It is also worth bearing in mind the following:
• Check if the item is new or used. Just because is an auction doesn't mean everything is used. Plenty of companies operate " Shops", because it's a highly efficient internet shop-front. New items may still be bargains- but they also might be no cheaper than your local high street.
• Understand the difference between and Auction () transactions. With the deal is just like a normal shop - you click to commit to a purchase and the product is yours.
• Some auction items have an undisclosed reserve price. If your bid is below the reserve, you'll be notified, and your bid won't count. Equally, you can bid again at a higher price if you wish.
• On some auctions, more than one identical item is offered. In this instance, you can specify how many you want, and the stock will be distributed amongst the highest individual bidders.
• Time is the enemy of the bidder! Every auction item will be displayed along with the exact time of the auction's expiry. Bidding in the last few minutes - and even seconds - can be frenetic, so it helps to be by your computer during an auction's dying moments. Many items double in price as bids come in at the last minute.
• This frantic activity is tempting. Don't be fooled into bidding way beyond your budget. When you spot an item you want, establish its real value by searching elsewhere on the net; and keep in mind a maximum bid. If you're outbid on your maximum valuation, console yourself with a cup of tea and start again - someone else has paid over the odds.
You can track your bids in "My eBay" which will list all your items. You can also watch items in "My eBay" without bidding - many eBayers lurk about, watching items until the last minute and then sneak in a bid