I think lots of people out there are hesitant to shop online, I love it. In the past, I’ve probably bought 300 things off of eBay…including a piano and two cars…and several hundred items from Amazon, Etsy, and other online merchants. I obviously LOVE online shopping. MOST of my shopping is done online.
Of course, I always check Amazon and eBay as well. The key to eBay is to either not entertain the bidding process and just sort by “Buy it now” and then “Lowest Price + Shipping”…or to get in on the bidding. If you are going to bid, don’t do it until the last couple minutes of the auction. Save the item in “Watched Items” and you can get emails to remind you or just check back a few minutes before the auction is to close. That is the best time to bid because it keeps the inflation minimal and gives the winner the best possible price. It also weeds out a lot of the competition because they don’t have enough time or aren’t at their computers to watch their bid. Remember to check seller’s reviews before buying from anyone on ebay as well as the shipping price. If you are buying big ticket items (cars, tools, instruments, etc.), only buy from reputable ebay stores that have a couple thousand reviews.