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A guide to the great art of becoming a successful buyer on ebay.

The below are a series of short articles that will lead you into the amazing world that is ebay, the online auction site is by far the biggest of its kind at this moment in time and it grows bigger daily. More and more poeple are finding the pleasure, and heartache, that ebay can bring. This simple guide has been drawn up to hopefully guide you in safely and allow you to enjoy your experience. Please read and then enjoy the ebay marketplace.
An Introduction to Bidding and Buying on eBay.
Have you noticed that whenever you open a newspaper, watch the TV or have a conversation, people seem to be talking about eBay? If you've never used it and you've no idea what it's all about, then the chances are that you're starting to feel a little left out. But don't worry! This article contains everything you need to know about the basics of bidding and buying on eBay.
Your Rights as an eBay Buyer.
When you buy things on eBay, you pay the seller before they send you anything. This means that you, as a buyer, are vulnerable to all sorts of problems. You might not get the items you have paid for, or they might be damaged or faulty. Luckily, you have two very important rights when you buy on eBay.
10 Ways to Avoid Being Ripped Off on eBay.
It is important to remember that eBay is a lot like a marketplace. There will always be a dodgy guy in the corner, selling things that most people wouldn't touch. The trouble is that, on the Internet, these people can be a little harder to spot. Here are ten tips to help you keep an eye out for the rip-off merchants.

How Important is Your Buyer's Reputation?
Your reputation as a buyer (or ‘feedback rating') is the most important thing people see when they deal with you on eBay. It is on the basis of this little number that they will decide whether they can trust you or not.

How to Check an eBay Seller's Reputation (and Why You Should Do It).
When you buy something from an eBay seller, you are giving them your money and hoping that you will get something in return. However many guarantees of safety eBay might make to you, nothing is certain: if you just give your money to scammers all the time without doing any checks then the chances are you won't get all of that money back. That's why you should always check the seller's reputation, or ‘feedback rating'. This is a quick and easy-to-read summary of their history as an eBay seller, which gives you some idea of whether or not you should trust them with your money. Buying anything is a calculated risk: you want to minimise that risk.
Understanding the Different eBay Auction Types.
Over the years, eBay has introduced all sorts of different auction types, in an effort to give people more options when they buy and sell their things on eBay. There are many people who don't like the idea that their item might sell for a far lower price than they intend. Equally, there are people who have hundreds of the same item and don't want to sell them individually. This email gives you an overview of the different kinds of auctions and how to spot them.
When to “Buy Now” and When to Bid.
You will often find yourself facing the choice of whether to pay a fixed price or keep on bidding. This choice might be presented to you in a single auction, or you might be choosing between different auctions of the different types. So should you use that ‘Buy it Now' button or keep on trying to outbid everyone else? It's all a question of weighing up the advantages and disadvantages.
eBay Auction Buyer's Tips and Tricks.
eBay isn't just an auction and a marketplace: often it can feel quite a lot like a game. Like any game, you can get ahead if you think strategically, using your head to outwit the other buyers and get the best price. Here are a few things you can try.
When and How to Withdraw Your eBay Bid (and Why You Might Not Want To).
eBay are a little strict about letting you withdraw your bid. They call it a ‘bid retraction', and have a stringent set of conditions that you must meet before you are allowed to do it. Here are eBay's three acceptable reasons for withdrawing a bid.
You Won that eBay Auction! Now What Do You Do?
It's a heady feeling when you win your first eBay auction: a mixture of happiness and perhaps just a little fear. After all, there seems to be so much to do before you can actually get your item. What do you do next?
The eBay Buyer's FAQ.
So you have a question? Has something gone very wrong and you don't know what to do? Well, fair enough. Here are the questions that I hear all the time from buyers.
SafeHarbor; eBay's Own Scotland Yard.
SafeHarbor are the eBay police department. If you break the rules, commit fraud or try to buy something you're not supposed to, they'll be after you.
Using PayPal on eBay.
PayPal and eBay were made for each other – and now that eBay own PayPal, using them together is getting even easier.
How to Get eBay Coupons.
You have to be very lucky to be one of the chosen few who receive an eBay coupon by email. These coupons are just like cash that you can use towards anything you buy on eBay – the only conditions being that you pay using PayPal, and that you are using eBay in the USA , Canada or the UK .
Introducing the New eBay “Buyer's Credit” Program.
In an effort to compete with more ‘traditional' shops, eBay has started to offer finance agreements though PayPal for expensive items. This means that, if the seller decides to offer it, you can now spread the cost of an item into affordable monthly payments.
Tips and Tricks for Using eBay Search.
If you know what you're doing, you can quickly find what you're looking for on eBay. Here are a few golden rules.
When Things Go Wrong: How to Resolve eBay Disputes.
eBay has quite an intricate and long-winded dispute resolution procedure. In this email, I'll try to break each step down for you, so you can see what's involved and how long it takes. As an example, let's go through what you would do if you paid for an item but didn't receive it from the seller.
Watch Out for eBay Autos and Computer Scams.
There aren't that many scammers on eBay – but the ones there are tend to be greedy. This means that they will always try to pull their scams on high-value items like cars and computers, so that they can make a lot of money quickly. Since buyers generally buy these items very rarely, they may not know about the various scams out there.
Tips for Buying Collectibles on eBay.
Buying collectibles is one of the most enjoyable things to do on eBay, simply because you can find so many things that you just can't get anywhere else. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.
Taking Advantage of “Slow” eBay Auctions.
Some auctions get hundreds of bids, but some go much more slowly, getting only a few bids or even none at all for days. Auctions are generally much slower during the summer months than they are in the winter – and sales on eBay are slowing each year, as more sellers than buyers sign up, hoping to get rich quick. There are a number of ways that you can take advantage of slower auctions to get the best price.
Top 10 Strangest eBay Items Ever Sold.
eBay can be a very odd place, given that you can sell almost anything you want. Here are the auctions that have been picked as being amongst the strangest ever.
How to Become an eBay “Sniper”.
If you bid for a few things on eBay, the chances are that sooner or later you'll end up getting your bid beaten at the very last second by a ‘sniper'. This can be a frustrating experience, and while in theory sniping is against the rules and you can report it to eBay, in practice they never do anything about it. The bad news is that there's only one way to beat the sniper – and that's to become the sniper. The good news, though, is that once you understand sniping you can use it to win auctions at a far lower price than you would otherwise.
Understanding eBay Buying Tools.
eBay offers quite a few simple tools to help make your buying easier, so you don't lose track of what you're doing. Most of them are on the ‘My eBay' screen – if you're logged in, you can go there just by clicking ‘My eBay' on the toolbar at the top of any eBay page
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying on eBay.
Whatever you want to buy, whether it's large or small, cheap or expensive, everyday or just plain weird, the chances are you can find it on eBay. It's the largest auction site in the world, and when it comes to the variety of what's on sale, size is vital. When was the last time you heard of someone getting a great deal on a weird and wonderful item at uBid or Yahoo Auctions?
Doing Your Holiday Shopping on eBay.
Most people do far more shopping in the holiday season than they do for the rest of the year – and now you know how to use eBay, why not do it there? If you know what kind of thing your friends and family like then eBay's categories are ideal places to get ideas. Plus, you won't have to fight your way through the holiday rush when you're getting everything posted to you at home!
These articles are never going to fully remain up to date due to the dynamic nature of the online marketplace, if you feel that there are things that need adding that will increase the reader value then please contact me through the Traders Forum and I will get these additions added with full credit being given to the author of the addition.

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