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    Ebay beginner help

    Hi there. Basically I'm thinking of starting to buy goods from ebay. Has anybody got any tips? -regarding safety, how to get the best bargains, and just general things? thanks everyone. I will leave rep for any help

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    Banned

    if your buying from ebay then all transactions are safe because you are covered by ebay buyer protection. if a seller doesnt send you an item or sends you an item that is incorrectly described, ebay get involved and you would get a refund or a partial refund.

    but i personally would stay away from buyers with low feedback, always check before hand and maybe buy from top rated sellers if you had a choice, otherwise ebay is good.

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    thedealsealer;8886162

    if your buying from ebay then all transactions are safe because you are … if your buying from ebay then all transactions are safe because you are covered by ebay buyer protection. if a seller doesnt send you an item or sends you an item that is incorrectly described, ebay get involved and you would get a refund or a partial refund.but i personally would stay away from buyers with low feedback, always check before hand and maybe buy from top rated sellers if you had a choice, otherwise ebay is good.



    Cheers for your help. I was just wondering, what happens on ebay if the seller sends something else other than the advertised product in the post. (basically scams the buyer by sending something else)? thanks

    thedealsealer;8886162

    if your buying from ebay then all transactions are safe because you are … if your buying from ebay then all transactions are safe because you are covered by ebay buyer protection. if a seller doesnt send you an item or sends you an item that is incorrectly described, ebay get involved and you would get a refund or a partial refund.but i personally would stay away from buyers with low feedback, always check before hand and maybe buy from top rated sellers if you had a choice, otherwise ebay is good.



    thats not true unfortunately...yes you can get a refund if you retun the item at your cost signed for. I have just lost out that way...and im an experienced user! i wont buy any electricals again unless i collect.

    Banned

    you take a photo of what you have recieved, and contact the seller (if theyre being unresponsive - then you take it to ebay) ebay are more lenient to buyers so you would be safe.
    if the seller blames the delivery company and they sent it recorded/insured delivery, the seller would have to refund you first and then would claim money through delivery company

    and Ganga i have never had that problem with scammers...but depends what your buying? if its books or clthes then np...mobile phones etc well thats different.

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    thedealsealer;8886207

    you take a photo of what you have recieved, and contact the seller (if … you take a photo of what you have recieved, and contact the seller (if theyre being unresponsive - then you take it to ebay) ebay are more lenient to buyers so you would be safe.if the seller blames the delivery company and they sent it recorded/insured delivery, the seller would have to refund you first and then would claim money through delivery company



    oh ok makes sense now. thanks for that

    plumberman01;8886214

    and Ganga i have never had that problem with scammers...but depends what … and Ganga i have never had that problem with scammers...but depends what your buying? if its books or clthes then np...mobile phones etc well thats different.



    Well it would mainly be mobile phones and other electrical items. Rep left:thumbsup:

    And generally are their certain times of the day where you get the best bargains? thanks

    but you can use [url]www.justsnipe.com[/url]
    to save you sleepless nights lol

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    garbage456;8886241

    next to a persons name is a number (realating to how many items sold and … next to a persons name is a number (realating to how many items sold and bought) use this as guide anyone less than 30, just be wary (they might of sold and bought lots of items for 50 pence, then they are selling an iPad)when you sign up with paypal under the persons address is an UNCONFIRMED or CONFIRMED, if its UNCONFIRMED you are not protected if anything goes wrong (although i think they were scraping this idea and insuring everything)



    OK I know what you mean- sellers may build up some 'fake feedback by selling loads of cheap items.

    garbage456;8886246

    yes during night early morning



    ok thanks mate. rep left:thumbsup:

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    plumberman01;8886266

    but you can use [url]www.justsnipe.com[/url]to save you sleepless nights … but you can use [url]www.justsnipe.com[/url]to save you sleepless nights lol



    Will have a look at that website. cheers! rep'ed:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Is it true that using websites like [url]www.fatfingers.co.uk[/url] is useful and can help you find good deals?
    also can sellers send items by a different delivery method than the one stated in their advertisement, if you ask them to? (it's jus that i've seen items well over £200 and the postage method in the advert is something like- 'royal mail first class recorded'- which would obviosuly be insufficient if the item went missing

    In terms of buying/selling periods, the best times to buy are generally in the middle of the day when people are at work.

    If you're looking at placing a bid on something but are unsure what it generally goes for on Ebay and want to make sure you are getting a good deal, click on the 'advanced search' tab next to the main search box. Search your item name and check the box a few down that says 'completed listings'. That will show you auctions that have ended recently for the same item and how much the item sold for, so you can see what the item generally goes for.

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    Crazy Jamie;8886339

    In terms of buying/selling periods, the best times to buy are generally … In terms of buying/selling periods, the best times to buy are generally in the middle of the day when people are at work. If you're looking at placing a bid on something but are unsure what it generally goes for on Ebay and want to make sure you are getting a good deal, click on the 'advanced search' tab next to the main search box. Search your item name and check the box a few down that says 'completed listings'. That will show you auctions that have ended recently for the same item and how much the item sold for, so you can see what the item generally goes for.



    ok cheers pal. rep left;-)

    My tip is, remember to include the postage in your final amount you're willing to pay, also, don't get carried away!! Either put your maximum bid in and stick to it, or bid in the last 20 seconds and hope for the best :-)

    RosieWoo;8886622

    My tip is, remember to include the postage in your final amount you're … My tip is, remember to include the postage in your final amount you're willing to pay, also, don't get carried away!! Either put your maximum bid in and stick to it, or bid in the last 20 seconds and hope for the best :-)

    Two good tips here. It can be a bit of a rush bidding on something, and it is important to stay disciplined and don't pay more than you want to. The postage point is especially relevant when people only specify them within the listing; unless it clearly says 'free' there will be postage costs there somewhere. Make sure you know what they are.

    Original Poster

    RosieWoo;8886622

    My tip is, remember to include the postage in your final amount you're … My tip is, remember to include the postage in your final amount you're willing to pay, also, don't get carried away!! Either put your maximum bid in and stick to it, or bid in the last 20 seconds and hope for the best :-)



    ok cheers pal. rep left. Is it perfectly safe to link my bank account to my paypal and pay through paypal on ebay?

    Crazy Jamie;8886691

    Two good tips here. It can be a bit of a rush bidding on something, and … Two good tips here. It can be a bit of a rush bidding on something, and it is important to stay disciplined and don't pay more than you want to. The postage point is especially relevant when people only specify them within the listing; unless it clearly says 'free' there will be postage costs there somewhere. Make sure you know what they are.



    thanks pal for your reply. If for example I buy an Ipod touch for £110 from ebay and then the seller is wanting £5 to send it via 'royal mail first class recorded delivery' and then the items gets lost. Who looses out? thanks

    Items don't get lost very often,well,not genuinely.

    As long as an item is signed for the seller is covered by using either Special Delivery OR Recorded delivery.

    You can ask a seller to upgrade an item worth over 41 pounds to Special Delivery so it's insured if you wish,but that's more to cover the seller .

    As long as buyers pay via Paypal they are covered for most eventualities.

    ganga;8887375

    ok cheers pal. rep left. Is it perfectly safe to link my bank account to … ok cheers pal. rep left. Is it perfectly safe to link my bank account to my paypal and pay through paypal on ebay?



    Perfectly safe, but be aware that there are a number of Paypal scam emails, asking to confirm details and what have you. Always log into paypal and see what the crack is. I'm sure you're not daft but just a word of warning :-D
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