A highly revealing value survey conducted by eBay.ie, the dedicated Irish eBay website, has shown that people who use shops are incurring huge losses by not shopping online – in some cases items are as much as 72% more expensive in shops.
The eBay.ie survey highlights that significant savings can be made across the board, from cameras and Mp4 players, to dresses and footwear. For example, right now Sony PSP and PS3 memory cards on eBay.ie, provided by a UK seller, are 72% cheaper than on the high street and that’s including postage! The survey also shows that a Karen Millen dress is 44% cheaper online than in-store, which is a shocking disparity and represents a significant mark-up.
Eamonn Galvin, Head of product, eBay Ireland, said "In response to recent claims that UK retailers are overcharging by as much as 50%, Dermot Jewell, CEO of the Consumers’ Association of Ireland, suggested that buyers should vote with their feet. I would suggest that Irish buyers, who our survey shows are suffering as a result of overcharging, should check online pricing before parting with their hard earned cash."
He added "With a slowing economy we all need to start counting the pennies and you can save more shopping online than through more conventional retail outlets."
|Shop||Item||Cost in Shop||Cost on Ebay.ie||Amount Saved||% off|
|Argos||1GB Sandisk Pro Duo Gaming Memory Card for Sony PSP & PS3||€44.99||€12.41||€32.58||72%|
|Dixons||Epson T027 5-Colour Ink Cartridge||€37.99||€22.69||€15.30||40%|
|Karen Millen selling at Brown Thomas||Karen Millen Black & White "Stripe Ribbon" Dress||€205||€114.31||€90.69||
|Argos||Canon IXY 2000 12 Mega Pixel Digital Camera||€479.49||€288.70||€190.79||40%|
|Argos||Archos 405 2GB Slim MP4 Multimedia Player||€149.99||€111.77||€38.22||25%|
|Foot Locker||Converse All Star Chuck Boot Runners Black||€64.99||€56.64||€8.95||14%|
Felicity McCarthy, Head of Marketing eBay Ireland, said "We hear about customer behaviour in the UK and Germany where people check out the price online first before buying, and certainly we are seeing Irish buyers starting to do the same and making significant savings by doing their research."
"The eBay.ie value survey shows that even stores which are typically perceived as great value for money do not stand up to the savings, which shopping online delivers."
All prices above are based on retail and eBay prices available between 27/05/08 and 13/06/08. All eBay prices shown include delivery, and are for items available in "Buy it now" format. As eBay is a marketplace prices and availability will vary.
eBay.ie is the dedicated eBay site for Irish users. It launched in Ireland in June 2005 and enables Irish users to meet and trade online in their local currency. Since then a growing number of Irish users have enjoyed the benefits of a uniquely tailored Irish site. In March 2007, eBay.ie recorded 500,000 users on the site. eBay.ie is a place where almost anyone in Ireland can trade practically anything on a local, national and international platform.
Founded in 1995, eBay pioneers communities built on commerce, sustained by trust, and inspired by opportunity. eBay enables ecommerce on a local, national and international basis with an array of websites – including the eBay Marketplace, PayPal, Skype, Kijiji, Rent.com, Shopping.com – that bring together millions of buyers and sellers every day