Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Savvy Shopping: $4.99 Jeans on eBay

Three months ago I went to the Gap to purchase a new pair of jeans. I have been wearing the same style of jeans that the Gap has carried forever - original boot cut. As I dug through the stacks of jeans on the shelf, I found that they were only stocking jeans that contain lycra. I don't like lycra in my jeans - it make me feel like I'm wearing stirrup pants from the 1980s. I wanted a pair of 100% cotton jeans. When I inquired the clerk told me that they rarely carry 100% cotton in the stores anymore and that I should order them from gap.com. A quick look at the website reminded me that these jeans cost $59. At the time, I was decluttering my house and had a lot of items listed for sale on eBay. So I decided to surf around on eBay to see if there were any jeans for sale. I was pleasantly surprised to find multiple listings for Gap Ladies Original Boot Cut Jeans that were 100% cotton! I chose a pair to bid on and confirmed with the seller (who had an excellent feedback rating) that the jeans were like new condition with no defects. I won the auction for $4.99! I was charged $7 for shipping and when the jeans arrived they were perfect. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and I effectively saved $47. Moral of the story: if you know the exact style and size of a clothing item, check eBay before paying full retail price and ensure the seller has a good feedback rating before bidding on the item.


Frugal Homemaker said...

I love Gap long and lean jeans, and I get them off E-bay and secondhand stores. I will cry if my sources every dry up. Only Long and Leans will do for me, and I'll pay up to 15 dollars for a pair! Part of me selfishly hopes that other people will never discover thrift stores and e-bay for clothes...it leaves more for people like us! Good job finding those jeans!

domestika said...

Good tip - that wouldn't have occurred to me. And there's the bonus of not having to drag into a store and rummage through racks and wait in line to try things on under really unflattering lights in a nasty little cubicle!

change is a good thing said...

I love a good find like that! Sometimes I find stuff like that at thrift stores too. It's great when you can find things with the tags still on them and they are exactly what you are lookingfor.