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8 Tips for Home Shopping on eBay

Years ago, with my friend Jenny Komenda’s help, we found my beloved desk on eBay. Since then, we’ve been hooked on using eBay to find beautiful things, like Anton’s world map and Alex’s beloved cast iron pan. If you’re on the hunt for some gems, here are eight tips for how to shop eBay…

1. LET THE SEARCH BEGIN
When browsing on eBay — a store where you can find almost anything — search terms are your best friends. When it comes to looking for home furnishings, these are some of our favorite search terms: Danish Modern, Scandinavian, Herman Miller, Charles Eames, Marimekko, Mid Century, Saarinen, Paul McCobb, Hollywood Regency, lucite, rattan, Kilim rug, Moroccan rug, Dansk Enamel, Vera napkins, graniteware, spatterware and vintage brass. What would you add?

2. KEEP IT LOCAL
To find the desk, we searched “campaign style writing desk,” and discovered a beautiful vintage one. When shopping for furniture, lighting or other large pieces, set the item location to your zip code. (That’s what we did for our desk.) This may allow you to pick up the item in person.

3. START BROAD, THEN LIMIT
My friend Abbey Nova loves to search for vintage paintings on eBay. But since browsing art can be overwhelming, she uses the limiting categories, on the left side of the page, to help her narrow down exactly what she wants. Says Abbey, “I might start off in the ‘Art‘ category and then select ‘Art from Dealers & Resellers,’ and then limit this to ‘paintings’ and then ‘between 1900-1949’ and then ‘oils.’ I’m partial to landscapes, so I often limit my search to ‘landscapes’ as well.”

4. USE DOUBLE SEARCH TERMS
Interior designer Hollister Hovey uses Boolean search terms (which is when you combine a search term with AND, NOT or OR to produce more specific results). “I might search ‘folding chair (Italian, Swedish, Danish)’ — you get all the options of Italian, Swedish AND Danish folding chairs in one go,” Hollister explains. “Or I’ll search ‘1970* Italian (chair, lamp)’ and using the * would show you all the options that are manipulations of 1970 (1970, 1970s, 1970’s).”

5. REMEMBER THAT SOME ITEMS ARE BETTER VINTAGE
“Everyone should try a cast iron pan,” says Alex, who found his vintage 1940s pan on eBay. “It’s so much better for cooking steak. The older ones were made by hand and get a patina,” he explains. “They’re way better than the new ones.” These vintage dutch ovens are another great staple.

6. BUT SOME ITEMS ARE BETTER NEW
While eBay is an amazing resource for vintage finds, there are plenty of new things, too. Says Abby Low, “When shopping, I usually think about the thing for a while before buying. There was a great Madewell perforated leather tote, but I waited too long to buy it from the store and missed my chance. So, I searched for it on eBay and found a new one with tags. I even got a slight discount!” If you’ve been on the hunt for a new dress, bag or shoes, search for them on eBay. You may be surprised by what you find.

7. ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION
Use eBay to build an existing collection. As Rustam Mehta told us, “I go on eBay and search ‘mushroom lamps,’ and now I have a small collection. Of course, you’ll find ridiculous lamps that look like toadstools, so you have to sort through those. But there are also thousands for $20 to $50.”

8. JUST HAVE FUN
While you’re watching TV, listening to a podcast, or winding down at the end of the day, there’s something strangely soothing about scouring through eBay listings. “I love to search a term and then look at every single item,” says Abby. “I sometimes do this when I’m having trouble sleeping. Eventually, I’ll get tired and fall asleep.” Browsing on eBay can be like wandering through a flea market or estate sale, from the comfort of your bed or sofa.

Anton’s Vintage school map was found on eBay

eBay is currently having their end of season sale, so if you’re looking for anything for your home or wardrobe, now is a great time. Check out the full range of sale items here.

Have you found any favorite items on eBay over the years? Or have any search advice? We’d love to hear…

(This post is sponsored by eBay, a site we’ve loved and used for years. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running. Top photo by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo, styling by Kate Jordan; bottom photo by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Lisa says...

    CoJ, I am wondering if you could do a few more posts that offer more tips for specific areas of Ebay. A few suggestions: vintage jewelry, clothing, dinning/home décor, furniture, art/drawings/paintings/posters, kids toys/games/educational items, and last nursery/children’s rooms. A dedicated post to a few key areas could really help us all :-)

    Thanks!

