Basic Buying Guide for New eBayers

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Things to consider when buying or bidding on eBay.

There are a few things that people need to consider when buying or bidding on eBay.

I have prepared a basic guide to assist new eBay bidders and buyers to ensure they are well informed.
  • When viewing or thinking about bidding on an item, make sure you know the value of the item beforehand.
  • Work out what you think the item is worth to you.
  • Think about what you are prepared to pay and what your maximum bid would be.
  • Check to see if the Seller has a good Positive Feedback Score.
  • Read the feedback left for the Seller by the buyers. This is an excellent way of gauging what type of person you will be dealing with.
  • Where is the Seller located.
  • Where is the item location.
  • Is the item described well.
  • Do you need to ask questions, if so ask them through the link "Ask seller a question".
  • Are you happy with the Terms of Auction as set out by the Seller? See Image #3

    Warning signs of Sellers that may not be all that they seem.

    • Very low starting bids but has EXcessive postage costs.
    • Item exaggerated and asking you to contact them via an email address and not the "Ask seller a question" link.
    • Little or no description of item and poor quality photos or no photos.
    • Positive Feedback at 98% or lower. - READ what other buyers have said about the seller. This is a very good indication of what you may encounter with the seller.
    • Does the Seller resort to retaliatory remarks when someone complains about an item not being as described, or the postage costs too excessive, or item arrived damaged?
    • Where is the item located as opposed to where the seller is registered.
    • Seller is a feedback nazi and wants you to leave positive feedback and states this in their listings. Warning signs are - "I will leave feedback when I see you have left feedback for me" in their Terms of Auction.

      Do's and Don'ts

      DO NOT bid if you do not intend in following through with the seller's terms of auction. To enter a bid, you are entering into a binding contract to pay if you win. NO ifs and NO buts. Simple as that!

      DO NOT bid on an item if it sounds too good to be true.

      DO NOT contact seller to negotiate any terms of the transaction after the auction if you won. You bid and won knowing from the onset what the terms of the auction were.

      DO contact the seller before bidding to ask any questions you may have about the item you are interested in.

      DO read sellers Feedback to assess what other buyers have said about the seller.

      DO communicate with the seller once you have received your item. If you have a problem, communication is the way to go BEFORE leaving feedback. Sometimes a simple email stating the facts about a problem item will prove beneficial then going straight for the Negative Feedback link.

      DO leave feedback if you are happy with your item. This shows others that you value a good seller.

      DO become informed by reading eBay's buying and selling policies. This will assist you in understanding the way sellers and buyers should conduct business and transactions.

      DO check into the Community Forums for assistance and advice if required.

      DO have fun shopping & and selling on eBay.
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