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Finding deals in India was a big deal. First, there was all the physical work involved. I have done this multiple times, and sometimes continue doing this even today.

  • Visit a store, know the price
  • Visit another 5 stores in the neighbourhood. Haggle with everyone for a good proce
  • Now, settle for one of the shops you like. Haggle some more
  • Get the product you wanted to buy so much, at the right cost

All this and more have changed drastically over the past 2-3 years with the advent of numerous internet stores that enable you to ‘point and click’ the product that you like, and the next thing you know – you get it delivered at your doorstep. Well, it is always not that easy, but you get the picture. Where there are internet sites, there ofcourse is eBay. eBay.com is a website that enabled online auctions back in 1995 and quickly transitioned to ‘Buy it now’ or getting a product without going through the auction process. eBay came to India in 2005 as ebay.in, and the rest is history.

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But enough of all that, what you would want to know about eBay today:

  • eBay has one of the best prices for a lot of categories. I have typically found better deals in mobile phones and electronics.
  • eBay coupons are good, the discounts sometimes are excellent. Subscribe to the newsletter and make sure you keep an eye open for the coupons. These get you discounts anywhere between 5 to 10% on various categories of products. eBay also gives out coupons in Adsense ads – a more recent one was Rs. 150 off a min. purchase of Rs. 200 (i.e. you can get an item that costs Rs. 200 at Rs. 150)
  • eBay also has special deals that run for limited time. These are also part of the newsletters that arrive in your inbox. There is a potential to get bigger discounts for specific products, the categories of course are focused more on electronics
  • Auctions are always present, but I have not really seen a lot of good things happen in this space in the Indian site

Best of all is the eBay guarantee. I have personally been through 2 cases where high value (which for me is > 5000) items were not the same as what was promised. All I needed to do was to open a case with them, and they followed up with me later on, followed up with the supplier and refunded the money within 7-9 days. Having this trust really helps, especially since there are more than a few instances when products are available at much lesser prices in eBay.

What is your experience of eBay? Do you agree that it is worth buying through eBay?

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