When I was hunting down a statement necklace to go with my prom dress I couldn't find any piece that I liked in store. After discovering the selection available online I decided to give ordering jewellery on eBay a try. Overall I’ve found that it’s much more worthwhile than going to in store retailers and usually the quality measures up to what you would find of H&M or Aldo products.
Inexpensive:Whereas American retailers sell statement necklaces at around $10-$25 a piece, I got each of the items below for under $10 each. Shipping was included in the listed price as well! This is probably the only reason I prefer eBay over other Asian online fashion stores because most have the individual prices for the products and then a minimal flat shipping cost + extra depending on weight. It’s not worth it to order only one item from those sites but it’s really easy to order individual items and compare prices on eBay.
Variety:There are literally thousands of styles that each seller has. A lot of the same ones are carried by multiple sellers in different colours so you can find the exact piece that you’re looking for. When I was searching for a prom necklace I couldn’t find one that would complement my dress in stores, online I found plenty that I really liked and instead had a tough time choosing one.
Inconsistency of Quality:After my first few necklace purchases turned out to be decent quality I expected it as a standard of all the items online. The last necklace resembled the photo in style but the quality was really far off. Although different sellers sell the same style item for different prices, the seller that places the item at the highest price isn’t always providing the best quality available for that product. Its difficult to predict which sellers carry good products as sometimes a certain item they carry is high quality but another item is low.
Delivery time:These take a long trip from China to arrive. On most descriptions it said shipping time would be 16-30 days to Canada and each item I’ve ordered has taken between 20-30 days. A month is a long time to finally receive a product and while you’re waiting for it to arrive you may act on the impulse to order more.
Overall Rating: 3/5
This was a disappointing purchase, there are a lot of lumps on the necklace and it’s a much brighter shade of gold than it shows in the photograph. Also, this necklace took the longest of the 3 to arrive (24 days I believe).
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
This was the first necklace I ordered, simply for the fact that it was so cheap! I got it for $3.50 and am pretty impressed with the quality, the item is true to the photos. On each side of the collar 3 separate parts are joined together by rings that can be uncomfortable due to the weight of the necklace. As it is a peter pan collar necklace and is mean to be worn over a shirt it’s not much of a problem, I was surprised at how uncomfortable these kinds of necklaces are to wear on bare skin. The shipping time was also pretty quick (two weeks or so).
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Last but not least this is my favourite eBay necklace purchase so far! I was attracted to it because I thought the style was really unique but there are actually a whole bunch of eBay sellers that carry this product in different colours and made with different materials. I saw a matte black one that looked really cool but opted for this gold one instead. I love how it’s a statement necklace that can complement any outfit and has a really intricate design but once again the joints that hold the different pieces of the necklace together make it uncomfortable to wear on bare skin!