8 eBay Buying Tips That You Can Use Today

8 eBay buying tipsIt seems like once a week I get a question from someone who is thinking about buying something on eBay but didn’t do it for one reason of the other. There are all types of products that can be found on the site. Some people haven’t bought anything on there because they aren’t exactly sure how to. This article gives you 8 eBay buying tips that you can use today.

Add items that you’re interested into your watchlist

The eBay watch list is clutch. It is located to the right of the price of every item.  This feature is helpful because it gives you the ability to add an item that you’re interested into your watch list. Having all of your items in the list allows them to be in one place. It will be easy to purchase them from there when you’re ready. The things stay in the watch list until they are sold or expire.

Compare prices

When you’re looking for an item, make sure you check around for different prices. Different sellers may sell items for various prices. Before you buy something, search multiple listings. Don’t forget to look at the shipping price as well. You want to make sure you get the best deal. It would suck to buy an item for $0.99 but have to pay $10 for shipping when you could have found the same item selling for $5.99 including shipping.

Auction or Buy it now

Most items are sold in an auction or buy it now format. An auction is when a seller lists an item, and potential buyers bid on it. The person who bids the highest wins the auction. Buy it now is when the seller lists an item for a particular price. If the buyer wants the item, they agree to pay that price.  I like both formats.  Some items will be listed with both options while others won’t. It’s up to the seller to decide how he or she wants to sell them. Again, make sure you research items so that you pay the best amount for them.

View pictures of the item

The next thing that you want to do is view the pictures of the item. Most items should have multiple photos. If they don’t, feel free to ask the seller to provide some more of them. They should have no problem providing them.  I’ve read stories where a couple of sellers posted other people’s pictures on their listings to try to get top dollar. That’s not cool, and it’s false advertising. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t buy!

Read the entire item description

Before you buy an item, make sure that you read the whole item description. You may think that you’re purchasing a new item, but it could be used or new with problems. The item description should tell you all of that information. If the item doesn’t have a good description, stay away from it.

Check sellers feedback

Before I make any purchases I take the time to view the sellers’ feedback. If a seller has a lot of negative or neutral feedback, I don’t buy from them.  That means the seller isn’t doing something right. You may buy something from them and receive a broken item or something that you didn’t order. As long as a seller’s positive feedback is over 90%, you should be okay.

Check shipping terms & refund/return policies

When you’re buying something, you want to check the terms and policies that the seller has. Some sellers offer same day shipping. Others ship items within a day or two. You also want to check the refund and return policies as well. Some sellers offer refunds and accept returns while others don’t. Depending on the item it may or may not be that big of a deal to you. Regardless, it’s always good to know what their policies are.

Ask a question

If you have a question about any item that you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to ask the seller a question. Good sellers are there to help you. Heck, they want your business. Most of them will answer your questions in ample time.

To summarize, the 8 eBay tips were to add items to your watch list, compare prices, decide between auctions or buy it now, check pictures, read the entire item description, check the seller’s feedback, check shipping & return/refund policies and ask questions. These tips should help your eBay shopping experience be a great one.

Have you ever purchased something from eBay before? Did you have any problems?

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  1. Great tips! I don’t shop much on eBay since we have Amazon Prime but I can’t wait to start selling on eBay and being on the other side of the equation 🙂
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  2. Thanks for these. I have always been wary of buying things on ebay as I feel like I can never be certain if the picture is real or not! AND I simply don’t want to hassle with a return or fighting about a return with the seller. But as you point out, maybe it’s best to check the seller’s reviews!
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  3. You can also make shopping easier by using the filter feature. Most of my wardrobe has come from eBay. Asking the seller questions is essential. I like a thorough response to questions as much as the seller likes fast payment.
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  4. Hi Jason,

    Great tips. Whenever I’ve been looking to purchase something on ebay I always compare prices. You’d be surprised how many people sell the same things at different rates, as you said. I tend to lean towards sellers with higher review ratings and free or low cost shipping. And it they live closer to me that’s a plus, as it makes for shorter shipping time frame.

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  5. Thanks for the post.
    I will admit I have never used ebay. In the past I have no true interest in it. Recently, I have been thinking about it, so this post helps a lot. Thanks
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  6. Yep, I’m a dinosaur when it comes to eBay–in that I have never purchased or sold anything via it. I usually hop onto Amazon and forget that there are other options out there. You, Jason, have made it sound easy! Thanks!
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  7. Great tips! I’ve bookmark them to use next time I try eBay. I’ve been finding better deals on Amazon, but I see I haven’t been digging deep enough into the workings of eBay
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  8. Well said Jason. eBay would do well to use your post as a help file on the site.
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  9. I’ve bought on eBay a couple of times. One thing was two glasses from a particular NYC bar that my husband wanted and surely couldn’t be found anywhere else. No hassle.
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  10. My husband discovered online shopping and everything now seems..”let’s buy it online.” For one, I don’t blame him. He orders today, it arrives the next day…gas and time saved!

    Does it though?

    Thank you for the tips with ebay. I tried it once, didn’t work out for me but with your tips I may try it again…cautiously.
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