Jun 19, 2013

How to Find Stuff on eBay: Online Shopping Tips (Shoes)

      I've definitely got some of my favorite and some of the coolest shoes on eBay. And as promised here, today it's time for the shoes edition of the eBay shopping tips.
  1. Like with clothes, it really helps if you know what you're looking for since on eBay you can't just browse around the site or check the latest arrivals. You have to have a specific item in mind, for example court heels, platform pumps, wedge sandals, lace up boots, peep toe heels, biker boots, ankle strap sandals, cut out buckle boots, whatever.
  2. If you're looking for a knock-off, let's say Isabel Marant lookalike sneakers, you can't search for "Isabel Marant inspired sneakers" 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 (wedge in this case). Some sellers also put "designer" in the name of their knock-off items, so you can search for "designer wedge sneakers".
  3. You don't know how the shape or that specific feature of the shoe is called? No problem. Check sites like Net-a-porter, Zara, Topshop, Boohoo, Asos, Solestruck - 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 by including at least one feature you want your shoe to have, 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 "pumps", you get 765 661 hits, if you type in "platform pumps" you get 44 507 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 Shoes" under Categories on top. Then you click "see all" next to "Size" and you tick all the sizes that correspond to you and one full size up and down (if you're a size 5 you tick 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6 and Not specified). Why? Because you're going to ask the seller to give you measurements and then you'll decide which size will fit. 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, style, etc - check what you want and things similar to that and ALWAYS check "Not specified" as well.
  6. Under "Condition", I first click "see all" and then tick "New with box" and "New without box". (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 pair of shoes 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 shoes, you like the seller, you like the price and the postage, now you have to see what size will fit you. You can measure your foot but I recommend measuring shoes you already have at home. Take a shoe from your closet, which is similar to the ones you want, take a sewing tape measure and measure the insole of the shoe (you shove the tape inside the shoe to get the exact length from toes to the heel). You'll notice that different shoes have different insole lengths - peep toe (open toe) shoes can be a bit shorter because the toes have more room anyway. A lot of Asian sellers already include lengths in centimeters or millimeters (those are their shoe sizes actually - 240, 245, etc) so you can simply chose the size you want. If the seller didn't include insole measurements, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Ask a question", tick "Details about the item" and "No, I want to contact the seller" and ask for the insole measurement for the size you think you are and for one up or down (so you'll know how big the sizes run and will be able to chose the best size for you). Either you want inches or centimeters, sellers are happy to provide both (but you have to specify), no mater which system they use, so ALWAYS ask for the insole measurement - I always do and I've never got a pair of shoes that didn't fit me.
  13. If you have wide feet and think this could be an issue, ask for the sole width too.
  14. 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. 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.
      I actually prefer shopping for shoes on eBay to any other site, because other sites aren't as obliging when it comes to measuring insoles. They tell you you can always return or exchange the shoes for free, but shipping the wrong size shoes back is never free - do you hear me, Boohoo?! And the insole measurements they put in every description at Solestruck are given for the wrong size (it's for the US 7, not 8) - do you hear me, Solestruck?! As it turns out, I've had more problems buying shoes from the more "renowned" sites than from eBay so don't sweat it, log on and do some eBay shoe shopping. Now.


All shoes are from eBay.


  1. You are definitely an expert. I agree with all these tips and Net-a-Porter offers great descriptions of shoes you might want to look for on ebay.


  2. Woah, with the tips! I seriously need to get my act together and shop on ebay. My issue is I never know EXACTLY what I want. Diggin' those red heels though... maybe that's EXACTLY what I want ;)

    xo Ashley

  3. I sold about 1000€ worth of clothes on eBay this winter, and probably bought as much (if not more!). That's the only way I can afford designer stuff (nearly new secondhand stuff).
    Looooove those blue heels BTW!


  4. Hi, thanks for your comment.
    Are a great tips! Your red shoes are fantastic!

  5. Very useful post.. :)
    Keep in touch

  6. loove the blackones! <3

    tnx so much for stoppiin by at my spot, hope to stay in touch!

  7. Hello sweety! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it, your opinion is so important!
    This is such an amazing post, im in love! (:
    Have a really nice day :)
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  8. SO helpful!


  9. another great post!


  10. Great post!! All shoes are cool :)
    Do you want to follow each other on bloglovin, let me know?!


  11. Thanks for those tips! And also thanks for the sweet comment on my blog :)


  12. Great tips! I will definitely put these to use soon! And I love those hot pink booties!

  13. Thanks for share those tips!
    first shoes (red) my favorite! besos


  14. Great tips! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)


  15. That's a very informative post! Love your shoe purchases!!! I've got some of my shoes online as well!!! :)
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  16. Online shopping is such a minefield!! I've only ever bought 4 pairs online - one was a dud because the platform was insane but other than that you can get some really good deals. I've never tried Ebay but armed with these tips I may stand a chance - Thanks Petra!

