Buying on eBay

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How to Track Your Buying Activity on eBay

The Buy page is the hub for keeping track of your eBay bids, your wins, items you’re watching, and any items you didn’t win. This area of my eBay helps you control everything you’re currently shopping [more…]

How to Monitor eBay Auctions with the Watch List

You’ve probably seen the Watch this item link at the top of each eBay listing page. Click it to add that item to your Watch list, which is available from your my eBay page. [more…]

How to Use eBay Categories to Find an Auction Item

Understanding eBay’s categories was a lot easier when there were just a few. Now that the total number of categories is around 20,000 — including child [more…]

How to Search for eBay Items by Bidder

On the eBay Advanced Search page is the Items by Bidder option. Sellers and buyers alike use it when an auction is going on to figure out their strategies. A bidder search is similar to a seller search [more…]

How to Refine Your eBay Search Results

With the growth of eBay, search results have become more and more complex. But the results page gives you lots of extra clues for narrowing your quest and homing in on exactly what you want. These clues [more…]

Guidelines for Bidding on a Collectible Item on eBay

Buying collectibles on eBay can be a unique market unto itself. But certain rules still apply. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying collectibles on eBay: [more…]

How to Research Collectible Items Before You Bid on eBay

If you’re just starting out on eBay, chances are you like to shop and you also collect items that interest you. You’ll find out early in your eBay adventures that a lot of people online know as much about [more…]

How to Find Information about eBay Collectibles

Always know the value of the collectible you’re interested in before buying on eBay. Buyers and sellers used to research items by going out to the local newsstand and buying a special-interest magazine [more…]

Authenticate and Grade Your eBay Collectibles

It’s a good idea to authenticate any collectibles you buy on eBay. Some companies provide the service of authenticating (verifying that it’s the real deal) or authenticating and [more…]

How to Respond to an eBay Buyer’s Initial Inquiries

A relevant item description is the key to initial customer satisfaction on eBay. If you answer all possible questions within a well-written description, there will be less need for the customer to wonder [more…]

How to Personalize Communication with Your eBay Buyer

Keeping your eBay business personal can really speak to individual customers and keep them coming back for more. Your eBay business can easily run on auto-pilot because eBay will automatically send e-mail [more…]

What You Should Ask the Seller Before You Buy a Collectible on eBay

You should ask the seller certain questions when making an eBay collectible purchase. Assume that the object of your desire is a collectible GI Joe action figure from 1964 to 1969. The information here [more…]

eBay’s Purchase History link

Clicking the Purchase History link in the my eBay navigation area displays all the items you’ve won as far back as the last 60 days. The Purchase History page is the go-to place to check on any items that [more…]

6 Golden Rules for eBay Buyers

Although conducting business on eBay is relatively smooth overall, any venture is bound to have a few bumps here and there. There's a certain etiquette that goes along with everything you do in life. If [more…]

"Buy It Now" on eBay

You don't have to participate in an auction on eBay to buy something. If you want to make a purchase — if it's something you must have — you can usually find the item and buy it immediately. [more…]

How to Use the eBay Search Box

You can start a search from the eBay home page by using the search box. It's right there at the top of the home page, with the Search button next to it. It's a fast way of finding item listings. [more…]

How to Follow the Action on Your eBay Purchases

You'll probably have the most fun on eBay when you're shopping. Shopping on eBay is exciting, and you can find a zillion great bargains. Fortunately, eBay gives you a place to keep all your shopping information [more…]

How to Leave eBay Feedback with Finesse

Writing eBay feedback well 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 when you submit [more…]

How to Use the eBay Advanced Search Box

One of the most important buttons on the eBay page is the Advanced link next to the search box. When you click here, you're whisked away to the Advanced Search: Find Items page, which promptly presents [more…]

Online Tips for Collectors

If you're just starting out on eBay, chances are you like to shop and you also collect items that interest you. You'll find out pretty early in your eBay adventures that a lot of people online know as [more…]

Follow an eBay Expert on the Hunt for a Collectible

Although not many of you collect G.I. Joes, by studying what an expert looks for in this specialty collectible, you can get a good idea of what you should look for when purchasing whatever it is that you [more…]

How to Find Research Information for Collectibles on eBay

Experts have been buying, selling, and trading collectible items for years. But just because you're new to eBay doesn't mean that you have to be a newbie for decades before you can start bartering with [more…]

How to Use eBay's Advanced Search Page

On eBay, when you click the Advanced Search link to the right of the Search box, the Search page appears. It's the most basic of searches (with a few options) and the one you'll be using the most. [more…]

How to Find Sold Items on eBay

To the left of the search results on eBay's Advanced Search page (if you scroll all the way down), you'll see options listed under Show Only so you can limit what you see to certain items. If you click [more…]

How to Search for a Specific Seller on eBay

In eBay's Advanced Search, locate the By Seller link in the links on the left; the By Seller pages show you a list of all the items a seller is selling, and it's a great way for you to keep tabs on people [more…]