  2. Alia says...

    Ebay is my go to for vintage stamps! If you’re patient, you can find some good finds for “below face value” or “at face value” so you don’t have to pay a ton more than what they cost to buy in the first place.

  3. Tory says...

    After looking up a restaurant in a nearby town, I recalled the name of my grandfather’s restaurant (he had recently passed away) and on a whim, googled it. It pulled up a single eBay result of an teacup with the name and address of the restaurant printed on it. I purchased it and gave it to my father as a gift. He theorized that someone stole it decades ago and it’s one of the very few items we have left of the restaurant.

  4. Alina says...

    I love eBay. Most of my clothes and shoes are bought second hand from sellers on there. It saves money, I can look for a specific item without getting distracted like I would in a store, and it makes me feel that somehow I am helping the environment as well.

  5. Rachel Swanson says...

    The topic of eBay shopping always makes me think of a story I heard once (though I can’t remember where I heard it!). In the very early days of eBay, this couple searched long and hard and finally found the perfect solid wood dining room table and chairs. Money was tight so they thought it through carefully and finally pulled the trigger. When the set was delivered to their home, they realized that they had bought a table and chairs for a DOLLHOUSE. Since returning wasn’t an option and they didn’t have the money for another table and chairs, they set up the tiny set in their empty dining room for laughs and had to go on living without a real table and chairs for awhile!

    • anne says...

      Yes!! I thought of that too when I read this post. Maybe it was on This American Life…? Such a great story.

    • J says...

      I LOVE this story too! It is from an episode of This American Life :)

  6. Laura says...

    I recall reading somewhere that any used cast iron pans could have been used to melt lead in the past (for example for fishing lures..)

  7. Lena says...

    So when I was a kid my very stereotypically of his generation grandfather (think blue poly leisure suits, martinis, kids seen and not heard, women are all “hon”, men are are “son”…) had this clock in his bar area in his summer home that had all the numbers tumbled to the bottom of the clock and then the face of the clock said “who cares.” It was the first adult joke I ever got and I loved it. When he died I asked my dad to get it for me when he and his brothers were cleaning out his house. Alas, I didn’t get the clock. I was so sad. So for YEARS, I would periodically search for this clock on eBay and lo, a few years ago I got it! I even told the seller my story and she refunded the shipping costs. It’s truly one of my prized possessions now.

  8. Hannah says...

    This article just inspired me to bit a quick bit of my own shopping on eBay.
    Lo and behold, I found the cutest linen dress from J Crew for $5.99 in great condition! Thanks for this :)

  9. Jennifer Nelson says...

    I have purchased and sold more than a few items on EBay and love it. Recently I purchased a beautiful MZWallace backpack marked as pre-owned that still had the tags on it in excellent condition for $90. Price new, $385. If you find a clothing or bag, etc. that you are itching for but is expensive you should really check Ebay first. You can get some great deals.

  10. Emily says...

    My budget and taste for things like shoes, bras, and swimsuits don’t often match up, so I will look on eBay for them “new with tags” or “new in box” and I can almost always get them cheaper than I would in the store. I also find that you can get a lot of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finds that you missed for roughly the sale prices. I’m looking at you, Barefoot Dreams cardi.

    • This reminded me of an episode of Real Housewives of NYC from a few weeks ago where Sonja was wearing a pair of panties that still had the tag on. Everyone was point out the tag and she said she leaves it on so she can sell them for more money! Ha!

  11. Ellie says...

    Shopping eBay is how I source merchandise for my antiques business, and I love it! Over the last decade, I have bought some real treasures, many that end up for sale at the highest end retailers in New York. For a multiple of what I paid, naturally!
    All the searching tips here are spot on. One addition — buy from sellers who state that they will willingly accept returns. Buying from pictures has its limitations!

  12. Rebecca Leech says...

    Thank you! I love shopping on ebay but never realized I was doing it so inefficiently! These are great tips. I am off to search for some paintings…

  13. Barbara says...

    I had a christmas ornament from when I was little that was my favorite. It was a frosted angel playing a violin. I was so sad when, years and years later, my dog managed to chew it up. I searched Ebay that year for a similar ornament but didn’t have any luck.

