eBay for Running Shoes?

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Many people do not think of eBay when they are shopping for running shoes. I have found that eBay is an excellent service for finding and buying the shoes that I already know so well that I have practically named them and have told others that they are the best shoe in the world! You know the shoes I am talking about, the ones that you have spent more time with than most people in your life. I do not recommend buying your shoes on eBay if you are not experienced with that running shoe. If you are looking for a new pair of shoes, go to the running store, try on 50 pairs, chose and buy the ones you like, and then run in them for a few weeks. From there, if you love them, eBay may be the next place you go shopping for those shoes. So, the question is “why eBay?” Below are five reasons why eBay might be for you when buying your next pair of shoes.

  1. The manufacturer does not make your shoe anymore. I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but as soon as I fall in love with a shoe, the manufacturer changes or discontinues it. Using eBay, I can find the shoe I love for years to come.
  2. Convenience. You never have to leave your house to buy your shoes. You can buy them right from your computer and then they will be shipped to your door.
  3. Cost savings. With eBay, I have typically paid one third to one half of what I paid for the shoe at the store. As well, you can shop the world on eBay, so you know you can get the best deal. Also, if you buy more than one pair of shoes from a company, they will usually cut you a deal on shipping.
  4. Easy Shopping. All you have to do is put the name of the shoe and your size in the little box that says “search”, then click, and you will find almost every pair that exist in the entire world.
  5. Very Reliable. If you know how eBay works, you have nothing to worry about. A tip that I would give is only buy from those who have a very high satisfaction rating (98 percent or better) and have done a fair amount of transactions (100 or more). The people I have dealt with have a great reputation and will go to great lengths to uphold it.

  1. jank on November 7th at 5:48 am

    Cost – I’ll agree with that one.
    Easy/Reliable? Not as easy/reliable as calling the guy who fit you prior to heading into the store. They can get the shoes shipped on about the same schedule.

    And I don’t think eBay’s sponsored any races recently…

  2. Adeel on November 7th at 11:03 am

    Jank, there are many discontinued shoes that you can only get on eBay.

    Need the New Balance 815? The older version of the Asics Tiger Paw? Asics 2090? All of them are on eBay.

    I’d say that it’s simpler to just get over it and buy a new pair of shoes. Mark and Aaron (I think) would both agree that no one should get so attached to a pair of shoes.

  3. Brian on November 7th at 4:33 pm

    I’d recommend trying them on in a store first before buying off ebay. Even the same style shoe may change size within one new revision.

    For example:
    I always buy Asics kayanos, and when I went to pick up a new pair over the summer, I actually had to drop down half a size, even though all my past kayanos fit perfectly. You can find great deals on ebay, but return policies vary and will probably result in you paying for shipping.

  4. Blaine Moore (Run to Win) on November 8th at 2:00 pm

    I always keep myself in about 3 active pairs of shoes at a time, preferably of different models. I used to get my favorite models at a discount once the new version of it came out but before it disappeared, but these days I just order Nike products. My running team has a sponsorship so I can usually get shoes for about 1/3 of the cost after shipping as you would at retail.