No one has asked me to write about half.com or sing its praises, just so you know. These are my pure, unadulterated, unsponsored opinions!)
Have you heard of half.com? My husband and I have been using this site for years and years, and I am always surprised at the number of people who haven’t partaken of its bargainy goodness before.
What is half.com and how does it work?
Well, it’s sort of like Ebay, except without the pain-in-the-rear auction part of things (I am not a fan of auctions, in case you couldn’t tell). Ebay actually bought half.com a number of years ago and was planning to close it down, but thankfully they decided against that.
Anyways, half.com has inventory that is listed by private sellers, just like Ebay, but the prices are all fixed. If you find something you like at the price you want, you just buy it, pay for it, and the seller ships it to you. Easy-peasy.
The private sellers list the condition of the item as Brand New, Like New, Very Good, Good, and Acceptable, so you can choose from a wide range of conditions and prices. The used items are usually great bargains, but even the brand new items are often great deals.
What should you buy there?
Half.com will not be able to supply all your needs, because they only sell media (books, CDs, DVDs, games) and some gaming equipment, but if you are in the market for any of those things, you really should check there before you buy anywhere else.
We’ve used this site for buying
- children’s books
- school books for our kids
- textbooks for college (SO much cheaper than anywhere else)
- a DS for Joshua (he saved up for it himself!)
Selling at Half.com
While we’ve bought our fair share of merchandise at half.com we’ve also sold quite a bit of stuff through them. I prefer selling there over Ebay because on half.com, there is no up-front cost to list your items. When your listed item sells, you pay a portion of that sale to half.com, but until your items sells, listing is totally free. Love that.
It’s also less of a headache to get paid on half.com than on Ebay, because the buyer pays half.com directly, and then half.com pays you.
I have now typed “half” so many times, it doesn’t even look like a word to me any more.
That probably means that I have said enough about it in this post to last you for a while. Really, though, I cannot say enough good things about this site. Next time you need music, movies, books, or games, go check it out…I can almost guarantee you won’t be sorry!