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Thread: how do you shop ebay??

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    Super Member spartan quilter's Avatar
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    I have gone onto ebay a few times looking for fabric, but find it overwhelming to find 80,000 or more sales to sort through. How do you sort to find what you might be looking for or do you just keep scrolling through? I usually do the lowest first or buy it now, but still there seems to be a lot to look through. Any suggestions??

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    Try and specify quilt fabric, fat quarters, etc. You can also just look at the auctions due within a certain time frame. I agree there are too many posts and many are of bad quality 4 inch squares and those people seem to post 20 posts of the same thing. That and some other issues is why I seldom buy there any more but it can be worth it.

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    If you can buy an eBay seller you like, it can be easier to just shop that seller's store.

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    I usually narrow the search to jelly rolls, charms, layer cakes, or fat quarters. I think you can even filter by color. Then I look at those ending soonest to see if there's something I want to bid on right away. If not I sort by lowest price first and scroll through till I reach the maximum price I'm willing to pay.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    If you can buy an eBay seller you like, it can be easier to just shop that seller's store.
    This is a good suggestion. I usually shop my favorite sellers first.

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    I don't do much fabric shopping on ebay due to the high shipping prices. I know it costs alot for the sellers to ship but I just think the shipping charges can be crazy :/

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    I usually do a search under the sewing and fabric section for "lot". That way I get several fabrics when I purchase.

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    Check out the sellers' for complaints/compliments. That can help you decide about quality of fabric.

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    (just now paid) won bid from seller: quilting*patch

    50 pk 2 1/2" charm $1.99
    brown jelly roll 2 1/2" $8.99
    ship $5.10

    will let you know the quality of this seller's items

    :mrgreen:

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    Once you do your initial search for Fabric, Quilting, 100% cotton, then on the left side there are other ways to narrow it down. You can select size i.e. By the Yard, etc. In the search space at the top you can put in colors, manufacturers' names, etc. There are dozens and dozens of ways to sort the fabrics.

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    I shop on ebay by designer, fat quarters, yardage, color, etc. I may have to do several in a row but I usually find what I need.

    Also in reference to shipping I have been known to email a seller and ask if there is cheaper shipping. Alot of times they put the priority mail rate on their ad and I will tell them I prefer a cheaper rate and they mostly accommodate me.

    I also check out the ratings on a seller before I buy from them.

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