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iPaul Avatar
1d, 2y agoPosted 1 decade, 2 years agoFeedback:0 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
Im fairly new 2 ebay so i thought y not get some feedback from people who may have alot.
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1d, 2y agoPosted 1 decade, 2 years agoFeedback:0 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
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#1
get a diff ebay account and bid ur own items up it really works!!!
#2
Or use a friend, which is usually a better idea.
#3
well yeah but u mite need to access the account thats bidding up quickly to cancel or u will be buying ur own stoooooof
#4
My only tips are first off, use a sniping program/service if you are bidding. This occasionally helps get a lower price by putting your bid in last minute so others do not have a chance to up their bids if their limits are low.

Other tip is to search for variants of common products, I think there's a website somewhere that does this automatically for you. The idea is that people misspell their listings so most searches don't find them and thus the price is lower.

For selling I've always sold so the auction completes Sunday evening when there's a better chance people are sitting at home with nothing to do. I don't know if this statistically does any better though :D
#5
Some good tips there Paul. The misspelling thing was something I found early on. Sometimes it's best to input one word or two words of the item you are looking for also. I know you might get a lot of returned results, but you can reduce them by using the left menu on ebay that shows different catagories.

Whenever I've sold things, I made each auction end on an evening too. This does work pretty well, as like you say people are mainly at home, fed up with telly or just surfing.

One thing I've never used is paypal. For some reason I don't feel confident if the seller only has this option to buy. If they have other options with it, I'm more confident in buying from them. The safest being a cheque option, where you will at least have a fixed address to contact the other person. That also helps from the selling point of view too. I wouldn't use a P.O. Box address for either though. :D
#6
Some nice tips guys , ive been trying out the misspelling one and there is some cheaper stuff out there
#7
yeah try austion sniper or fatfingers.com links you to items of similar spelling
#8
sorry auction sniper
#9
I've used Fatfingers, I'ts brilliant come up with mis-spelled mitsubushi, got the only bid on a brand new multi region DVD player in the box for £30, (£60 at Dixons)
#10
fatfingers? will give that a try
#11
another selling trick. If someone is selling an item the same as yours you can contact all the bidders (see bidding history) via email advertising your similar item.
#12
gulphisload
another selling trick. If someone is selling an item the same as yours you can contact all the bidders (see bidding history) via email advertising your similar item.

i think thats against the rules though, if one of the recipients of your emails complained about receiving unsolicited emails, ebay could ban your account or something.
#13
Yeah contacting bidders to sell outside of eBay is against the eBay TOS and you could be tossed for doing that. I wouldn't recommend doing it.
#14
Paul
Yeah contacting bidders to sell outside of eBay is against the eBay TOS and you could be tossed for doing that. I wouldn't recommend doing it.

I agree, also it's better to build up trust, playing by the rules, leading to better deals buying or selling.
#15
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#16
I haven't tried selling on Amazon, though have thought about it.

Another one I haven't tried, but is apparently the old yahoo with a new name (I could be wrong) is [url]www.ebid.co.uk[/url], also free.

:D
#17
i must say, ebay is quite reasonable, and the charges can be annoying but they are not that much. u also get more people bidding on ebay
#18
Sorry, didnt explain clearly. Your item is listed on ebay as normal, youre telling losing bidders that there is another item for sale.

Is that not allowed?
#19
You are allowed to do that if you are merealy linking them to an existing auction. What you aren't allowed to do is offer someone a product outside of the ebay marketplace (which admittedly, I have done on a few occasions)
#20
Anyone new to Ebay needs to be aware of spoof emails. Be very careful and [color=red][/color]NEVER[color=red][/color] give your password and username in response to emails. Ebay never ask you to do this. Scammers take over peoples accounts and use their 100% feedback to rip people off
#21
Just be sensible when you buy stuff and play fair when you're selling. I've traded on ebay for a bit now, and I haven't got any bad experiences (touch wood!)! Also check the community forums if you're not sure about a seller...
#22
I've been sent loads of Spoof emails from ebay, I have let them have a copy of it then hear nothing, Have had a few from American Banks asking for details, even though in live in the UK, What do they think I am STPUID !!
#23
Another thing to bear in mind is a feedback rating of 100% doesn't necessarily mean the seller or buyer is trustworthy. View the feedback against the items that have been sold or bought. Some people buy or sell a few worthless items for a couple of pounds to get good feedback. Then they auction something expensive, or something that doesn't exist and rip you off! Be very wary when bidding on something expensive!
Also be careful when leaving feedback. Some rogue sellers tell you an item is in perfect condition and you pay for it promptly. Then it arrives and it is tatty and damaged, BUT before leaving negative feedback be aware that if they haven't left feedback for you first, the chances are they will give you bad feedback in response (just to be spiteful). You've been warned!!! :idea:
#24
jcsymons
I've been sent loads of Spoof emails from ebay, I have let them have a copy of it then hear nothing, Have had a few from American Banks asking for details, even though in live in the UK, What do they think I am STPUID !!

