eBay was founded in 1995 and quickly became one of the most popular destinations on the internet. I still rely on eBay any time I have gear to sell or I'm looking for a really good deal on some equipment. I saved over $1,000 buying my home theater sound system (new in the box) on eBay! Whether you're trying to sell something online or not or you're thinking of buying something, eBay is a great place to check prices and see what others are selling similar items for. Often times eBay can be a quick reality check for something you might think is worth a lot or worthless. The eBay Mobile App and the eBay for iPad App allows you to take the eBay experience with you wherever you go.
Price check in aisle three
With eBay Mobile on your iPhone you can use your iPhone's camera to scan the product barcode of an item you're holding to search eBay for that item. That feature alone is very handy and beats typing in text searches. Once the results are in you can look through everything, just auctions or just the ones offering a "Buy it Now" price. Buy it Now is great for shoppers that don't want to play the auction game and just want to buy what they find on the spot. The bar code scanning feature can also be used to help you quickly list your item for sale. When you scan the barcode it will bring in the title, category and stock photo. All you have to do is key in your description, set your price and length of auction and you're item is listed just that easily!
If you find a cool item that you want to share with others you can tweet it, post it to your Facebook wall or email it directly from within the App.
eBay on the Big Screen
eBay for iPad is great too. This App was designed for the iPad from the ground up and offers nice big image displays and descriptions. The iPad version is more designed for browsing, shopping and account management than selling. I guess they figure since the iPad doesn't yet have a camera there's no real way for a user to easily get their auction photos together for setting up the auction. Nonetheless I use the iPad version to monitor the auctions for items I'm selling and things I'm bidding on. I also use it for responding to questions about my items.
I understand not having selling abilities due to the lack of a built-in camera, however I'm scratching my head as to why there are no sharing features like the eBay Mobile version has. The other minor thing I'd like to see added is a "Total" for the items I'm selling.
The Bottom Line
If you buy things or sell things you should always compare prices on eBay. I've saved thousands over the years and made a decent amount on selling my older gear too. Having these Apps with you makes it much easier to check things out and cast those last minute bids on the go.
Speaking of selling on eBay
Don't forget to check out the gear I'm selling on eBay this month here.