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eBay has become so popular that some people make a living just buying and reselling on such a huge marketplace. We all know you can buy and sell nearly anything on the massive online auction site, but sometimes the dreaded “pick up only” can put you off buying your desired item and organising delivery yourself can make you think twice about selling your unwanted goods online.

At any one time there can be nearly 1,000,000 pick up only listings on eBay, the sellers’ unwillingness to arrange delivery can put off potential buyers who do not live close to the auction, or lack the transport to go and pick up the item.

If you find an auction that you want to quote on but are put off because it is listed as pick up only, there is another option! Arranging an eBay courier can be a cheaper and more convenient option than picking up the item yourself. What’s more, if you don’t own a car most collection only auctions would be out of the picture anyway.

eBay delivery drivers can often be cheaper than the price of fuel you’d use getting your item and driving back; finding an eBay courier that’s already travelling a route between the auction and you can further reduce the cost of your delivery.

Tips for Buying on eBay

Whatever you’re quoting on, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure you find the best deal on your items before you even need them transported.

1. Quote as late as possible: Quoting early will only make the price climb higher, so leave it late. Be careful about quoting at the minimum increase though, because many other people might be watching the same item.

2. Use third party programmes: These can involve auto-quoter's or search functions that help you find a bargain. Be wary of scams though; make sure you do your research first.

3. Pay via PayPal: This will help your buyer protection; sellers who ask for money orders should be avoided.

4. Make sure it’s the real deal: Whilst difficult to tell if items are fake from pictures, you can try making sure that the seller isn’t trying to sell you something completely different such as an Xbox’s box! You can post items to the eBay board to get an independent opinion.

5. Check the going rate: By looking at “completed” auctions you can get a better idea of what you can expect to pay for your item.

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12 wooden pallets very good condition / diy wood / fire wood / scra... Sidcup, Kent, DA14 4AA Camberwell, Greater London, SE5 11
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Twin wall flue Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8PE Penarth, South Glamorgan, CF64 3NB 132
Car fuel tank (empty) Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 Monmouth, Gwent, NP25 3JE 151
Mattress Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DX Morden, Surrey, SM4 4PE 98
26 pack of Building blocks Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AH Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG16 6HU 70
Mens limited edition road boardman team carbon bike Grange-over-sands, Cumbria, LA11 7LD Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3NE 279
Log basket Huddersfield, Yorkshire, HD3 4RE Grange-over-sands, Cumbria, LA11 6HU 97
Huge log basket Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6NJ Grange-over-sands, Cumbria, LA11 6HU 263
Panasonic tv 21" tx - 21s3t Birmingham, West Midlands, B33 0HX Birmingham, B33 0HX 0