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Published July 12th 2011
Save money, find amazing gifts, buy yourself a treat or have someone de-clutter your home and pay YOU . Sounds too good to be true? Welcome to the eBay experience.
Whether you are looking for some new appliances for your home, would love to wear jewellery made famous on television, look fantastic dressed in new gear at great prices, would like some fun personalised number plates, looking for a gift for that 'hard to find' friend or have a party/wedding coming up that you would love to cater for entirely from your own home dressed in your PJ's if you like - you'll find what you're looking for on eBay.
You've probably heard of eBay, perhaps even shopped there, yet many folks still think of eBay as cheap auctions that you may or may not win. The auctions are a part of eBay (and probably always will be) and you can certainly pick up a bargain with them. But in the last few years, eBay has also stepped up as a serious shopping platform.
Whilst there is a terrific 'recycling' aspect to eBay it is more than this. Some sellers bloom it into a hugely successful business where they set their own term and hours. Whether you are after baby supplies, fancy chocolates or divine teas, the eBay marketplace can be a boon if you know where to look.
Most sellers accept multiple forms of payments including Australia Post money orders, paypal, credit cards, Direct Deposit, Cash on Delivery or pay on local pick up (if you collect the items) just to name a few. You may be nervous to spend large amounts of money on eBay. Over the years, there have been implemented higher levels of buyer protection and if paying by paypal you can get a full refund if the item does not arrive or is damaged. These checks make it much less risky way to shop than ever before.
With 1000's of sellers on eBay it can be overwhelming. I have some favourite sellers and stores to share with you. I work with the upper eschalon of professional eBay power sellers and I am going to show you some pictures and guide you to some of the most amazing sellers on the site:
Were you inspired by the recent wedding in Hawaii on the Home & Away TV series? Here's the seller who supplied their jewellery. Simply Jewellery sells a wide range of Hawaiian jewellery, including popular items such as Hawaiian engagement and wedding rings, earrings, pendants and much more. Simply Jewellery can put a wedding package together from the whole range (a catalogue of approx 90 pages!). Plumeria (frangipani) jewellery has proved immensely popular here in Australia.
The-Lingerie-Shack specialises in fitting regular size and larger women's bras. Products are always under $30, 25-80% less than traditional retail. The store is operated by Christine, a qualified fitter with 99% accuracy on-line plus exclusive Bra exchange programme. She has many exclusive lines including Goddess bras, Avenue Body bras, Just Sexy Sleepwear and Amanda Paige Sleepwear and more. The padded satin strap bras are a dream to wear.
And for the rev heads, I want to share with you itsellsonline, your one stop shop for new and second hand parts for most makes and models of vehicles. They provide both OEM and aftermarket products, and a generous warranty on new parts. If you don't see it listed, let them know and they will find it for you.
Feeling crafty? Card Biz, for personalised and DIY wedding / funeral / party / christening / birthday stationery. They stock lovely metallic cards and papers, hundreds of different envelopes and bright and cheerful cards in different sizes for the card makers, as well as guest books, baby record books, thank you cards and condolence books. If you feel you are in danger of becoming a bridezilla they offer a help and info service for brides, with expert advice to put it all together for a great impact.
The Kazbar has a wide range of items. They tell me their current most popular item is glow in the dark shoelaces and fabric paint, particularly for rave parties/ concerts. Not quite up to the 'rave'? No matter, I just found a set of 6 aprons for $32 and a lovely beaded cocktail evening dress for $45, both with free shipping.
Now I know you are reading this (most likely) on a computer device and - well - things need updating from time to time. Call in Dickos Extreme Computer Solutions. They carry a wide range of computer components and case modding gear, from case fans to cooling products and thermal pastes, laser LED lighting, cables and cable management kits, fan filters and grills/guards. Dickos offers customer service, support and great prices.
Now the girls know, you can never have too many shoes!
Taraleeshoesaust have the latest fashion heels,points, pumps,platform,wedges,boots and flats including bridal. You can visit their direct warehouse in Seaford, Victoria or shop at home. Their jeweled bridal shoes are divine, not to mention the cute pumps, funky combat boots and killer hot pink heels. Or, dress up a pair with shoe jewellery - yes, you heard correctly - take a look!
A few years back, we were renovating our home & I purchased all my appliances on eBay - managing to save over $20,000 in 1 week. All brand new and delivered to my door. I did a little research, knew my prices (in some cases went to stores and looked at the items, then came back and typed the brand and model into eBay & sourced them here). For the bathroom the warehouse was local, we called, took the trailer down and filled it with everything we needed, the seller even threw in a new bathroom sink at no cost. Yet then I found many things were interstate - no problem with eBay. I decided on a glass range hood for my stove and priced it at around $1700.00. Jumped on to eBay and typed it in, found a very similar one for $249 (including shipping from Sydney). It arrived within the week and my builders popped it in for me perfect. (Even the builders asked me to get things for them as they couldn't match my prices through the trade, my builders now have the same range hood in their home).