I get loads of these every time I open my e-mail program. Sometimes it's difficult for some people to realise the e-mails aren't genuine, as they are so authentic. Just have to use common sense + inform the company being imitated, just as you have done.

Sorry, but I just had to laugh at the "STPUID" above, no offence + I don't think you're stupid :D You might be interested in this: AM I STPUID Just for fun of course :lol:
#25
:lol: :lol:

i love the mis-spelling tip - been using it for years on eBay and got some great deals :)
#26
I haven't tried the mis-spelling site yet, so I'll definitely give that a go. However, I advise people NOT to set up a separate account to bid up their auctions & also not to get a friend to bid them up either. Most eBay users are now very clued up on how to check who's been bidding for what & when, & it won't take them long to spot the trail all bids leave behind. They certainly know how to use the forums to complain or query things. The same applies to putting words in your auctions that bear no relation to the item you're selling - it's keyword spamming & eBay doesn't like it.

Being caught doing either of these will get you reported to eBay which could eventually end up in you losing your account if you get reported enough. The very least that could happen is that if a lot of people become aware of it via the forums (which are very active) they'll put you on their banned bidders list, which could mean you miss out on the very bargain you'd have liked or lose sales.

It's better all round if you just use eBay fairly & honestly.
#27
melodytoon
It's better all round if you just use eBay fairly & honestly.

Well said melodytoon!!
#28
Slinks
melodytoon
It's better all round if you just use eBay fairly & honestly.

Well said melodytoon!!

Yeah! Definitely agree with that :D
#29
melodytoon
It's better all round if you just use eBay fairly & honestly.

Indeed. Bidding on your own stuff is called "shilling" and as well as being against eBay TOS it's a pretty low thing to do.
#30
For Ebay, a really really usefull site is http://www.fatfingers.co.uk -- enter query and it will provide a link to search for a lot of misspellings :)
#31
I'm a big fan of fat fingers, loads of bargains.

also dont be afraid of looking for overseas sellers, just be clear on shipping costs or you could get caught out.
#32
http://www.toolhaus.org has a great tool for checking all the negative feedback an ebay user has received.
#33
Thanks for that steeev! Got it bookmarked.

:)
#34
rayman
Thanks for that steeev! Got it bookmarked.

:)

did you also try out the javascript bookmarklet i wrote for the site too? Its linked from the toolhaus page, and it makes it even quicker to check a users negs
#35
Cool :) Thanks for the bookmarklet info.

Works fine on the fly.

Just dragged + dropped it onto IE bar. Nice one!
#36
Love the Fatfingers tip. After I read it I bought some "EARING'S" really cheap. Thanks a lot.
#37
You can search on other auction sites too on fatfingers... Great site tho..
#38
Hi

Just joined and found this string very interesting. Lots of good tips and comments.

I've been using e-bay for a couple of years now, both buying and selling, and on the whiole have been very pleased with it. I think my tips would be ........

1. Do your research first. Know what something is worth, and do not bid above it. It never suprises me to see people paying more for a used item, then they could of bought it new for !

2. Be patient ! Know your limit and wait for the right item at the right price. I have been on the look out for a particular mobile phone. Loads around, some going for silly money. Managed to get what I wanted at the price I wanted. Saved myself £££££'s

3. Do not dismiss the "Buy it Now" items. I get a real buzz out of winning an auction, but sometimes the "Buy it Now" stuff are bargains themselves, and you can get them there and then - no waiting, no bidding.

4 Finally - read and use the info in the auction & ask questions. Be suspicious. Question sellers use of words. What do they mean by EXCELLENT CONDITION ? It might not be what you understand it to be.

Apologies if I am telling you guys how to suck eggs, but I wanted to make a contribution.
#39
Hey, thanks for all those tips, it makes the obvious sound right when somebody else is saying it.

Cheers powellie :)
#40
It always sounds obvious that ebay never asks for your details in an email, but the first time I got one of those scam emails I almost fell for it.

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