eBay is an online auction website. Springing into life (originally as AuctionWeb) from San Jose, California in September of 1995, by visionary Pierre Omidyar (Iranian by blood, French born) eBay has become a part of cultures throughout the world. A broken laser pointer is said to have been the first billions of items to by sold on eBay. It has been told that the founder sold this broken item for $14.83 to a consumer who was not mistaken in his purchase (as the flabbergasted Omidyar originally thought) but was actually a self described collector of broken laser pointers. Herein lies the beauty of eBay. The world is comprised of every variation of person it is possible to conceive. With all of the variety of love and interest that can be produced by the six billion individuals on this earth, eBay provides an interface in which to view that which makes the buyer happy and/or interested. An urban legend (if it can be called that) would have us believe that the site was founded by our friend Pierre as a forum in which his fiancée could buy and sell her beloved Pez dispensers. That story was debunked however by Adam Cohen in his tome, “The Perfect Store.” eBay is said to have confirmed the debunking. Fact or fiction, it can be said in no uncertain terms that any collector of Pez dispensers is incredibly glad to have eBay in existence. The website as grown beyond is original U.S. borders as well. eBay has provided localized websites in thirty other countries. So someone in Italy might use the eBay Italia site in order to find that elusive Italian Stallion Pez despenser.
With its vast selection of goods, ranging from laser pointers, to cars, to baby clothing, to furniture and video games, if you cannot find a product on eBay, one has to wonder whether that item exists anymore. A simple click on the view all catagories button provides the consumer with a glance of all that can be acquired with a simple key stroke. The catagories are broken down in generalities with the option to hone the search for something more specific. For example, there is a category marked “Coins and Paper Money” for the consumer who might want to spend his hard-earned money on someone else’s money. A glimpse into the specificity of that category reveals the mini-gories of buillion, US coins, Canadian coins, Ancient coins, World coins, Exunomia (for those in the know), US paper money, world paper money, publications and supplies, stocks, bonds, scripophily (again, for those in the know) and Other for anything that might not so cleanly fit in the mini-gories. The general catagories are broken into thirty five pieces. They are: Antiques, Art, baby, Books, Bueness and Industrial, Cameras and Photo, Cell Phones and PDA’s, Clothing Shoes and Accessories, Coins and Paper Money, Collectables, Computers and Networking, Crafts, Dollss and Bears, DVDs and Movies, eBay Motors, Electronics, Entertainment Memorabilia, Gift Certificates, Health and Beauty, Hone and Garden, Jewelry and Watches, Music, Musical Instruments, Pet Supplies, Pottery and Glass, Real Estate, Specialty Services, Sporting Goods, Sports Memoribilia, Cards and Fan Shop, Stamps, Tickets, Toys and Hobbies, Travel, Video Games, and Everything Else. Yes, that really is what the category is called.
With over 100,000,000 registered users of the site, word has spread far and wide about the wonders that can be located on eBay. And the benefit to consumers is clear: eBay provides an open trading platform where the market determines the value of items that are sold. The advent of the site has increased in the desirability of “used” products over the years. Rather than paying marked-up store prices at many retailers, people are able to use eBay to save themselves considerable amounts of money. For collectors of unique items, the company has been a dream come true. Rather than having to travel around to auctions in different cities, someone can simply sit down and bid online at products located around the world. Truly, eBay has been one of those developments that helped bring the globe closer together. For those who are unable to sit and watch an entire auction, eBay provides the opportunity for a buyer to put in a maximum bid and then the software automatically bids incrementally to that number. If you see an item that you simply must have, many sellers provide an option to “Buy it now.” This allows the buyer to pay a set price for the good without having to wait to see if they win the product in an auction against other buyers. For the consumer looking to score a sweet deal for the day, need only click on the Daily Deals button so get a glimpse of the “Today Only” items that are going for a particular bargain. Looking for a deal on the DVD collection first season of your favorite show? Have a look at the Daily Deal and see if you can score that season for a fraction of the MSRP. Not only does the site allow for the procurement of unique and highly desired items, but also a chance to give back to charities. MissionFish allows sellers to donate a percentage of their sales to a charity of their choice. This service has become more and more popular with each passing year. In addition to the many services that eBay provides at its main site, it also has local sites that are country specific and cater to local tastes. Under the Community botton, the consumer can find eBay MyWorld, as well as discussions boards where informed consumers can either help those who are new or mock them has people who spend their time on discussion boards often do. There is, however an Answer Center as well. For those who really have something to say about their eBay experiences, the eBay blogs might be the button of choice. Also, eBay has expanded into other areas of e-commerce, including PayPal, StubHub, and Skype. PayPal has grown to be the largest company on the internet that provides secure financial transaction services. StubHub is an industry leader in the buying and selling of sports and concert tickets throughout North America. Skype, in another effort to continue eBay’s role in bringing the world closer together, allows users to make unlimited online phone calls to anywhere around the globe.
