I'm Totally Inexperienced with Ebay...
December 18, 2008 3:53pm CST
Hi everyone. We all know that Christmas is coming up (hopefully). I was hoping to get my mom a new ipod nano for Christmas, but, apparently, Apple.com doesn't take Paypal. I want to keep this a secret, so none of my family members can know about this. That is why I can't go to the store to buy it... I have now turned my attention to Ebay. I am totally inexperienced with Ebay. I have never bought/sold anything on there. But it's a well-known store, so I decided to look into it. But I have a few questions... How do you know if something is new, and has never been opened? You never know, because they might be lying. How does the whole Ebay process work? Is this a reliable website to buy expensive products? I need some pointers and advice. THANKS!
• United States
18 Dec 08
As a frequent ebay user, I can tell you that it can be safe, but people do lie. Your best bet is to check a person's feedback score. If they have a high feedback, and alot of possitive comments, then you are probably ok with making the purchase. Ask questions. Email the seller before you bid on an item. Ask them directly if the item is new, and if it comes with the original packaging. Also don't forget to ask about shipping cost. Sometimes if it isn't listed, they might have a higher than you'd expect shipping and handling fee. I've won an item before for $5 and had them charge me $3.95 for shipping, and $5.00 for handling, so it was really $13.95 for a $5.00 item. This doesn't happen that often (especially if you ask them directly how much it would cost to ship..and give them your zip code, so they can get a quote for you). Overall, ebay is a very pleasant experience. Just be sure to check their feedback score, which is essentially their "reputation" and make sure they don't have negative feeback. People will post if they didn't get the item, or it item was not as described, etc. Oh and also check how long they have been a member. If they just opened their account, and don't have feedback yet, you're taking a gamble on buying from them. Hope that helps, and good luck shopping!