It’s normal to be apprehensive the first time you make a purchase on eBay. After all, how do you know who you’re buying from? There are a lot of untrustworthy people in this world, and why shouldn’t you think that the seller isn’t one of them? I won’t go as far as to say that you can decipher a seller’s true moral character on eBay, but I will tell you this: it’s fairly easy to come to a conclusion about whether or not you can trust the seller to behave appropriately. This is done by learning through the experiences of sellers past – in other words, the seller’s feedback scores.
In general, if a seller has positive feedback scores, then you’re probably good to go. This means that they have successfully completed transactions and had previous buyers be pleased enough with their services to give them good ratings. When viewing any item, simply look to the box on the right side of the page to view a brief summary of the seller’s feedback received. To put things simply, the higher the feedback score the more trustworthy the seller (more on this later). If a seller has a star next to his or her name, then this means that he or she has received a certain number of positive feedback submissions. Some select sellers receive “Top Rated Seller” badges; if you see this badge then you really don’t have much to worry about.
In order to make sure that your transaction is safe and secure, it is recommended that you always pay with PayPal. Don’t feel pressured to pay via bank transfer, even if a seller states that he or she prefers this method of payment. All sellers are required to have a PayPal account, which comes with $20,000 worth of protection, when registering on eBay.
Check the icons next to the sellers name
Powerseller icon is measured by dollars sold. Generally successful ebayers who turn over a lot of product are trustworthy.
Top Rated Sellers have earned a reputation for fast shipping, excellent service and have received excellent feedback – they are regarded very highly
How do I know who I am shopping with?
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26 October 2012
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