People buying more off ebay instead of the stores?

United States
March 19, 2009 10:24am CST
I usually buy jeans off ebay instead of the stores. I've found I can get alot better deal than the new store price. Lately I've been missing getting the winning bid more often than not. I'm wondering if people are buying more off ebay due to the recession. I know money is tight for us and we're watching our money pretty closely. What do you think?
1 person likes this
9 responses
@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
6 Apr 09
only the hard to find item...like little vampire novel series and DVD series..plus the price they charge included the shipping fees is very affordable...
• United States
6 Apr 09
The selection on ebay is pretty big? I watch the shipping fees too.
• Malaysia
6 Apr 09
sometimes,the selection is pretty big,sometimes you won't find what you want at all on eBay..it depend on what the hot item on eBay..but,usually i will compare the shipping fees and choose the cheapest one before i start to bid..
• United States
24 Mar 09
we buy and sell on eBay.we have gotten a lot off different thing from their our most recent purches was shampoo great deal for 5 of them we paid 6.00 including shipping.We also sell on it too we like to give people a break on things so we start things off low
1 person likes this
• United States
26 Mar 09
Congrats on your great deal for the shampoo!
• United States
26 Mar 09
thank you i am not going to buy for awhile i become addicted to it.
1 person likes this
@Bellapop (1281)
11 Aug 10
The only reason to buy off Ebay is simply to get a bargain and something much cheaper than it usually is elsewhere...but lately I've noticed that a lot of things on Ebay are much more expensive than the actual 'proper' shops themselves. As for losing the winning bid, I'm very sceptical about the auctioned listings, when I'm bidding, I always get outbid, particularly if I've put in a 'maximum' bid, it gets raised, and I'm so sure that there is shill bidding going on or the seller is secretly bidding on it to to raise the price, I know there are some genuine bids out there but also some suspicious ones...
• United States
12 Aug 10
I agree sometimes the price is higher. That's where it pays to do your homework and know what something is really worth. I also agree on the shill bidding. I think that's happened to me more than once. If I suspect that is going on, I usually just let the item go.
@highhead (80)
• India
20 Mar 09
i personally feel ebay are giving competition for others so it will cause reduce of cost in general stores in comming future
1 person likes this
• United States
21 Mar 09
That would be nice!
• United States
20 Mar 09
I do believe that people are trying to find more ways to get things they need for less money. Ebay is one way to do this. I shop on Ebay regularly but rarely buy anything. I usually go to our local second-hand stores to search for bargains.
• United States
20 Mar 09
I like the 2nd hand stores too.
• United States
20 Mar 09
I buy & sell on Ebay, and lately the only thing that is selling are kids clothing. I like to list in lots, it saves me money on listing fees & saves the customer a lot of money on shipping. To get the best deal try shopping off season. During the proper season EVERYONE is looking.
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Mar 09
I know I like to buy in lots when I can.
@user_786 (1338)
19 Mar 09
i think people are more incling towards online shopping because people have less time to go out to find and shop things. online shopping can help save money too so it is becoming more and more popular everyday
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Mar 09
I think you're right.
@dvschic (1796)
• United States
19 Mar 09
i used to be a hardcore ebay fan, but then i went to my local ross and found the same items CHEAPER than ebay ever had. it takes alil bit more effort and the shops can be dirty, but i'm sick of paying ebay fees as a seller and know a lot of sellers feel the same way.
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Mar 09
I usually am only a buyer on ebay. I have sold a few things, but it's been awhile.
• United States
19 Mar 09
I have always bought off of Ebay. I have not noticed any increase in losing bids. Somethings always go higher than what I want to spend. I do not like to buy clothes unless it is an exceptional value, because shipping is higher than just going to the store.
1 person likes this
• United States
20 Mar 09
I figure in the cost of the purchase plus the shipping and set my high price. Apparently sometimes someone is just willing to pay more than I am?!