So you want to buy a product and have heard about the great deals your friends are getting on ebay. But you’re not sure how to go about it. Can you really get the great deal everyone is telling me about? Is it for me?
The basics for buying anything on E-Bay are the same as purchasing an item in a store. There are a few questions you should consider before you purchase, more often than not people who get a bad deal over the internet are the ones that haven’t done their research and the same is true when buying in the traditional way.
The first thing to consider is what you want in a product. Getting the best deal involves doing the best research. The internet is a good starting point to find what manufacturers offer in their products and a standard market price. A good place to find this information is through reviews put together by special interest groups and online magazines with no affiliation to the manufactures. Once you have narrowed down your selection to a few products it is always useful to visit a local store to feel the products, as well as get an idea about the price in your area. Your aim in this process should be to narrow down your product to a few specific models, and determine a price limit for your purchase.
This sounds like shopping not the deal of the century? Where E-Bay really comes into its own is competition and we all know that competition drives the price down. Ontop of this you can purchase from anywhere in the world and prices in one country are not always the same as in yours. Once you know exactly what you are looking for it is easy to use E-Bay to find a good deal. You can use the E-Bay search to find your handful of models at various prices anywhere in the world. Just remember not bid over your pre-determined price, or if you find it easier use the ”buy it now” option to shop in on-line stores. Good luck and I hope you save as much as I have.
Guide for purchasing on ebay.
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3 June 2006
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