Some interested buyers who have, quite rightly, shopped around to find the best deals, email us with offers. Usually these follow the principle of "I have found this item elsewhere at £xx can you improve on or match this price". In the vast majority of cases, they are reporting products to us which are priced at just above or even below the cost price at which we and just about everyone else in this business, can buy them.
Now either we are all poor buyers - not really possible.... or hmmm there is something else going on.
Now there are some genuinely good deals to be had out there and by shopping around you might save a tidy sum. The higher the RRP (Recommended Retail Price) is, then the more you stand to save as competition for your business is always fierce.
Here is an example of a good deal.
A well known branded product with an RRP of £39.99 is offered by Argos or Boots at £29.99 this is a GOOD deal - these sellers are highly trustworthy and reliable, they offer above the minimum guarantees of satisfaction and you can buy with full confidence.
If you see the same product, as you very likely will, at a similar price from established, well; respected, Power Sellers this is a GOOD deal and if they have a sensible returns policy, by all means buy it.
But.....all too often we will come across the same product at a very much lower price, let us take £19.95 as an example. First we have to examine the likely cost price. Now it is just as true that cost prices will vary from source to source, although the differences will not be on the same magnitude as the retail prices. So typically the product (remembering the RRP of £39.99) is likely to have cost around 50-60% of this - before VAT and the sellers costs are added. Please do not underestimate the costs of anyone doing business. Something bought at £10 and sold at £19.99 does not generate a profit of £9.99 or even close. So if it is being sold for half the RRP the chances of a BAD deal increase. Why? It might not be the genuine product, a copy perhaps. It might be a previously returned item wth a fault that has been repaired and recycled and being sold as "New". It might be a manufacturers second that has a blemish or fault which has been sold on the secondary (Grey goods) market. These sub-standard products can be bought at very much lower prices than the perfect products. In fact at the lower selling price the chances are very much higher that you are buying into a BAD deal.
If you come across a something which looks to be a really great deal - CHECK IT OUT!!!
* First .....check the sellers profile and feedback to reassure yourself they appear genuine. Check their returns policy.
* Email them and ask them to confirm the goods are BRAND NEW and are not seconds, returns, rejects and the like and that they come with the full original manufacturers guarantee. Any genuine seller will be more than happy to reassure you. If you fail to get a clear and unambiguous response DO NOT BUY there is always another seller out there,
If it looks really too good to be true - it very probably IS too good to be true
Happy and safe eBaying!!!