Buying Maternity Collectibles on
There are several things you need to know and watch
for when buying collectibles on eBay.
Find your Category
You’ll probably find that all the items you’re after are listed in
a single category. Add this category to your browser’s Favorites, and keep coming back.
Look for Mistakes
If you collect something, the chances are you know a lot about it.
This can be your opportunity to make a mint from a seller’s mistake. They might not realize that they have a
rare version of an item, or they might have left off the key information that makes it valuable. If you’re
willing to email the seller and ask them a few questions about the item to confirm that it is what you think
it is, then you should be able to buy items like these. You can then resell them at a big profit, if that’s
what you want to do.
Don’t Always Believe
If you find something you haven’t heard of, and the description
calls it ‘rare’, don’t assume that it actually is. Far too many sellers just put ‘rare’ into all of their
descriptions – the chances are that the item is common and has just been described wrongly. Don’t bid unless
you know what you’re buying.
Follow Other Users (Sellers and
When you collect something, you’ll probably notice that there are
four or five sellers who seem to come up with consistently good items – and the same buyers buying them. Add
their user pages to your Favorites, and check back often to see what they’ve got – or what they’re bidding on
– that you might be interested in. It is also possible that a seller doesn't own the item they are selling.
They may be buying the item after you click to purchase, and drop shipping from a third party. This technique
puts the eBay seller in a position as the middle-man of the transaction, where they are both the seller
AND the buyer.
Don’t Get Too Attached to an
There are millions of items being listed every day on eBay –
whatever you want, it’ll come around again, and if you don’t get it there are plenty more things to buy. This
is similar to the golden rule of negotiating: always be prepared to walk away. If you can’t walk away, then
expect to pay over the odds. There are few things so rare that another seller won’t have one to sell. Go and
bid in a lower-priced auction, instead of getting into a bidding war in one that is already
Beware of the Postage and
If you collect lots of small things with a relatively low value,
you might end up paying as much for postage as you do for each item. You should take these costs into
consideration when you make your bid. Another good strategy is to always buy a few things at once from the
same buyer, as they will almost always offer you a discount on the postage. Buying collectibles is one of the
most enjoyable things to do on eBay, simply because you can find so many things that you just can’t get