you know what you're purchasing- if the description on how 'used' the item is, ask questions. Most sellers will happily answer polite questions, and if they're unhappy to do so, it's probably best to steer clear.

3. DO keep your eye on Brand New With Tags (BNWT) items, they can be a fab bargain, and be prepared that the price may be a bit higher, but it's easy to forget that the item is just that- brand spanking new, with tags.

4. DON'T forget to factor in postage and packaging costs- helpfully you can sort eBay searches by highest/lowest inc P+P.

5. DON'T get carried away and compromise on size 'because it's cheap'. Be patient and wait for the right size of item. This shouldn't be a problem with common sizes such as 10, 12 & 14, but if you take a very small or a larger size, bear in mind these items may be slightly scarcer.

6. DO ensure you pay promptly and communicate honestly. As a platform, eBay relies on both it's buyers and it's sellers being honest, fair and without ulterior motives. Sticking with this ensures that eBay remains a place to shop successfully.

And a cheeky last note- I still have a few bits for sale on eBay including Sanctuary Spa products and Uniqlo clothing. You can find them all on the eBay tab under my header!


Milly said...

Oooh I do love me a bit of Ebay! These are really good tips, especially the size thing. I've bought a smaller size 'to try it' and it obviously ended up getting resold. The one thing I can never buy online are trousers though (not that I wear them anyway, haha!), as I'm SO fussy about the fit!

Maria Fallon said...

I need to get back into ebay, I used to get some real bargains!

Maria xxx

daisychaindream said...

Fab post my dear, I need to learn to love ebay again x

LT said...

Fantastic post and gorgeous blog!


Chloe said...

Thank you, very kind of you to say.

Chloe said...

Thanks- a lot of people saying this, it's definitely the first time I've really 'gotten into' eBay, and it's a case of exercising realistic expectations I feel.

Chloe said...

Go forth and hunt! And see my response to Laura above...

Chloe said...

Definitely with you on buying things that you know are an issue. For me, trousers and also tops because, as my mother puts it, I have too much tits and arse to *know* if something will fit and be long enough on top.