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.
Jan 21, '05
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