    Amazingly, the next year I happened to look again and found THE EXACT ORNAMENT. It was probably way overpriced for what it was, but I had to get it, because what were the chances?

  14. But it’s so annoying when you’re bidding on stuff — you have to pay attention to when it’s over and then make sure to get in the last bid. And sometimes that happens when you’re in the middle of work or something. I just found it overall a very frustrating experience and have since chosen to straight up buy things, even if it costs a little more, from other sites. But if you have any secrets on putting in bids, please let me know!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you! bidding can be a pain. LOTS of stuff has a “buy it now” option — so i usually search items with a filter saying “buy it now” only. that way, i don’t have to worry about bidding at all.

    • Danielle says...

      @Mary Kate I usually just use “Buy It Now” because of this but you can look for a sniper app (I think there might be sniper chrome extensions too) and they swoop in and bid for you. Lots of people swear by them (although they have their naysayers,too)

    • Azure says...

      There are apps where you can give them your highest price and when the auction is almost over, it will automatically bid up to that price. I works very well unless someone else is also using that app!

    • Sommer says...

      Mary Kate – I used to use Auction Sniper years ago. It will bid automatically for you at the very last remaining seconds of the auction, up to a specific amount you specify. I’m sure there are other sites if you Google “Auction Sniper”. Good luck!

    • Belated thanks for all the tips! Maybe I’ll give it another shot

  15. If something is out of your price range, even if it doesnt say you can make an offer, don’t be afraid to (respectfully) contact the seller with an offer, as long as it’s reasonable. After all, ebay serves in many ways like the online version of a flea market and I know a lot of flea and vintage sellers who I’ve met in real life mention that they do the majority of their selling on there now. Since they’d make a deal in person, they may do so online too. I’ve done this to great success and no harm done if they say no!

  16. I buy wayyy too much on ebay – usually jewelry. I save searches for things I am on the lookout for (not urgently, but that I’d love to have) and then check what’s new in that search basically daily (you can look on the app or they can send you emails). I’ve gotten insanely lovely things over the years for bonkers cheap prices. When it’s an auction, I just don’t let myself get caught up; I decide beforehand what it’s worth to me (taking any guarantees of materials and authenticity on vintage items with a grain of salt) and stop bidding there. I also run a small handmade business and it’s great for supplies like linen bags, packaging, stuff like that.

  17. Mali says...

    Does anyone else find that doing things like browsing on ebay or other shopping sites ends up leading to impulse purchases? It’s so easy to just buy stuff…and I end up getting things that maybe I wouldn’t buy in a store or that I would wait on… I love the convenience of online shopping, but sometimes I feel like I end up buying (and spending) more…especially when I browse to chill out or relax. Sigh.

    • Jo says...

      I found that I was spending too much online, so I started just adding things to cart when I liked, but then I go back to browsing, get distracted and move on. I also add to cart, but then shut my laptop and come back to it the next day if I’m still thinking about that item. If I’ve totally forgotten about it then I remove from cart because I obviously don’t really want or need it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s good advice, jo. thank you!

    • Rachel says...

      It sometimes feels that way. What I try to do is instead of buying something I pin it to my Pinterest page I think about “shopping” that way. If I’m still thinking about it a couple of days (or weeks) later I’ll buy it (or have the fun of trying to find it elsewhere if it’s sold out!).

  18. Ro says...

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who scrolls through websites when I can’t sleep! For me it’s Etsy. I’ll type in something like “vintage blouses” and look at all the pretty things. It might not be the best evening activity due to the bluelight in the screen and all that, but it is a relaxing activity all the same!

    • Mimi says...

      Nightshade mode is my friend. I’m too sensitive to blue light and will stay awake until 2am. I set nightshade mode to begin at 7pm and never stay up past 9..because, reality, I’m a mom and I need sleep just as much as my kid does! :)

  19. Alex says...

    As a librarian, reading the tips in #4 made my heart sing! Such good strategies using wildcard (the asterisk) searching!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3 <3 <3

    • Mindi says...

      Yes! I thought the same thing. People don’t know enough about Boolean and wildcard searching.

    • Tim says...

