I love ebay! When my kids were a little bit smaller, I often sold excess stuff on ebay to make a little cash. I don’t sell much on ebay anymore, but I still like to use eBay to save money on things I buy.
These are just a few of the unconventional items I’ve bought to help me save some dough.
I used to use a TracFone prepaid cell phone for emergencies. When it was time to buy minutes for my phone, I didn’t buy them from Tracphone, Target, Wal-mart, or any other big name stores. I bought them on ebay!
You can often find Tracfone minutes for less than retail on ebay. And since all you need is the code, sellers often email the code, meaning you don’t have to pay shipping!
Have a cat and use Purina Cat Treats? Do a search on ebay for some coupons. Last night I found an auction for 7 Purina Cat Treat coupons for $1.50 off two packages of cat treats PLUS a bonus coupon for a free package of Healthful Cat Cat Chow. When I saw the auction, the bid was $1.25 with free shipping. Now that’s a deal!
If there are products, especially name brand products, that you regularly buy, it can’t hurt to do an ebay search for coupons. You might find a great deal. And if you combine the coupons with deals you find on The Grocery Game or My Grocery Deals, you could score a GREAT deal on your preferred item!
When you’re shopping for coupons on ebay, make sure you know the expiration dates of the coupons before you bid. You’d hate to win an auction for coupons that expire before you receive them in the mail.
You can use eBay to buy gift cards for personal use or for gifts. There are many gift cards listed on eBay for many different stores. You can find gift cards for clothing stores, restaurants, home improvement stores, and much, much more.
I have found that the competition for gift cards on ebay can be pretty stiff, with cards for $200 selling for $197. That’s not a huge savings. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to hunt for deals, consider using a tool like BargainChecker.com to find misspelled gift cards on ebay. Misspelled items often sell for much, much less than items that are spelled correctly.
As with coupons, be sure you check into the terms of the gift card before placing a bid. Some stores will start deducting money from the gift card if it’s been unused past a certain time period.
Also make sure you’re not spending money on something you can get free. Some sellers will sell free Gymboree coupons they get in the mail. Make sure you didn’t get a free coupon before you go pay for one.
All in all, I love ebay for finding a good bargain! How about you? Do you ever ebay for coupons and gift cards?
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