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Bay Trend: Top Ten Expert Tips

Hey, so my first post was about the Bay Trend. It’s my way of looking good for 99p. Some of you may be familiar with eBay and others not. So I’ve put together my Top Ten tips to successfully Bay Trend. Hope you enjoy:
 
1) KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Failure to do so will result in unnecessary spending by straying to look at other items. This defeats the object of a bargain if you end up buying extras.
 
2) SET A BUDGET- For everything: My personal budget for any piece of footwear or clothing is £5. That way I am always getting a bargain. If you get caught up in a bidding war without a budget you end up paying way more than intended and this means expense!!
 
3) DIAMOND IN THE RUFF: Refine your results so that you can find just what you are looking for. If you want a specific skater dress then typing in just that will bring up 1000’s of results. Type the specifics ‘top shop skater dress size 10 black’ and then you can further refine by postage costs, new or used, categories etc. This will narrow the 1000’s down to the better suited.
 
4) WATCH: When you find what your looking for don’t be tempted to bid straight away, this just ignites a bidding war and the price just keeps on increasing way before the item is due to end. By watching you can go back to the item right before it ends and bid a much lower price than if you triggered the war.
 
5) PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: If you can’t find what your looking for straight away don’t feel disheartened. Save the search and you will be regularly updated on newly listed items. It will come eventually. I waited 3 weeks to bag myself a Topshop Tiger print baroque jumper but when I got it appreciated it all the bit more.
 
6) TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: I mentioned before to watch the item before bidding. When the item finally is near it’s end don’t be too hasty. I usually wait until the last 8-10 seconds to make my bid ( Although I am already prepared to press “bid” from about 40 seconds) make sure you have set your maximum bid, reviewed this and are ready to click to bid in time.
 
7) GLOBAL: Don’t be dissuaded to bid on international items, they do come. . . Eventually ( postage takes a little longer but this is always stated). From my experience I’ve also found some of the high street store items in international eBay shops, usually china, which means I have been able to buy the exact item or factory second for under £5 brand new.
 
8) TOMATO, TOMATOE: New, worn once or twice. What’s the difference when vintage is all the new rage anyway? Nothing, apart from the idea of paying an extra £40 in store for it with a paper tag attached. Worn a handful of times is just as good as new if your buying quality. So word of advice is to not go out there searching for primark clothes because they’re bad enough quality BNWT (I used to be a loyal primark customer until tops started falling apart as I removed the tags).
 
9) GOING, GOING, GONE: Get selling yourself. It’s so easy, simply list the item and once it sells take a stroll to the post office to send the item to the buyer (They pay postage). If your auction starts at 99p it’s free to list too. Whenever I sell something I bid for something else to replace it’s old space in my wardrobe #Swap&Shop
 
10) VICE-VERSA: Shop out of season, want a pair of Levi shorts for the festivals in summer? Buy these on eBay in winter; these are not in demand in winter so it’s more than likely that there will be much fewer bids on shorts etc meaning Levi’s for less (I reluctantly paid £13 for a pair last summer but only £2.24 for a pair a few weeks ago).
 
Have a look at my eBay shop here to give the Bay Trend a go 🙂

What is The Bay Trend?

I mentioned the Bay Trend in my previous post but what exactly is this? Well not only do I call this a trend but believe this is an art in itself. It’s the art of buying an on trend item for a fraction of the price; pre loved (used/worn) on eBay.

This all started when looking on eBay for a specific dress I saw in river island but couldn’t afford at the time. I tried my luck with eBay and lo and behold, it was there: “Black River Island Bodycon Dress Size 10 Worn Once”. With 2 hours and 4 minutes left on this auction I placed my bid of £2.99. I waited patiently expecting to win the dress after the auction ended but no, someone beat me to it and the auction ended with a winning bid of £6.80. After two weeks of searching and bidding on eBay I finally won my dress for £66 less than what it cost in River Island. I was a happy bunny and that’s the moment eBay stole my heart. I asked myself “Why spend £100’s when I can spend £1’s”. From that moment on I decided, it would be the Bay Trend that was set to style me for the foreseeable future.

So to sum it all up, The Bay Trend is simply seeing a key fashion piece you like in store, online or advertised somewhere else and finding the same piece on eBay for a bargain price.

To read my Top 10 Expert Tips on how to Bay Trend to bag that bargain stay tuned for my next post 🙂