      I’m sorry to tell you that eBay deprecated the wildcard (*) search in 2012. My job also requires me to search in databases, and we enjoy powerful commands and wildcards, so it broke my heart to have my “search-fu” so limited in my avocation. Collectors of all things produced in “years” or “numbers,” including me (a coin collector,) lost many powerful and useful searches. One of my old searches was 73 characters, including spaces, and it found misspellings. The replacement is 299 characters, and won’t find misspellings. It’s no coincidence that I stopped buying on eBay soon after they dropped the feature.

      If you use the asterisk now, you will get invalid results.

  20. Sadie says...

    Between my collections and my recycling-obsessed nature, I’m an avid user of eBay. I love the thrill of the hunt, and it sometimes feels like getting Amazon selection with garage sale prices. I decided I wanted more suits in my wardrobe, but they’re expensive. Just bought one for £20 and am bidding on two others. I’ve bought missing parts for toys, parts for my vintage bikes, a cocoa mug exactly like my husband’s childhood one that was broken, and once, a custom-made bike light that turned out to be so bright it’s actually illegal to use in city limits… but amazing for country cycling at night!

    Have you ever heard the Weird Al song, “eBay”? Basically my life!

  21. Hannah says...

    Yep, love eBay for all kinds of things: kids clothes (it kills me to pay retail for things that will be outgrown so quickly!), vintage charms for my charm bracelet, even presents! One year, I got everyone a vintage postcard of a place they loved (their alma mater, hometown, vacation spot); a big hit, and really inexpensive.

    • My kids have been outfitted in many pairs of TOMS, Keens, Livie + Luca, Clarks, and See Kai Run thanks to eBay. I never would have bought them new otherwise!

  22. My absolute favorite shopping site. I agree that using your “filters” makes searching so much more successful. Another helpful hint, always scroll through all of the offerings before making a decision. Add the item to your “watch” list to keep track of it.

  23. I started shopping on ebay last year when my son was born. I’ve bought about 80% of his wardrobe second hand! It’s amazing, and you can search by brand and size very easily, which is perfect for babies who grow so quick. I grew up going to the Salvation Army with my Mom, so love the idea of teaching him about recycling.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, erin!

  24. It had never occurred to me to shop for art on eBay, but it’s such a good tip. I’m excited to start hunting!

  25. Ms Nina G says...

    My boyfriend was trying to sell his 1982 red BMW – in impeccable shape that belonged to his father. The value was $2800 – we listed it everywhere -no buyers. I said we should try eBay – we soon had a buyer – based in Tel Aviv – he bought the car and arranged for a shipping company to pick it up from our place in Seattle and ship it overseas. eBay is amazing – it was a shockingly easy and seamless transaction (where we had no bites in the US). We always think about what that car is up to in its new home.

  26. Charlotte says...

    I know this may sound extreme, but a few years ago I decided to stop buying things new if at all possible in hopes of reducing waste. Ebay is great for this, and obviously Craigslist too. Whatever I do buy tends to be higher quality because I can afford more expensive things secondhand than I could if I was buying them new.

    The funniest thing I’ve realized though doing this is that because I’m not visiting stores or online retailers (besides Craigslist and Ebay, obviously) I’ve slowly stopped buying most “stuff” at all. I think it’s all those random purchases you make because you just happen to see something you like as you’re browsing through a store. If you’re not in a store, that doesn’t happen.

    Ultimately, it’s better for the environment, better for my wallet, and better for me too. It’s really liberating to get by with less and get creative with what I already own!

    • Emily says...

      I’ve been trying to do more of this too. I look at eBay, local Facebook buy/sell/trade groups, and Craigslist. I also like ThredUp and have just discovered some great high end consignment stores in my area that I can’t wait to check out.

    • Cait says...

      Same here! I’ve started to care a lot more over the last few years about the environmental impact of my buying choices, and I don’t have the opportunity with kids to thrift shop as much as I used to, nor the budget for the higher end sustainable shops. And ultimately secondhand is less wasteful anyway! I’m a big fan of Kidizen for kids, and ThredUp for myself, but now I really want to try out ebay more!

  27. I treat eBay like my national online thrift store! But I am careful which sellers I buy from – very very careful. I only buy from US sellers and not from sellers who are hawking stuff off Amazon. I check for excellent feedback and detailed listings. I greatly prefer buying from individuals who take their own pictures – that’s how I avoid Amazon.

