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Researching eBay Bidders to Win an Auction

To find the best price for any item on eBay, you need to research the item to find out what similar items on eBay tend to sell for. But eBay shows you more than just the winning bid; you can gain some [more…]

Multiple-Item, or Dutch, eBay Auctions

A multiple-item, or Dutch, auction on eBay allows a seller to auction multiple identical items. You can bid on as many of the item as you want. To place a bid in a Dutch auction, you must input the amount [more…]

Strategies for Winning a Dutch Auction on eBay

Multiple-item (Dutch) auctions on eBay are funky. Each winner pays the same amount for the item, and multiple-item auctions don’t have a supersecret reserve price. But [more…]

How to Run a Bidder Search on eBay

By performing a bidder search on eBay, you can find out information on bidders who’ve beaten you in recent auctions. You can run a bidder search by following these steps: [more…]

How to Snipe Manually in an eBay Auction

Sniping is the fine art of outbidding your competition in the very last seconds of an eBay auction without leaving them enough time to place a defensive bid. To snipe a bid manually, first make sure you’re [more…]

eBay Time Chart for Auction Timing

eBay’s clock goes by military time in the Pacific time zone, and eBay sellers use it to schedule auction start and end times. Print this chart and keep it by your computer where you can quickly check on [more…]

Avoid These eBay Trading Violations

eBay buyers and sellers can commit trading violations by attempting to manipulate the outcome of an eBay auction or sale. Many of the violations aren't necessarily buyer- or seller-exclusive, but apply [more…]

Spotting eBay Bidding Violations and Problems

Nothing can ruin an eBay seller's day like a difficult bidder. Some eBay bidding violations, such as bid shielding, are unethical. But some eBay bidders, such as someone who asks questions that are clearly [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 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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]


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