Posts Tagged: online

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Brand Loyalty

As I’ve mentioned before, I am brand loyal. I love Fryes, I love Clarks, I love Prairie Underground long cloak hoodies, I love Karen Kane jeans and Desigual everything. As someone who knows firsthand how frustrating it can be to search for a perfect item, and how marvelous it can feel to find it, I am more than happy to trust certain manufacturers based on past experiences. Good experiences. It makes shopping easier when you rely on brand loyalty: Doing so narrows the field and increases your chances of quick success. READ MORE

Originally posted 2012-05-23 06:02:00.

Reader Request: Being a Savvy Shopper on eBay

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Martha e-mailed me this question:

You have so many wonderful handbags, and your posts often note that they are from eBay. Do you have any tips for hunting for bags on eBay? Do you search for a particular bag, or do you search bags generally to see what turns up? How do you know you are getting an authentic bag and not a knock-off?

I posted a while back about my own handbag shopping practices and choices, but Martha’s question reminded me that my ancient post on how to shop on eBay was due for an overhaul and refresh. I have nabbed some incredible deals on eBay. Deals so good they make me blush. Gorgeous designer boots at a fifth of their retail price, vintage coats for $10, necklaces that garner dozens of comments every time they’re worn, many lovely handbags … and the list goes on. READ MORE

This Week I Love …

eBay.

I’m the first to admit that eBay can be daunting. It can also be frustrating if you use it to track down an item you’ve wanted for ages, and then miss out at the last moment. And, as I’m sure you’ve heard, there are risks. Some vendors are sketchy and dishonest, some listings can be misleading, and you do need to shop and bid carefully. (See this older post on how to shop eBay for my tips.)

But eBay is the land of shopping second chances. Did you miss out on a skirt or handbag that’s now sold out everywhere? Chances are someone’s selling it (or something incredibly similar for less) on eBay. Are you searching for a an item that is a generation or two behind what’s in mall stores now? Check eBay – some seller might be trying to offload that very thing. Are you in love with a designer’s style but unable to afford full price? Always, always, scour eBay before ponying up. Current season, slightly used items can generally be found if a designer is well known. READ MORE