Using ebay Promotion Codes: ebay offers discounts and special offers through both text links and banners as well as coupons and promotion codes. If you see an offer on promotioncode.org associated with a text link--the offer will say "Click to Redeem", simply click the link and make your purchase through the window that opens on the ebay web site. The discount or offer will appear upon checkout if your purchase qualifies. If the offer is associated with a coupon or promotion code, simply click on the code and shop through the page that opens on the ebay website. Enter the code at checkout to see the updated discount price or free shipping offer if your purchase qualifies.
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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has quickly become a retail holiday focused on offering consumers bargains and deals that aren't available at other times of the year. With so many doorbuster deals, bonus gift cards and other discounts, the crowds are sure to be excited this Friday. Although it's a great time to score a deal on something you've been looking for, it's also a time when you should be wary about spending more than your budget allows. The offers may be tempting, but it's important to avoid overspending. Here are a few tips to help you navigate your way to success this Black Friday.
1. Make a list of what you want and stick to it. This sounds like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people go in to a store looking for a TV and leaving with a TV, a DVD player, a new couch and new carpet. It's easy to get sucked into buying things you don't need when there are such tempting prices, but if you want to stick to a budget, pay attention to your list.
2. Do your research before you head out to the stores. It's not going to be very helpful to travel around to different stores hoping they have deals on the items you need. Instead, do some research online to see which stores have discounts on what products. That way, you'll be able to do some comparison shopping and find out where exactly you can get the best prices. Although you can find Black Friday ads in the newspaper on Thanksgiving, many stores post their ads on their websites beforehand. There are even promotion codes available to help you with online shopping on the big day, like a Kohl's promotion code, which can get you 15 percent off any order.
3. Find out if the deal is really that great. Many of the price reductions on Black Friday are on no-name brands, and the prices aren't always reduced much from the manufacturer's suggested retail price. Use a shopping comparison website to figure out what your product of choice is selling for everywhere, that way you'll be able to find out where the best deal is. Also, be sure to research the actual product you're looking to buy. Look for reviews so you can know whether or not the product is even worth buying. If it lacks features you want, is outdated or is poorly made, that may be why the price is so low. You may want to consider spending a bit more money to get a better quality product.
4. Find out your favorite stores' hours. It won't help you if you arrive only to find that the doors aren't open yet, or that customers have already been shopping for an hour or two. Go online to research the stores on your list and make sure you plan your shopping accordingly.
5. Look for additional coupons. Once you know what products you want and which stores are selling it for what price, you should see where you can get extra deals from promotion codes. Department stores often have plenty of coupons that can get you additional discounts on your merchandise, and many online retailers let you use promotion codes to get additional deals, like free shipping, on your Black Friday order. For example, you can use a Sony promotion code to get up to 50 percent off your merchandise and receive free shipping.
6. Know how many doorbuster deals are available at the store you're planning to visit. Be sure to read the fine print in the ads you see - oftentimes you'll notice that there are only a certain amount of those specific "hot" items. If there are only six laptops on sale for that really low price, it wouldn't make sense to wait in line for an hour behind 20 other people.
7. Expand your online research with social media sites. Many retailers use their Facebook and Twitter pages to let customers know about special deals and promotions. Those in their network may even get additional discounts or bonuses, so it never hurts to add your favorite stores as friends or follow their tweets.
8. Consider shopping online instead of in stores. Many times, you can get the same deals online that you'd get at the store on Black Friday. You may even be able to get deals on Thanksgiving day, before the Black Friday rush hits. Check your favorite stores' websites often to save yourself the hassle of battling crowds and stressful parking lot situations. Plus, you'll be able to use coupon codes with your purchase. With a Macy's promotion code, you can get special discounts and free shipping on $99 orders.
As long as you plan ahead and research your favorite stores, you should be able to score some fabulous deals this Black Friday.