How to save money on J. Crew lookalike jewelry


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I love J. Crew, I really do, and especially their jewelry. But my wallet? Not so much. I love J. Crew with all of my heart and really wish it and my high-school-babysitting bank account could get along. I yearn for the day when I can go in and buy whatever. But for now, it’s finding knockoffs and hoping for the day that I have a salary.

{The J. Crew splurge at $128}

or

{The eBay win at $7.50}

This is the example of the ‘Beaded Rose Necklace’ that I bought from eBay that was significantly cheaper.

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Which brings in the almighty eBay and Etsy. I’ve bought several things through both in the past, including lots of clothes and lots of jewelry. Once you get ahold of these sorts of shops and stores that sell lookalike jewelry, it’s pretty simple to keep up with them and become a regular shopper with them.

For eBay, there’s a thrill in the fact that it’s an auction. I could spend hours on stores, just bidding on things when they’re only $.99. I know it’s a silly and obvious thing, but once I bid on something that was only $2 and ended up paying an additional $10 in shipping because I had misread it. Usually, stores will have a consistent shipping rate on all products, so stick with those (especially when it’s free shipping). Pay attention to the percentage of positive reviews on the seller, make sure that there’s some sort of eBay buyer protection or guarantee, and have fun with it! I can’t tell you the number of times that my day has been made simply because I won an auction at the last minute.

Now, Etsy is a whole different story, the biggest difference being that the prices don’t change. This is great if you know exactly what you want and don’t want to wait for it (auctions can take a long time before they end). Also, there’s a better dialogue between buyers and sellers, so if you want something different and/or customizable, it’s simpler to just send a quick message. It’s $28 total, so a little more pricey.

Also, Etsy is great in that it’s a great marketing tool for sellers, meaning a better shopping experience for buyers. What do I mean by that? When you list an item, you have to put in search query words that have to do with your product so that people can more easily find your item.

Hopefully you’ll be able to find great pieces on both eBay and Etsy!

 

 

Meredith Scroggin

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