ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


Submit a Comment

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

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

  • rpalulis profile image


    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 imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you Bob for your great tips.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

  • Sandyspider profile image

    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Thanks for the eBay tips.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)