New to the popular online auction website eBay? It’s a very useful website, where you can often save alot of money on various items. Everything from Nintendo DS games and systems to used t-shirts, cars (not just toy ones) and airsoft guns, music cds and old paintings, and pretty much everything else may be found on this wonderful online garage sale. Some have referred to eBay as the world’s largest flea market, and while there are certainly similarities, eBay is far better than any flea market/garage sale could ever be.
If you are new to eBay, it may feel it a little bit overwhelming at first. Take a deep breath, and calm down, eBay is pretty simple. You can purchase items, and sell items. We’ll cover the basics of buying items in this article
First off, make an account on eBay. It’s fairly straight forward, and not too difficult. You’ll need a way to pay for your purchases, and this can be done almost always through PayPal, with a credit card or money in your PayPal account. Some sellers will also accept checks or money orders, although I don’t recommend this. Setup an eBay account, and also set up a PayPal account.
Next, do a search on eBay for the item you are looking for (i.e., search for World of Warcraft PC if you are trying to buy the PC game World of Warcraft, or WoW for short). You’ll be presented with a list of the items available, and then you can click on the items to get a better idea. It’s best to look at as many items as possible, to ensure you that find you the best deal.
Next, if you have found the item you want, and it’s within your price range, do a quick check on what the buyer requirements are. See what type of payments the seller accepts (PayPal, etc), what shipping will cost (this isn’t always listed), and what condition the item is in. Check the seller’s feedback to see how reliable the seller is. A seller with a high feedback is generally more reliable than those with low feedback. As a rule of the thumb, try not to bid on items being sold by sellers with feedback less than 85 %, or even 90 %. Too much negative feedback, or seller rating, indicates an unreliable seller. Don’t trust them!
After this, if you are satisfied, place your bid. The item may have the option to ‘buy now’, or purchase the item before the auction has ended. Generally this is more expensive, although if you want the item sooner, this option is for you. Otherwise, place your bid in the bid box, by typing in the highest you are willing to pay for the item. Ebay will automatically bid up to the amount you bid against anyone else bidding on the item for you. You could just enter your bids one at a time as others bid against you, but this way is easier.
You can watch the items you are bidding on in your ‘My eBay’ window. When the auction is over (usually after seven days), you’ll be notified if you won or lost the auction. If you won, you need to pay for the item. Don’t even consider not paying-you are required to pay! You can pay for the item through the ‘pay now’ option in your ‘My eBay’ section. Wait for the seller to email you an invoice for the item, and then pay for it.
The seller will now ship your item to you, at the address you have on your account. Once you have received the item, leave feedback with the seller. If you have a problem with the item, you can contact the seller, and then if that doesn’t work, you can file a complaint with eBay. This is rare, and doesn’t happen too much in my experience.
See? It is not that hard! Try eBay out today!