We all love a bargain don’t we? But to find one on eBay, you’ll need to have your wits about you. Here we craft our tips for snapping up cheap goods on the ’Bay.
If you’re buying large items, you should look locally. People are often put off items that you have to collect in person, and won’t bid for them. Instead of trawling through listings, check out visit localbargainfinder.co.uk . All you need to do is enter your post code and the distance you're prepared to travel, and it will do the rest.
Hapless listers that mispell things can make their own item hard to find. Exploit this using websites such as Fatfingers, which searches for typos and spelling mistakes and Goofbay which finds items with no bidders.
Make sure you hold off until the last minute – or last 30 seconds – to make your bid. Early bidding will spark competition. One thing you can do is to sign up for a ’sniper’ service on either Goofbay or – more reliably – Bidnip.com. On these sites, you just enter an eBay number and the highest you’re prepared to bid, and the sniper will do the rest, charging something like 17p per item won.