SHOPPERS should be looking out for misspelt listings on eBay if they want to bag a bargain, according to an expert.

Tom Church is a bargain hunting pro and he's revealed his top tips for getting the best deals on the online marketplace.

It comes as everyone is looking to save cash at the moment as the cost of living continues to soar.

Tom, co-founder of Latest, often shares his best money saving hacks, including for online shopping.

The savings expert has explained his tips and tricks on how you can bag yourself a bargain on eBay.

As always remember to factor in delivery charges when ordering online and make sure to have a shop around for the best deals.


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Find misspelt listings

Tom said shoppers can make great savings by searching for a listing with a spelling error in it, as it won’t come up in most people’s searches.

Sites like BayCrazy, Fat Fingers and Auction Misspellings go through thousands of items on eBay that have been spelt wrong in the listings.

This means they don't come up in normal listings and gives you the chance to snap them up.

Given less competition from other shoppers, you may be able to get a bargain.

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The sites help you uncover hidden gems, simply by typing in the item you’re looking for, and then they find you the ones that are spelt wrong.

Bargain Time

Another handy search tool is Bargain Time.

You can search for local bargains, simply type in your post code and it reveals auctions within close proximity ending soon.

Tom said it's always worth having a look and often there is no minimum letting you can get items for just 1p.

Save products to get special discounts from sellers

Another top tip from Tom is to not buy an eBay product straight away.

Instead, save it and wait.

This is because when you save an item the seller is notified and given the option to provide you with an offer of a special discount.

Tom recommends waiting up to seven days for a special offer and said it works best with small and medium-sized professional eBay sellers.

Sniping apps

Shoppers can download an app that helps them "snipe" the best deals on eBay.

Sniping is when you swoop in at the last minute to grab a bargain, and is a great way to get a last-minute deal.

Apps make this much easier and save you time finding items which are about to end.

Tom recommends the Lastminute Auction app, which pinpoints which auctions are ending within the hour, as well as being under £1, so you can get the cheapest deals.

Users will have to take some time to sift through the listings to find what they want, but you can also search keywords and your clothing size.

There is no guarantee that you’ll win the listing, but it gives you a chance to grab some bargains.

Another similar trick from Tom is to look for auctions that end in the week, rather than at the weekend, as fewer people will be online looking for a deal.

Get Nectar points with your purchases

Tom has also revealed that shoppers can get points on their Nectar cards with their eBay bargains.

This means they can then spend in other stores to get more deals.

To do this, you need to link your card to your eBay account, and then you can use points earned in other shops, or on eBay vouchers.

Tom said Nectar has also done deals in the past, like offering 10 times the normal Nectar points on eBay, so shoppers should keep their eyes peeled for more offers like this.

eBay’s outlet stores

Shoppers can find some great deals at eBay outlet stores.

Discounts can be found on products that aren’t always available on the retailer's website or in stores.

These include retail giants like Argos, Currys, and Dyson

The items are generally leftover stock from the stores and can have up to 80% off.

Shoppers also don’t have to worry about bidding in an auction for the deals, all the products will sell for the price set by the retailer.

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Tom says that, unlike many other eBay products, they are generally all brand new and in perfect working order.

The outlet stores also have sales on, last year brands like Argos and Currys took part in Black Friday, including on the eBay site.

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