Okay, REady to Take the Plunge; Who Knows EBAY?

  1. I have tried a couple of times for purchases and there is this voice that says, "you will get ripped off." I do want to try though; who has some words of advise as far as safety mechanisms of the types of sellers to buy from.

    I am looking at some Massage Tapes and am dissapointed that they are not very discriptive. There is one available from a "rather reputable" pseudo business that looks promising.

    I have a little too much time on my hands today and feel like shopping. Words of wisdom? Please share them.

    Thank you,

    night
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I've been doing ebay for a couple of years, both buying and selling, and although I'm not a real mover or shaker, I've got some experience. (I have no imagination, really, my ebay ID is the same as this one, without the RN.)

    I figure basically, don't spend anything on ebay more than you are prepared to lose. I will say I've had a LOT of transactions there, and only a couple of weird ones. So the odds are very good that you will get exactly what you want.

    Email the seller with specific questions. You will more than likely get answers.

    Find out about shipping before you bid. Some people tack a big chunk on as "handling" to be sure they get the amount they want. Ebay doesn't like it, because they don't get a cut of "handling," only the "final value." About the shipping costs, email the seller if you have any questions. You can even tell them that you are new. Most sellers are just individuals getting rid of some stuff--nice, personable people.

    If you decide to bid, you should bid the maximum amount you are prepared to pay. Interestingly, ebay will only put the lowest amount necessary to secure the item for you, unless someone else bids, and then ebay will continue to basically bid for you, until they pass your maximum amount.

    I find that part fascinating, personally.

    If the worst happens, and you don't get your item or whatever, there is some kind of complaint department and you can actually get the amount credited back to you. Of course if that happens too often, they start wondering about you, but that's pretty unusual too.

    OK, that's the basics. Hope it helped..... Good luck! And have fun!
    Last edit by chris_at_lucas_RN on Jan 21, '05
  4. by   leslie :-D
    and look at the seller's feedback record and what customers say.
    i feel safe in purchasing with a feedback record of 99% and up.
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from earle58
    and look at the seller's feedback record and what customers say.
    i feel safe in purchasing with a feedback record of 99% and up.
    Well, that let's me out! Got skinned pretty badly by two buyers, so I only have something like a 98.5% lol

    Hiya, Les!!!
  6. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from chris_at_lucas_RN
    Well, that let's me out! Got skinned pretty badly by two buyers, so I only have something like a 98.5% lol

    Hiya, Les!!!

    hello sweetie. :kiss

    ok, let me modify: 98.5% is fine.
    one needs to read what the neg feedback says; many times you can tell the customer is just a jerk.

    but if you happen to see 93%, it's probably not a good thing.
    i've been an avid ebayer for years, just buying....that damned credit card again. :chuckle
  7. by   RainDreamer
    I bought a car off Ebay!! Yep yep, it's true, as crazy as that sounds lol. My dad handled it all, but everything went smoothly. I really needed to get a car before starting nursing school because I'd need transportation to clinicals (before that I just lived on campus, never needed my own car here at school). I didn't have much money to spend and we found a great deal on ebay, the car was in Phx, so my parents went down and got it, then brought it out to me that summer.

    So even though I haven't bought many things on Ebay, the few things that I have went great. I think Ebay has all the seller/buyer information on hand, so it'd be hard for them to scam you, I'm sure it happens, but I think it's pretty safe.
  8. by   psychonurse
    My hubby does a lot of buying and selling on ebay and has never had any trouble...he has taken some of the stuff in our house and sold it and did well. We bought our first laptop computer from Ebay and did well it was a nice little computer and I would buy more computers from there buy we get a good deal buying direct from the company now...
  9. by   BeachNurse
    I've been a moderately active Ebay-er for about 4 years. I have almost 200 transactions and only had one problem when a seller suddenly didn't really have the item I had paid for. I got my money back but she left me a negative feedback because I left her a Neutral one!!
  10. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from BeachNurse
    ... she left me a negative feedback because I left her a Neutral one!!
    The exact thing happened to me! That's against ebay's TOS, to leave feedback based on the feedback you got, but it's impossible (apparently) to get fixed.....

    I've been happy with ebay overall--I still shop them. For example, I got some terrific buys on some scrubs last week, which just arrived. Five pr pants, two tops, and two full scrub sets, all for $29.05 including shipping. Most of it looks new, which is how it was described.....
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    We have bought some Mustang tire rims via ebay, and supplies for our salt aquarium and have done fine....saved money, actually. We have yet to sell anything, however.
  12. by   unknown99
    I buy and sell things on EBAY. I have never gotten "burned" selling things, but I got ripped off twice buying things-- that is I paid for but never received the items. But, for the most part, I love EBAY!
  13. by   nightingale
    Thank you to everyone for your support and your replys.

    I bid on two different massage videos and "lost" on one. It does look like these are sold regularly and I can just bid again.

    I am having a lot of fun with it.... I shopped for some videos (that may be far superior... who knows) and they were $ 40 each plus shipping. I am bidding at 6.50 and 11.00 for similiar informational videos. Oh, how I love to spend and save money!
  14. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    I love Ebay!! have only been a buyer. Have bought Hubby Golf Clubs, video camera other smaller items.

    Watch what you buy, know what you are buying--READ!! Ask Questions, know the seller's ratings & you should be fine. Only been burned once.

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