Saving Money Tip #1: Ebay on Steroids

August 25, 2007 at 1:08 pm (deals, ebay, fat fingers, Saving Money Tips)

I am no tightwad, however I am a firm believer in smart spending for your mental health.

Here’s the scenario:

You are in a massive hurry to the airport as you set your alarm for PM instead of AM. You are jetting off to the Seychelles for a much-needed weeklong decompression session. You wake up in a fright. Your hair is a wild mix of Roseanne Roseannadanna and Billy Idol and still deciding whether or not your vivid dream of eating everything in the fridge was a nightmare or a reality (also a nightmare). Just to refresh your memory:

Option one: Schlep your large bags like a hunchback hippo into the murky, sweaty subway for a hair-raising journey of scarcely populated cars and sidelong glances at your fabulous newly refurbished hair-do, perhaps? Yes, cheap…but worth your sanity? Also, you may or may not make your flight. Here’s the potential cast of characters sitting cheek-to-cheek with you on the underground:

Option two: Hail a cab and spend $40. Give a generous tip because you are going to ask him to drive on two wheels to get there. So, after arriving with time to spare, you have saved yourself a hernia, and have not been held at gunpoint in the dank unbelly of the city. Obviously, next time you should screw your head on right and set your alarm BEFORE you dab on the greasy eye makeup remover and are temporarily blinded, but what’s done is done and your sanity is worth more than a few extra dollars.

So, in the vein of quicker, easier ways to live your life, I have yet another discovery that came my way. I am an obsessed fan of Ebay and have purchased designer duds for nil, and beauty products galore. And books for school and presents for friends. It’s a wonderful place to get a deal and always fun to meet the UPS man with all of your brown boxes!

To take it up a notch, there’s a fabulous site, aptly named Fat Fingers ( I love it!! Think of it. How many misspellings have you seen on ebay?? A gadzillion? I work as a clinical editor, so I am constantly cringing. Whether you spot them or not, just know there are in the words of Fat Fingers:

“Thousands of items on eBay listed with descriptions containing spelling mistakes.
These items often expire with no bids on them as no-one can find them.
Type in a keyword below and click the Find button.
Then click the link and uncover those hidden gems…”

So, do as they have told, and click away. You will link directly to Ebay and the search now will include all the potential bad spellings too for a far better deal for you!! Have a blast!

PROS: larger array of deals shown, you find the deals others don’t find, less bidding on these items, so lower buy price, save money!!, may find hard-to-find items, options to install search box on blog/website, Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers

CONS: small amount of time to install search bar on browser


Blast from the past:


  1. Jayne said,

    Oh great idea! I’ll check them out!

  2. Larry Bailin said,

    Excellent post and great eBay buying tip. I am guilty of having fat fingers (not literally) so I can sympathize with the masses of eBay blunderers out there as I am for sure one who has added to the growing list of spelling mishaps scattered throughout the web.

    This post has inspired me to not necessarily look for eBay gold but to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n
    a bit. Take the time to actually read what I write in Blog comments, forums, MySpace etc. before making a mad dash with my mouse to hit the “submit” button. If the first step is realizing you have a problem then I’m ahead of the game.

    I pledge to start working out, hit the keyboard more often to work on getting my fat fingers in shape.

    Great Blog by the way. Love the logo – I’m a new found fan.


  3. Staci Rose said,

    Actually! I read about a woman that owes her huge success on ebay to intentionally misspelling words. She swears by it!

    I’m an English major and appalled yet awed at the same time. 😛

    Have you checked out Etsy yet? 🙂

  4. Anna said,

    Enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for visiting. Anna 🙂 (from myonlyphoto blog, just in case)

  5. Nature Nut /JJ Loch said,

    Great blog!!! I love your voice. 😀


  6. Nubia said,

    I love the Star Wars video–it’s totally true, riding the nyc subway is crazy.

  7. jOolian said,

    …HA…great Blogs-o-Fire…
    and i must be stuck in Billy Idol follicle mode….love yer site, mod and an ease on the eyes, and a fringe to the mind…Awesome! ~julian

  8. The Naked Madhatter said,

    Tanks for your plast from the paste! What a drill!
    Naked Madhatter

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