I had to buy something online today. (I have pre-paid credit cards).
I found exactly what I needed on eBay, but I avoid sites like eBay and Amazon. They take large chunks out of the seller’s profit margins and track spending habits for marketing data.
So…I searched for the company’s direct website and found the same product. It was the SAME PRICE, quicker shipping, and direct customer service.
Being the same price means they LOSE money when someone buys through eBay. They haven’t marked up the product to compensate for eBay’s take.
During the process, I also found out it’s a new company based in Australia. It feels really satisfying knowing I cut eBay out of the sale and supported a new local company!
Point of the story – use big marketplace platforms to FIND the products you want…then go buy DIRECT from the producer.
Everyone wins….except eBay 🙂