As longtime readers may know, I’ve been an eBay shopper for over 10 years now so am excited to partner with them and share more of my tips! I’ve had so many finds on there, including popular pieces that were sold-out in stores. In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve also included some gift ideas below for friends & loved ones on your shopping list!
I’ll start with a gift to self, though – I love Self Portrait’s gorgeous dresses, and a little secret is there’s a good selection on eBay at below-retail prices. Note this brand runs small, and by small I mean TINY – a US 0 sometimes measures 11″ across the waist with no stretch. Here’s an example search for b&w Self Portrait dresses including styles similar to or the same as mine (for reference, US 2 in this dress has a 24″ waist and is fitted & short on me). Make sure to note the difference between listings with actual Self Portrait vs. “Self Portrait Style” (lookalike) pieces, since there’s quite a few of the latter!
- Sister: Anthropologie pieces. I adore Anthropologie dresses but petite sizes are always sold out. However eBay has so many options at a great price (example listings in XXS petite)! There are also dedicated sellers like Anthro Dreams with new listings regularly and great feedback. These are a few Anthro listings on my watch list in xs or xxs petite:
- Best Friend: Designer shoes. I found a very gently pre-owned pair of Louboutins on here years ago that I still love!
- Husband: Nike 2017 Flyknit Free sneakers. One category that eBay is really nifty for is past season (yet brand new) items. Nick has these sneakers from a few different years and claims the 2017 version fits his wide feet the best! A quick search yielded several options for that exact year’s model.
- Dad: Dyson vacuum. Look for the “Direct from Dyson” icon!
- Mother-in-Law: Dutch oven pot. Here’s some Le Creuset options that are new with free shipping.
eBay shopping tips:
- Ask for measurements if they aren’t listed. This is always helpful to avoid returns on clothing.
- Look for photos that were actually taken by the seller instead of stock images. Very important when it comes to pricier items! You can also message the seller and ask for photos, or for specific images like of the back of an item or a closeup, etc.
- Filter your searches. I usually filter for Price and Item Location. If I need something quickly or if I’m shopping for something with a ton of search results, I’ll usually choose US Only for location.
- Ask if the seller will take a best offer. And if you need an item sooner than before the auction ends, ask if the seller could end it early with a “buy it now.” They may say no, but it never hurts to ask!
- Examine seller feedback before making larger-ticket purchases. And I mean, really look through the types of other items they have sold and the corresponding feedback on those items.
- Look for the “Fast ‘N Free” icon. A lot of sellers offer free 2-3 day shipping!
Thank you to eBay for partnering on this post. I’d love to hear if you have any favorite finds or storefronts on there, or additional shopping tips!