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How to Shop on eBay

Updated on April 6, 2011

How to Shop on eBay

Shopping is not my favourite pass time, except for shopping for food which I enjoy. Where I live, there are certain items that are simply not available on the local market. I can buy food, cameras and computers and good shoes but when it comes to items such as a good tie, suit, sunglasses, new books and a number of other items I need to look online.

My first stop is always eBay. It may not be where I make the final purchase but it is where the shopping begins.

For example, I am fond of sunglasses and have more than one pair, my favourite pair was Ray Bans which I bough on eBay. I say were as the fell and broke the other day and I went back to the site, but decided the Ray Bans were just too costly so I bough a vintage set of wayfarers, cheap.

Price, I decide what I am prepared to spend before I even begin to look and refuse to raise that price.  I use Paypal but do not use a credit card; all my transactions are in cash, no money no buy.

Naturally when shopping on eBay, shipping and handling charges must be considered. If you have allotted 20 dollars and the item costs 15 but shipping and handling is another ten then you are actually spending 25 dollars which is five over what you allotted for this purchase. So check the shipping cots and make sure you know what it costs to ship to your location. Ask the seller if shipping and handling charges are not clear.

Pictures, if there are no photos or if the photos are not clear I do not buy. The photos are the only way you can examine the merchandise before you receive it. A second point is, is there a guarantee or a return policy. Forewarned is forearmed so the saying goes.

These days I usually search for the Buy Now items as long as the price is within my budgeted amount and I am satisfied that the seller is sound. I check the seller’s feedback, ratings, and how many items they had sold. This gives me a good idea as to how trustworthy they are.

If the item I want is an auction, I check to see what the shipping will cost, look at the seller’s feedback, check how much time is left in the auction, putting the item on my watch list and then return about 15 minutes before it ends. If the item is within my price range then I will palce a bid.

Do not get caught up in a bidding war you may win that war but pay way more than you wanted to spend and possibly what the item is worth.

Shopping on eBay can be a good experience and there are good deals to be had if you know what you are doing.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, and I agree, no cash, no buy a wise policy.

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    rpalulis 8 years ago from NY

    If only the rest of the world could catch on to the no money no buy principle. Great advice thanks for sharing.

  • Bob Ewing profile image
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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome

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    Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you Bob for your great tips.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

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    Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Thanks for the eBay tips.

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