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Maximizing eBay Deal Savings with eBay Bucks


Posted October 14, 2015 by GottaDeal.com Staff

eBay has become one of the most underrated sources for awesome deals every year during the holiday shopping season of November and December. Over the past two years we've posted more deals from eBay than from Amazon, Walmart or any other retailer during this time of year. And for good reason as eBay has consistently offered very nice deals which you can make even hotter with a few tricks.

Let's talk about eBay Bucks...

eBay Bucks is eBay's rewards program which, despite being offered by a huge company like eBay, is not that well known among online shoppers. eBay offers 2% back on nearly all purchases in the form of eBay Bucks credit. And even better, in some cases you can earn up to a 5x multiplier - or a 10% refund on your eBay purchases. More on that in a bit...

eBay Bucks are earned each quarter and are sent to you a few days after each quarter ends - so the first week of January, April, July and October. You typically have a month to use your eBay Bucks credit. There is a minimum $5 amount to earn a payout, so keep that in mind each quarter. There also is a maximum of $100 earned per item type per transaction, so in some cases it may benefit you to make multiple transactions to maximize your eBay Bucks.

How do I get these eBay Bucks bonus offers?

Good question. Most of the eBay Bucks multiplier bonuses are targeted offers, which means you have to have received a message or email from eBay notifying you that you are eligible for the promotion. You also typically have to click a link in the email to activate the offer. Most of these promotions last for 2 days.

To make sure you get these promotions, you must opt-in to eBay's marketing communications for your account. Go to “Account Settings” > “Communication Preferences” > “Promotions and Surveys” and be sure you are opted in for general email promotions. You'll get a few more unless marketing emails from eBay by doing this, but the eBay Bucks promotions more than make up for it.

Bonus offers typically range from 2x to 5x the normal 2% rate, and they typically have minimum purchase amounts to receive the bonus Bucks. The best offer is the 5x promotion which will earn you a huge 10% back in eBay Bucks. Combine that with eBay's already great deals and you can see how lucrative this can be.

How do I find out about the deals eBay is having?

Another good question. eBay typically posts their best deals right on their eBay Deals page. It's a great page to bookmark and check often. Typically new deals are added at 8am PT but they do add deals all day long, especially during the holiday shopping season.

We also have a page here on GottaDeal that lets you sort all the hundreds of eBay deals in several ways to help you find the best bargains. You can check out that page here. Of course we'll also be posting the hottest eBay deals on our home page and on Twitter. And you can also subscribe to our Instant Deal Alerts to get an email when we find particularly hot deals.

Anything else I should know to score deals on eBay?

You can make these deals even better by using your cash-back credit card to pay for your eBay purchases. You can pay with a credit card through PayPal (just make sure you don't have an outstanding PayPal balance as the checkout system will try to use that first). In most cases this is only going to be 1-2%, but it all adds up.

There is also a neat trick to find out how many of a particular deal are available. All you have to do is change the quantity you intend to purchase on the eBay item page. Try a large number like 500. If you get a message in red text saying "Please enter a lower number", that means there are less than 500 remaining. Keep trying numbers until you get a different message such as "Purchases are limited to 3 per buyer". Once you get that message, you'll have an idea of how many are still available to order. This can be very handy.
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