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Old 10-02-2007, 12:32 AM   #1
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So uh how does ebay work?

There's a couple of things that I really want to buy, and haven't found anywhere else, but I've got no idea how to use the site... I can search and find the thing I'm looking for, but that's about it. Do I email the person? Place a bid? Click buy now? How do I pay? I don't have paypal. Is there anyway to see if people are reliable or anything like that.

any help appreciated because I would rather keep this from Dad as ebay is 100% flawed website.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:02 AM   #2
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You have to register to use the site (very simple to do -- very much like registering for this one). You can place bids or do buy it now (if you really want it and the price is acceptable to you) -- don't contact sellers off site to place orders because that can get you booted out (ebay considers that trying to get around paying fees and doesn't take kindly to it).

Read the sellers descriptions and policies carefully. If you have questions, do contact them (there is a link to contact the seller under the seller's info). This type of contact is fine. Sometimes a seller will take several types of payment -- if you can't use PayPal look for one that doesn't require it. Unless a seller has in their listing that they absolutely do not take any other form of payment, you can contact them and ask if other forms (specify which you would like to use) of payment are acceptable. They might say no...but they might say yes.

Look at the seller's feedback (the number beside the seller id is the number of positive feedback from unique users). If they have negative feedback -- especially recent ones -- make sure you read those comments. Often this will give you a feel for if they are a bad seller or if they just got a kooky buyer. Be aware that some sellers do not accept bids from no feedback or low feedback buyers. Even if you place a bid on these listings some sellers will cancel it. Why don't they accept bids from no or low feedback buyers? Because new users make a lot of mistakes and can be a pain in the ass to deal with. Plus they may be troublemakers who have re-registered under a new name. I had a new user be the high bidder on a painting I had listed, but when I invoiced him he emailed me and said he'd made an error and couldn't take that one. It worked out ok as we substituted a different painting and a couple of prints to come up to the same price so everyone (including ebay) did ok, but it was a bit of a pain, and I still haven't sold that first painting. It almost seems as if it kind of has a hex on it. Some sellers want no or low feedback users to contact them before bidding, but then usually allow the bid.

The big things you need to do are read the listing and seller's policies carefully and check the seller's feedback. Do not bid if you don't intend to actually buy the item.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:05 AM   #3
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Ok thanks heaps!
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:06 AM   #4
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Ebay rules!

It's the best thing to have happened since the Internet.
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eBay

Use it all the time.
Dont we, Babydoll
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:57 PM   #6
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So I bid on something for the first time. But weird shit is happening, want to know the deal.

I was bidding on a Gamecube game, and I probably bid about 10 times. On 8 of those occasions, I was immediately outbid. It's like someone's stalking me. There'd be no action on it for two, three days, and then as soon as I went to increase my bid, as soon as I hit confirm, it said "you have been outbid", by either 50 cents or a dollar every time. If I'd refreshed the page, as opposed to bidding, I'd swear it would still be the same price.

Is something up or do I have an ebay stalker.
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:24 PM   #7
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No, when you bid you enter a max. bid you want and it proxy bids for you. So if the other person entered a max way above the current bidding price, when you bid say 50 cents higher, you are automatically outbid.

So, like say there's a camera I want currently at $500. If the previous bidder put in a $700 bid and I'm only bidding up by the required 50 cents (or whatever it is), I will be instantly outbid until $700.

You can enter a bid much higher than the minimum required and it will not automatically jump up to that unless the current high bidder has beat that amount.

Where is Sicy? lol
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Ah... okay I see. So there is a hidden maximum bid. Thanks
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Where is Sicy? lol
that's what I first thought.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:51 AM   #10
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Everyone who has given information has it right

There isnt 'always' a hidden max bid. It just depends on if someone else decided to bid on that item, and they wanted to put a high max bid so that they wouldn't get outbid. The bidding will always go up in small increments even if you put down a large max bid. Unless another person comes along and keeps bidding to try to get over the other person's max bid. So just because you put down say $500 as your bid, doesn't necessarily mean you will pay $500, if no one else outbids past that.

Also, if the seller only takes paypal dont bid because then you'll find yourself in some trouble if you cant pay by the payment method specified in the auction. Most sellers will also take money orders so look for that when you are bidding.
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There isnt 'always' a hidden max bid. It just depends on if someone else decided to bid on that item, and they wanted to put a high max bid so that they wouldn't get outbid. The bidding will always go up in small increments even if you put down a large max bid. Unless another person comes along and keeps bidding to try to get over the other person's max bid. So just because you put down say $500 as your bid, doesn't necessarily mean you will pay $500, if no one else outbids past that.
Ah okay, cheers, will remember that for the future
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COBL....i hope you realise that ebay is HIGHLY addictive and VERY convienient! My mate who hardly had a clue how to work a pc a few yrs ago has now got a far higher ebay rating then me!
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^so true. I cant seem to tear myself away from ebay, ever!
I think I'm up to like 3170 feedback. Buying as well as selling.
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COBL....i hope you realise that ebay is HIGHLY addictive and VERY convienient! My mate who hardly had a clue how to work a pc a few yrs ago has now got a far higher ebay rating then me!
don't have the money at the moment anyway, and nothing to sell!
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COBL....wait till you get a few quid in yer pocket. there is ALWAYS something you find to buy on there...whether you need it or not
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