Additional Craft Information:
If you think you would like to take up the hobby of making your own jewelry or maybe you are ambitious enough to start your own business making handmade jewelry from beads. Then jump on in the water is fine and it is fast becoming the biggest jewelry craze.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
If that sounds like you then you are going to need an inexpensive source to purchase your beads and the fastest way to do that is to buy beads online. It can be a little overwhelming at times but with a little patients and detective work you can be rewarded with the supplier that fits your needs.
Many people will automatically start with ebay, thinking that it is always going to be the cheapest place to buy beads online and sometimes it is and sometimes not.
5 Tips for buying through ebay or other auction sites:
1) Shop around at other wholesalers first to get an idea of what the going price for the type of bead or beads you are looking for.
2) There are two ways to purchase through ebay; you can bid on an auction or you can use the buy it now feature. Sometimes you can get a better price using the buy it now rather than getting caught up in a bidding war.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
3) Check their feedback score before you place your bid and ask any questions you might have beforehand.
4) If you do bid in an auction make sure you wait to bid until the last few minutes and put the highest bid I want to pay. Ebay does the work for you they automatically place your bid incrementally. This way you don't start an early bidding war, the term used for this is called snipping.
5) Check out a website called fatfingers.com, they will give you ways sellers sometimes misspell words in their auction. This can create opportunities to bid on some beads that have very low competition. They might spell beads as beeds for instance.
Ebay isn't the only auction site to buy beads online, just the most popular and well known. There are others like “Auction Beads” or “Just Beads”, these specialize in beads obviously from the name of the websites. Just do a search on Google “online bead auctions” to find a list of them
Check out the bidding policies before you bid and I don't recommend auctions sites that have overtime policies like Ubid. In my opinion those types of auctions are better for the seller than the buyer. If someone bids in the last few seconds the bidding is extended, so technically the bidding could go way past the scheduled end of the auction.
So if you are patient and diligent in your search for your beads online you can find some great deals as well as find some very unique beads that you won't find in your average brick and mortar store front. Good luck and happy bead hunting.