The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone is either scrambling to find that perfect gift for their loved one…or thinking about scrambling to find that perfect gift for their loved one in about about two weeks. Either way, the traditional big box stores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart tend to get picked over and leave with the most expensive options. This holiday season, why not try the different apps and websites that will allow you to get just what you need, without leaving home (for the most part) and keep some of that coin in your pocket so you can ring in 2018 with a positive balance in your bank account.
Let’s ease you into this idea. Craigslist is the father of online peer to peer shopping. You can buy anything on Craigslist. Let’s say, for example purposes, that your loved one yearns for a 40″ flat screen smart TV. Well, hop on over to Craiglist and pick your city and search and voila! How about a 40″ smart TV for $200? You can also get your haggle on, which is as equally as fun as finding a good deal. The only downside to Craigslist is that their interface is archaic (part of the charm?) and they have no app. So 2006, amiright?
OfferUp has got to be the spawn of Craigslist. The downside listed above on Craigslist is taken care of with this awesome app. In addition, their website isn’t too shabby either, so you can seamlessly transition when snagging deals. Speaking of, maybe your boo wants a new iPhone 7. Well $350 is a helluva a deal and you aren’t tied down to any monthly payment! OfferUps in app messaging makes it really easy to make deals with sellers too.
LetGo would be the sister to OfferUp. While it’s interface isn’t as user friendly, it offers a lot of the same features as OfferUp — multiple pictures, in app messaging, one click messages, etc. You can also find a lot of the same listings on both apps, so usually picking one and sticking to it will work. However, if you want to make sure not to miss anything, download both! Is your kid looking for a PS4? Don’t want to spend $400? How about a cool $175 for the hottest gaming console out?
If OfferUp and LetGo are the kids and Craigslist is the father, then I would have to call Ebay the grandfather, right? This is one of the oldest forms of peer to peer shopping and, to be honest, one of the most secure. There are no face to face transactions and everything is insured. Unlike the three other sites mentioned, Ebay even has name brand outlet pages so you can buy direct from the manufacturer at discount prices. Perhaps your lovey is a neat freak. What is the best gift for a neat freak? A Dyson vacuum! But you can’t afford to pay $400 for one, right? How about a like-new model for $189!
Keep these places in mind this holiday season and you may just save yourself some headaches and, more importantly, some money!