Find a Better Deal on eBay- How to Negotiate an Offer

Businesses have a lot of expenses including rental space, advertising, employee salaries, and product overhead just to name a few.  It goes without saying that most businesses would be interested in saving money wherever they can.  One way businesses can do this is by shopping online for office equipment and supplies.  Business owners can make smart savvy purchases by utilizing eBay for many of their office supply needs.  In addition to being one of the world’s largest marketplaces, eBay gives customers the opportunity to negotiate pricing on many of their products.  This can mean big savings for businesses.  Businesses can purchase everything from office chairs, furniture, computers, medical equipment, industrial equipment, restaurant equipment, electronics, printers, and much more.  If you want to save on your business expenses, it’s important to learn how to negotiate prices on eBay.  Here are a few tips for negotiating the best offer on eBay in order to save big money for your company.

Search for ‘Best Offer’ Listings

While some products on eBay are listed at a fixed-price, many others are available at a negotiable price.  If you know you want to negotiate for your product, use the eBay advanced search toolbar and check the “Best Offer” option.  This will display all of the items for which sellers are accepting offers.  You can make your best offer and wait for the seller’s response.  While there is no guarantee that the seller will accept your offer, it’s safe to say that you will typically save money on items that offer negotiable prices.


Contact the Seller Directly

Many sellers are flexible when it comes to pricing but the only way to know for sure is to contact the seller directly.  When you contact a seller, have a list of questions ready and be prepared to negotiate an offer.  For example, you can negotiate for the seller to reduce the price of the product if you are willing to purchase the item in bulk or you are prepared to make the purchase right away. You could also say that you are willing to buy multiple products if they are willing to throw in free shipping.  By contacting the seller directly, you have a better opportunity to negotiate a deal that is beneficial to both you and the seller.


Be Prepared to Act

It is important that you are serious about making a purchase before offering a lower price or contacting a seller directly.  Nobody wants to have their time wasted so be prepared to make a reasonable offer if you decide to haggle with a seller.


Bid on Auctions

Auction pricing isn’t quite the same as haggling, but it does give you more control over the price you pay for an item.  Oftentimes when a seller has an item listed at a fixed-price, they might also have other listings for that item in an auction format.  Be sure to check all of the seller’s items before making a purchase.


Do Your Research

Before contacting a seller or making an offer on an item, you should compare prices on similar items and be reasonable about your offer.  If there are lots of options for the item you are looking for, you are also more likely to have more wiggle room with price.