Economic pressures are converting people into serial bargain-hunters and the internet has become the most resourceful platform to do so.

Bargain-hunting is nothing new, but the manner of going about it has definitely changed. With just a click of a button, especially with multiple, competitive online classified platform options, you can now easily browse a variety of ads and most importantly, get more for less.

For example, a new MacBook will cost you R13 000 out of the box but a mint condition second-hand version averages around R5 500 online. Similarly, a baby car seat can go for around R1 000 online, instead of R3 000 retail.

When browsing online though, there are a few tips you need to keep in mind in order to save even further, recommends Claire Cobbledick, Marketing Head for Gumtree SA.

  • Search older ads. The seller is probably more desperate to sell and would lower their asking price.
  • Expand your search nationally. If you are saving on the purchase of the item, your initial budget will allow for the courier cost you’ll incur to get it to you.
  • Always negotiate. If you have a different price in mind, try negotiate with the seller – 8 times out of 10 they will be willing to lower their asking price.
  • Know exactly where the online bargains are hidden. The Gumtree Price Checker showcases live ads within a specific category and weighs up the average Gumtree price vs what it will cost brand new.
  • Sign up for alerts that contain the latest ads in your desired category. You can receive them daily, via email.
  • When you spot a good ad, get in contact immediately as some categories are far busier than others. For example, laptops are usually the fastest sellers on Gumtree.
  • Always trade safe – be on high alert for fraudsters. If you’re going to meet a potential seller take a friend or family member with you or opt for using a third party escrow service to remove all the risk.

Although the bargain-hunting craze is a bandwagon worth jumping onto, it can become time-consuming. To make it worth your while and to search more effectively, make sure you complete all the boxes within the ‘search’ option, notes Cobbledick. “On the app, when searching a specific item in an area, the function will further prompt you to narrow down your search in terms of price and category, in order to make the trawl through Gumtree ads easier”, she continues.

When it comes to making some money or finding a bargain, there is no guarantee that you will find exactly what you want, but with 935 667 live ads currently showcased on Gumtree, you’re bound to discover something pretty amazing.

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