Essentially, eBay is an online site where individuals as well as companies can auction a wide variety of items. The site basically provides an active market for traders and buyers. There are two options – people can either bid on items which are up for sale or they can opt to buy the items immediately. To use eBay, all you need is a computer and a reliable internet connection. Once connected, you can complete the registration process and then proceed to either post or buy your first item.
- Enter www.ebay.com or simply type ebay.com in your browser’s address bar.
- Once the page loads, click the “˜Register’ button in the “˜Welcome’ box.
- Fill in the necessary information and enter the verification code.
- Press “˜Continue’ to proceed.
Once the registration process is completed it is recommended that new users read information provided under the “˜online help’ and “˜community resources’ links. Other links to peruse can be found on the “˜Help’ page and include:
- How to spot a spoof email
- Rules and policies for all members
- Resolution Center
- Find an item by using the search box found on the top of the page or go through the list of items posted.
- Click on each item to get in-depth information. Though optional, it is recommended that you read the feedback given by earlier users on the particular seller.
- Bid or buy the item if you decide to proceed. Bids are active until the auction closes.
- While using eBay for the first time, you will have to provide proof for verification. To do this you have to present an ID, valid debit or credit card or submit the information of a valid bank account.
- Select from the accepted methods of payment available.
- The site recommends that you make your feedback page public since this could help steer business your way. It also recommends that you have a verified PayPal account since it is one of the most popular payment methods.
- EBay has a number of restricted items. It is good to know what these are in order to avoid getting blocked from the site or getting into legal trouble.
- Keep your sensitive information such as credit card details secure in order to avoid their unauthorized use.
- Be honest about how you list an item. EBay is organized in categories so adhere to this. You do not want the administrators to conclude that you are trying to cheat the system.
- Do not buy impulsively. Do your homework before you make your final decision.
- Make sure you understand all the fees and charges you will incur for using the service as a seller and determine if it is worth it.
- If the existing feedback helps you in anyway, consider giving feedback of your own to help other users.
Kapil Edke is a free lancer writer and content builder of www.askdeb.com/ and he is currently learning and sharing experience on how to buy stuff on ebay.