Ebay Buying 101 - How To Get That Lower Bid
By Charles Hopkins
Published 10/23/2007 | Entrepreneur
Ebay hands down is one of the greatest e-commerce sites around. Let's
look at just this one killer stat. There are way over 147 million
registered users. What does that mean to a consumer looking to purchase
products on ebay? Deals galore! This article will cover some tips you
can use to help you obtain that low bid.
Browse eBay like a pro. Did you know there's like like 26,000
categories on eBay? It's a great thing they have a search feature
listed on their site that you can go to to find that particular item.
After you found what your looking for, you can then further view
your items by looking at auctions ending first, highest priced auctions
and everyones favorite - lowest priced.
Next comes the fun part. It's time to price compare, so break out
your notepad. Heres a quick tip "Don't get stuck or tunnel visioned
with just one seller." Chances are there are many sellers selling the
same exact product, even at a cheaper price. Shop around to see who has
the best deal.
Read the product description. Remember you are getting what plainly
stated in the description box. Is there a picture that you can view? Is
the picture clear? What condition is the item in? Those are some of the
questions you should be asking yourself. A careful read in that section
will help keep you from getting ripped off from a seller.
How's the seller feedback? Reviewing a sellers feedback will let
you know if the seller your dealing with is legit. How do you know?
Easy, just read what other people are saying. Remember that negative
comments will be posted. Red is bad, and if you see a seller selling a
item that you like and they are full of negative comments. It might be
in your best interest to find another seller.
Check the shipping costs. Is it free shipping? Do they ship to your area? Just make sure you read that area.
Control Thy Finger. You might be asking what is he talking about?
Theres no need to get into a bidding war right off the back. Keeping a
lower bid in the beginning might keep your prices lower in the end.
That's good and bad, because other bidders are probably thinking the
If you keep those things in mind you will have no problem finding great deals on eBay.