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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Article written by Amy Lieberfarb

eBay and How to Buy, Part 3: What to Look for in a Listing

Once you have finished looking through the list of items for sale that appear with an eBay keyword search, it is time to determine which seller to buy from. When looking at an eBay listing, there are some important factors to consider before choosing a reputable seller to purchase from. Things might be overlooked at the average glance by someone not familiar with eBay and it’s policies. Things to consider when looking at a listing are things such as item details, shipping information, pricing, seller policies and feedback score and any disclaimers.

I once heard a story about a man looking for “widgets” online who came across eBay and found them for sale for a terrific price from a man in the UK. Having searched online for quite some time already, he simply got excited at the low price and used the Buy It Now feature to purchase his item. When the widgets came, there were 3oo of them. Thinking that the seller had made a mistake and sent the wrong package, he contacted the seller only to end up re-reading the auction he originally had purchased from and realizing that he had purchased 300 widgets.

He had not even really looked at the details of the auction before buying. This is another example of the uneducated eBay buyer, who not only got an absolutely amazing deal on more widgets than he thought but also learned his lesson when he ended up with more than he bargained for, he reads his item details pages now. Taking the time out to read through all the details of any listing is key to buying success and just common sense.

Look first at the details and make sure that the seller has taken the time out to list all of the important features, options, model number and any other pertinent information to the item you are looking at. You shouldn’t have the need to ask any questions, the product page should be that thorough. Make sure that the shipping cost is stated clearly in the auction or a shipping calculator is also provided.

Making sure to check the sellers feedback number as well as feedback rating scores and comments that have been made is also very important. You want to make sure to buy from a seller who is trustworthy and going to deliver your product in a timely manner. Beware of the price that just seems too low or the promises that seem too good to be true and really check on these sellers for feedback scores. Knowing what to look for in an eBay listing can make finding that great deal all that easier and less scary.
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