A new business, a fun hobby, something to keep the kids amused?
You'll love Vivygirl-designs. Robyn sells great temporary tattoo paper you can print on yourself and then apply perfect for themed birthday parties. There's also an entire range of DIY craft kits. Imagine soaking in pure essential oils bath salts, making your own jewellery or creating a "Paverpol" doll to go outdoors in the garden. Even better, Robyn offers in person classes for all these, custom designed art pieces / jewellery and offers kits to make it all yourself. I have watched a couple of Robyns classes and the participants end up so thrilled with their creations, you can see the joy they have to take home.
Perhaps for the guys, here's some fun. Colourplease make fun number plates and signs, whether your passion is football, Holden, Bundy and Coke or Betty Boop. A perfect gift, they will even Custom design your own own plate, like KAPUT or LILFELLA. They also have signs for Dads Garage and Man Cave Rules.
I have 2 words for you Victoria Secrets. Oooh the girls are dreaming and the boys have a grin from ear to ear. Yes, IN Australia! Where you ask? Mazzies Beautique. There's beauty and fashion for all the family, Victoria's Secret, plus size fashion, beauty products, accessories, and more. All the items here are authentic and if you are not happy there's a moneyback guarantee.
Buying gold jewellery can be expensive but now you do not need the huge price tag to receive quality.
A vast selection is offered by Antiquegoldandjewels - quality qntique and vintage jewellery from the Victorian and Edwardian eras as well as those with art nouveau and art deco influences and beyond. Choose from bangles, bracelets, lockets, pendants, necklaces, watch chains, earrings, rings sourced both locally and internationally or even items hand crafted for you.
Having a party? Bulkwholesaleclearancecentre sells... well, everything in bulk. I recently wanted to purchase some plastic popcorn tubs for a party they were around $4.50 each in the chain stores. I bought 24 of them from here for around $40 (free shipping). Don't need that much popcorn, how about 1944 (not a typo) rawhide dog chew for $35 wow your pet will love you (forever). Still not you? Maybe: Aluminium water bottles, party favours, tumblers, fancy dress costumes, LCD TVs, pet toys, solar lights. With over 2000 listings even if you just want to fill your garden with gnomes Richard can assist you.
Cathys Cardz and Thingz is perfect for those that aren't as 'crafty' as they would like, she will make beautiful personalised cards that look like you have spent ages making them all yourself for as little as $3.25 with free shipping. She also stocks a range of character stickers and temporary tattoos, perfect for kids parties. Kids character clothing, PJ's and slippers.
Wishuponastarcelebrationsandgifts has an extensive range of beautiful wedding accessories, bomboniere, baby gifts, party items, kids toys and gorgeous gifts. I love the colour in masks (an activity and a take home gift) With over 500 items, a party can be themed simply and easily. I love the party sprinkles, the tablecloths & if you really don't want to do much you can even get Pirate or princess Party Filled Favour Bags. Beautifully decorated and ready to take home.
Cold, wet day, what could be better than snuggling up with a great book, let me share with you BooksGalore Australia. With over 5000 books listed, you just have to find something you like here. From great savings on bundles of books, through to childrens classics, heaps of dressmaking patterns, Cooking & Food, Education TAFE & UNI Books, Family Relationships, Farming, Health & Fitness, right through to one of my favourite categories on this store 'Odd Stuff'.
Skin care too expensive? Try Love Beauty Pro for a range of rosehip oil, goats milk soap, exfoliants, and skin care preparations
Visit Margomeoz for clothing that is modern and comfortable. They specialise in the bigger woman but also has smaller sizes. The thing I love about this store is she designs all the clothes and patterns herself so they fit Australians. You can even pop in and visit her at the Paddys markets in Sydney.
Skip the expensive nail art salons and have a go at doing it yourself at a fraction of the price. Shardee Designs have nail art, foils, and personalised nail art you simply trim to fit your fingernails and then slip on and seal. Your hands can become a work of art.
Fishing 4 Tupperware doesn't seem to have a lot to do with fishing, however I love the little play on words and the fun fishy logos and if it's Tupperware you are after, then you have come to the right place. From tupperchefs to tupperkids to one of my favourite categories on their store: Gadgets Gizmos & Utensils. Time to get sorted.
Try Stitchcrazybunny for all things cute cuddly and loveable, from beautiful boleros to cuddly toys. New mums are considered with fun nappy covers that look like fairies or Tigger. Great toys for the kids and if it's a blast from the past you are after, revisit your childhood memories with sea monkeys.
