How to: buy gifts on eBay
CHRISTMAS shopping is hard. Even when you have completed cunning spy work to discover a gift for your target, you must find a store, a carpark, battle crowds, find the product, compare its price with other stores, and generally wear yourself out. The alternative is to do your Christmas shopping online or, better yet, buy gifts at a significant discount on eBay.com.au. Some eBay items have never been used and are in perfect gift-giving condition. There are pitfalls to this method of Yuletide purchasing, however, as outlined in our tips below.
Don’t bid on the first good-looking item to come your way. Investigate the going rate for your desired item thoroughly, adding several to your eBay Watch list before bidding. eBay prices can be significantly below store prices.
If it looks too good to be true, it could be. Compare the eBay seller’s photographs to official photographs of the product you want. Are there subtle differences? If the photos are blurry or inconclusive, request more images from the seller. Good eBay traders will help you.
BEWARE BAD SELLERS
Read the seller’s eBay feedback closely, investigating neutral or negative feedback. It’s also worth noting what other items this person sells regularly to get a feel for whether they are genuine. Asking a simple question by email, and judging the speed of the response, can also be a good barometer.
eBay’s Australian site requires sellers to accept payment through PayPal. While this attracts extra fees for sellers, PayPal buyers are protected by insurance, offering refunds of up to $3000 in specific circumstances.
Auction sniping is the act of waiting until the last few seconds of the auction to add your bid. This can be a risky strategy, though it is made easy with auction sniping software or online services such as auctionsniper.com. Users should take care to make sure they are sharing their eBay password with a reputable firm.