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eBay kicks off month-long deals and introduces free express delivery for cost-conscious Aussies


1 June 2020:
ebay.com.au, Australia’s number one shopping site¹, is launching its first-ever month-long shopping event, eBay Plus Month, offering huge savings on essentials and free express delivery on millions of eBay Plus items, at a time when Australians are tightening their belts.

Kicking off on 1st June at 10am the month-long event is available exclusively to eBay Plus members. Previously Plus Weekend, eBay Plus Month will showcase a new deal every day throughout June featuring savings of up to 80 per cent.

Items have been selected using eBay data on what Aussies have been commonly searching for and buying during isolation. Items include Apple AirPods (2nd Generation and Pro), a Nintendo Switch Neon and an air fryer following purchase spikes in headphones (31 per cent), gaming consoles (221 per cent) and kitchen appliances (60 per cent).²

As well as exclusive deals, eBay Plus members will benefit from:

  • Spend and save offers on millions of eBay Plus items – spend $100, save $10; spend $500, save $50 and spend $2,000, save $200 (from 1-14 June)³
  • 20 per cent off select eBay Plus items (from 15-30 June)⁴

eBay Australia’s Sophie Onikul says, “We know the last couple of months have been tough on Aussies financially with an estimated 46 per cent of household incomes affected.⁵ We’re excited to extend our previous Plus Weekend to a full month of savings with eBay Plus Month.

“People are shopping differently right now, prioritising purchases of the things they really need from tech to everyday essentials. We’ve also seen less time spent browsing the site with shoppers more decisive and planned in their purchases. It’s important that we deliver our 11-million unique monthly visitors the best discounts on the items we know are in demand.

“We’ve also seen a conscious effort from eBay shoppers to support homegrown businesses during this time. Buyers can shop with confidence as eBay Plus consists of top rated and trusted Australian sellers. eBay Plus Month is the perfect opportunity to snag a deal and support local SMBs.”

Express delivery

eBay will also roll out free express delivery on millions of eBay Plus items for eBay Plus members in metro areas⁶. Metro-based eBay Plus members will have orders automatically upgraded to express delivery on millions of eBay Plus listings.⁷

“Our aim is to get items into buyers’ hands as quickly as possible so they can enjoy them. Recent research shows reliable delivery is more important than ever right now with it second only to free delivery”⁸, adds Onikul.

eBay Plus is a shopping membership that unlocks delivery benefits and huge savings. For just $49 for 12 months, eBay Plus members benefit from free express delivery, free returns and access to exclusive deals. Plus members who shop Coles on eBay get 5 per cent off and free delivery on orders over $49.⁹

ebay.com.au recently partnered with Afterpay, Australia’s number one Buy Now Pay Later platform, to give Aussie shoppers greater payment flexibility when purchasing online and a way to responsibly manage their personal finances.

Head to ebay.com.au for everything eBay Plus Month has to offer. Sign up to eBay Plus this weekend to be in with the best chance of getting the best deals and don’t forget to download the eBay app to make shopping even easier. New members can start their free 30 day eBay Plus trial here.

A selection of Plus Month deals include¹⁰:

Day Product eBay Price Final Price with Plus Month Deal Total Discount
Monday
1 June
Apple AirPods (2nd Generation with wireless charging case) $249 $99 60%
Tuesday
2 June
Finish Powerball Tablets (45 pack) $88.90 $49 44%
Wednesday
3 June
Apple AirPods Pro (with wireless charging case) $399 $249 38%
Thursday
4 June
Healthy Choice 12L digital airfryer $199 $99 50%
Friday
5 June
Ugg boots $69 $50 28%
Monday
8 June
Samsung Galaxy A70 $549 $299 46%
Tuesday
9 June
Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier $259.95 $179 31%
Saturday
13 June
Bluey Showbag $39.95 $15 62%
Monday
15 June
Pre-order PlayStation 4 game: The Last of Us Part II (launches 23 June) $99.95 $49 51%
Monday
15 June
Pre-order PlayStation 4 game: Assetto Corsa: Competizione (launches 19 June) $69.95 $41 41%
Tuesday
16 June
ECOVACS DEEBOT N79T $279 $149 47%
Thursday
18 June
Nintendo Switch Neon with Animal Crossing $549.90 $449 18%
Thursday
25 June
SodaStream $99 $19 80%

Notes to editors

  1. Similarweb, May 2020
  2. eBay internal data comparing year on year sales, May 2020
  3. T&Cs apply
  4. T&Cs apply
  5. Market Pulse: COVID-19 report, Google
  6. T&Cs apply
  7. Eligible postcodes here
  8. Market Pulse: COVID-19 report, Google
  9. Selected postcodes and T&Cs apply
  10. T&Cs apply


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Here’s Why Folks are Buying LOSING PowerBall Tickets on eBay

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 / 05:15 PM CST / Updated: Jan 14, 2016 / 05:15 PM CST

DALLAS — Well folks, the billion-dollar PowerBall frenzy is over, and most of us didn’t have too much luck.

“Unfortunately, we did not win,” said Elizabeth Matthews, who was in charge of the pool. “We were very sad this morning to wake up and have to cancel our plans in Monaco for lunch. The tickets are worthless.”

Or are they? Get this, there’s actually a market for losing tickets online. Just check eBay.

Why would anyone want a losing PowerBall ticket. Well, maybe they just want a souvenir from the record-setting past week. Or maybe they won and want to avoid paying some of their taxes.

Basically, your winnings get taxed as profit. So, if you can show you spent a lot on tickets (by producing a stack of losing tickets), in theory, that would reduce the amount of taxable winnings, saving you money.

Of course, it’s arguably also deception intended to result in financial gain. AKA fraud. And tax fraud is, you know, frowned upon.

“I don’t think I’d get behind supporting that,” Matthews said with a laugh. “I’m not gonna sell my tickets.”

Why would anyone want a losing PowerBall ticket?!?! Well, maybe they just want a souvenir from the record-setting past week. Or maybe they won and want to avoid paying some of their taxes. ]]>