What is eBay?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the website, eBay is a place online where people can auction and/or sell almost anything they like. For instance, if I had a video game that I never played anymore, I could list it on eBay and see if it sells. The categories range from anything from clothes to antiques to pet supplies to movies and more.
Read the Listings Fully and Carefully
One thing to make sure you do before you buy on eBay, is to carefully look over and read the complete listing.
Considering anything you buy on eBay is coming from other ordinary people and not directly from big companies, it’s good to keep in mind that the product may not be at store bought quality still. A few areas in particular to definitely check are:
1. Photos – Some listings may have stock/internet found photos, while others will have photos actually taken by the seller. Just look at them and see if the product in the pictures is the product you want. Also, if the pics were seller taken you may be able to see what kind of the condition the product is in.
2. Condition – It should have this viewable right below the listing title, as well as right above the product description with a little more detail.
3. Title and Item Description – Make sure to read both the title of the listing and the item description. Both should hopefully line up to the product you want. Sometimes the description may not be the same as the product pictured or vice versa, in that case I would probably try to find a more consistent listing or possibly contact the seller to verify which item they are selling.
4. Seller’s Feedback – It’s also good to note the seller’s feedback which can viewed on the right-hand side of the listing. Be weary of seller’s with no feedback or a low positive percentage, because they may make mistakes or be difficult to work with. I would aim for seller’s with 90% and above positive.
5. Listing Type – There are three types of listings on eBay. Auction, buy it now, or a combination of both.
An auction means the item is selling for a period of time and whoever bids the highest, wins. Auctions usually come down to the last couple hours or so, and depending on how the popular the item or how good of a deal it is the listing could have a few snipers lurking about. In the eBay world, sniping basically means throwing out bids at the very latest possible, so just be mindful of that.
Then there’s also buy it now listings. This means that if you like what you see, you can buy it right away like you would on an online store.
Or the listing could also be a combination of the two. So if you’re worried you may not win the item, you could have the opportunity to buy it now. This only works before the first bid has been put in. The possible con to that though, is you may be paying more than you would have had you let it go to auction.
6. Price – Also make sure the price is reasonable for you and for the condition that the product is in.
There Will Always Be Variety
When it comes to buying things on eBay, you never know what you may come across. There are always new listings being added, and people can sell from all over the world. It’s kind of like that phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It’s very possible that one day someone will list something on there that you have been looking for forever, you know. You just gotta keep hopeful.
EBay is a great outlet for people trying to find rare things, so if you have a CD you’ve been looking for forever, eBay is the place to go.
Do you have a CD you can never seem to find? Got any fun eBay stories? I would love to hear them below!
Til next time,
The CD Queen