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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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Item Collection Delivery Mileage
Georgian sash window Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0AH Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 3LB 154
Original antique mantle clock centre adjustable pendulum (1) London, Greater London, E4 6LP London, Greater London, NW11 9RH 12
Cast iron cigarette ends bin unused Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8XL Croydon, Surrey, CR0 8AW 158
John lewis metal antique style bed head Colchester, Essex, CO4 3JB Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 8XF 61
Small suitcase Kinross, Kinross-shire, KY13 9SU Ullapool, Ross-shire, IV26 2YW 185
Iveco stralis sun visor wind deflector with decal Hayes, Middlesex, UB4 8QY Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 2LR 156
Gothic reproduction ceiling chandelier Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 5PY Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6PP 182
Mightymig100 welders perfect working order. Birmingham, West Midlands, B24 9LX Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 7EX 77
Jaguar xj6 x300 x308 xj8 alloy wheels with good tyres Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S61 1LZ FR 17600, Poitou-Charentes, France 751
Zehnder kleo chrome radiator Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8EA Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1HD 116