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The Best eBay Purchases I Ever Made

If you read my blog, you know that I am a firm believer in investing in high-end pieces to make the rest of your outfit look expensive, even if it’s from that cheap boutique that you’re kind of embarrassed to shop at. You know, the one where you hide the bag inside other bags from more expensive stores when you go shopping. You know you’ve done it before.

So while I do believe in buying expensive pieces, I almost always find those pieces for less online. More specifically, I find them for the best prices on good old eBay. Some people aren’t believers, and while I did a whole tutorial on how to find stuff on eBay like a pro, I thought I would put together a little compilation of my recent favorite finds, just so you can see my personal savings for yourself. These are the best eBay purchases I ever made.

1. Herve Leger Bandage Skirt: Retail $950 – eBay $200

Herve Leger on eBay

This skirt was originally listed for $275, and I loved it. I own a couple of the lower-end versions from BCBG, but even those are about $140. I sent the seller a message letting them know that if the skirt did not sell at their asking price, that I would gladly pay $200 (shipping included). I had a deal, and I friggin love this skirt. I threw in a pic of me wearing said skirt just so you can see how much I friggin love it. It had all the tags attached and was brand spanking new. How is it possible for them to sell it for so cheap, you ask? Don’t ask questions. Enjoy your expensive skirt.

Herve Leger eBay

 2. Equipment Button-Down: Retail $210 – eBay $57.89

equipment shirt eBay

I wear button-down shirts like it’s my uniform. I get so much wear out of them that I don’t feel so bad investing in better quality shirts. J. Crew makes nice ones, but Equipment is my new weakness. Their shirts are well made and well tailored, but I still think they are out of their minds to charge over $200. For this reason, I check eBay – and guess what? I pay less than half the price – almost 1/4 of the price actually. Just as in the prior situation, I have no idea how they are able to sell it for so cheap. It could have been a remorseful purchase (didn’t lose those extra lb’s or the color looked terrible on them). I really don’t care. I just enjoy my expensive shirt.

 3. Louboutin Very Prive’s: Retail $845 – eBay $300 

Louboutin eBay

I admit, I have a weakness for Louboutin’s. It generally doesn’t fit into a frugal lifestyle, but I’ve always saved up for these gems, and I’ve always bought them on eBay. I had my eye on these for a while – they were sold out everywhere in my size, but I knew the metallic would go with everything and they were worth keeping an eye out. Some people would never consider buying used shoes, and for the most part I agree. Shoes that have been worn a lot can often form to a persons feet, and since your feet are not like their feet, the shoes end up doing damage – or even worse may compel you to remove them in a nightclub – which should never, ever, ever happen. These beauties, on the other hand, were very lightly worn. I could tell by the condition of the bottom of the shoe that very little red had worn off, so they were likely only worn a couple times and some rich person was cleaning out their closet. SOLD.

4. Helmut Lang Leather Jacket: Retail $795 – eBay $99.99

Helmut Lang eBay

This was another amazing eBay purchase. I had been wanting a light colored leather coat, and Helmut Lang does jackets the best. I had been checking up on eBay and got super lucky that no one else had bid on this with only hours left to go. I’m assuming that this is because the condition was listed it as defected – but as you can see from the picture below, it really isn’t that noticeable and was absolutely worth the $695 in savings.

Herve Leger eBay

eBay Search Tips

* Use StuffAlert.com to set up an alert for what you’re looking for, and the site will alert you when something matching your search is listed.

* Be specific with your search. If you want a black helmut lang leather jacket S (for size small) – search exactly that. If you can only afford less than $400, then indicate that in your search, and then save the search so that you can easily search it again the next time you’re online. If nothing comes up for your specific search, remove the color to have more options – sometimes sellers won’t add those details to their headings.

* Don’t be scared to ask the seller if they are willing to sell to you for a reasonable price under the list price if their item does not sell by the end of the auction. Just send them a personal message – they almost always reply either agreeing or with a counter offer.

* Don’t be scared to buy used or without tags if the item is listed as in excellent condition, and the photos reflect that as well. Usually if the item arrives in a condition that is not represented, you can return it to the seller or file a claim with eBay to have your money returned.

* Watch your item and bid at the last minute. The eBay app makes this even easier to do on the go. The last thing you want is to get stuck in a bidding war and overpaying for a used dress you could have bought cheaper new. We get excited. It happens.

 

Do you have any good eBay success stories? I would love to hear them!

 

16 Comments

  1. Thanks, great post. Ciao from Italy.

  2. I’m always scared to buy the most popular designers from EBAY, such as Louboutin’s because of replicas. They have some good replicas out there, how can you telll authenticy from pictures?

    • eBay is really strict about vendors selling replicas. There are many rules in place to prevent this from happening. If you receive something that you’re suspicious of and find out is not real, eBay will allow you to file a claim and get your money back. I have never had an issue. Generally, if it states 100% authentic and the price is realistic (you’re never going to get brand new Loubs for less than $400) then I go for it. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  3. If you were able to buy all of these name brands on eBay without getting burned by fakes, I salute you. I make it a policy to never buy something “high end” unless I can hold it in my hands. If you have held an original of the item you want to purchase before, you know what it feels like and what type of quality to expect. A fake is usually easy to sniff out unless it is a high quality knockoff.

  4. I bought my wedding dress on EBay! I’d fallen in love with a couture gown by the designer Ulla-Maija, and because we were getting married a few years after the dress came out, I knew it would be nearly impossible to find in the stores. I searched for it on EBay & one became available shortly after we got engaged. It was one size too small but for the great deal I got on it (I paid around $800, it retailed for over $2k), we could afford alterations at the best place in Houston. I paid around $400 for alterations (she had to insert panels in the side, opening up the bodice), for a grand total of around $1200 for the dress. Quite a deal for my dream dress. :)

    • WoW! Thank you so much for sharing that story! I LOVE that!! I’ve always said I would probably end up buying my wedding dress on eBay – totally worth all the money you saved, and I bet you looked incredible in your dream dress.

  5. First time on your site…..love it and I’m a huge fan of eBay. I’ve sold over 6,000+ items in 2 1/2 years.

  6. I want that bandage skirt, LOL!! I tried looking on ebay but there are none :( I’ll keep looking. Awesome post!

  7. I’ve been selling stuff online on Ebay and Craigslist for years and I’ve never heard of StuffAlert. Are they new? Or a newer site? I read through their site, and it seems like a great tool to use. Thanks!

  8. I have no idea how I even stumbled upon your site…but I’m so glad I did!

    I haven’t been to a mall in almost 1 year. Best purchase I ever made was actually at Goodwill – on accident. I stopped by on my way home from work one day to see if they had any large nautical paintings (bc the one I’ve been coveting is more than $3,000, & there is no way I’d put that much into artwork right now).

    Anyhoo…I ended up finding a 100% wool charcoal Theory business dress – brand new, tags still on it. It retailed for $655…I bought it for $3.27! I was immediately intrigued by this whole thrift store concept, since I had never shopped at one before. Over the past few months, I have also purchased a pair of Stuart Weizmans for $6, a Tahari skirt suit for $12, a Henri Bendel silk top for $4, and some other random pieces. All new with tags on! Goodwill – who knew!?!

  9. thanks for sharing this great post! ebay is such a great tool if you know how to use it well. i also have a weakness for louboutin shoes. i always save my boxes, receipts, and red bags. then if i ever tire of a pair and decide to sell it, i have all the extras to make a great sale. this way i can subsidize (and justify!) buying the new pair i want 😉
    keep up the great work!

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