Buying Formats?

Sales, great prices, Buy It Now or Auctions - Buying on ebay with StuffAlert get automatic ebay alerts

Buy It Now or Auction – the choice is yours

In addition to searching all ebay listings StuffAlert now lets you restrict your search and ebay alerts to either :

  • Buy It Now (BIN) - fixed price listings*
  • Auctions - which may or may not have a reserve price
  • Any (default) - Any buying format

It’s really simple to use this feature. Click on the Advanced search button when you’re creating your alert and select 'Any', 'Buy It Now' or 'Auction' from the dropdown box. If no option is selected StuffAlert will search using the default of 'Any' Buying format.

Choose to search both Buy It Now and Auction listings if format isn’t important to you or you’re unsure which a seller might use. Your email alerts will pick up all items matching your saved searches and probably include more results.

Remember: You can always go back and edit your saved search and restrict it to Buy It Now listings or Auctions.

Buy It Now listings are great if you haven’t got the time to get involved in an Auction or think there could be a bidding war for the item you’re interested in. They’re quickest and most certain way to get your hands on the item you want.

TIP : Some listings offer both options. If you think an auction could deliver a cheaper price you might want to place a bid so the BIN option should disappear.


* Buy It Now listings sometimes also have 'Best Offer' option offered by the Seller, giving you an opportunity to offer your best price for the Buy It Now item.