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7 Sneaky eBay Tips For Outsmarting Everyone--While Still Having A Life

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March 30, 2011

...Like this Chanel bag, which is sold out everywhere ($3998 at eBay).

Yesterday, I was talking to our SHEfinds founder and CEO, Michelle Madhok, after reading this Business Insider article, about tips for shopping on eBay. Michelle, who is a master at trolling eBay and coming away with exactly what she wants, once confessed that every single piece of clothing she was wearing to a swanky event was from eBay.  So I bowed to the eBay guru and asked her to share her tips with the rest of us. Ready?

1. Look for misspellings  in listings–it will set you ahead of the pack. For instance, if you want something by Proenza Schouler, you can bet even the seller will have a hard time spelling it. Try Auction Speller, which tips you off to which keywords to use. For example, Tory Burch comes up also as ToryBurch, something we never would have thought of ourselves.

2. Get descriptive. Sign up for eBay alerts with your sizes, favorite colors, and eliminate international sellers. Get an email when it’s available. You’ve got better things to do!

3. JustSnipe.com helps you get the last bid – put in the price you’ll pay and at the end, it’ll bid for you so you don’t have to remember.

4. Save the whole listing to your desktop, so if you aren’t happy with your purchase and want to resell it,  even down the ilne, you have the listing ready to go without having to reinvent the wheel.

5. Take advantage of best offers. Try low-balling sellers and you might find they’re willing to part with the item.

6. Search expired options – sellers are desperate and want to get rid of it, meaning you get he better price. You can email them and they’ll re-list it at the price you discuss with them.

7. Download the app Red Laser–every time you see something you want in a store, scan the barcode and it’ll tell you where to get it cheaper on eBay.

Share your tips in the comments! We want to hear from you.

 

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