A hot new item has come on the market and you want to be first in line to bring it home! In your desire to get what you want, though, you need to make sure you don't over-pay. With some careful price comparison, you will find that there's no need to pay the retail price for almost anything--even items just released. Doing a search on eBay is usually the best way to perform a price comparison. Different sellers offer different specials and sales all the time, and eBay often has items for sale for a mere fraction of their retail value. In fact, with a little detective work, you could end up paying less than half than the listed retail price for a popular book, DVD, computer, and more--and still have it in your hands before your friends! Doing a price comparison may lead you to an incredible price on a used item. Used items often go for well below market value, but are often as good as new. The minute you drive a car off a lot or take the tags off a designer handbag, the price drops. The designer wedding dress that is just a fantasy from the store can easily be within your price range if you locate a dress for sale that was worn once and is still in perfect condition.Be sure to get a full description of the item's condition from the seller. Inquire if all the parts, instructions and original packing are included--and if the item is in working order. You may find that you can get a near new item at an incredibly discounted rate. Don't rush into a purchase with a higher sticker tag. With a little persistence, you will get exactly what you want and still have some money left over for your next purchase!