Jun 12, 2013

How to Find Stuff on eBay: Online Shopping Tips (Clothes and Accessories)


      A good part of my wardrobe ended up in my wardrobe thanks to eBay. I already said here why I like to shop on eBay and for this post I tried to select the most random stuff I got there so you can see that there really isn't anything that can't be found there. The trick is finding it. Since a bunch of people's been asking me how do I find my way around the jungles of eBay, it only makes sense I make a post about it. But I have to warn you in advance, although there are some tricks, the biggest trick is time - eBay shopping takes time.
  1. First, it really helps if you know what you're looking for. eBay isn't like Asos or Boohoo, you can't just browse around the site or check for the latest arrivals. You can, but it will take you days. You have to have a specific item in mind, for example chino pants, floral blazer, striped jeans, sheer maxi skirt, wet look leggings, quilted bag, skater skirt, fur coat, backless dress, bandage pencil skirt, whatever. I usually see something I like online or on a person and then check eBay.
  2. If you're looking for a knock-off, let's say a Chanel bag lookalike, you can't search for "Chanel inspired bag" or anything like that because it's against eBay rules to put the label in the item title if you're not selling that label. You have to find the right adjectives to describe it (quilted in this case). Some sellers also put "designer" in the name of their knock-off items, so you can search for "quilted designer bag". If you want Isabel Marant knock-off sneakers, you have to look for "wedge sneakers", and so forth.
  3. You don't know how the thing is called? No problem. Check sites like Net-a-porter, Zara, Topshop, Boohoo, Asos - they always describe their items so you'll know how to look for the thing you want, because if you don't narrow down your search, you'll get too many hits and you'll be losing time sifting through stuff you don't even want. For example, if you search for "skirt", you get 592 288 hits, if you type in "skater skirt" you get 12 285 hits. See what I mean?
  4. I never type in size or color, because that will automatically cancel out all the sellers that don't put sizes or colors in their titles. I use menus on the left side of the screen. First you click "Women's Clothing" under Categories on top. Then you click "see all" next to "Size" and you tick all the sizes that correspond to you and one size up and down (if you're 8 or M you tick 6, 8, 10, S, M, L, One Size: Regular and Not specified). Why? Because each seller gives measurements and you can then decide which size will fit you best. The same goes for "Main Color": If you're looking for something in beige or nude, tick beige, brown, yellow, white, ivory and anything similar to the color you want, because different people see different colors differently. And then ALWAYS tick "Not specified" because some sellers don't fill in those categories so you won't see their items, but can possibly sell the item that you're dying to get.
  5. The same goes for material, length, style, etc - check what you want and things similar to that (this comes in handy if you're looking for a leather skater skirt - just tick "leather", "faux leather", "PU") and ALWAYS check "Not specified" as well.
  6. Under "Condition", I first click "see all" and then tick "New with tags" and "New without tags". (If I don't find what I'm looking for, then I un-check those two and check only "Used".)
  7. Then I usually check "Buy it now" because I'm too impatient to wait for the auctions to end. (Again, if I don't find what I'm looking for, then I check "Auction" too.)
  8. Then under "Sort", which is on the top right side above the items, I check "Price: lowest first" (not "Price + P&P: lowest first") and I scroll to the bottom of the page where you'll see "Items per page" under items and I set that to the highest number possible.
  9. Then you start looking.
  10. Never buy the first item you like! Open various possible items in separate tabs and compare shipping fees to see which item will actually cost you less.
  11. Also check seller's feedback (on the right side of the screen, next to the blue "Buy it now" button), the higher the better. Keep in mind that 96 % positive feedback isn't considered high, if it's not at least 98 %, find something else. (You can also click on the seller's name above feedback and then "see all" next to "Latest feedback" and then negative feedback to see what kind of problems other people had.)
  12. Now you found your item, you like the seller, you like the price and the postage, now you have to see what size will fit you. Take an item you already have in your closet that's similar, measure it and compare measurements with the item you want to buy. Check the skirt's length so see if it will cover your butt, check the top's bust measurement to see if you will be able to get it over your boobs, check the legging's crotch measurement to see if they will reach past your vagina's hairline, everything. Never look at the model or the manikin and say: "I'm her size, it fits her perfectly, I'll take an S." No. Bad idea. Measure everything. If the seller didn't include measurements, find something else or write them asking them for the measurements (scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Ask a question".)
  13. If you're buying a bag, take a piece of paper, cut out or fold it according to the measurements of the bag you want to buy and hold it against your body in front of a mirror to see if you like that.
  14. If you're buying rings, your best chance is to buy those that are adjustable (you can squeeze them to fit your finger).
  15. I always check the UK eBay first, because I'm from Europe and then I don't have to pay any tax, but if I can't find what I'm looking for there, I'll check the USA one too (keep in mind you'll have to pay 20 % extra for anything that costs more that €21 because of the tax). I also check the German one (I got that harness in a German S&M shop, not at all surprising). You also have to know that you can find sellers from Asia on all of the eBays so keep in mind the 20 % tax if you buy stuff that costs €21 or more - under "Price" with blue "Buy it now" and "Add to cart" buttons you have "Shipping" and "Item location" where it says where the item will be shipped from.
      And that's it. Not at all difficult, but can be time consuming. So don't freak out when you see that you have to go through 2 000+ hits, make an evening out of it: Put on some nice music, pour yourself a glass of wine, sit on a vibrator, whatever tickles your fancies and have fun - eBay shopping is fun. Next week I'll post eBay shopping tips: shoes edition.

