How to eBay – My Tips

Nike Rally hoodie

If you’ve been following along since the beginning, you know how much I love eBay. I used to get so caught up in bidding wars back in the day, haha. Thankfully, things have changed and eBay is no longer only a place to bid on hard-to-find-items. In fact, 85% of all clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and beauty products on eBay are brand-new that can be bought with the Buy it Now feature. Lately, I’ve been leaning on eBay when a hot item is out of stock in my size or when I’m craving something designer (remember how I found these Hermes sandals on eBay a couple months ago?) Today, I thought it would be fun to share how I shop eBay, including a couple tips I’ve learned over the years.

Zella midi leggings

Ray-Ban black aviators

Crystalin Marie athleisure

Nike Air Max 270 gold and white

Givenchy Small Antigona satchel

I’m not quite the sneakerhead, but I do love my sneakers. Any time Nike comes out with a new style, it will sit in my cart for a few weeks. I don’t buy instantly because I have enough sneakers and definitely don’t need another pair, but if they stay on my mind for weeks, I’ll bite the bullet. With the new Nike Air Max 270’s I waited too long. My size was sold out everywhere. Luckily, I was able to snag them brand new on eBay. I don’t typically love color when it comes to my shoes (or anything for that matter, lol), but I’m obsessed with these! They’re super chic and I love the added height. 

A couple of you have asked about shopping eBay, so I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learned over the years.

  1. Use different search terms – combining different search terms will give you different results. If you’re really searching for that specific item in your size, try searching for the item different ways and get specific. For example, some shoes come in European sizes (think designer) and the default search will come up that way. But some sellers will list in US sizes – so you will get results using both search terms.  
  2. Check seller’s information – If you’re hesitant to shop on eBay, simply check the seller’s information. This is typically on the right hand side of the page once you click on the product. Check out their feedback rate. If they’ve sold 1000 items and have 99% positive reviews, they’re likely trustworthy.   
  3. Know that you’re protected – eBay offers money back guarantee. If an item doesn’t come as listed or you don’t ever receive the item, eBay does a great job in resolving any issues and issuing refunds.
  4. Get in contact with the seller – If you ever have questions about an item or want more photos, I highly recommend reaching out to the seller. Sellers are more than likely willing to respond. I’ve been a seller on eBay and I’m always happy to answer questions and send extra photos.

While I’m a big designer handbag and shoes shopper on eBay, they have every brand, price point, season, and style, so you can shop whatever you’re inspired by to fuel your individual style.

Let me know if you have any questions about shopping on eBay. I’ve been a shopper with them for years and would be happy to answer any questions.


Special thank you to eBay for partnering on this post.