How many times have you seen an out-of-budget gorgeous-something at your favorite store? Or owned something that was so fantastic, you wore or used it to scraps? A saved search on eBay can be your ticket to finding the items you want (and need) with minimal effort.
For example, in 2000 I was shopping at Urban Outfitters on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. I instantly scooped up the coolest pair of Puma running shoes on clearance for $15. I wore those Pumas until they were an extremely unattractive gray, and until the tread was nearly entirely worn away. I saved a search on eBay with the necessary key words and specifics: Puma, Cell, Flow, and 6. Said search resulted in my acquisition of FIVE pairs in the same style, and in a variety of colors, the following four years.
I swear by eBay to such great levels, as I’ve nabbed one-of-a-kind gifts (vintage Star Wars birthday cards, anybody?), bridesmaid apparel, deeply discounted shoes, magazine back issues, jewelry, and the list goes on.
I use eBay to find:
- something that has been long-gone from stores
- an item recently in stores, but for a fraction of the retail price
- something I need right away that meets my criteria perfectly
Once logged onto eBay, follow the steps below to enable alerts when items meet your specifications. And no, I am not employed by eBay. Good luck!
Step 1: Initial Search
Visit http://www.ebay.com and type general search terms describing what you’re in search of. I typed “vera wang wedding dress.” Click the “Search” button.
Step 2: Select the proper category
To narrow my search results, I clicked “Wedding Apparel and Accessories” on the left-hand side of the screen.
Step 3: Narrow search results
Narrow your results further by viewing the categories and clicking on each that applies. I selected “Strapless” and “Small (0-4).” Each time you click a specification your results will update accordingly.
Step 4: Proceed to save your search
Select “Save this search and alert me later.”
Step 5: Set saved search specifics
In the box that appears, type in a title for your search (this will not alter the specifics), and keep the box checked if you’d like e-mail notifications, sent daily, when an item that matches your needs is listed on eBay. Also, select the duration; if the search expires, you receive an e-mail 7 days beforehand with a chance to renew.
Step 6: Access saved searches
To access your saved searches, run your curser over “My eBay” at the top and select “Saved Searches” from the dropdown. Ta-da! You’re on your way to finding something you love.