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Buying Grocery Coupons on eBay

Updated on June 21, 2011

Buying Free Grocery Coupons on eBay

A majority of grocery coupons are still delivered by way of the Sunday newspaper. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or dedication for coupon clipping to save money on groceries. One way to get the grocery coupons without working too work is to buy them on eBay. Buying coupons on eBay allows you to pick and choose the coupons you want and need, when you need them.

How to buy coupons on eBay

Some grocery coupon clippers end up with more coupons that they can use and sell the extra coupons on eBay to make some money. Selling on eBay is a side business for these sellers and their selection of coupons may be limited but they may have coupons that you may not find anywhere else. Besides the sellers listing their extra coupons, there are full time coupon clipping services that sell on eBay. Sellers with an eBay store usually have a larger collection of coupons to choose from then the small sellers.

Selling on eBay can be expensive, and with a low value item like grocery coupons, some sellers cover the cost of listing their coupons for sell by charging buyers inflated shipping cost. Be mindful of the shipping charge when buying coupons. You don’t want to pay more to get the coupons than you would save when buying groceries with the coupons.

Since eBay rules, and most if not all manufacturers, do not allow the transfer or sale of the actually coupons, a coupon seller can’t charge you for the coupons themselves, but instant charge you a fee for their service of clipping and sending you the coupons. While eBay urges their sellers to not sell coupons that explicitly state not for transfer or sale, eBay will not enforce these clauses printed on coupons. So it’s up to you to make sure that the seller and you are not voiding these coupons.

EBay rules also states that coupons cannot be delivered to the buyer by electronic means (i.e. email) and the buyer prints out the coupons at home. The coupons must be physically delivered to the buyer. Stay away from sellers that offer coupons that you print online. Make sure the seller is actually selling printed coupons that will be physically shipped to you.

Also make sure the coupons are not about to expire in a few days and that you will have enough time to use them. Most grocery coupons have expiration dates printed on them. You don't want to waste your time and money buying worthless coupons when you are trying to save money on groceries bills. 

If you decide to buy a bulk of coupons, don’t be afraid to ask the seller to explicitly give you an accounting of all the coupons in the lot, if the information is not clearly listed in the auction description. If the description is unclear, and you really want the set of coupons, ask the seller to provide you with the answers to your questions before committing to buy the coupons. Don’t waste money by paying for worthless coupons that you don’t want or need.

Buying your grocery coupons on eBay truly makes sense if you don’t have the time to do look for them, clip them and organize them yourself. You only buy the coupons you need, when you want.

You’ll have less paper waste and leave a smaller carbon footprint because you don’t have to buy Sunday newspapers; you don’t clutter up your home with the used newspapers, and you save some more from not having to subscribe to different newspapers. Just bear in mind not to overpay for the coupons; otherwise, you end up spending more money getting the coupons that you actually save money on your food bill using coupons for groceries.


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