Welcome to the Auctionoodle Guide to eBay Success
This guide presents unbiased, helpful, and honest information about buying and selling on eBay.com.
The information here include facts and tips to lead you to success without hassles and needless expenses.
Can buyers and bidders trust eBay and its sellers?
That's is the most important question to most people, who are considering a first purchase on eBay.
Anyone can browse items for sale on eBay. You don't have to reveal any information about yourself to see what's available.
You can find out about sellers before you decide whether or not to do business with them.
Sellers have profiles that can be viewed by clicking on their eBay nickname
Profiles display both positive and negative information
to help you decide whether you would like to do business with this person.
Anyone who does business with a seller can leave a comment about the seller that will appear in the seller's profile.
Ok, so let's say you want to really check out a seller and see what sort of complaints people have made.
The only way to do that, as of this writing, is to browse through all of the feedback for that seller.
There is no way to see only compliants. Once you do find a complaint, if there are any, you will often see how
the seller responded and how the issue was resolved. The buyers initial complaint and the sellers response are all that
appear. So who's telling the truth in these disputes? No way to know, but perhaps the key thing here is to see how it got
Active sellers, including those who achieve the mighty ranking of "Power Seller", need to protect and defend their
reputations, because too many complaints will drive buyers away. Unlike shopping in a "brick and mortar" physical
store, eBay shoppers get to learn about how sellers have performed in the past.
How safe is it to use a credit card to make a purchase on eBay?
The PayPal service is now owned by eBay, and is used extensively on eBay and elsewhere throughout the online world.
You are encouraged to make your eBay purchases by using your PayPal account, so that you don't need to give the seller
any personal information that can be stolen or abused. This wonderful arrangement protects buyers from theft of funds and
identity theft. You can skip PayPal and give your credit card directly to sellers for payment, but it's not a good idea.
Is PayPal completely safe?
The problem is that PayPal is a website and communicates with its clients by email.
That means that there is the possibility that criminals may try to trick you into going to an illegal website
under their control, in order to get you to reveal your PayPal account password.
This is not due to anything special about PayPal, and is a problem for all popular online services.
The good news is that if you never click on a PayPal link in an unexpected email, or on a website, you should be safe.
There are many other steps to take to be safe online, such as keeping your computer virus-free and spyware-free
and relying on trustworthy services to connect your computer to the Internet.
Many people don't think twice about giving a credit card to a waiter in a restaurant,
but all it takes is a small device hidden in the waiter's pocket to make an exact copy of that credit card.
Dealing with a large, reputable outfit such as PayPal, to make payments on eBay and on other websites, is a
good way to keep your funds and your identity secure.
Registration is required by eBay before you can bid or buy
You will be asked to confirm that you are at least 18 years old, and
asked for your name, address, phone number, and email address when you register.
You are asked to choose an eBay user id to be used on eBay as your identity or nickname.
Of course, you must come up with an original name that has not already been taken.
An email will be sent to you after you provide the registration details, and you must click on the
link in that email in order to complete your registration.
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