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					10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
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10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
Chuck Eglinton - ChuckEgg.com
•   Mensa member
•   Self-employed PC programmer since 1983
•   Self-employed web developer since 1997
•   Specialize in “Dynamic” websites (database
    driven).
•   eBay Power Seller since 1998
•   eBay Trained “Education Specialist”
•   Ebay Certified “Trading Assistant”
•   “10 Quick Steps” available at Audible.com
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    for Dummies,” “Internet Auctions for
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10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Create accounts at eBay and Paypal

1. At eBay.com, click the “Register” link
2. Complete and submit the form
3. Eventually you’ll need to provide a credit card
   number to pay eBay insertion fees & commissions.

1. At PayPal.com, click the “Sign-Up” link
2. Complete and submit the form
3. Eventually you’ll need to provide a credit card
   number and /or bank information so you can fund
   your PayPal account and transfer balances to your
   bank account.

PayPal.com is owned by eBay.com and is currently the only
   way to accept payments from winning bidders.
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Learn Basic Search Tool Tricks
   (part 1)

Asterisk (*) for a wildcard search
   Example: 196* Mustang
   displays all 1960’s Mustangs

Quotation Marks to display an exact phrase with
   words in the exact order shown.
   Example: “Nightmare Before Christmas" will display
   only auction titles that contain that exact movie title

Commas and Parenthesis to display auctions that
   contain any of the search words
   Example: “(ibanez, takamine)” will display a list of
   auction titles that contain any of those words. Use
   a comma to delimit search syntax if you’re looking
   for several similar items or several different brands
   in a single search.
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Learn Basic Search Tool Tricks
   (part 2)

Minus Sign (-) to remove specific words from
   search results.
   Example: “mustang wheels –hot” will show results
   containing ‘real’ mustang automobile wheels
   exclude any of the auction titles that also have the
   word “hot.”

Plus Sign (+) to prevent some search engines
   from including synonyms for the word in
   search results.
10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Check Recent Sale Prices on the Internet
   at eBay.com

1.   You’ll need a (free) eBay account
2.   Click “Advanced Search” link
3.   Type Keywords, Model, Item Description
4.   Check “[X] completed listings”
5.   Click the [Search] button
6.   Refine Search using links in the left column
7.   Only GREEN prices had winning bidders,
     disregard other colors.
10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Check Recent Sale Prices on the Internet
   at Amazon.com

Go To www.Amazon.com …

1.   Type Keywords, model, Item Description
2.   Click “Go” button
3.   Look for links: “Buy New, ?? New, ?? Used”
4.   Click the “?? Used” link to see range of used prices

     BTW, It’s easy to sell at Amazon after setting up a
     seller account. Just click the “Sell Yours Here”
     button.
10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Check Recent Sale Prices on the Internet
   at Google Shopping

Go to: http://shopping.Google.com

1. Type Keywords, model, Item Description
2. Click “Search” button
3. Use the options in the left column to filter your
   search.
4. Use the drop down and select “Sort by: Price - Low
   to High”
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Go hunting for deals at eBay

Misspellings - 80,000 items have Disney correctly
  spelled in the listing, but dozens of listings have
  the misspelling “diseny” in their title

Search with and without hyphens, punctuation
  and special characters - For example search
  for both “t shirt” and “t-shirt”

Search both titles and descriptions - click the
  “Include Title and description” checkbox
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Go hunting for deals at eBay (cont.)

Auctions that end on Holidays - Fewer bidders to
  compete against.

Auctions closing on non-peak days and non peak
  times - Fewer bidders to compete against.

Poor item descriptions - Some bidders ignore
  poorly worded titles and descriptions.

Miscategorized Items - will be found by fewer
  bidders.
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Buyer Beware

• Read the item description carefully

• Be aware of the condition of the item

• Be aware of guarantees and return policies

• Be aware of the item location

• Be aware of sales tax

• Beware excess shipping and handling

• Ask the seller questions
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Look out for “shady” sellers

• Be aware of the seller’s RECENT feedback rating

  (click the number in parenthesis near sellers
  eBay id)

• Do NOT be afraid of foreign sellers if they have
  a very good recent feedback score.
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Understand eBay’s bidding rules

• Understand eBay’s “Bid increment” rules.

• Understand eBay’s “Proxy Bidding”
  mechanism

• Understand how to win “Reserve Price”
  auctions.

• Understand how to win “Dutch Auctions”
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Time your bids to increase your odds
  of winning. Be a SNIPER!

• eBay auctions have a specific “hard” ending
  time.

• To “blindside” your competition, become a
  “sniper.”

• Last minute bidders, or “snipers,” have a
  philosophy similar to people who submit sealed
  bids at a traditional auction. They have one
  true maximum amount they are willing to pay
  and they are willing to walk away if they don’t
  win the item with their best bid. Last-minute
  bidders have no desire to waste their energy
  engaging in an ongoing emotional bidding war
  with other bidders.
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 What to do when the auction ends

If you lost…
• Look for your next chance.   Most items quickly
   become available again.

What if your deal goes bad?
• First contact the buyer through eBay.
• Resolve the issue through eBay’s Buyer
  Protection program
• Leave negative feedback.

What to do if you won…
• Pay the seller promptly.
10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Build the eBay community by leaving
  feedback

• Wait a few days until after the auction item has been
  received and has been inspected - Post your feedback
  only after you’re sure that everyone is completely
  satisfied with the transaction.

• Click the “My eBay” link, then review the “Summary”
  column for feedback reminders.
 10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
 Create accounts at eBay and Paypal
 Learn Basic Search Tool Tricks
 Check Recent Sale Prices on the
  Internet
 Go hunting for deals at eBay
 Buyer Beware
 Look out for shady sellers
 Understand eBay’s bidding rules
 Time your bids to increase your odds
  of winning. Be a SNIPER!
 What to do when the auction ends
 Build the eBay community by leaving
  feedback
10 Easy Steps to Buying at eBay
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