eBay Now Offers a Price Match Guarantee
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eBay is now offering customers a price match guarantee against a number of big-name retailers. And with that, the company, which made its name hosting online auctions, is taking another step towards being a legitimate online shopping site. Which can only be good news for consumers.

Online retailers are in a constant battle for your custom. If you’re shopping elsewhere, you’re not shopping with them. And, as a consequence, they’re not making any money. While this mostly applies to retailers such as Amazon and Walmart, even eBay now wants a piece of the action.

The eBay Price Match Guarantee

eBay has launched what it calls its Price Match Guarantee. This does exactly what it says on the tin, with eBay promising to match prices with other retailers. In a nutshell, the company will match the price of eligible items if you can find them cheaper at another online retailer.

There are some serious caveats, however. For starters this is only available in the United States, and it only applies to “new, unopened items on the eBay Deals page“. Furthermore, the item has to be available on either Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com, HomeDepot.com, Target.com, Sears.com, Wayfair.com, or Jet.com, and be in stock at the time the prices are matched.

Assuming you can tick all of those boxes you then need to “contact eBay Customer Service to request a price match” and let them “know where you found the lower price”. eBay will verify the price match, and (if it all checks out) issues you with an eBay coupon for the difference in price.

eBay Is More Than Bidding on a Bargain

For anyone who has been online for more than a few years the eBay name is synonymous with a particular activity. And that involves bidding, Buy It Nows, and bargain hunters. Which means eBay faces an uphill battle to shake off its reputation as an online auction site. Not an impossible one, but an uphill one. This price match guarantee should help the company transition.

Do you regularly buy items from eBay? Do you generally stick to buying used items in auctions? Or have you also bought new items from eBay Deals? Can you see yourself making use of eBay’s new price match guarantee? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Robert Mair
    June 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

    It's about time someone took on Ebay it's gone from a good concept to completely up its own backside, the auction as was was the backbone of eBay, it pretends that it cares for its "customers" but we all know that is rubbish, it is just obsessed with profit and thinking people are completely stupid, if that was not bad enough they started that other most hated "3rd "party payment company PAYPAL, This has worked out very well for eBay even through its conflict of interests before the "SELL OFF", I'd say go back to basics but why should they? they just go out and buy the competition like GUMTREE. Do not think that eBay and PAYPAL have your best interests at heart, they do NOT, they simply do not care except for your ever increasing fees.

  2. Ray Martin
    June 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Price matching notwithstanding, the reason I will never buy anything from eBay is the ludicrous shipping charges, which are typically three to four times the cost of the item itself - sometimes even more. Just today I saw a model kit for $9.59, which had a shipping cost of $74.15. There is no excuse for such rapacious greed.

    • Mark
      June 29, 2017 at 2:58 am

      Ray, Blame China/Ebay for the shipping cost and wanting the cheapest price for something.Ebay worked out a deal where CHINA can ship all there stuff for super cheap to USA customers a fraction of what a USA seller can ship just regular postage in the USA. Find a TRUE USA SELLER AND BUY FROM THEM. PEOPLE WHINE about product quality but still but from CHINA. THat has killed this USA sellers . Plus EBAY has a search engine algorithm worse then google so sellers have to price the items they sell cheap to even be seen. They make up for price in shipping . There is a ton of factors to look at that buyers do not look at they want the cheapest price bottom line . Ebay charges 10% of what ever they buyer pays then paypal charges 2.9% . Right off the top 13% of what you pay is lost to the seller. Now the seller if he has it in stock at his location had to pay shipping to get it to him then shipping to get it to you. Most seller arent walmart that can order a truck load at a time and bringin shipping down to a reasonable price or big enough to get discounts from USPS,FEDEX,UPS soexpect the price to be passed onto you.
      People are blind sheep they want the cheap price so they buy the junk from china that has sweet heart deals made for them. Yet destroy the USA . If China had to pay the same price to ship the average USA seller had to pay you wouldnt see all the rock bottom prices for stuff from china.