Five years ago we purchased a house in Wales and Edward, a colleague, suggested I look up old postcards of the area on eBay; thanks to him I now have a collection of about 150!!! Most only costing around £0.99 to £2.99, for the more rare ones. Also thanks to him I now have an eBay habit.
It is fascinating seeing the old pictures of the area and even the locals, who have seen them, are impressed and interested in where I found them.
Following this I have been buying and selling on eBay (more buying than selling!) from post cards to major kitchen appliances. I saved at least £2500 on items for our new kitchen by buying from eBay rather than the usual appliance suppliers. My colleagues consider I have now become addicted and every time a parcel arrives in the office they shout 'this must be for Claire'!
However, from my point of view, using eBay has helped me get some great deals, and has also taught me how to be savvy enough to see through the sales prattle to understand the real merits of a deal and the real features of an item. How did I learn this?
It is advisable to do plenty of prior research on the web so you know exactly what you want and need as well as what's available on the market before you search on eBay. Usually there is someone who will have the item you want. Find out what the value of the item you want is new and then make sure you set yourself a maximum bid that doesn't exceed what the item is worth as it is all too easy to get carried away in the excitement.
This is a good habit to learn whenever you're making a purchase or sourcing an item either at work or at home. It's easy to get carried away by lavish descriptions and colourful images when what you really should be thinking is:
- Does this item meet my needs adequately?
- Is it within my budget?
- Is it providing the best value or is there something else equally suitable at a better price?
The thrill of the final few moments is exciting, especially when selling an item which you consider fit for the tip is bought by someone who will have a use for it e.g. we had a sideboard given to us a few years ago and although we only got £35 for it it was all profit!!
Sell everything from broken hair straightners to scrappable cars; buy anything from vintage clothing to household appliances - the world's the limit; so do your research.
Who knows what you will be able to bid for next; maybe office space?