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Some eBay Buying Dos and Don'ts...

Buying on eBay can be a great experience and can be problem free if you follow the rules.

Here are some Dos and Don'ts of eBay Buying:


Do leave feedback for every seller, they will do the same and your rating will increase.

TIP: If you have to leave negative feedback, try leaving it on the 90th day after the auction has ended. eBay will only allow you to leave feedback for up to 90 days. If you time it correctly, the other party will not be able to leave you any in return (sneaky tactic).

Do pay for items quickly and keep in touch with sellers. When you have won an auction, fire off a quick email to the seller to let him/her know how you will be paying and to confirm your address. It will save a lot of time in the long run.

Do make an extensive “Favourite Searches” list in the “My eBay” section of the site. Keep this up-to-date and it will save you a lot of time searching for the bargain auctions

Do download the eBay toolbar. It will highlight any auctions on your watchlist that are ending soon and protect you from rogue sites.

Do use the watchlist to keep tabs on the items you are bidding on.

Do make sure to check out the typical price of an item on eBay. For example, if you wanted a DVD, search for the DVD in Completed Items and see how much it typically goes for. You can specify Completed Items by ticking the box on the left hand side of the page.

Do decide a maximum price you are willing to pay and stick to it!

Do research outside of eBay. eBay is not always the cheapest place to buy certain items. I see people overbidding on items all the time when they could have saved a lot more by shopping at Amazon.

Do check item descriptions fully and ask the seller anything you are unsure of. If the seller has mentioned a defect in the listing description then you will have no comeback if you try and complain.


Never sign in to any site claiming to be eBay unless it appears as follows - http://www.ebay.co.uk. At the moment there are hundreds of sites being made which look just like eBay but are simply designed to get your password

TIP: Treat any emails you receive from eBay with caution. If you click on a link in an email and it asks you for your username and password, close the browser. Instead, open a brand new browser window and sign into your account. Any messages, questions or problems will be highlighted in the "My eBay" section.

Don't bid on an item unless you intend to pay.

Don't be afraid to ask the seller a question about an item. Clear up any queries you have before you bid.

Don't pay extra to use PayPal. Some sellers ask for an extra 4% or similar if you are paying by PayPal. Refuse to pay it as it is against eBay rules to charge in this way.

Don’t be tempted to go over your maximum bid for any item. Remember, that maximum is there to ensure that you get the goods for a bargain price. If you go over this maximum, you will no longer be getting a bargain.

Don’t feel down if you lose an auction. In the end, if you have bid your maximum and lost, the buyer is paying over the odds and the only winner is the seller

Don't be afraid to make a seller an offer for an item he/she is selling especially if the item is a Buy It Now listing.