Buying on eBay

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Shortcuts for a Quick eBay Search

After you become familiar with each of eBay's search options, you need a crash course in what words to type into those nice little boxes. Too little information and you may not find your item. Too much [more…]

How to Search for eBay Members

With millions of eBay users on the loose, you may think tracking folks down is hard. Nope. eBay's powerful search engine kicks into high gear to help you find other eBay members in seconds. [more…]

Read eBay Item Descriptions Carefully

The item description is the most critical item on an eBay listing page. This is where the seller gives the details about the item being sold. Read this page carefully and pay very close attention to what [more…]

How to Ask Questions of eBay Sellers

If anything about an eBay transaction is unclear to you, remember this one word: ask. Find out all the details about that item before you bid. If you wait until you've won the item before you ask questions [more…]

Payment Methods Available on eBay

Several payment options are available, but eBay only allows sellers to show electronic payment methods. The seller is not required to accept any other form of payment but PayPal or one of the other electronic [more…]

How to Use an Escrow Service to Pay for eBay Items

Even though most sales on eBay are for items that cost $100 or less, using an escrow service comes in handy on occasion — such as when you buy a big-ticket item or something extremely rare. [more…]

Shipping Costs for eBay Purchases

Don't let an eBay sale go down with the shipping. If the item is not an odd shape, excessively large, or fragile, experienced sellers calculate the shipping based on Priority Mail at the U.S. Postal Service [more…]

How to Place Your Bid on an eBay Auction

Okay, so you've found the perfect item to track (say, a really classy New Kids on the Block wristwatch), and it's in your price range. You're more than interested — you're ready to bid. [more…]

How to Bid Automatically on eBay

When you make a maximum bid on the eBay bidding form, you actually make several small bids — again and again — until the bidding reaches where you told it to stop. [more…]

Specialized eBay Categories

After you get the hang of bidding on eBay, you may venture to the specialized auction areas. You can purchase a car or car parts and accessories from eBay Motors, or your own piece of land or a new home [more…]

How to Retract an eBay Bid

Remember, many states consider your eBay bid a binding contract, just like any other contract. You can't retract your bid unless one of these three outstandingly unusual circumstances applies: [more…]

How to Avoid Deadbeat (Unpaid Item) Status on eBay

Some bidders are more like kidders — they bid even though they have no intention of buying a thing. When honest eBay members spot these ne'er-do-wells, they often post the deadbeats' User IDs on Internet [more…]

After an eBay Auction: Side Deals or Second Chances?

If an eBay bidder is outbid on an item that he or she really wants or if the auction's reserve price isn't met, the bidder may message the seller and see whether the seller is willing to make another deal [more…]

How to Make an Offer on eBay

If you come across a fixed-price listing on eBay and you're in the mood to negotiate, why not make an offer? Sellers on eBay can use the Best Offer option any time they list a fixed-price item. When the [more…]

How to Find Out an eBay Item's Bidding History

You can access the bidding history of an item on eBay by clicking the Number of Bids link, which appears to the right of the current bid on the item page. The bidding history lists everyone who is bidding [more…]

Strategies to Help You Outsmart the Bidding Competition on eBay

Your two cents do matter — at least on eBay. Here's why: Many eBay members tend to round off their bids to the nearest dollar figure. Some choose nice, familiar coin increments such as 25, 50, or 75 cents [more…]

eBay Auction Strategy by the Clock

You can use different bidding strategies depending on how much time is left in an eBay auction. By paying attention to the clock, you can find out about your competition, beat them out, and end up paying [more…]

How to Use a Laid-Back Bidding Strategy on eBay

Sometimes the best strategy at the beginning of an eBay auction is to do nothing at all. That's right; relax, take off your shoes, and loaf. Go ahead. You may want to make a [more…]

How to Use a Beat-the-Clock Bidding Strategy on eBay

You should rev up your eBay bidding strategy during the final 24 hours of an auction and decide, once and for all, whether you really have to have the item you've been eyeing. Maybe you put in a maximum [more…]

eBay Calling: You're a Winner

The Buy section of your My eBay page highlights the titles of items you've won or purchased and indicates the amount of your purchase price. If you think you may have won an auction and don't want to wait [more…]

Keep Paper Copies of Your eBay Transactions

Paper still has its uses, and when you're just starting out on eBay, printing copies of your purchase records can help you keep your transactions straight. [more…]

Send Payment Promptly and Securely for Any eBay Transactions

Being the good eBay buyer that you are, you'll get your payment out pronto via PayPal. Do it immediately — why wait? (The sooner you pay, the sooner you get that charming Wizard of Oz Flying Monkey decanter [more…]

How to Get an eBay Member's Phone Number

To get an eBay member's phone number, click the Advanced Search link next to the Search box and then click the Members: Find the Contact Information link on the left side of the screen. You need to enter [more…]

How to Use eBay's Checkout

When you buy something in a store, you need to check out to pay. eBay isn't much different. eBay's Checkout is a convenient way to pay for your completed auctions and Buy It Now sales with a credit card [more…]

How to Communicate with an eBay Seller

Top-notch eBay sellers know that communication is the absolute key to a successful transaction, and they do everything they can to set a positive tone for the entire process with speedy and courteous e-mails [more…]