I’m not usually an impulse buyer; however, when it comes to eBay that is a totally different ball game. I cannot tell you how many potential buyers email me after something they have been watching has sold and beg me to locate another one for them. Bottom line is this – if you find exactly what you’re looking for on eBay from a trusted seller then DO NOT wait around. If the price is too high and the item does not have a best offer feature, contact the seller and try to negotiate a better price.
I have merchandise that has literally been listed for an hour and then boom – I receive an email telling me it has sold. I know these smart eBayers must have alerts set-up so they know immediately when the item they are seeking is listed. If you find yourself searching for the same thing regularly on eBay, then follow these steps to create an email alert.
- Sign into your eBay account (note: you must be a member to use the eBay alert service).
- Search for the item you are interested in setting an alert for. For this example, I searched for “bojesen penguin”. REMEMBER: Keep your search criteria specific so you are not bombarded with results that are not exactly what you are seeking. Use model numbers, brand names and other specific criteria for your saved search.
- Underneath of the search box, you see the number of results found from your search criteria. My example indicates “3 results found for bojesen penguin”. Beside of that, you see in blue “Save search”.
- Click “Save search”.
- A new window will pop up and you can select “Email me daily when new items match my search criteria”.
- Select “save”.
It really is that simple! What are you going to set an eBay alert for?