If it's hand made you love, motherbear2003 lovingly hand makes most of her items as soon as you order them. Hows that for service? From baby bibs, library bags, dolls clothes, nappy covers and reusable nursing breast pads.
Thought it was too expensive to add designer art to your home? Adam would love to assist you at reasonable prices. Here's your chance to meet the artist and fill your home with originals. Adam creates custom made/commission works and new works. All his art is created on premium stretched canvas and the highest quality paints and mediums.
Everything old is new again. Nouveau Retro is into recycling vintageware. Stock is usually one offs and changes regularly: new and preloved, old stock, estates, etc. No longer do you need to trowel dusty markets for unique items, they will bring them to you. They are also a trading assistant to help you sell anything.
Forget gingerbread men, Purple Peachoz sells cutters to make ninja bread men, or silicone tea cups for tea cup cakes. Feeling green how about a ceramic eco cup? Getting techy - lovely Ipad covers. Can't use chopsticks? Get some help. Or just for fun vampire teeth ice cube trays.
Not just for gifts, Batterymax have a household batteries and chargers, including rechargeables, super bright bike lights for the cyclist enthusiasts and a range of quality, bright flashlights for the police or security officers.
D-Clutter-Me is a home based store that caters for the whole family. They have around 600 items, however as well as selling items, if you are swamped with clutter at your home, D-Clutter-Me will make it simple by selling for you.
Home or business, you can relax and let the dollar returns zip back to you. They strive to get the best price for you. Whether yours items are liquidated, overstocked, new release, shop closures, downsizing, deceased estates and general households.
This article covers but a few of the thousands of sellers and power sellers on eBay. Some have professional bricks & mortar businesses, others are just like you and sell from home. All that I have listed here I know from eBay professionally. All have proven over time to truly care for their customers, to be trustworthy and genuine lovely people. Any problems that pop up (well, they are all human it happens) let them know, they will do their best to fix any concerns with you and I truly hope you have fantastic experiences shopping with them. Happy shopping (perhaps even whilst in your PJ's).
Wow, thanks Lesley for so many great sources on eBay. I buy a lot on eBay & I'm always after bargains & unusual items for gifts. As I was checking these out I noticed that you have an eBay store as well, with an interesting range of items. Thanks for taking the time to share your favourite sellers. B
By bwatl - reader Friday, 15th of July @ 01:57 am
Great article- I will definitely be taking a look at ebay and these sellers.
By Anonymous Friday, 15th of July @ 03:57 am
Super showcase,thanx for a nifty show and tell. Marian
By Anonymous Friday, 15th of July @ 04:03 am
Great article, couldn't resist the silicone tea cups for tea cup cakes, thanks for featuring them.
By Anonymous Sunday, 17th of July @ 12:34 am
Thanks for a very informative and interesting article Leslie! There sure are some great items featured.
By Anonymous Sunday, 17th of July @ 08:51 pm
Great article Lesley. Extremely informative and very comprehensive. I thought I might mention a good place for video games. I currently buy my video games for drastically reduced prices from the UK and they still work on Australian consoles (Playstation definitely, not 100% sure about Xbox). The seller I use is stores.ebay.com.au/GamingSaving and they have great prices, good range, and very generous shipping also. I hope that is helpful to someone.
By Ben Carey - senior reviewer Wednesday, 20th of July @ 06:23 am
This article was very helpful.
I am a sucker for online shopping and Ebay is my weakness as there is so many links to other stores and such a wide variety of things too buy. I find I end up spending more money as things are cheaper so I buy them because they are cheap (not realising that the total is way more then I would normally spend in the shop). But ebay is the way to go for sure. Once I discovered it I never shopped anywhere else for anything.
By Carly Bass - senior reviewer Wednesday, 27th of July @ 03:45 am
Thank you so much for all the places to go for the online shoppers needs. It can get quite addictive and before you know it you have bought a million things you don't need, but atleast now we all know how to do it cheaply lol. I can't wait to check them all out.
The sellers mentioned above have had a lot of fun with this review, in fact, some of them have told me that buyers have told them they read about it on weekendnotes and they had great conversations and sharing of ideas and items with buyers. They love the WN readers. Great to share together.
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer Saturday, 10th of September @ 12:08 am
Here's another for you:
Do you love a sport, play a musical instrument, love dancing, horses or other animals . Well now you can show off what it is you love to the world with these cute Charm Jewellery Necklaces, Bracelets or Earrings. Juzii Jewellery even sells family (Big or Little sister and Mum) and best friend Jewellery. Something for all.
Ebay user name is decvision ebay store name is CharmJewellery