For style savvy guys, eBay is an amazing resource for finding cool, eclectic and quality pieces for their home and wardrobes for far less than you’d pay in a traditional store. But the site is massive, with more than 150 million active buyers last year bidding on everything from designer clothes and vintage watches to antique furniture and old cars. In a virtual sea of options, unfortunate knockoffs and aggressive bidders, finding what you want and getting a deal can be tricky. Here’s how to succeed.
Be as specific as possible with your search terms. Once you have your results, narrow them down using the left rail’s additional criteria like sizes, delivery options and price caps.
Use the “Sort” button at the top of your results page to see options that others may’ve missed. You can sometimes get a last-minute deal when sorting by “Ending Soonest” or find a reasonably priced “Buy It Now” option under “Newly Listed.”
Don’t bid early—it’ll only drive up the price. Instead, add the item to your “Watch List,” a dashboard of sorts that allows you to monitor the current price and time remaining. You’ll also be alerted a few hours before the auction ends.
Don’t be chained to your computer. The eBay app allows you to track prices and put in that last-minute bid from the comfort of your mobile device when you get that fateful “auction ending” alert.