I realized after I moved to Germany and was on ebay all the time buying clothes and other little stuff, that I had to stop this activity. It didn’t help that I live in a rural area with less opportunities to shop, but it became time-consuming and was in fact, an addiction. Besides the huge fact that money flows through your fingers like crazy, because you say, “Yeah, but it’s only a few bucks!”, but this adds up if you do this a few times a week or sometimes even in a days time. I realized that for me, it was more the excitement of buying than the actual product I received. I realized the only way to stop this, was to pull the plug on my account. I still buy on the internet, but the ebay urge is no longer there. My continued goal is to ask myself each time, “Do I really need to buy through the internet” or “Do I really need this item”? Most times the answer would be no. I want to become less materialistic. There is so much more I could be doing than this.
To anyone who recognizes that they have a degree of addiction to ebay or are even considering canceling your ebay account. Just do it, don’t think about it beforehand. It definitely helps to tell a good friend or partner about it, the support helped me. I told my husband my consideration and made sure he sat down with me while I did it so that I didn’t relapse. Now a month later, I don’t even consider what I could be buying for cheap. It has totally freed my thoughts for better things.