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Tips For Buying And Selling On eBay Spain

If you’re used to buying or selling on eBay in another country, you might be wondering whether to use eBay Spain. Take a look at our tips to help you pay less when buying or earn more when selling.

Buying new

Take a look at the eBay Spain homepage and go straight to “ofertas” to find the latest items on sale at reduced prices. Filter by most popular items or by groups: electronics, gardening, fashion and more.

Over 80% of items sold are new, with many listed by big stores. Always compare prices and factor in any delivery charges. Use the Advanced Search feature to filter for items without delivery charges.

Tip: Google the company name and the word “quejas” or “reclamaciones” to see if you find negative information outside of eBay.

Buying secondhand on eBay

Don’t dismiss secondhand items, sometimes prices are a lot lower than brand new especially after Christmas or Valentine’s Day. At these times people will be looking for a quick sell for cash.

Find the final bid price of the same, or similar, items on previous eBay auctions. This will give you an idea of what an item is really worth before deciding whether to go ahead with a bid.

When it comes to bidding, know yourself and your limits! Some people get caught in emotion of an auction and end up paying a lot more than they planned.

Remember that people also sell items that don’t actually work (often bought as spare parts). If you’re worried about your level of Spanish not being good enough to understand all the description, use Google Translate. Most sellers on eBay will answer any questions quickly, if you have any doubts ask before bidding.

Double check the shipping price! Some sellers put a low price on a product and make it up with a disproportionately high shipping price. Filter for items with free delivery or local pick up.

When checking out sellers on eBay, make sure that you look at the rating from buyers (compradores) and not from sellers (vendedores).

More tips and tricks

  • Collect-only items often have fewer bids (but factor in how much it costs to pick up).
  • Items that have spelling mistakes can be missed by many people. Common errors on eBay Spain include swapping letter “v” for “b” (and vice versa) or a missing “h”. The same goes for foreign titles and names for music and films, eg Teilor Suiff for Taylor Swift.
  • Bids that end at times when less people are online tend to go for lower prices as competition is lower.
  • Take a look at the section “Por menos de 10€” for quirky or cheap items.

PayPal advantages

Paying via PayPal means you’ll be reimbursed if you don’t receive the item, even for international deliveries.

eBay coupons

Select buyers can join eBay Extra and get 1 point per euro spent. Points can be exchanged for discount coupons.

Sellers can also get coupons but the amount will vary depending on the monthly promo. Check eBay for more details.

Supporting charities

Many charities, not-for-profits and NGOs sell products on eBay. All organisations are vetted to ensure that they are legit. Take a look at eBay Solidario for more info.

Selling on eBay

If you’ve decided to list something on eBay Spain make sure your Spanish description is clear. Photos should be good quality and well lit, especially for more expensive items.

Set an auction end time for when most people are online, taking into account where your potential market is. If you’re aiming at Spain, end auctions in the evening (around 8 pm), avoid Friday and Saturday evenings and major sporting events.

Choose the right time of the year. If you’ve just installed new air con and want to sell your old units, don’t do it in the winter when nobody’s thinking about the summer.

Private sellers can advertise 50 items for free every month, above this number it’s 0.35€ per item. eBay’s commission is 10% on the the final sales price.

Postage for eBay sellers

Unless you’re advertising “collect only”, you’ll need to think about the cost of postage/courier and any packing materials.

Don’t automatically use Correos to ship items, use a courier comparison site such as Packlink for a quote. With a courier service you’ll automatically have proof of delivery. If posting, use registered delivery.

If you’re located on the Spanish mainland or the Balearics, if you accept offers from a location in the Canary Islands then the cost of shipping will be a lot higher. Consider limiting the geographical area to avoid any issues.

Conclusions

Don’t forget – on eBay the old adage of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is definitely true as the weirdest things can be found. So, before you throw something away thinking that no-one could ever want to buy it, try listing it first. You could even list items to collect at 0.01€ rather than take them to the local Punto Limpio!

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