Most consumers spend a fair amount of time online window shopping.  And while many of us bookmark or watch items on Ebay or Etsy, a lot of us never actually take the plunge. We ask our friends, “Have you ever actually bought something on Ebay?”  There are a ton of considerations: how do you know if it’s authentic, how do you know if it’s in good condition, how do you know if it will fit! The list of “what ifs” can be endless and there are a couple of things you should pay attention to before you hit purchase.

One– Know your measurements. This is key for any online clothing shopping. 

Two– Know your materials. If something says, material unknown, you probably don’t want it. It’s a trick some sellers use.

Three– It isn’t just clothing they we’re buying! Everything from knick-knacks, new phones, and big ticket items are just, if not more, popular.  When it comes to anything electronic, check the sellers history.  Ebay does a really good job tracking feedback and a good way to avoid an online blunder is to check out what other buyers have said about the seller.

Four– Pay attention to the shipping. Some sellers charge an arm and a leg.

Five– On Ebay look for “Buy It Now” deals.  Sometimes if you find something you like, for a reasonable price, you can get a better deal.  Bidding wars can be fun, but they can also be time consuming and costly. 

And lastly– when in doubt, message the seller.  A little correspondence might ease your worry, or confirm your doubts.  Some sellers have more lax return policies than others.  If you are a first timer, it might behoove you to test the waters with something you can send back.  

-Arianna Schioldager

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