Using eBay Successfully
February 9, 2007 10:25am CST
Hi Friends, I thought that you may like to have some successful useful tips on eBay successfully check the real price of the item you are bidding on, and ask questions of the seller regarding its condition. Request further photos if necessary. Many items on eBay are secondhand, so you should be paying much less than for the new item. Always consider the postage into your cost, and don't lose your head in the bidding war. You may end up paying more than the item is worth! The other thing to consider is that it is very likely that there will be the same item, for auction at a later time, so you will more than likely get another chance to buy it at a lower price. I generally put a handful of these same items on 'watch' and keep an eye on the first couple to see what they sell for. This then gives me an idea of what I am likely to pay when I do decide to bid. eBay is great for buying old versions of things that can no longer be purchased in stores - such as old computer software and parts, and mobile phone accessories. eBay offers better cover on purchases now, with Escrow available on bigger purchases, and sellers don't want bad feedback, so they will generally help out if there are any problems with your purchase.
9 Feb 07
Hi Kathy, Just a little more info - there is also a little tick box on ebay that you can search for completed items (already sold) and see how much they went for! Some people don't put postage on their listing so always worth checking before bidding! Thanks for your tips!! Keep up the excellent postings!