Buying jewelry from Ebay

I have always been nervous about buying jewelry from Ebay, but now that I have this blog, I had to do some investigative work, right?

I started searching for white gold bands, wanting something I can wear in a stack, while also not shelling out too much money, just in case what I got was not legitimate. I also love vintage jewelry, so in the end I used “14k vintage white gold band” as my search criteria and up popped an adorable thin white gold band with 5 little diamonds across the front. The seller was an antique store in Michigan who had 3347 sales and 100 percent positive feedback – seems like a no-brainer, right?

This particular store started the bidding at $.99 and by the time I found this item, it already had 20-some bids and was bid up to $22. There was 4 days left on the auction, so I waited, biding my time.

On the last day of the auction, I swooped in one minute before it ended. I put in my first and only bid for this item and told myself I would no higher than $75 (by this time is was up to $44 and there were over 30 bids), so that’s what I put in. I excitedly waited as the seconds ticked by and Ebay refreshed and drum roll…I was the winner at $72!

The seller mailed it out at lightning speed and I had the ring early the following week. It is dainty and adorable and I love it! The store polished it up to like-new quality and it fits my ring finger perfectly! I feel that it would probably retail for at least $150 so I feel like I got a good deal.

This particular seller included pictures of the 14K marking, so I didn’t need to contact them before I bid with questions, but if you are interested in an item, always ask questions first. Always be sure that the shipping costs are clearly set forth before bidding. And definitely leave positive feedback for the seller if you are happy with the item (I was happy with the physical item and was especially happy with how quickly I received the item, which came all the way to Washington from Michigan in 3 days).

So here’s my advice – use caution, check reviews and make sure you know everything you need to feel confident before bidding. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go figure out some ring stacking combinations…