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Save Money By Shopping On Ebay

May 31, 2008
Online shopping websites like eBay have made finding bargains easier than ever. On eBay, millions of sellers list auctions for new and used products, and buyers bid against each other in auctions. You can literally find anything on eBay; there are even sections of the site for cars and real estate. It is no longer necessary to shop around to find savings, as they are all collected in one place.

New and used products populate eBay, and unless you absolutely need something new, it is best to always buy used products. Once something is used, its monetary value is automatically cut almost in half, even if it works as-if new. By acknowledging this, you can save a cumulative hundreds of dollars on everything you buy. There is no reason to purchase new DVDs, video games, or other similar merchandise when a used copy will operate just the same.

The process of bidding has evolved drastically since it was first introduced. To make bidding easier, one can utilize a system known as proxy bidding. With this technique, users enter the maximum amount they would be willing to pay for something. Doing this frees you from having to consistently return to the auction page to outbid other buyers.

For example, say you are trying to purchase something for which the current price is at $20. You can enter your maximum bid as $40, yet the auction will only increase to $21 (if the minimum bidding increment is one dollar). If nobody else bids, you win the auction for $21. If other people attempt to win, your bid will automatically increase until somebody else bids over $40.

When the clock is running down on an auction, intense bidding wars sometimes arise. Only a short time ago, bidding was a three-step process which could take as long as thirty seconds, which is a lot when only a short time remains before the end of a listing. Ebay recently implemented a new feature called One-Click Bid which enables users to make bids incredibly quickly and immediately see when they have been outbid. The tool is especially good for sellers, since it increases competition and ultimately the final price.

As if single items on eBay were not cheap enough, you can save even more money when you buy items in bulk. Instead of spending time finding individual items, you can locate just one listing with everything you need. While it may take awhile to identify that special listing, you still save more time than if you bought everything separately, and of course there is the monetary incentive as well. Many people have even made careers out of the economies of scale concept. They win bulk listings and then sell products individually.

Ebay has become a cultural phenomenon for reasons in addition to being a great place to save money. Creative individuals have found ways to make money from eBay without actually selling any products, or at least selling products that have essentially no real worth. We have all heard of items with religious or celebrity figures imprinted on them selling for ridiculous amounts.

One man set up an auction in which he stated the winning bidder could tell him what religious service to attend, and not surprisingly, the auction sold for an excellent amount. If you can come up with the next big eBay idea, it could make you rich.
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