I am pretty sure that if you are familiar with internet and all the services you can find online, you are familiar with eBay as well. EBay has become of the most popular online commerce sites on the Internet. If you want to know how to quickly, cheaply and safely buy items on eBay and similar online shopping sites, you are at the right place.
Registering on eBay is quick, easy and free of charges. Before buying and bidding on eBay auctions, you will need to choose a user name, enter the e-mail address and your contact details. You also need to accept the user agreement that guarantees for preservation of personal information on eBay. After entering all necessary information, eBay will send you the registration link your e-mail address, and it is necessary to confirm it in order to complete the registration.
Items on eBay are placed according to categories and those items can be found on the left side of the homepage. Each category is divided into numerous subcategories. Clicking on the subcategory that interests you will open all items available for purchase within it. If you know the exact name of the object you are looking for, you can use the search box at the top of the page. Enter the name of the object and eBay will list you all the items that contain the keywords that you typed.
By clicking on the advanced search page you will get a lot more precise search options, including time left for sale, price, location and the type of payment items. These options also appear on the left side of the screen within your search by individual subcategories.
Clicking on the item will take you to the page for auction or direct purchase. All information about a particular item can be found on this page. Carefully check all the details such as the current price, item description by the vendor and product characteristics. Then check whether the seller sends the items to your place of residence, the cost of postage and payment options that the seller accepts. For questions about a particular product that are not written on the page for the auction, there is a possibility of sending e-mails to the seller.
Number which is located next to the user name of each seller is the actuall percentage of positive feedback. You probably want to check this number, because it is the most reliable indicator of how trustworthy is the seller. Clicking on the number will show you overall feedback and comments left to the seller by its customers.
Clicking on the “Place Bid” button will open a window to enter your bid. In the window you can see the current price of the item and the next bid (the price in parentheses) .If you are applying to other buyers enter the maximum price you are willing to pay and eBay will automatically raise your bid to the price. If your offer will be topped eBay will notify you via email. If you have made the highest bid at the auction, you become a customer and you are obliged to buy the item from the seller. It is recommended that you bid for the items for which you are sure that you will buy them otherwise you will have problems with giving up the purchase and run the risk of a negative assessment.
A large number of items on eBay are sold via “Buy Now” option. This means that the seller is willing to accept a fixed price for the item. By shopping via “Buy Now” option, items can immediately be paid by using PayPal or other payment method accepted by the seller.
If you pay via PayPal, click on the “Pay Now” button located in the page of item you are buying or e-mail confirmation sent to your e-mail address. If you pay in another way, e-mail will contain contact details of sellers who will direct you to the next steps.
When you receive the item, make sure it fits its description. If you are satisfied with the subject you purchased, leave positive feedback about your seller via your eBay account. Seller can also leave feedback to you as buyer. Leaving the feedback is an important part of the sales process. This way you can help other customers to make a decision, just as the feedback of others helped you. If you have a complaint on the subject, please contact the seller and try to come up with a solution. If this fails, you can report a seller to eBay, and their administration will decide what action to take.