How To: Search eBay Effectively

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eBay is one of my favourite websites for finding well priced items and the occasional bargain. If the search function is used correctly, the possibilities are endless.

Benefit from sellers mistakes

Many sellers will list items in a rush or without proof reading their post, causing them to misspell vital words in their titles. A fantastic website to use for this is FatFingers, which allows you to enter the term you are looking for and it will then list all the common misspellings.

If you’re searching for a clothing item or a quantity of a specific item, use both the numerical and the written term for the number. For example, “dress size 10” is much more common than “dress size ten” however many sellers do still use the later.

Time your watched items effectively

eBay is most active on a Sunday evening, and the weekends are also a busy period for listings to end. If a listing ends during the day when many people are at work, or during a big event such as the X Factor final you will have less competition for bids and therefore more chance of winning your desired item.

The eBay app which can be downloaded is great as it sends reminders to your device before the listing ends, meaning you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to place your bid.

Use the sort by function

Within the search facilities, use the drop down function to change the format of the search results. The most popular function is “price & p&p lowest” which will then bring up the lowest priced items in your search terms. This function can also be used to find the items “ending soonest” which is a fantastic opportunity to buy a last minute bargain.

Lastly, the Advanced Search facility allows buyers to really narrow down their search. If you are looking for a large item which would require collection, such as a coffee table, the advanced search allows you to input your postcode and the distance you are willing to travel. It’s a really handy tool which I recommend playing around with to suit your own search requirements.

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What are your eBay search tips?

How To: Find Student Discount Codes

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Online shopping can be a dangerous game. You’re bored, find yourself browsing Topshop’s website and before you know it you’ve placed an order for £100 worth of clothes. We’ve all been there. However, being a student has more perks than just the university degree (yes, unbelievable I know), and allows us to have some amazing discounts to aid our weeping bank balances. There are various websites I use to source these codes.

Unidays

You simply register with Unidays with your University details and it then allows you to view an array of different discount codes. The website has separate sections for online and in store discounts so gives the best of both worlds.

You can visit the site here.

Student Beans

Again, you have to register with your University details to gain access to the site. Student Beans is aimed specifically at students and is separated into various sections from tech and mobile to home and utilities so covers all the bases regardless of what you’re shopping for. They also have a magazine section full of quirky articles (think BuzzFeed style) which I frequently find myself reading instead of actually shopping, so that’s got to be a bonus!

You can visit the site here.

Money Saving Expert

Whilst not solely featuring student discounts, Money Saving Expert is a fantastic website filled with discount codes and general money saving tips. Founder and editor Martin Lewis is a fellow journalist with a thirst for money saving tips and covers everything from fashion and beauty to cutting your electricity bills. This website is fantastic for the whole family to use and is one that my dad personally loves due to the straight forward layout and helpful posts.

You can check out Martin’s tips here.

What’s your favourite student discount website?