    <3 Paula Shoe Fiend

  17. wow you seem like such an Ebay pro! I've never used it, really, only a few times...but my brother just started a new account and I think I'm going to give him some of these tips :)

    in response to your comment, I know don't those clamps sound intense?! In an awesome way :D I was worried about the Lolita page, because I thought of those words and saw how people might misinterpret them, but so far it's been okay :) I would hate for someone to think I was generalising or something. Of course, I know you totally get it! ;)

    Holly xoxo

  18. I am a total ebay noob, but I LOVE all of these shoes. I'd worry about the quality though, ordering on ebay... Or maybe I am just being paranoid :-)

    1. So far nothing broke or tore.:) I wouldn't buy cheap hiking shoes on eBay because lack in quality can result in an actual injury, but for shoes you wear occasionally and their only function is to look good, I wouldn't worry.:) Half of these are actually real leather and have lasted many nights in various clubs.:)

  19. Ooooo....great tips! I used to buy a lot of shoes on Ebay, but haven't in awhile. These are good things to remember. TY for sharing:D

  20. Love the red heels!

  21. Fab tips: intentionally misspelling the designer in various ways might help too searching :)

  22. i have never bought on ebay :)

    - A.

  23. LOVE your e-bay tips. You should seriously consider writing for their online magazine. I love shopping online too, especialy e-Bay, but it's become more and more difficult to find items on there. Will definetely keep this in mind, thanks so much for sharing. I love the tip for 'designer inspired' items, lol!


  24. This is definitely helpful. I never buy shoes on ebay or online in general. The inseam measuring.....Duuuuuuuh! Since I'm on a budget right now, but dying for some new red shoes I'll have to refer back to these tips. You da' best, mama!

  25. hhhhm as much as I love your tips, I feel I need you sitting next to me, holding my hand and guiding me on my first purchase. Shoes for me - Kurt Geiger baby, and before you say they are too expensive I got a lovely pair for £19!

  26. Wow - perfect - you really know what you want and how to get it :) Love it!


  27. Wow, you found some great shoes on ebay! Also I like that tip on how to find out the name of model of the shoe ;)

  28. gosh you are so thorough!! you know i tried ebay once but i never got a hang of it. but are you sure you are not just really lucky at ebay or something? maybe with these tips i will try again and see if i can find something!!

  29. I'm a huge fan of ebay too but there have been times I got carried away spending, oops lol, xoxo.

    1. Oh and I bought some great designer looking nudes platforms on ebay once, its a great site, xoxo.

  30. I need to save all this information for when I get to shop online, really great, informative tips, I didn't realise how vast and also specific your search options could be.
    Love those boots. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Happy Friday doll!

  31. those are great finds. I notice ppl sharing all sorts of good finds and I have such a hard time finding cute things on ebay somehow. love those floral shoes!!! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  32. Your tips are awesome! I've tried shopping on ebay several times and had no luck. I think I will give it another try now that I got these tips under my belt. Thanks a lot!

    Peonies and American Honey

  33. From time to time I shop on eBay. It can easily become an addiction though! ;)

  34. Such a great tips, I'm such on ebay lolzzz, def gonna try some of your tips.Thanks for sharing, dear.


  35. nice shoes!


  36. omg thats a really really cool tips and really really help me! Thank you for sharing! :)
    Im following you on GFC and bloglovin! Hope you will follow back <3

  37. It's very very rare I buy things from ebay, I don't know why - I've had a few bad experiences with poor quality and things not looking like they do in the photos!

    Corinne x

  38. You have found some amazing shoes on eBay, I must say - I love those blue ankle boots! I have to admit, I mainly use eBay to see if something is available that I liked but missed out on in a high street store. I don't often get lucky, but it does happen sometimes :)

  39. Great tips girl! I love shopping on Ebay for shoes and accessories. I remember buying my frst shoes from Ebay back in 2001 from Zappos(they were a seller back even way back then on Ebay)and I became addicted!
    XOXO Natasha

  40. perfect!! This was for me too?? hahaha!
    Very useful, such as the one about buying clothes! <3
    Now i have time to spend in front of the computer, maybe i`ll find interesting things!!


  41. I purchased many items in online shopping somewhere else I feel it is difficult. After reading this post I feel very comfortable.

    UK Concept4u Online Shopping


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