Buying on eBay

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How to Buy Items Outright on eBay

Although eBay’s success was built on auctions, eBay also allows sellers to handle outright sales. If you don’t have the time or patience for an auction, you can make a direct purchase [more…]

How to Bid on an eBay Auction

To give you a sense of the eBay auction process, here’s a real-world example. Say you searched and found an item you wanted, “Home-baked Snickerdoodle cookies.” [more…]

How to Leave Feedback for an eBay Seller

Writing good eBay feedback takes some practice. It isn’t a matter of saying things; it’s a matter of saying only the appropriate things. Think carefully about what you want to say — because after you submit [more…]

How to Respond to Feedback on eBay

After reading feedback you’ve received from others on eBay, you may feel compelled to respond. If the feedback is negative, you may want to defend yourself. If it’s positive, you may want to say thank [more…]

What Does eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection Cover?

A major benefit of buying a car on eBay is that you are covered against certain losses associated with some types of fraud. To qualify (this is the easy part), you simply need to purchase the car on eBay [more…]

What Does PayPal Buyer Protection Cover?

Some people get nervous using eBay because of the seemingly unprotected nature of anonymous buying. PayPal goes a long way in soothing these concerns. Aside from safety, PayPal offers an even better reason [more…]

How Does eBay's Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program Protect Intellectual Property?

eBay is a venue — a place where sellers sell their wares to smart shoppers like you. No one at eBay owns the items, and no one at eBay can guarantee that any item is as described in auction listings. [more…]

Search for Misspellings to Find Deals on eBay

Some of the best buys on eBay are the result of searching for misspellings. Many sellers are in a hurry when they set up their auction listings, and to err is human [more…]

Tips for Improving eBay Search Results

You can refine an eBay advanced search even further by using more of the options offered in the Advanced Search area. Don’t be intimidated; you need to understand just a few more bells and whistles. [more…]

Types of Advanced Searches on eBay

The single most important button on any eBay page is the Search button. When you type some keywords in the search text box and click this button, you’ll be presented with a list of items that match your [more…]

How to Do an Advanced eBay Search

You can make your eBay search as complex as you want by using the gazillions of options on the Advanced Search page. You can also choose to keep it somewhat basic. The basic Find Items search is a bit [more…]

How to Search for eBay Items by Seller

One search option in the eBay Items search area helps you find items by seller. After spending time on eBay, you’ll find that you have favorite sellers. You can always access a seller’s other items for [more…]

How to Be a Better Bidder on eBay

When you get a tip, double-check to see who it’s coming from. Visit eBay’s community boards and chats, and listen to what the others have to say. Before taking anything to heart and changing the way you [more…]

How to Retract Your eBay Bid in an Emergency

People make mistakes. Luckily for everyone, eBay members are allowed to retract bids under certain circumstances. You may retract your eBay bid if you meet one of the following criteria: [more…]

Sniping Techniques for the eBay Beginner

If you want to be successful on eBay, it’s a good idea to develop some strategies. One of those strategies may include sniping. If you decide it’s for you, here’s a list of things to keep in mind when [more…]

How to Auto-Snipe Your eBay Auctions

When it comes to eBay bidding and winning, a bunch of software programs and websites can help automate your shopping and feedback process. They will bid for you whether you’re near a computer or sleeping [more…]

How to Synchronize Your Computer’s Clock with eBay

Auctions on eBay close at a prescribed time. Brick-and-mortar auctions, such as those held by Sotheby’s or Christie’s, end when the bidding ends. No auctioneer is going to cut off the feverish bidding [more…]

How to Check Out on eBay

When you buy something in a store, you have to check out as a part of paying. eBay isn’t much different. eBay’s checkout is a convenient way to pay for your completed auction or purchase with a credit [more…]

Use Credit Cards for Safer eBay Purchases

The safest way to shop on eBay is to use a credit card whether through PayPal or direct through the seller’s merchant account. eBay Buyer Protection covers your entire purchase. In the rare instance that [more…]

How to Make a PayPal Payment on eBay

eBay sees to it that PayPal is incredibly easy to use because PayPal is the official payment service at eBay. After the auction is over, a link to pay appears. If you prefer, wait until you hear from the [more…]

How to Contact a Seller after You Win an eBay Auction

Generally there’s no need to contact the seller in a normal eBay transaction. You pay via PayPal and your item should arrive within the timespan estimated by eBay on the item page when you made your purchase [more…]

How to Open a PayPal Account

PayPal is a safe method of payment on eBay. No service can make a slow or lazy seller into the picture of efficiency. The advantage of PayPal, though, is that you don’t have to get your hands dirty. [more…]

How to Leave Appropriate Feedback on eBay

Almost any eBay seller will tell you that one of his or her pet peeves about the eBay feedback system is that new community members tend to leave neutral or [more…]

Timing Strategies for Bidding on eBay

Buying at auction can be a tricky venture. And most who do have their strategies. Your success on eBay can be dependent on a good strategy as well. Here are a few to get you started. [more…]

Research Your Item Before Buying on eBay

Sometimes you find what you think is an incredible deal on eBay. However a little research can help. It may well be a steal, especially if you know that the retail price is, say, [more…]