I have been e baying for the past couple of years, its only recently that I have actually started to sell on here myself and its been a hard task to retain a good reputation and retain a good feedback score. When i first started out on eBay a few years ago i was very naive to how it all worked and thought that you could grab some unbelievable bargains on here - well you still can, but i picked up that items that seem too good to be true, generally are too good to be true. On one of my very first ebay transactions i purchased what i thought was the lastest Sony In Car Entertainment system with an RRP of over £1400, well i paid £300 for this via paypal. Well any way a couple of days later the parcel arrived on my door, very excited opened the box and to my horror i found what was a cheap and nasty head unit worth around £40. I contacted the seller, but he insisted that he had sent the correct item, he had after all had the proof from the post office that the posted an item, but there was no proof of what the item actually was, so it was his word against mine. I didnt pay via paypal, I paid by cheque and there was nothing that I could do...... GUTTED!!
From this day on i was very dubious for a long time of ebay, as i kept on hearing reports of people been ripped off and conned on here.
Well there are some very simple steps that you can follow to ensure that you protect yourself -
- Check peoples feedback, ensure that they have some past transactions, especially if they are selling high value goods
- Always where you can pay via paypal, this is the safest way to pay as you are covered for up to £500
- Never pay for items via Western Union
- Check for negative feedback
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