7 Clever Tools to Help Make the Most of Amazon, eBay and Craigslist

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Amazon, eBay and Craigslist are the frugal trinity of the online shopping revolution: Between them, you can find virtually anything you're looking for at a good price. But if you're just using each website as is, you're not getting the most out of the experience, and you might be overpaying.

A cottage industry has sprung up around the major e-commerce sites, with various third parties finding ways to improve the shopping experience, fill in the gaps and exploit inefficiencies. Taking advantage of them can help you find products you'd otherwise miss and save a decent chunk of money. Here are a few to check out.

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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Many people still struggle when trying to make a decent income from the likes of eBay and Amazon. However there are key skills required - although once you know they are not too difficult to implement . There is a a site called www.affiliate-coach.com that provide a full step by step tutorial / guide to help you.....

April 27 2014 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vik Les

I'm using this small extension for Amazon:

November 26 2013 at 12:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sure, some things fall thru the cracks. But some stuff nobody wants, plain and simple.

August 19 2013 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

It didn't print....Bissell vacuum at Target & Kohls $149.99.

August 19 2013 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Things I buy on Ebay & save a TON of $$$......
My Net10 refill cards....$37.00 instead of $50.00.
Abreva cold sore med. paid as little as $1.79 a tube one time. Reg. $19.99 at stores.
Kohl's $10.00 coupons for less than a buck ea.
HP ink 74 & 75 $23.99 together instead of $34.99 at Target.
Hair color, cell phones, Harley Davidson jackets, chaps, clothes, jewelry. Cheaper than at the dealership.
Brand new in box Bissell Lift Off vacumm cleaner $79.00 in box. At Kohls & Target.
Don't knock EBAY til you've tried it.

August 19 2013 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hi Matt, great story. As a twist (and perhaps 'tool #8), http;//mylocalinventory.com helps Amazon 3rd-party merchants (=sellers) make the most of Craigslist. Mylocalinventory does daily searches of craigslist to find items that can be bought and then resold on Amazon for a profit.

-Jordan Malik

August 19 2013 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Article was a waste of my time. Use common sense instead

August 19 2013 at 7:59 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to GARRY's comment

Common sense is in short supply.

August 19 2013 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to betty_brock's comment
Juan Fermin

Amen to that Betty.... I have some friends who are struggling financially, I felt sorry for them and TRIED to teach them how to make a buck on eBay, Amazon, Craig's List, and eCrater ... but they JUST DON'T GET IT. To me it's simple, but Oh Well!!!

July 24 2014 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down