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If you are buying on ebay and want to avoid being scammed, here are a few guidelines.

Feedback. Your only true way of judging a genuine seller, is by their feedback. Look to see how long they have been on ebay, and click on a few of the item numbers in their feedback to see what they have bought and sold in the past. If they have bought a few cheap items in the last couple of weeks, and are suddenly selling 10 laptops or ipods - it is probably dodgy !

Dont just rely on the feedback score, look at the scores of the people who left the feedback. If they all have very low scores of 2 or 3 points, then it is possible they have opened several ebay accounts and have used them to leave feedback on the others to make it look good. Remember than many new ebayers are very wary, and will only buy from established ebay sellers with high feedback scores.

Read the listing carefully ! - There are many auctions on ebay which appear to be selling the highly desirable item you are after, but when you read the description fully, they are actually just selling " a link to get the item " at an apparantly bargain price. These listings are usually a load of rubbish, but it is common for them occasionally attract some very high bids. i will give you an example - when the x-box 360 was 1st launched they were very scarce. A friend of mine really wanted one and was searching ebay for a bargain, he found a lovely listing for X-box 360 from just £19.99  - it was full of exciting descriptions of his much desired new toy, and loads of flashy photos. He was so overwhelmed by it all he just had to put a bid in fast !........ Luckily he was so excited that he was winning his dream console for just £60 that he had to show me the listing, i spotted the little " you are not buying an xbox, just a link to get it for 19.99" (when you join our pyramid selling program and enrol blah blah blah) - and we managed to retract his bids.
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