So I had two surprises when I logged into eBay this Saturday evening. First of all I found I had 200 free listings and secondly I had a pop up when I logged in. (They were actually the other way around, I had the pop up first!)
Excellent news. I always like money off. Trouble is now I feel compelled to spend as much as possible in the home and garden category in order to get the maximum discount. I guess that’s what eBay want!
So from the banner above you have to spend at least £50, which will bag you £5 off. The maximum discount is £100 which means you have to spend £1,000. So what can I buy? Anything in the Home and garden section apparently!
You can search this section specifically by simply clicking Home and Garden from the homepage. You can then drill down and shop by room to find something to spend your money on.
Have you got a voucher?
I don’t know if everyone with an eBay account has a voucher but the way to find out is to log in and see if you get a pop up message or go to your buyer summary and scroll to the very bottom of the page to see if you have a voucher waiting for you.
How to maximise your voucher
If you do decide to use your voucher you may have noticed that the discount does not include postage. Seeing as though eBay now take a cut of postage by way of final value fee I think this is a bit out of order. Depending who you buy from however you may be able to message the seller and ask them if they will consider setting up a special auction or modifying the price for you by combining shipping into the item cost and offering “Free Shipping”. This way the buyer gets the same amount of money, they pay the same amount of fees, but you get 10% off your postage too, which if you are buying something large with expensive postage may be a bonus!
About a year ago I received a voucher to use on anything and I bought an iPad, while shopping the postage was a factor to whom I bought it from. I deliberately looked for sellers who offered free postage, even if the cost of the item was a little more than the ones who charged for postage, this was because I then got my 10% off the total amount and in the end saved more money that way. On the same day I sold an antique radio which I had listed with courier delivery which cost around £20. I can’t remember the cost of the radio but I received an offer for MORE than the asking price. The transaction didn’t auto accept as best offers usually do because the buyer had included terms in their offer. They said “I am offering £15 more than the asking price in the hope you will give me free shipping. I have a voucher for 10% off which is not applicable to postage”. Of course I was only too happy to oblige!
So consider creative use of the best offer system when you go to spend your voucher.
How not to get burned
There is a distinct chance that you may be caught up in the buying process. Especially if you are buying using a mobile phone or are just really excited. It is very important that you don’t forget to enter your code or you will end up paying full price. I have done this on multiple occasions although not on eBay. Stick a post it to your laptop screen or something. Just don’t forget!
Can you be sneaky with this voucher?
If you have an eye for loopholes like me you may well be thinking if there is anyway you can game the system further using this voucher. Can you buy something using the voucher and flip it on yourself for more than you paid? Of course. There are always opportunities for buying low on ebay and selling for more and this voucher can give you a little more off that purchase price. It does of course depend how you buy. If you buy a brand new set of patio furniture which retails for £500 you will save £50. If you then expect to sell the set on again for £500 to make £50 you are out of luck. Don’t forget eBay take 10% final value fee and Paypal like their cut too! So you could actually end up out of pocket doing a deal like that!
Be careful and don’t make any rash purchases. The vouchers last a week so do your research.