Saving money on Halloween costumes is easy when you know how to search eBay for low price auctions. The average cost for a new Halloween costume is $30. You can find gently used costumes on eBay for less than half of that amount, including shipping. We are still a week away from Halloween, so there is still plenty of time to snipe the perfect costume and receive it by Halloween.
What is the strategy on eBay?
Many new sellers on eBay don't know how to list or price their items. This is unfortunate for them, but good for buyers who know how to find auctions with opportunities. First, go to eBay.com and sign in. Enter a few keywords in the title, for example "boys Batman costume. The results will be in eBay's search order called Best Match. Buyers need to change that with the "sort" drop down box on the top right. Change it to "ending soonest" so you can see what listings are about to end. Use the "Listing Type" tabs on the top right to choose all listings, auctions, or buy it now. Many auctions will not have bids. You can also refine the category on the left and choose boys, baby and toddler, or adult sizes. You may see listings with low starting bids under $5. Click on the listings to see what the shipping charges are. It is easy to grab gently used Halloween costumes on eBay using this technique.
Try a Best Offer
Some sellers use the Best Offer feature, which allows buyers to submit a price for the seller's consideration. Make offers and don't be shy! The worst that can happen is the seller decline's your offer. Remember, Halloween costumes are seasonal, and the seller may not want to store or deal with the costumes for another year. The closer it gets to Halloween, the lower they may be willing to go on the price. Don't be afraid to use Best Offer or ask sellers questions. They want to sell their items. Also, if buying multiple items from an individual seller, ask if combined shipping is available to cut the cost even further.
Stores may be out of stock this weekend
This weekend will be busy on eBay as it is the last weekend before Halloween. Don't wait to drop by WalMart or Target early next week - chances are the selection will be slim and the costume section will be a disaster after the weekend rush. Take advantage of the huge selection of pre-owned and new Halloween costumes on eBay, enjoy fast shipping to your door, and don't fight the crowds in the big box stores.