TIP : GO TO THE STORE THAT SELLS THE ITEM
If you are buying a item described as brand new, or current season, its a good idea (if its possible) to go to the store where it's said to have come from to try it on.
Many times I have been thankful that I did, because it either
# Wasnt what I thought it would be,
# Didnt fit (sizing can vary brand to brand),
# The style was unflattering,
# The rrp was lower than the seller states
# Or its on sale in store for less than the bidding and postage costs combined.
Even if its not a current season item, try on something similar in the same store to get an idea of that brands sizing.
At the very least look at the online catalogue of the items brandname/store to get more infomation before bidding away your hard earned cash.
AND ANOTHER REASON TO GO INSTORE?
By going instore, it can help you do your research for clothes and shoes that you really want but cant afford.
Make yourself a wish list.
Write down the exact description, size, and rrp of the item you love and wait till it comes up on ebay.
Hopefully now you can bid with confidence and wont have any more dud purchases.