      Peet


White top: H&M
Jeans: Newyorker
Everything else: eBay





53 comments:

  1. I buy a lot of stuff on eBay, either second-hand designer items, or cheaper things such as Raybans (they're 30% cheaper). Just got myself a pair of Birkenstock at 50€ instead of 80€, then when I dream about something I have never seen anywhere, I always find it on eBay (like my beautiful leopard coat when it wasn't trendy at all).
    Great stuff Peet!

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    1. It's pretty crazy how much you can save with eBay!!

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  2. So cute!

    ♥ Oksana
    www.makeupbyoksana.blogspot.com {new makeup look for summer}

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  3. Great post, especially for a totally ebay noob like myself!

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  4. great great as always!
    muah*
    mariana

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  5. OMG - this sounds like hard work, well hard in the fact that it is definitely time consuming, I have very limited patience, even when it comes to shopping. I would have to choose between blog reading and Ebay shopping when it comes to managing my time effectively. It's a brilliant post though for anyone considering Ebay shopping, there are tips in there that even I was fascinated by even though I don't intend to be an Ebayer! You've also found some great buys - I love the black and white jacket girl!

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  6. Very handy tips!

    I buy a of from ebay ;)



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  7. Whoa! Very good your photos and your style, I just love your blog! congratulations! and even .
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  8. Hi dear, Ive never bought anything off Ebay before (lets just say I don't trust the Safrican postal system once it gets here. I really appreciate this post and your informative tips. I am quite tempted to get something online after seeing all your lovely finds.

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  9. Bookmarking this post for future reference! x

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  10. These are such great tips! I'll admit, I'm more of a thrifter than a shopper on eBay, but I think I need to give it a try now :)

    Trendy Teal

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    1. I would be a thrifter to but believe it or not, that concept doesn't exist where I'm from... So eBay's the next best thing.

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  11. I've never actually used eBay! It has always overwhelmed me, but now that I have all these tips... ;) I may have to get started right away!

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  12. Wow, these are such great tips! I've actually never bought anything off eBay because I find it to be incredibly overwhelming. I will definitely be trying out some of the things you suggested here! Thanks!

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    1. Hope you find something great.;)

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  13. Such great tips! I sometimes buy on ebay and this helps a lot! Thanks for sharing it :) xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  14. Oh thanks for these tips, I have always tried to unterstand how it worked!
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  15. Great tips!
    Love the Micky Mouse ears!Cute, I want same!:)
    Kisses x
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  16. That's so great you shop at eBay for fashion clothing a as well! I'm a noob when it comes to eBay and 1/2 the time I'm afraid to use it lol. In the meantime I will stay at the junior department and hopefully find similar pieces there too :)

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    1. I was a bit (a lot!) hesitant to use it too, but then I got used to it. And I'm glad I did.:D

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  17. Great post!


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  18. Cool :d

    xoxo
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  19. This is a great post, Peet - I wish I could have found it years ago when I first started shopping on eBay, it would have helped a lot. Although at least then I had lots of time to hunt for things, which is the biggest factor in successful eBay shopping :) I buy less on eBay now mainly because I'm so, so picky about everything I buy - but I find it's a great place to browse just to get style inspiration, it's sort of like a thrift sale wonderland! You've definitely found some great pieces on eBay, I can't help loving those ears :)
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. I have the cat version too.:D God knows why I wanted those but I did and now I have them.:)

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  20. Amazing! I love Ebay!! haha.

    Xo

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  21. i have a lot of respect for good ebayers. I try but don't seem to have the patience!! But you do a great job sourcing :)

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  22. Thanks for useful tips and your very nice comments on our blog. Your blog is so cool!
    xx
    Audrey and Pearl
    http://audreyandpearl.blogspot.cz/

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  23. Following you on bloglovin, now:).xx

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  24. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP
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  25. Great items by ebay - love your advices :) All the best from Munich,

    Vanessa <3
    www.pureFASHION.tv

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  26. I guess this is so helpful for people who shop online! I nearly never do, nor have I an ebay account. Love the pictures!

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    1. Why not?? I definitely prefer buying stuff online.:)

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  27. Super cool post!! =D
    I loved to know your blog!! ^^

    Big kiss,
    http://touchofpurple.blogspot.com/

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  28. I like to buy stuff from e-bay too. Thanks for the tips!

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  29. Thanks for your great comment on my last post! I also find that song quite annoying thats why I wanted to do a fashion twist on it. Happy Friday!

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  30. The polka dots dress is amazing!!!!!
    xoxo
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  31. WOW awesome outfits:) I want them all ahaha

    Check out my new post..My summer living on a lovely island:)

    have a great weekend dear

    LOVE Maria

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  32. You were all right!! =)
    I love this post so much. I usually to to second hand stores or i look etsy... But ebay makes me crazy. I know you can find everything there but i get angry with myself because i can't found what im looking for most of the time.
    So, thank you. Thank you a lot, from the deep of my heart <3
    I will try better now. One day, something in my blog will surprise you, and it will be purchased on ebay :D

    Lots of kisses (today i love you so much hahaha)

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  33. You found some great stuff! I don´t buy much on eBay but if I should happen to find something I want I will check out these tips again :D
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.com

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  34. These tips are awesome, thank's! Actually, I'm kinda addicted to ebay, but didn't know certain things, so this post was very useful

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  35. Your looks are always unusual and very interesting! Thanks for the post! It was very interesting information! Have a nice day, dear)))

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  36. Hi dear
    Thanks for your comment some weeks ago on my blog
    Nice photos

    Kiss kiss.*Jo
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  37. Wow these are great tips Peet! I recently made my 1st ever purchase from eBay & I wasnt disappointed at all. The service & the product was the best!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  38. i love that shooting!


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    Coline ♡

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  39. In today’s trend most of the people were busy with their work. So they have decided to shop in online. Sure I’ll follow your thoughts when shopping online.

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