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Old 05-19-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Default eBay vs. Craigslist vs. Flea Market/Garage Sale: What is better?

I've always wondered if the convience of eBay beats browsing garage sales with potential better prices for larger, heavier items. For instance, small furniture can be better with flea markets than eBay due to heavy shipping costs. On the other hand, small, fairly common items like coins/cards/stamps cab be better at eBay due to more competition. Sometimes however, eBayers Buy It Now in terms of getting a good deal, sometimes making you wonder if better deals are found on Craigslist, which have a free section but often communication isn't as good as eBay and isn't as search user-friendly. What is the best for certain categories, and overall?
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:02 AM
 
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It depends on several things. Garage sales are probably cheaper, but, if you're looking for certain items, do you have enough time to check out every garage sale for months or even years until you find that item? Same for craigslist...I know a lot of people love it but I've never used it because of all the problems about which I've read.

I've been buying on eBay for 11+ years and love, love, love it. There's nothing like shopping in your pajamas at 3:00 AM. And you can find anything there...if not today, then tomorrow. You do have to be careful about prices; occasionally you can find the same merchandise cheaper on places like amazon, but eBay usually has the best prices (and selection) anywhere. And, if you're careful about checking the seller's feedback (I never do business with anyone who had less than 99% positive rating), you dont have to worry about getting burned.
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Our local NBC affiliate has a very well organized and easy to search classifieds section on their website. It's quite common around here to find someone who has sold/purchased from their website (myself included). I like buying local....no shipping and easy to go inspect the item before purchase.

I find Craig's list messy and hard to navigate.

Ebay is better but usually not a local purchase. I've had positive results with Ebay. But I only purchased small items.

I'm not a "go to garage sales" kind of person. A large flea market would be more to my liking.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I like eBay for collectibles and sterling jewelry. I also buy new clothes/shoes in brands where I know what size I take. Usually 1/4 to 1/3 of the retail price and items have their original tags on them.

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Old 05-27-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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I've had good luck with Craigs List, both for buying and for selling and also picking up some free stuff.

Garage sales can be fun going through you neighborhood on a Saturday, looking at other peoples junk , and you can really score some good deals.

I wouldn't recommend this type of selling however, I tried it once, ran an ad in the paper, Garage sale 9-3. I had this old man show up at 7:30 in morning wanting a cookie jar, waking us up, so my wife lets him in and he's in our kitchen over our cookie jar that had cookies in it. (I wont give you 3 dollars how about 2.25)

I kicked him out. My day went downhill from there

I've bought things on EBay, but I don't believe I've ever won an auction, but I've only tried once or twice.
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