Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Bidding on eBay:

  • Make sure the seller has a good rating – as close to 100% as possible (at least 99%). A 90% positive rating is not good enough! Many people are scared to leave negative ratings because the other person will then leave negative ratings on their name.

  • Check the total cost, including shipping. There may be a shipping charge even for emailed gift cards / coupons.

  • Search completed auctions to see the 'going rate'. Click on Advanced Search and place a check by completed listings only. This way, you will have an idea of how much to bid.

  • Try to bid close to the end of the auction so you won't be outbid. (People sometimes get into a bidding war and outbid the value of the item itself...)

  • Even better: Instead of bidding directly on eBay, go to a site like They will place your bid for you 10 seconds before the end of the auction. The free version allows you 15 bids a month. The only problem with this is that you won't get cashback.
Read the review about buying gift cards on eBay.


Anonymous said...

New York - eBay to Drop Negative Feedback on Buyers
New York - eBay plans to drop negative feedback on buyers.

'eBay's data shows that sellers are eight times more likely to retaliate in kind against negative feedback, a figure that has grown dramatically over the years. In an attempt to mollify sellers, eBay will initiate a handful of seller protections to offset the inability to speak ill of a buyer. Negative and neutral feedback will be removed if a buyer bails on a transaction or if the buyer has his or her account suspended. Buyers will have less time to leave feedback, and won't be able to do so until three days after the auction ends. eBay is also pledging to step up monitoring and enforcement of its policies around buyers who behave very badly.

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