It's only October, but I've already had TWO selection boxes and TWO tins
on Celebrations chocolates.
WHY? Well, because I'm a greedy so-and-so, but also because they were
LESS THAN HALF PRICE in Tesco! Madness, but
the early bird really does catch the worm, it seems.
There are a number of benefits to doing your Christmas shopping on eBay but, to
be honest, these are the same reasons you have all year round; convenience,
choice, price, etc.
HOWEVER, some of these reasons seem to fly out of the window the nearer
to Christmas we get! What do I mean?
Okay, let's look at my example of Celebrations chocolates in Tesco, which were
just £4 a tin and piled high when I went in this Sunday (30th September, 2012).
I just went to the store, parked, grabbed a tin and a couple of other bits, went
straight to a till, paid and left. No worries, no stress. I was in and out like
some kind of retail-Ninja!
I wouldn't mind betting that come December 24th, every man and his dog will be
queuing just to get in the car park. After searching for a space, you'll have to
brave the masses and pray that there will be a tin left...which there probably
won't be. There'll just be a sign where they were, probably stating that the
selling price that week was the full £10, too.
Disappointment, frustration and no chocolates. Blimey, that would turn me
I know that was a daft comparison, but it's not that far off my own experience
with being a buyer, and a trade seller, on eBay at Christmas. There really is
just one bit of advice...
DO YOUR SHOPPING EARLY!
Rather than tell you the benefits of doing your Christmas shopping early, I'll
highlight the disadvantages of NOT doing it early!
I spoke to staff members in large cycle store recently and they can't get some
models of bikes until February now....that's FOUR months away! Companies
WILL sell out of items before Christmas. That's not a statement to make
you panic buy, but a fact. Suppliers will not be able to supply them in time for
them to get the goods out to you if you leave it until the last minute.
We only need one snowflake to fall in the UK and the whole transport
infrastructure grinds to a halt. Even without that 'terrible' weather, the sheer
demand of Christmas means that delivery companies, not just Royal Mail, will be
pushed to their limits. Easily avoided....but millions won't!
Goods in demand will usually cost more near Christmas. You know that. You also
know that they will often cost less AFTER Christmas, in the January
sales. However, if you want them for Christmas, that's not much comfort. Buying
in October or November may see you being labelled as 'sad' by your mates, but
you'll have the last laugh!
The reasons above are why I reckon shopping early on eBay for Christmas gifts is
recommended, but I'll also tell you one other great reason....it gives you time
to buy items from abroad!
eBay is great, as you can seek suppliers that will post to the UK. Quite often,
this is cheaper than buying from UK suppliers (I get a few bits from Hong Kong
occasionally), but the main advantage is that you can get items that aren't even
available in the UK. The American eBay (ebay.com) is
superb for this. Obviously, you need to check delivery costs and take potential
import duties into account, but if you want the latest gadget or toy, it's often
the best way.
So, what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to go straight to eBay and get
Of course, using the search tool below on
www.cheapbargains.co.uk is also a
great way of grabbing bargains. Not only will you be paying rock-bottom prices,
but by collecting the item yourself you will know that it's definitely not going
to be delayed!
Please, if you enjoy this site and what it offers, don't send me a Christmas
card to thank me....just tell your friends and family to visit us and I'll be
over the moon.
Happy Christmas (even though it's October and the sun is shining!),
P.S. My prediction for the adult 'Christmas Gift Of 2012'? This remote
controlled flying Angry Birds toy. Click the image to see a video of it in
Another great way of finding cheap eBay bargains is to look for items that haven't had many bids. Just because they haven't received bids, it doesn't mean they aren't any good! Quite often, the item will be poorly described, have a bad photo or just finish at an unsociable time. Use the drop down box below to find items in each category that finish soon and have had 3 bids or less:
And here's a favourite for many....the good old 99p auctions! A lot of people start their auctions at 99p or less, partly because they believe that they'll attract more attention if they do and partly because there are often promotional incentives to do so. The result is a LOT of items sell for a pound or less! Select a section below to see what I mean:
And here's one more trick to use. Type your search term into the box below. Select your postcode and distance you'll travel and get the results. If any of them take your fancy, check the descriptions and if it doesn't say that they'll accept collection in person, ASK THEM.
Not everybody does accept collection, but there is no harm in asking. I've bought plenty of stuff like this and you'll often find you can save a lot by cutting out the postage.
There Are Other Ways Of Finding Cheap Bargains. Try
This For Size - Enter Your Search Term And Then Click
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A few buying tips:
Only fools rush in - don't grab the first bargain you see...however tempting!
Don't avoid Ebay - if a seller asks you to buy direct, avoid them. You lose all your protection from Ebay.
Pay with PayPal - again, you get extra protection this way.
Read the small print - be SURE that you know what you're buying!
Make sure you can pick the item up - bulky items often need a van and some muscle!
Make sure you can store it - bulk deals sound great, but ever tried fitting a million widgets in your hallway?
Have fun - buying a cheap bargain can be great fun. Enjoy it!
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