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How to win an eBay auction

Updated on March 16, 2011

eBay auctions can almost be as exhilarating as a live auction. Well maybe even more so because here you're relying on your computer and your Internet provider for the most delivery speed possible. It also helps to have nerves of steel and the quickest "draw finger" to click on that SUBMIT NOW button.Here are a few steps to take to ensure that you see "You won this item"as an end result.

  • 1)It's important that you view the wanted items over carefully, also read all the information given. (If something isn't clear remember to email your questions etc.)
  • 2)Find out where the seller's located.(Will the seller ship to your country etc.)
  • 3)You need to know what the cost would be for ship. & handling.(This will determine if your getting a deal or not)
  • 4)Mark the wanted item on your "Watch this item" list. Keep checking its progress for a few days.
  • 5)When it comes closer to the end of the auction place your bid.Try to be fair with the amount you bid as this will heighten your chances of winning. (rem:everything should be just right, once you bid you're committed to buy)
  • 6)It's important to be available on-line at least 15 minutes before the auction closes to see how many bids are placed and what the highest bid is so far etc.
  • 7)Now comes the time for those nerves of steel, if you keep bidding you'll raise the cost, at the same time you need to test the waters. Patience is the key. There is a fine line, as little as a few cents can let you win or lose.(Rem:your chances at winning are best when you bid fairly)
  • 8)Keep refreshing your screen. When there're only a couple of minutes left enter as high an amount as your willing to spend, then wait patiently till only 50-60 seconds remain just so you're ready. If you're being outbid click on the "Confirm Now" and bingo done...Congratulations "You won this item" shows up on your screen..., as easy as pie.

Just a word of caution eBay-ing can be addictive... Honest, I speak from experience...


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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Sorry for not answering sooner. I was away and just got back. Thank you for taking a look, anemometers, and for commenting.

      I still buy books, audio books and sewing supplies on ebay and still find it almost as thrilling as live auctions.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      anemometers 6 years ago from Anemometer Installation Areas

      yeh.. I know about the addiction on things similar to ebay. I have bought stuff worth thousands of dollars in the past only to find out they were not worth that much. What I can say is that I am learning from my mistakes and now have better appraisal skills. I think we have to lose in order to win if we get into bidding i.e. we need to learn from our silly impulsive mistakes.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hiya Michael, this was my very first hub that I published here on Hubpages. Thank you for commenting on it.

      I'm a regular Ebay shopper, mainly audiobooks and sewing supplies. I love it except when I get sniped (someone has better nerves and pulled the item out from under my thumb by paying only a penny more...

      regards Zsuzsy

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      michael ely 7 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Zsuzsy Bee, I liked this article. Sometimes i have almost been tempted to buy, or sell on eBay but never have yet. Thanks for the tips. Cheers. Michael.