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eBay: Where To Find Sweet Deals On Gift Shopping

10 November 2008 10 views No Comment

Most of us are looking to stretch our dollar as far as possible during the holiday season. Gift giving is one of the first places to start. Whether you are looking for the hottest products of the year or run of the mill items, eBay is a good site for “sweet deals.”

Finding Just The Right Gift

If you know the kinds of things your friends and family like, then eBay’s categories are ideal places to get ideas. And then a few clicks later, you’re shopping — at bargain basement prices.

Ebay also offers a cool way to come up with gift ideas if you’re not quite sure what to get the people on your list. Think of a recent item that your gift recipient bought for themselves. Type it into eBay’s search box and see which category it’s in. Then click the link to look at everything in that category. You’ll immediately have a huge list of things that they would probably love to have. If you know the recipient well, you should have no trouble sorting through the suggestions to find a special and unique gift.

Let History Be Your Guide

You have an extra tool available when the people you’re buying for are eBay users. If you know their eBay usernames, you can look at what they’ve been buying to see the kinds of things they may want.

Click “Advanced Search” on the main page, then “Find A Member” on the left-hand menu to see an eBay user’s history. Type in the username and you’ll get their user page, which lists the item numbers of everything they have bought. Choose an item number and paste it into the eBay search box to find out what the item was. Voila! You have a nearly foolproof list of ideal gifts for that person on your shopping list.

Avoid Last-Minute Shopping

Don’t be tempted to use eBay for your last-minute Gift Shopping, though. The prices will be high, and items might not reach you in time.

Every year there’s a toy every child wants and all the stores sell out. Suddenly the toy appears on eBay — at a premium. Holiday shoppers have to pay many times the gift’s value, and still don’t receive it in time for the big day. Don’t get caught in this snare.

Also be aware that millions of people are doing their online Gift Shopping on eBay. A good percentage of them are inexperienced eBay shoppers, who drive up prices far above normal. Try not to end up paying too much for an item just because it’s the last one you could receive in time, or because everyone else is bidding high. Know when to cut your losses, stop bidding, and just buy from another site.

With eBay, there’s no longer a need to settle for gifts that are really not your first choice for your shopping list because of price. Ebay offers some of the best deals around to satisfy just about all of your gift giving needs. Just make sure to start early and avoid bidding wars.

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