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The Ebay Quandry

So, here’s a problem. No one likes to buy stuff on eBay from someone who has a low feedback, but what do you do when you want to sell on eBay for the first time? Honestly, the reason why I never sold anything (I always would get a friend to list for me) or use my wife’s account was because of this problem. How do you start out and get that much needed initial positive feedback? Here’s some solutions that I’m trying:

  • Starting small. I’m starting with smallish items, some DVD’s, old video games, and working my way up. I just sold my first two items and am now trying to sell a WaveBird controller. We’ll see how this works out.
  • Just tried this: give links to my website and some other places that may or may not add credibility.
  • Taking my own pics instead of using the stock ones — also, I saw someone else doing this — I put a slip of paper with my username on it in the pic
  • Attempting to be extremely prompt with answering questions and sending out items people win.

It’s too soon to know whether or not it will work, but I’m feeling good about it so far. Honestly, it’s a little addicting like a good RPG. I feel like I’m leveling up when I list a new item.

Oh, I also plan to buy some stuff too, I think seller’s can leave feedback for you as well. Actually, that’s probably the easiest way to get feedback.

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Misspelled Auctions

A fantastic way to find som cheap deals on ebay is to look for auctions with the name misspelled. Most people won’t be able to find thes auctions and as a result bidding on them will be lower.

Now, there’s a site to help you find misspelled aucions.

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Lower your Cable Modem Bill in Seconds Flat!

I got this trick from Yoda.

Tired of The Man sticking it to you with expensive cable modem bills? Then try this out:

Call your cable modem provider and ask to speak to someone about cancelling your service. After being directed to the appropriate department, tell the service rep that you received a flier in the mail for DSL service advertised for only $19.99 a month, and wanted to terminate your service to opt for the DSL. They will attempt to persuade you to stay by lowering your bill, but don’t fall for this trap. Tell him you want them to match DSL at $19.99, or it’s over. If they won’t comply with your reasonable demands, simply hang up and call back. You will undoubtedly receive a different rep this time, so give her the same pitch. It took me 3 attempts, but I’m now locked in for $19.99 for 12 months! via Yoda

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Guild Wars at Amazon and Target – $39.99

Guild Wars is now availabe at amazon.com or your local Target store for only $39.99, 10% off its regular price. While you’re at it you might want to purchase some Febreze for your room. You’re gonna be in there for a while.

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DOOM 3 – Only $19.99!

Wow, DOOM 3 for only $19.99 at Best Buy? That’s hotter than the coals Danny Devito walked over in Jewel of the Nile! What this game lacks in innovative gameplay it more than makes up for with awesome graphics and ultimate scares! Go ahead and add the Resurrection of Evil Expansion Pak for $14.99 and you’ll have to leave the closet light on for months!

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Dawn of the Dead Pixels

After purchasing an $800 Dell 20.1″ Widescreen LCD Monitor for $400 last week using tons of stackable coupons, I had to send it back to its home today. These Dells are notorious for having dead pixels and bleeding in the corners, and mine was no exception (thousands have had this problem, I just figured I’d get lucky).

Although I can’t recommend this monitor as a Hot Deal here due to the excess of customer complaints and shoddy manufacturing, I do have a free program you can use to see if your LCD has any dead pixels. It’s a handy program for those who don’t want spend hours hunting for the little jerks, and it’s a must if you just purchased an LCD so you can find them before it’s too late to return it.

The only good thing that came out of this is my mom and Aunt Jean replicated my birthday supper because they felt so sorry for me.

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Free Donut

June 3rd if Free Donut Day at Krispy Kreme. Get any free donut you want. via CSB

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Dive Knife

Did you pull an Open Water and drop your expensive dive knife on your last dive? If so, check out Leisure Pro’s deal of the week. They have a Blue Reef 3.5″ Compact BCD Knike for just $4.95. Now, that’s a deal, but you better act fast. It only lasts for a week.

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Free Paper Mario 2

You can get one of my personal favorite games for free! Go to EB Games, pick up Paper Mario 2: The Thousand Year Door, and then look in EB’s May catalog for a $20 mail-in-rebate. via 4 Color Rebellion

Wow, that’s one of the most spectacular video game deals in this century. Of course, I already own this game, but I’d be there in a second if I didn’t.

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Totally tubular dude!

So you wanna free pizza? Try this tip:

The next time you order a pizza for delivery from one of the big three (Pizza Hut, Domino’s, or Godfather’s), tell them you have a “buy one, get one free” coupon. Now go ahead and order what you want, and tell them what you want on your second pie (it has to be of equal or lesser value of the first pizza). Wait 30-45 minutes.

And the best part? The delivery person NEVER asks for the coupon. NEVER. I have done this on literally every pizza order in the last 4 years with complete success, no joke. And if for some reason they do ask, just say hold on, run to your room and stare at your Seinfeld poster for a minute or two, then return and tell them you can’t find it and if you could just bring it up the store when you do. If you’re friendly they should just say it’s cool and let it slide. Worst-case scenario is you’ll be out of the pizza. Just don’t tell me about it because I will be dissapointed with you.

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Free Carfax Report

Get a free Carfax report. (click on the first search result; referrer logging has to be turned on) via Slickdeals

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Ebay Tip: Parlez-Vous Français?

Don’t really want that neon-framed picture of the Budweiser thoroughbreds you won on Ebay, but don’t want to risk negative feedback by not paying for it? Then try this tip.

Before you reply to the seller’s email congratulating your win and giving you payment instructions, go to altavista’s babelfish translator, type in a horribly incomprehensible sentence in English, and convert it to the foreign language of your choice. For example:

“Who you me want to pay not me you pay yourself not why ask me this you” translated to French becomes: “Qui vous je voulez pour me vous payer pas salaire vous-même pas pourquoi demandez-moi ceci vous”

Now send this to the seller. He will be completely bewildered, and if he does happen to know the language or if he knows how to translate it, it still cannot be deciphered. If he keeps replying, just have fun with him and keep coming up with more nonsense phrases. He’ll eventually get bored, and you’ll be off the hook.

I’ve performed this trick several times, and it has never failed. Best of luck, and stay tuned for the next Ebay Tip!

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Another Great TV Deal

If you’ve been holding out for a better deal than the Philips Widescreen HDTV I posted, then check this out: A Panasonic 53″ 16:9 HDTV Ready CRT Projection TV for only $849.99! And the best part? Free shipping! Be the envy of all your trade school classmates. It also has picture in picture so you can be ready for when your mom walks in on you watching questionable content.

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Nintendo Revolution On Ebay

How about that. You can already bid on a Nintendo Revolution on ebay. Of course, you can also get a PS3 or Xbox 360.

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Super-Low Price on Philips Widescreen HDTV

In the market for a new TV? You can now purchase a sweet Philips 30 in Widescreen Real Flat HDTV for only $359. And don’t let the factory refurbished tag scare you-I’ve owned a refurbed Philips 27″ for 11 years, and it still runs as good as the day I bought it. You can now watch King of Queens in all its glory.

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