- new and refurbished goods (i.e. Dyson products, iPhone)
- Art – I have a blog post dedicated to how I search for art on eBay because there is so much abundant, original art for cheap
- Furniture (locally)
- Vintage decor
- Vintage dishes, plates, glasses, etc.
- High-end fabric and drapes (more on that in this post)
- Rugs (new and vintage)
SEARCHING & FINDING
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BID ON ANYTHING
USE THE BEST OFFER BUTTON
SET ALERTS ON THINGS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR
Search for an item, then click “Save this search”
Then select whether you want alerts on phone or over email
You can set as many searches as you want!
CHECK SELLER REVIEWS
eBay has gotten really, really good at removing fraudulent accounts, but I usually just check the seller reviews before purchasing anything. If they have at least 10 positive ratings, I’m comfortable with buying from them. If they have hundreds-thousands of positive reviews, you are golden.
And luckily, eBay is the liaison between buyer/seller protection, so if something does go wrong, you can submit a case and they will work to fix it (unlike Facebook Marketplace).
BEFORE YOU PURCHASE ANYTHING…
BUYING & SHIPPING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
FIND OUT WHAT SIMILAR ITEMS HAVE SOLD FOR
I’ll show you an example on my mobile eBay app.
Search for an item (I searched Lee Jofa drapes), then go to “Filter.” Scroll down and check “Completed Items”
SHOPS I FOLLOW
Pacific home: I stumbled upon this shop in 2019 and have a whole IG highlight on how amazing it is (eBay Rugs). They sell new but manufacturer-damaged rugs at a discount and with most of the items, you can’t even see the damage (but always look closely at photos). If there’s obvious damage, furniture will likely go over it anyway 😉 Most of the items are “Best Offer” and I bought a 9×12 Safavieh Jute rug for our living room for $160!