It’s almost impossible to get a bargain on ebay – the site is so popular that there is nearly always someone willing to pay over the odds for used items. That’s not to say that it is never worth buying stuff from ebay but just don’t expect to get a bargain. As always though there are some exceptions to the rule but you have to be either quick or lucky. I have two saved searches which I regularly use to look for photographic items:
- Items which are for local pickup only. Some people aren’t willing to have the hassle of packaging up the item and taking it to the post office, they will only sell it to people who are willing to come and collect it. This will vastly cut down the number of people who are willing to bid and so your chances of winning are greatly improved. If nobody else is willing to bid then you could get a real bargain.
- Newly listed Buy It Now items. Some people offer a fixed price for their item and they will sell it to the first person who is willing to pay that price. If the seller doesn’t realise the true value of the item then you can get a bargain but you will have to be quick because you need to get in there before anyone else spots it.
- Local Pickup Only
- Only five miles from where I live
- The title was “Nikon F65, Tripod, Tramron Lens”.
- Starting bid of 99p.
- Not many people are interested in a Nikon F65. Not that it’s a bad camera (I used to have one myself) but it is a relatively cheap film SLR.
- The lens was Tamron 80-210 f4.5-5.6 which again is nothing special. Even if someone did want it the seller had spelled the word “Tamron” incorrectly so less people were likely to find it.
- No details at all were given for the tripod however on closer inspection of one of the photographs (not the main one either) I could see that it was actually a Manfrotto 190B and came with two different heads.