So eBay is a huge marketplace where you can buy next to anything on there. I’ve spent thousands on there over the years and have to say most of the items I’ve received had been fine, some haven’t turned up and others had been dreadful! I have to admit that before buying anything on eBay these days I make sure that I check out the seller. Not everyone will know the steps to take which is why I wanted to share my tips.
What are they selling?
So first of all I check out the sellers other items. I have found a few sellers that are only selling one or two items with poor feedback, or just the one item and then rubbish feedback. Of course this isn’t true for everyone but if you’re selling on eBay you normally have more than a couple of items selling at one given time.
Checking out what they are selling as well meets nicely with tip three, will be explained later. I will say now though if they are selling to make money they will have loads of items for sale and not just one or two.
Feedback is key!
So obviously feedback is key. The problem with eBay is though that people will mainly look at the stats, which means they aren’t getting the full picture. You might see the stats, 10 positive, 9 negative and 1 neutral but that really does mean nothing these days I’m afraid.
When it comes to feedback you need to dig and look at some of the actual feedback, look at what people have wrote and what their reason is for giving the feedback. I had one person leave me neutral feedback once because the item had a little dust on it, another because the deliver took 2 days even though it was second class recorded!
You really have no idea what the reason behind the feedback is but by taking 5 minutes to have a read you might get a glimpse of how the seller works and get a better understanding of the item you’re going to be getting. Give it a little time and then make up your mind.
Do they have a shop or are they a lone seller?
So as I mentioned in point one, if they are going to be selling good quality items they won’t just be selling one or two. When it comes to selling on eBay most people will have a shop, if they have a shop it means they have been doing it for a while and hopefully know what they are doing. It’s also important to find out when they opened their shop, I am always cautious with new sellers.
I have to point out that some sellers might have a personal account and just be clearing out their clutter, loads of people have stuff they want to get rid of and even more so if they have children so don’t always get put off it they don’t have a shop because it isn’t a must.
So there you have it. Three tips to ensure you are getting a good seller when shopping around on eBay. I would also suggest sticking with sellers that are in your own country, otherwise you might end up waiting weeks or even months to get your item. I follow these tips when it comes to buying anything on eBay these days. Sure you can get cheaper items on there but you don’t want to get ripped off and lose money or never even get your item.
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