For eBay buyers, we recommend the following steps to help ensure a successful trading experience
Before bidding or using the Buy It Now button
Always read the item listing carefully and make sure you understand the seller’s postage terms, refund and return policy, and other terms and conditions. Your bid or use of Buy It Now is a commitment to buy the item from the seller.
Check the seller’s sales history through feedback as well as their current items to get an idea of their areas of expertise. For example, if the seller has only sold recipes, and then lists a plasma television, make sure that you are comfortable with the transaction before you bid.
Make sure your method of payment offers purchase protection.
Know the postage charges before you buy.
Use common sense. If something seems too good to be true, it often is. Make sure that you are comfortable with the transaction before you bid.
Find out about eBay’s listing policies.
Ask your seller questions using the Ask seller a question link on the item listing page.
Confirm authenticity of the item.
Before sending payment
Contact the seller to arrange payment. Verify your seller's contact information
Use extra caution with international transactions, as well as high-price and popular items. Insure your item.
Keep a record of all purchases.
What to avoid
Paying with instant money transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram that send cash instantly from shopfront locations, by telephone and over the Internet.
Transactions where the seller only accepts cash.
Unsolicited offers. If the seller offers to sell you the item directly without bidding on and winning the item on eBay, please don’t respond.
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