Whether we like it or not, the holiday season has become the
shopping season. But there is a way to remove the traffic and
hassles from your holiday gift buying -- eBay. Shop in the
comfort of your own home, and have fun in the process.
If you know the kinds of things your friends and family like,
then eBay's categories are ideal places to get ideas. And then a
few clicks later, you're shopping -- at bargain basement prices.
eBay offers a cool way to come up with gift ideas. Think of a
recent item that your gift recipient bought for themselves. Type
it into eBay's search box and see which category it's in, then
click the link to look at everything in that category. You'll
immediately have a huge list of things that they would probably
love to have. If you know the recipient well, you should have no
trouble sorting through the suggestions to find a special and
Let History Be Your Guide
You have an extra tool available when the people you're buying
for are eBay users. If you know their eBay usernames, you can
look at what they've been buying to see the kinds of things they
First, click Advanced Search on the main page, then Find A
Member on the left-hand menu to see an eBay user's history. Type
in the username and you'll get their user page, which lists the
item numbers of everything they have bought. Choose an item
number and paste it into the eBay search box to find out what
the item was. Voila! You have a nearly foolproof list of ideal
gifts for that person on your shopping list.
Avoid Last-Minute Shopping
Don't be tempted to use eBay for your last-minute holiday
shopping, though. The prices will be high, and items might not
reach you in time.
Every year there's a toy every child wants and all the stores
sell out. Suddenly the toy appears on eBay -- at a premium.
Holiday shoppers have to pay many times the gift's value, and
still don't receive it in time for the big day. Don't get caught
in this snare.
'Tis The Season
The holiday season is peak time at eBay because millions of
people are shopping there. A good percentage of them are
inexperienced eBay shoppers, who drive up prices far above
normal. Try not to end up paying too much for an item just
because it's the last one you could receive in time, or because
everyone else is bidding high. Know when to cut your losses,
stop bidding, and just go buy something from the local store.
Keep It Jolly
eBay works best when it's not taken too seriously. Treat it like
a game, and you won't be too disappointed if you lose. It can
feel somewhat like gambling, but when that really rare gift for
that special someone arrives on your doorstep just in time for
Christmas, it all becomes worth it.
About the author:
Shop Ebay to learn more. Ron King is a full-time researcher,
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