Man Behind Deals website explains how to find the cheapest prices on ‘secret’ eBay pages
A bargain expert who co-founded a multi-million-user user deal website discussed how to find cheaper prices on little-known eBay outlet pages.
Tom Church, 30, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, claims that brands like Argos, Lakeland and Currys PC World often offer the same items – or something very similar – for less money on the auction site.
Sometimes these items are inventory that retailers are trying to move, or they will be refurbished but still in good condition.
In one example, Tom spotted a vacuum-packed electric wand that was selling for £ 99.99 direct on the Lakeland website – but the same device was also selling for just £ 49.99 for a refurbished version on its sales page eBay.
Jack Willis, meanwhile, sells the same gray sweater on his website and eBay store – but it costs £ 34.99 direct from the retailer or £ 25 on the auction site.
Tom also says it’s worth looking for cheaper versions of a product you’re looking for on eBay.
For example, Argos has a Morphy Richards toaster for £ 29.99 on their website, but a slightly different version costs £ 19.99 on their eBay store.
Speaking to The Mirror, Tom said: “I started LatestDeals.co.uk in 2016 when I was living with yellow stickers reduced to transparent for an entire year. My friends and co-founders Deepak Tailor, Tom Kelsey and I are avid bargain hunters.
“A tip is to research the exit pages. AO, Ann Summers, Argos, Currys PC World, and other retailers have the same products for less on eBay, often with free shipping.
Tom also explained a nifty way to check out the cheapest way to buy something on Amazon, which is to download an add-on to your web browser.
He recommended the Google Keepa Chrome extension tool, which is free to download, because it shows price charts every time you look at something on Amazon.
This chart shows you how the price has changed over time, so you can see if you’re getting a good deal or if you have to wait until it gets cheaper.
Tom spoke to The Mirror to mark that his website LatestDeals.co.uk hit the two million member mark this week.
While he ran the website, some of his best deals included bargains on eBay at 99 pence, a flight to Newcastle in a private plane, and buying a car for a single trip, as they were cheaper than the train.
He also helped make a free supermarket price comparison tool when the coronavirus crisis hit and supermarket prices jumped.
Tom said: “We developed the latest ad-free offers ourselves. Deepak and I were in a rainy loft, Kelsey was in her basement room.
“All we do is focus on finding and sharing the best deals – but Latest Deals is a community site, which means members find and share deals with each other as well.
“I think this social aspect is the most important because in many ways we are like a mini-Instagram or a mini-Facebook.”
But the website almost took a hit when Covid-19 became a pandemic, and the group says their money saving kept them afloat – allowing them to keep everyone who works for them in a job.
Tom continued, “The way we fund the community dried up and at that point we had a team of 20.
“Fortunately, because we are crooks, we saved enough money to continue paying every member and colleague in full. Everyone kept their job, each member kept their reward. “
Fortunately, the deal site continues to thrive – although Tom hopes it will still feel “small and welcoming” despite being used by so many people.
“My dream is to hear a conversation where someone asks, ‘where did you get this?’ and the friend replies, “I found it on Latest Deals.” I would love for it to be a household name like that, ”he said.