    I often buy used books on eBay. So simple to search for exact titles and I almost always find even the uncommon ones I’m hunting.

  28. Kat says...

    Love the suggestions on finding art!

  29. Jessie says...

    I LOVE EBay! I’ve purchased a couple of Louis Vuitton purses and wallets. If you know LV you know which ones on Ebay are fake and which ones are real. I’ve gotten a Lululemon Rain jacket that was sold out in stores that I LOVE, Uggs, Hunter rain boots, and some other things I can’t remember. It’s amazing

  30. Sherry says...

    How do you like your office chair? And what is it?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love it! it’s at my desk at home. the bacco chair from DWR.

  31. Leah says...

    I love eBay. I collect flower frogs and have really added to my collection with eBay and Etsy. I agree with Alessandra who said to always check feedback. I would add not only look at positive v. negative overall, but if you are buying something pricey, actually read the positives, too. They can sometimes hint at problems where someone didn’t want to leave negative feedback. I also buy all my Danskos on eBay.

  32. Elle says...

    At an office holiday gift swap years ago, I won a vintage Czechoslovakian cream pitcher in the shape of a colorful tropical bird. I loved it. Then eBay came along. Now I have 29 of them.

    • Lucie says...

      hahahahaha

  33. Debbie Elliott says...

    I’ve sold my old, name-brand, business and other clothes on eBay really successfully. And I’ll shop for Eileen Fisher and other designers if I know my size and see something I like at retail. Now, I’m actually looking for an english vintage fireplace mantel/surround and insert. Plenty of options, shockingly!

  34. Q says...

    Similar to the dollhouse dining set, I purchased what I thought was a beautiful vintage squash blossom necklace on eBay… it was a STAMP. Just one single postage stamp with a picture of the necklace on it. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh!!!! haha that’s hilarious/horrifying! laughing so much right now.

  35. Roxana says...

    I love eBay!

    I buy all sorts of things new and used. E.g. a pair of pants from Gap that I loved (they fit just right), but accidentally dumped a half bottle of oil on my lap while wearing them (the story is as dumb as it sounds). Of course, Gap no longer sells the style, so… eBay to the rescue! I found a NWT (New With Tags ;) pair for about $12! Woo-hoo!

    Also, my daughter becomes obsessed with certain pieces of clothing (like a dress from Hanna), but grows out of it, so I just check-out eBay for the next bigger size!

    The environmentalist in me also loves buying things from eBay/second-hand. It seems that I’m not perpetuating consumerism when I buy things off of eBay.

    eBay for the win! :)

  36. j green says...

    Another tip is that you can use the minus sign (-) to eliminate things from your search, like: dress -wedding -summer -strapless.
    It really helps. I also find that sometimes good deals are found from sellers who don’t know what they are doing and list things like “red shirt” instead of “NWT Anne Taylor Shirt 6 Medium Small AMAZING!!!” so casting a wide net can be useful.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh that’s so helpful! thank you!

  37. Em says...

    This is so timely, because I just scored a gorgeous vintage gold silk tank on eBay this week! I don’t usually buy clothes without the option to return, but at $13 (I made an offer to get the price down), I figured it was worth a shot. It fits great :) Was really cool to be able to use search terms to narrow down what I was looking for, instead of perusing tons of thrift stores. Though that can be fun too!

    I wonder, though, what are the advantages to shopping for local furniture on eBay, versus Craigslist? I’ve always done my furniture shopping on Craigslist since it’s ONLY local, but I am I missing out?

  38. Mo says...

    Unrelated to eBay, but where is the painting on your desk from? It’s beautiful!

    • Maggie Biondi says...

      Yes the painting is lovely – who is the artist?

  39. Another thing I love about this blog/community: Even when you do sponsored posts, you’re giving us ideas and real content. And then the comments are gold of course.

    • Sarah says...

      I agree. The sponsored content has been killing it lately – really additive (as I check CoJ right before my ongoing free trial of YNAB!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much :)

  40. MarlaD says...

    I’m not a huge Christmas decorator, but last year I got it in my mind that I wanted a vintage kitten ornament (who knows why) and discovered the pleasure of browsing vintage Christmas ornaments! I found my kitten, and this year I might dip in for a 60’s Sputnik! I’ve also picked up a few vintage dishes to add to a set my mom has had since the late 50’s, all perfect and reasonably priced.

