Never assume an item listed on eBay is listed at it’s lowest price. In fact, many times the items on eBay cost MORE than the item same item at a retail site. Case in point, iPods. 2GB Nanos can be purchased from Apple.com for around $149. However, on eBay several are listed for $160 and doesn’t include the free engraving you receive you purchase the item on Apple.com. Also items like vintage clothing, “designer” purses, and cell phones can cost more on eBay than on other sites.
eBay Shopping Tips
Items that can be more expensive on eBay:
- Electronics- iPods often cost MORE on eBay than they do on Apple.com. Cell phones and Laptops also can be a bit more pricey on eBay.
- “Designer” Purses- I’ve seen fake bags priced higher than the real thing on eBay
- “Designer” Eyeglass Frames- Be careful, sometimes LensCrafters has a better deal, especially if you use a coupon.
- Vintage Clothing Items- Many of the items were purchased directly from the Goodwill and put on eBay for up to 3 times their thrift store price.
How to Avoid Getting Scammed:
- Alway research the cost of item on other sites BEFORE bidding on it on eBay. For cell phones, check to see if your provider has deals. For iPods, check out Apple.com.. For designer purses, look at eLuxury.com, saksfifthavenue.com or the designer’s own website. Sites like shopping.com and shopzilla.com are also great resources for shopping. Compare the prices
-Only buy from sellers with a seller rating of 100 or higher and an approval score of 99% or higher.
- Always ask if the seller has a receipt and if they will scan it for you to review.
-Always ask about shipping BEFORE bidding- a lot sellers will charge high shipping fees to “cover” the reduced price.