If you haven’t been on eBay to check out the Cheap Fishing Gear that is available, you are missing out. I have purchased plenty of fishing gear off eBay for huge discounts, and never had any problems with it. One of my better deals on eBay was a 60 pound boat road, 50 pound braid (500 metres of) and a heavy duty reel for 40 dollars, including postage. To get that off your local store you would be paying several times more! Of course, there are a few things that you want to know before laying any money on the table, which I will go into below.
Examples of Cheap Fishing Gear
Have a look below at some of the items selling on eBay and you will see what I mean about it being so much cheaper. It isn’t uncommon to purchase fishing gear for 3 – 10 times cheaper off eBay than what you would pay from a brick and mortar store.
Isn’t it all junk?
No doubt you will have also heard of people complaining that all of the fishing gear sold on eBay is junk. The fact is, there is plenty of good gear for sale all the time, but you need to know what to purchase! On the other side of the coin, there is some fishing gear sold on eBay that I wouldn’t touch!
How to purchase Cheap Fishing Gear
Check the brand
Before even considering purchasing Cheap Fishing Gear on eBay, I look at the brand that is being sold. If it isn’t something that is well known, I look it up on Google. If there are more than a few bad reviews, I will leave it alone. You won’t go wrong with purchasing new, well known brand fishing gear off eBay.
Check the feedback
The next vital thing to look at is the feedback of the seller. In the top right corner of the auction, you will see a box called ‘Seller Info’. The number to the right of the name is the number of transactions done through the seller, and the feedback below will is given as a percentage. If you click on the feedback score number, you can read reviews from people who have previously purchased off the seller. I generally look for a feedback number of over 100, with at least a 97% positive feedback. By checking this, you know you are buying something from a reputable seller.
BID if possible
You will notice that some of the items on eBay are set as ‘Buy it now’, and others require bidding to be made. When you purchase something as a ‘Buy it now’, you will most often pay more than if you were to bid on the item. This doesn’t mean you are going to get a bad deal, but if you have a bit of time it is well worth bidding. However, something to remember is to check the ‘Buy it now’ price if there are several of the same items being sold. It’s not uncommon to see people bidding the price up further than what you can ‘Buy it now’ for!
Don’t bid until the last minute
I don’t mean this as a figure of speech. If you really want to do well, I'd leave it until there is 30 seconds left on the auction, and then place my limit. Ebay bids will automatically go up, and the earlier you bid the more the price will go up. It also means that you are giving someone else a chance to get in and change their limit to beat yours. You will have a lot of fun waiting until the last few seconds before you spike the bid, and most of the time you will win.
It’s a lot of fun bidding for items on eBay, however don’t get carried away! You will get beaten from time to time, and that’s part of the game. At the end of the day you are looking for the best deals; don’t get caught up in a bidding war as you will end up spending more money than necessary.
Consider the postage costs before bidding!
For items that are small, postage is usually quite cheap. In each auction, you will be able to see an estimated price for shipping. If you purchase a big rod, expect to pay a decent amount for postage as they are a very awkward item to handle. In saying this, even if you have to pay $15 for postage you can still end up with a cheaper deal than going to a local store.
Don’t limit yourself to eBay
People are slowly realizing that buying things like Cheap Fishing Gear online is the way to go. The businesses have fewer overheads, meaning they can pass price savings on to you, as consumers. There are hundreds of online stores which you can guarantee will be cheaper than your local shops.
It’s not just fishing gear!
If you are looking to save some money, you will find discounts on eBay (and other stores) for anything from clothes through to camping, four wheel drive gear and literally anything else you purchase locally (except food!).
Please leave a comment below. If you have gotten a seriously good deal online before, I want to know about it! If you have brands that you recommend, let me know. Likewise, if there are things you have learned to avoid online – tell us!