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


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