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Apps galore!

Apps galore!

The 6 Best Apps for Buying and Selling on eBay

eBay is one of the oldest, online auction websites in the world and it is probably the best known if not the best of the online websites. It has grown at an incredible rate since it was founded nearly 20 years ago. Millions of people use eBay, on a daily basis, to search for and buy great bargains. There are also millions of sellers who use this online auction website to make a little bit of cash on the side, or people like you, who use the website to run a full scale business selling products to consumers. Whatever you use eBay for, it has recently become even easier thanks to the tons of apps available for your phone and tablet. Let’s take a look at the 6 best iOS and Android apps that can help make buying and selling on eBay easier.

Apps for Iphone

Apps for Iphone

1. Official eBay Apps

Available for both iPhone and Android, there are several official eBay apps that you can download. Not only is there the original app, used for basic buying and selling, but there are variations specifically designed for those interested in certain areas. The basic eBay app is great for those who want to browse products to buy, create quick listings and complete sales. Interested in fashion or cars? Ebay has apps for those too! Although these apps only really cover the basics, they’re perfect for those who want to be able to access most eBay functions quickly and easily. The best feature has to be the barcode scanner, which makes it easy to find a great deal on something you desperately want.

2. PayPal App

The payment method that is almost universally used on any online auction site, particularly eBay of course, is always PayPal, thanks to its ease of use and high security. The PayPal app is a much needed tool for those who wish to buy or sell on eBay; for keeping track of finances and transferring or withdrawing funds. You don’t have to be a seasoned eBay fanatic in order to make use of this great app, however, as PayPal is now widely accepted around the internet. You can download this app for iPhone and Android, for free! There are only basic capabilities on the current version, but if you’re using it for eBay then that is all you will need. Be prepared to visit the desktop version of the website if you need anything more in-depth, however.

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Cos he’s appeeeeeee

3. UK Postage Calculator

There are various postage calculators available on both the Apple App Store and Android’s Google Play store, which are a must-have for anyone that sells on eBay. As long as you know the weight of your item, it is easy to find out exactly how much it will cost you to post using various different courier services. The UK Postage Calculator by Zendec costs a cool £1.99 on the iPhone or iPad, but is well worth the money. You’ll be able to work out precise postage costs, no matter where your parcel is going or how fast you want it to get there. Buyers can also use this clever app to find out how much they should be paying for the bargains they’ve grabbed on eBay!

Apps on your Apple, apps everywhere

Apps on your Apple, apps everywhere

4. Terapeak

If you run your eBay store like a business then you need to grab the Terapeak app, available for iPhone and Android. This intelligent tool will help you boost your business using research and data; based on your auctions and over 50,000 daily hot items on eBay. You can find out whether a new product you wish to sell is worth the hassle, come up with eye-catching auction titles and compare popular products using buyer searches. Terapeak is a subscription service (you can try it out for free on their website), which you need to be enrolled in before you can use the app. Once subscribed you have access to some of the best data for your business, to ensure those riches come flooding in.

5. eBay Fees Calculator

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending time and effort selling a product, only to make a loss once all the fees have been taken. There are some great eBay fee calculators available on both iOS and Android phones or tablets, that will stop this from happening. The Anshu Mehan Fee Calculator for eBay and PayPal will help you work out exactly what your products should be selling for. There’s also a postage fee calculator included, although it requires more user input than the one mentioned earlier. There’s an option for you to include what level of eBay store you have and any other discounts, to get the most accurate fees for your sales. The layout and look of some of these apps may not be the most appealing, but they definitely get the job done. Make sure you check when the last update was made before you download any fee calculator app, as it may be out of date and useless!

6. Local eBay Deals Finder by Money Saving Expert

There's an app for that!

There’s an app for that!


Last, but by no means least, is the local eBay deals finder; created by the wonderfully helpful Money Saving Expert. If you love a bargain, especially a local bargain, then you simply have to download this app for iOS or Android. Use your current location to find great eBay auctions available near you, that are pick-up only. This saves you a fortune in postage costs and is perfect for those who love buying locally. The search function is simple and easy to use, with a wide range of customisation options. Want to pick something up within 5 miles? This app can help you do that. Don’t mind travelling a bit further? You can do that too. This is one of the best apps for eBay lovers, so make sure you’ve got it installed.

So, there we have it; 6 of the best eBay apps for both iOS and Android. If you love buying or selling (or both) on eBay, then it is well worth checking out at least 1 or 2 of these helpful tools. Not only could you save time, but you’ll hopefully save some pennies too.

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