Is it safe to buy on ebay????

India
February 23, 2008 2:20pm CST
I may sound very very silly and stupid to ask this question but when its about some electronic and other goods..when we buy it online and the order is delivered..what we do i just test it before paying...but as it happens what is some problem happens irrespectively to what promised by the seller.... then what m i supposed to do??
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11 responses
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
24 Feb 08
Like the first poster mentioned..I check out the sellers feedback and whatnot before buying....I've been shopping on Ebay for over 2 yrs now and have bought NUMEROUS items without any problems.. As for the process...you place your bid or do a Buy It Now..pay for it THEN they send it to you...I would also make sure you knwo what their return policy is like or if they even have one..
• Singapore
8 Mar 08
Hi, i tried to bid some stuff, but i couldnt. I dont have credit card, and only debit card. I am unemployee and my parents not allow me to apply credit card. But i interested to buy musical instrument that will be cheaper to bid than buy the fix price. How to bid, without credit card? I only have my paypal account.
• Singapore
8 Mar 08
I do have debit card with visa... is it ok?
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
24 Feb 08
IMO you are better off going to a brick and Mortar store for electronic items. But if you still insist on buying them from greedyfeepay.. A seller will not ship your item before you pay for it. If you find there is a problem after you receive the merchandise, FIRST, very POLITELY contact your seller. Calmly let them know of the problem. Allow 7-10 days for a response. If you get no response. go to Advanced SearchFind Contact Info Have the item number and your sellers name ready. You will get an email with their name and phone number and vice-versa. If you get no reponse file a "sigifiganlty not as described" report.. you can find that in the dropdown box next to your item won. Only it will say "item not received" its the same channels to report not as described. Whatever happens, DON'T let your seller string you along past your 45 day deadline. If, after you are not satisfied with the actions your seller is taking, escalate your dispute to a claim. Watch your deadlines
@Yotristo (145)
• Australia
25 Feb 08
Thats good sound advice. Don't let the seller drag you past your limits. However, also be patient, I find sometimes my friends are too quick to complain. Sometimes they are even a little nasty in their messages, only to receive the goods the very next day, all in working order! Makes them feel silly - and so it should! LoL
• India
25 Feb 08
yes it is very safe to buy on ebay..........
@NCgirl (488)
• Philippines
24 Feb 08
your money is safe with ebay because they use paypal. Just two things before you buy something; consider the seller's feedback positive ones and if they offer insurance with the items they're selling. Some offers money-back-guarantee so you're good.. it's ok to be picky, just being cautious, Im one too.
• United States
24 Feb 08
You don't sound silly at all. Everyone has this question. I personally have not made a purchase on ebay, but my husband and a few friends have. They did not have any problems with their purchases.
@kykidd (6824)
• United States
24 Feb 08
As far as trustworthy, eBay is supported by PayPal, which will help you get your money back if you dispute a transaction that was paid for thru them.
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
24 Feb 08
I've been a buyer and seller on ebay and know you have to check out the buyer as best you can. I have bought a pc and a lap top on ebay and had no problems with either one.
@kesa456 (10)
• United States
24 Feb 08
I buy and sell daily on Ebay. I've bought 2 digital cameras and a laptop. I look at their feedback...the # of stars (the higher they better), the % and what the negatives say. Look at their return policy as well...if it is DOA do they pay return shipping? Make sure you pay via Paypal so if the item does not work and the company won't work with you, you can file a dispute and get your money back. Email (or even better call) the company with the issue and ask what they are willing to do about it; never threaten negative feedback and be cooperative. Most of the time it is just a mistake...all of us are just human after all...and they will be happy to fix it. Generally speaking, ebay sellers are legit and always willing to work with their buyers.
• Australia
24 Feb 08
Hi, I buy and sell on ebay and I am a power seller, my suggestion is to check out the feedback, it will give you a general idea if the seller is honest. I occasionally get a neutral - and it's always a new comer to ebay, or only a buyer. I am happy for you to check out my store: http://myworld.ebay.com.au/sharyns_super_saver_store Y
24 Feb 08
Don't be afraid to shop on Ebay, but do be very careful. Check feedback, and makesure to read item descriptions carefully. Watch out for extremley high shipping cost.
23 Feb 08
easy- report your problem before 45 days passes and you are protected up to £500 with paypal. Someone verify this for clarity eh? It's true near enough as a rough account. You need to read their policy and stuff but you are ok honestly. I buy or have bought successfully from ebay, tesco, currys, amazon, sainsbury, hmv, kodak, and more. It's good, especially tesco groceries because you don't have to carry it upstairs to your apartment either.