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Talk #1: Buying and selling online

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Welcome to the betsyanne site new BGAMUG Page. This page has links to sites about buying and selling online.

 

A Taste of buying and selling online

... or a great way to save or make money...

These pages are Betsy's draft copy of buying and selling hints for buying and selling online at Ebay and other sites.

Registering at Ebay

This is easy and is done step by step on the site. You will need a credit card handy to register with PayPal. They will keep it on file to use later. You can keep money here to spend online anywhere you want.

It is safe here and easy to use for auctions or buy-it-now or store items on many websites. You can choose your own online name for Ebay. Ebay will send you email through their system and you don’t have to reveal your real email address if you don’t want to. You can start buying on Ebay right away. It’s fun to buy online. If you have never done it, you should give it a try. Use the hints below to make it easier and safer for you.

* Search Settings — set to "ending soonest" in defaults or "best match." See which one brings you the best results.

How to get the best deals

Check for condition — look at photos, read all the description of all items you are interested in. Do not trust photos that do not show the whole item, or photos that are blurred. Just say "no" to these, because people might be hiding something wrong about the item. Check the seller’s reputation — have other people been happy? The more feedbacks the better, but it’s OK to have less, if people like the seller. It’s all about trust. Compare other prices. For books, check Amazon and Bookfinder.com to get the values of certain items. Register with Paypal — for Ebay and other venues. Paypal is easy to register with, and has no fee to buyers.

Know your prices

About prices — check the shipping! Your price is always the item PLUS the shipping.

Also important: Ask on the official Ebay format when communicating just in case there is ever a problem.

Do your research — know what to pay for an item. Retail vs. Wholesale — what is the correct price? (1/4 of new or less is the norm) Buying on Amazon can really save you money, because sellers can offer used versions of books and other items that you want. Keep a password book. That way your passwords are there and you don’t forget them. You are following correct advice, too, of having different passwords for each site you use. Give feedback to seller if you are satisfied with the order. Also, wait 7-14 days for Media Mail to arrive. It is even longer for Parcel Post. The mail can drag along sometimes, and it is not always the seller’s fault.

About feedback to sellers

Always work with the seller before leaving feedback or you could really hurt their selling ability. Give good feedback to your sellers. They will appreciate it. NEVER give bad feedback before trying to work it out with the seller first. Sellers will usually bend over backwards to make things right for you. Wait until you know for sure that the seller will not help you. Maybe they are not getting your email. Work through Ebay before you think of posting a bad feedback. Give it time and Ebay will probably work any problem out for you.

Tips about Ebay to help you buy

My Ebay — it keeps track of things for you. Buyer’s groups — join your interest groups to find out more about what is available online. How to get a deal by sniping — wait until the last minute and then bid. You can do this yourself OR you can do it using a sniping program. Only bid what you can afford — don’t get caught in a bidding war and spend more than you wanted to. Shill bidding — this is illegal. That’s when a seller has his or her friend bid on something to drive the price up to you. If you suspect this, report it. But they are very strict about this. You should probably never see it happen.

Other buying hints

Check your email to make sure you are not missing emails from people in your automatic email junk filter. Check your other email folders to make sure. Don’t bid on something that has a 1 or 3-day listing. 7 or 10 day listings are usually legit. When an item interests you, click to save it on your "watched" auctions. Ebay will automatically send you auction ending messages. If you are mad at a seller, never get personal or send a mad email. They could start sending junk mail to you or worse. Just let Ebay handle it and block them if you want if you ever want to sell anything. They will not be allowed to bid on your auctions.

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