Sunday, 19 February 2012

My name is Nicki and I am an Ebay addict...

I absolutely love the internet, it has to be one of the best inventions ever!! What did we do before when we had an obscure question that wanted answering or if we were watching a film and saw an actor in it we recognised but didn't know where from!

I love using it, for useless info, shopping, staying in touch... Aside from my actual friends, my IPhone is my best friend - I love having the world at my fingertips.

One thing I really love too, is Ebay. It has become my vice! I have been buying and selling galore these last few months. In fact, it paid for alot of Christmas presents after I sold clothes and shoes I no longer wore.

I have bought quite a few little bargains on there too which always makes me happy.

My latest bargain items include a gorgeous teal lampshade for the bedroom which I got for £6 and a pair of scruffy biker type boots originally from Topshop, which I bought for £9. Brilliant!

If you have never used Ebay before, it really is worth having a look as you can literally buy anything on there. I have bought quite a bit for the home off of there for a much cheaper price than some shops. I bought new headphones for my ipod as I prefer a different type than the apple ones and got them for £5 and free postage whereas they would normally be £19.99. Bargain!

If you are thinking of using it for the first time, I have a few tips I have learnt along the way which maybe you would find useful:

If you are buying, always look at the seller's ratings and history - if it is less than 100% but only slightly and they have had alot of feedback (for example their feedback is 99.8% based on 200 feedbacks) chances are they are a genuinely good ebayer. If the percentage is less, maybe check on what the negative feedback is.

If you are ever unsure on a seller, send them a question about their item and you should be able to judge them on their answer. Were they helpful? How quick did they respond? Did they respond at all?

If you are unsure, you are probably best to leave it.

Don't forget though, most sellers are totally genuine so it is worth a look!

If you are looking to sell, auction is probably best, make sure your description is clear and informative and that if there are any imperfections with your item you include the details.

Make sure your pictures are clear with nothing going on in the background.

Set a realistic starting price / buy it now price - if it is designer you obviously can make more.

Also set a realistic postage price, if it is a little top, it obviously will not weigh too much so the price won't be high to send.

You can change your settings to advise how long after you receive payment you will post, so make sure you do it to correspond with your life schedule.

Happy ebaying!!

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