  41. Amy says...

    I bought our living room chairs on eBay. They are the ones every dives for when we are watching T.V. or have company. And they were $60 each!

  42. Allison says...

    I bought my Monique Lhuillier wedding dress on ebay :-p

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      LOVE THIS!

    • j green says...

      whoa–me too! That’s crazy!

    • j green says...

      (Adding on) I would love to compare photos! It was such a great find of mine!

    • stephanie says...

      my sister bought her veranda wang wedding dress on ebay! today is her 10th anniversary.
      and my brother’s wife wore the dress when they got married a few months later.

    • Hannah says...

      I bought my Rivini wedding dress on ebay too! Was about 5 sizes too big and had it taken in. $3000 dress for $600 :)

  43. Francine says...

    I searched category furniture by zip code with search term “IKEA” when first starting out and was able to furnish my first apartment really cheaply :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s such a great tip!!

  44. Becky says...

    I buy Shiny Brite ornaments in a specific palette, through the end of summer. After that, prices go up through Christmas. Years ago, when Martha Stewart had her catalog, I purchased her tinsel feather tree, in a very soft, glittery pink. It is still beautiful and I hang my eBay finds and my grandmother’s vintage baubles and it is just a thing of beauty! We started it when my daughter was 4 and she’s 25 now and the tree is loaded. But we have had excellent luck with our Christmas ornaments and I always wonder about the history behind them. Who used them? Did they love Christmas as much as I do? And how did they end up on eBay? I made my daughter promise to keep them, but she loves the tree and the memories so much, I don’t need to worry about that.

    • Michelle says...

      Oh my gosh- me too! They are so beautiful. I look for them at yard sales and vintage shops as well, but there are such unique finds on ebay or etsy. I have little kids and we do a hodge-podge Christmas tree (all kinds of ornaments, tinsel, colored lights, etc.) but they know to be extra careful with my “special ornaments”. I don’t have an actual tree like yours, but would love to have one some day…maybe if I keep collecting I will have an excuse to buy one :)

  45. S says...

    I’m into all of these points except the insomnia part. Looking at a screen is so bad for your sleep cycle! Plus, I find myself more inclined to make impulse purchase when tired or stressed, but that’s probably a personal problem ;)

    • Nina says...

      Exactly! I find searching on Ebay really stressful anyway. Definitely not a wind-down activity.

  46. Alessandra says...

    I buy on ebay, and sometimes I sell my old things, the most important tip I would add to your list it’s to check the seller’s feedbacks, and look at them carefully to avoid problems/scams. Also refine the search by Price+shipping lower first ;)

  47. Sarah says...

    I agree, it’s all about the search feature. I found my amazing chandelier on ebay. I set up an exact product search and two years later, on Christmas, I got the search alert. It was new in the box, for 1/4 of the price of new. Best Christmas present!

  48. Julie says...

    Was in the midst of buying a new pair of Dansko clogs (retail $130) for $100 on eBay when this popped up in my Feedly. Hear, hear.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      nice!!!

    • Danielle says...

      Yes! The Dankso eBay market is so solid! Just got a pair that’s sold out everywhere for $50. I’ve had the best luck with shoes on eBay. I think it’s because once you wear shoes once or twice they are unreturnable so folks sell practically new shoes all the time at a drastically reduced price.

  49. I’ve never tried eBay, I think because I’ve associated it with having to bid on things. In any case, this post reminds me of ( I think a This American Life) story where a women found a beautiful, old dining set on eBay for a great price… but when it was delivered she found it was actually for a doll house!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that is so, so funny. the good thing about ebay these days is you can often “buy it now” — and you can search for items with the “buy it now” feature, so you don’t have to bid or wait for the auction.

    • Melanie says...

      I remember that one! 😂😂😂
      That sounds like something I would do

    • Patricia says...

      I once bought a painting on eBay for 11 cents. I couldn’t believe my luck! A week or so later, I got an envelope from an address I didn’t recognize. Inside was the tiniest little painting. I laughed so hard at my oversight and went ahead and centered in the giant frame I had chosen. It’s still hanging in my house.

    • Hilary says...

      Patricia – That’s awesome. Made me literally “lol” at my desk :)