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Tips for Finding & Bargaining for a Great Deal


Hi everyone,

If you ever visited my blog you would know that I find great deals for my projects. Mostly it includes furniture and home décor because that’s what I blog about mostly. But today I will be sharing how I find my deals and some bargaining tips that will get you what you want for the price you want.

These tips apply mostly for second-hand websites like Craigslist, OfferUp, etc.

Before I begin I would like to share the site I use to find most of my deals. It’s called OfferUp, I personally like it because it’s an app and really it’s really easy to use. My favorite part is that you can directly message the seller with offers or questions through the app itself, which makes it easier than having to text or email from your personal accounts.

Tips for FINDING a deal:

Tip #1: RECENT’S (NEWEST): My first tip for finding a great deal is you need to be the first one to spot it. When looking for treasure, use you filter button, and always search the newest posts first. Because great deals don’t last.

Tip #2: CONSITINY: If you’re looking for something specific, be consistent with looking. Check every day for any new postings, and use that newest posts (tip #1) filter

Tip #3 POTENTIAL: To be honest most of the stuff posted on second-hand sites are practically junk. But you must see the potential, most picture on these sites are literally the worst, so it’s easy to just scroll right past something that has potential.

Tip #4: CONSIDER GAS, MILLAGE & TIME : If you find a great deal, consider if it really would still be a great deal after driving the distance. Remember you can also negotiate a lower price if you’re traveling from a distance.

Tip #5: DO YOUR HOMEWORK; find the item you’re thinking of buying on other sites. Which includes new and used and compare. Mention the original price to the seller.

Tip #6: DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO. If the item is not worth the money or time, simply don’t buy it.

Tip #7: TIME IS MONEY. If you’re planning on purchasing something that needs work. Keep in mind the time and material you might need for the project.


Tips for BARGAINING for a great deal:

Tip #1: Offer to pick up for cash, most of the time when sellers want to get rid of something, they like how cash sounds. So offer to pick it up as soon as you can and flash the cash.

Tip #2: Offer a lower price then you willing to buy for, and then the seller might offer you the high offer that’s reasonable. For example, a chair is posted for $90, I would offer $50, and the seller might offer back $70.

Tip #3: When you come to see the item, take your time looking, check for flaws that you can bargain with. Especially if the item is not in the condition you were expecting. Example: I didn’t see this scratch in the pictures posted can I offer you $90?

Tip #4: If you set a price before seeing the item, you can still bargain when you come to exchange. Most of the time the seller wants to get rid of the item, and that’s why they’re selling. So if they took the time to meet with you, then they most likely won’t want the hassle of taking it home or meeting someone else.

Tip #5: Don’t settle, if you send someone an offer and they reject it; it’s alright, just say “well let me know if you change your mind” and watch and see what happens.

Tip #6: Offer cash, TODAY! Today is the golden word, if there is a good deal it’s usually because the seller needs cash, or want to get rid of it ASAP. So offer to pick it up in cash today.

Tip #7: Ask questions, if you know the history behind the item, the item seems to be less attractive, giving you an advantage for bargaining

Tip #8: Mention the original price to the seller. I already mentioned previously about doing your homework on the item you are trying to bargain for. This ensures you that you know you’re getting a great deal.

Tip #9: Don’t be afraid to lowball, I saved this one for last because I know that it doesn’t apply to everything. If the posting says NO LOWBALLERS please respect the seller. But some items are appropriate for lowballing, for example, something like used furniture.

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  1. Lily B

    November 29, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Great tips! I really need to step-up my bargaining game, thank you!

  2. Chloe

    December 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Great tips, I’m always excited to find a bargain!

  3. tara pittman

    December 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I like people that want to buy the day I list. I might even offer them a discount too.

  4. Christina Aliperti

    December 6, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I am always looking for a good deal. I never spend full price and that helps me to justify more shopping!

  5. Azlin Bloor

    December 7, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Great tips, I am such an impulsive buyer, I need to hang on to this as a reminder! I do love a good bargain, if I don’t work too hard for it!!

  6. Elizabeth O.

    December 7, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Those are all good pointers. There’s nothing like sealing a good deal. I’ve never heard of offer up before. It sounds great.

  7. Sarah-Louise Bailey

    December 7, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Being practical is not bad especially when you are on a budget. Negotiating items that you think is not worthy of the price they give is okay as long as you discuss it together with the seller.

  8. Ana De- Jesus

    December 7, 2016 at 4:50 am

    It is so important to do your homework, after all I love a good bargain and don’t we all? This is a fantastic list to teach us how to bargain.

  9. Melanie Smith

    December 7, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Thank you for these amazing tips! They are so helpful!

  10. Annemarie LeBlanc

    December 7, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Awesome tips! I am a bargain hunter too and it is always a happy experience to be able to get a discount on an item you’ve always wanted to have. I’m sharing this post with my sister. She thinks trying to squeeze in a bargaining offer is a waste of time. She might have a change of heart once she reads this post.

  11. Susan Pazera

    December 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I’ve never heard of Offerup! Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to check it out! I could use help with finding deals especially at this time of year!

  12. Lois Alter Mark

    December 7, 2016 at 9:48 am

    These are all such good tips. I love saving money – so I can spend it on something else!

  13. Emma white

    December 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Great tips! You can’t beat a good bargain and this will help many including myself! Thankyou

  14. Tina B

    December 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    These are great tips for bargaining but I have to disagree on that last one. I sell often on Craigslist, etc. and I lowball offers are the worst.

  15. Amber Myers

    December 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Great tips! I’m always looking for a great deal.

  16. Kathy

    December 7, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    These are some great tips. I love getting great deals. I’m always looking for deals while I’m out shopping.

  17. Eileen Kelly

    December 7, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    These are amazing tips.. I just went through a little bargaining for some silverware I had my eye on..your idea of cash worked for me yaayy!

  18. Jennfier

    December 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I agree with your tips, especially about considering gas, mileage, and time when shopping for a bargain. Sometimes we can find a good deal but the cost and time it takes us just to get that good deal will be much greater. It then makes it not worth the buy. I have bought a few furniture pieces second-hand and some were great while others were not what the description has truly described.

  19. Joanna

    December 9, 2016 at 3:45 am

    These are some very good tips. I have never bought second hand things online so i would never know how to bargain. Thanks for the advice

  20. Enricoh Alfonzo

    December 9, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Se manifiqeu! such brilliant wisdom and insight shared here. I love point 5. DONT SETTLE! yes never! always be evolving and adapting.

  21. katrina gehman

    December 13, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    great tips, i always love a good deal. i mean who doesn’t? i’ll be showing my husband this.

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