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Ebay - The #1 Online Marketplace!

Updated on May 14, 2009

Ebay, Ebay, Ebay! What a great marketplace to do all your online shopping, well not all, unless you can eyeball a perfect fit for clothing items by looking at auction pictures. The reason why the whole world loves Ebay is because you can get good deals on just about anything. I'm one of those people that gets so overly-excited when I receive things in the mail from Japan collectibles to aquarium hardware.

When it comes to eBay, all buyers need to be weary of that seller they are going to do business with. If you take a look at that feedback score, look for 100% and only 100%! There have been times in the past when a deal went completely haywire and I was furious for dealing with sellers that had a feeback score slightly less than 100%. Refrain from doing business with sellers that don't have any feedback score at all because it's not worth the risk of wasting time and money. Not all sellers are fraudulent but it's always in your best interest to bid on auctions with sellers that have a perfect feedback score of 100%.

Another point of information to consider is the shipping, how much it will cost to ship the item, and how quickly the seller will ship it. If the seller has a perfect feedback score, chances are the seller will give you a great quote on shipping and excellent turn around time as you wait for your item to come in the mail. Sometimes sellers might take a little of your money but if you look at the big picture, sellers spend time setting up their online auction ads, some drive the item to the shipping vendor such as FedEx or UPS that might be miles away, and finally the time it takes to drive to the shipping carrier including the gas needed for the car all might be a part of the sellers shipping fees. Just don't pay $10.00 shipping for one XL T-Shirt using United States Postal Service Media Mail!

Now that we've covered the basics, you can find good deals right now on eBay! One feature I always use on eBay is the "Completed Listings" search available only to registered members that shows what the auction or buy-it-now prices ended at. But if you really want the item right away, then by all means, place your highest bid and cross your fingers as the auction clock ticks closer to 0:02 seconds, then 0:00. Sometimes buy-it-now auctions do the trick for that anxious shopper. It doesn't take a rocket scientist or genius blogger to figure out eBay, all it takes is a click of your computer mouse and a bank account with money in it. I've been a happy eBay shopper since 2004 and still going strong.


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