It’s finally summer, so it’s time for some fun! Our latest survey found that most (70%) of Americans plan to attend a celebration (whether it be a party, a wedding, a housewarming or baby shower) this summer.
But, inflation right now is definitely a buzz kill. In fact, it’s at a four-decade high, pushing up the cost of … well… everything. In fact, 65% of our survey respondents say that inflation will make it harder to attend celebrations this summer.
But we have solutions to help your wallet, especially if you need to buy housewarming gifts and home items now that we’re all mixing and mingling again: eBay. The online purveyor of practically everything is offering up to 50% off everything you need for your living spaces. And it helps you get around inflation in the following ways:
- Refurbished items: Shopping refurbished is a smart way to dodge inflation and be eco-friendly. If you’re uneasy about shopping refurbished, know that eBay inspects, tests and cleans all its eBay Refurbished products. It also backs products sold as refurbished by this guarantee at no extra cost. Many of its refurbished products are also not “used” in the traditional sense — in fact, many are sold directly by the manufacturer and were simply returned unused.
- Bulk discounts: If you’re buying new (and need to buy multiple items), you can often save with a multi-item discount and get each item for a lower price. Most other retailers don’t offer this type of discount.
- eBay Best Price Guarantee: If you buy an eBay product and then find a lower price at an approved competitor within 48 hours, eBay will pay you 110% of the difference in the form of an eBay coupon. There’s some fine print to get acquainted with, but, if you end up taking advantage of this, you’ll have effectively scored yourself a price that’s 10% below what competitors are offering.
Our 8 Favorite Housewarming and Entertainment Items to Save on with eBay
Because home entertaining is likely to put a strain on your pocketbook this summer, we found eight products to shop on eBay that are priced much lower than at big-box retailers.
iRobot Roomba E6 Vacuum Cleaning Robot E6198 –
All that entertaining takes its toll on your floors and rugs. But robot vacuums make it easy to clean up before and after parties, leaving you time for prepping the food, decorating and everything else. At this price, this vacuum is also highly giftable, if you’re looking for a present for a new homeowner. It’s listed at “pristine, like-new” condition.
LED Flameless Candles Wax Pillar Battery Operated Candle Remote Control Timer – $18.98
Normally you can expect to pay $10+ per candle in these sizes. But eBay has a set of three (three sizes) for less than $20. AND these are smart candles (and remote-controllable). They make a great housewarming gift, as they’re kid-safe, pet-safe and party-guest safe (no flame, no hot wax).
Granitestone Blue 10 Piece Ultra Nonstick Durable Pots and Pans Cookware Set –
eBay’s just the kind of place where you can literally save $100 on a cookware set. This non-stick set is brand new and it’s basically the New Homeowner Starter Pack when it comes to pots and pans.
Wolfgang Puck Personal Blender with Spice Grinder Certified Refurbished –
This price is about $10 lower than we found elsewhere. It’s backed by eBay’s refurbished protections, and its condition is listed as “pristine, like-new.” It grinds spices and makes smoothies. And is a great sidekick for frozen cocktails.
Curtis Stone Blitz Stick Immersion Hand Blender –
Immersion blenders instantly upgrade your ability to make bisques, sauces and soups — you can easily blend things in their original pot, rather than trying not to spill while putting them into a blender. They also make great gifts for anyone without enough counter space for a full-size blender. But immersion blenders tend to be pricey enough that you may have been putting off getting one. Thanks to eBay, you can get one for under $30.
HENCKELS Silvercap 14 Piece Knife Set with Block, Chef Knife, Paring Knife –
On eBay, you can get a whopping 61% off on a new set of highly rated knives. That puts them in giftable range — and in buy-for-yourself range.
Curtis Stone Bread Maker 2lb. Model 676-748 –
If you didn’t get a bread maker during the pandemic, now’s the time, thanks to this hefty discount. Homemade bread can upgrade a dinner party and your daily life. Looking for a housewarming gift? Nothing makes a house seem warmer than the smell of fresh-baked bread. This refurbished item is backed by eBay’s guarantee and is under $100.
Staub Cast Iron 4-qt Round Cocotte with Glass Lid–
Cast Iron doesn’t come cheap. And these types of products may be a luxury purchase you’ve put squarely in the “can’t afford, not with inflation the way it is” category. But this 4-quart Cocotte (the French term for “Dutch oven”) is NEW and more than 70% off.