Some tips to avoid being scammed

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The eBay buying and selling experience 99% of the time is fantastic, I love being an ebayer, and suggsest everyone gives it a go.

I have been buying and selling on eBay for well over 6 years now

In that time I have managed to avoid most of the scammers out there.

Here are some tips that might help you avoid them as well


Please bear in mind not everyone is a scammer, most people are decent, but sadly as with everything in life, we are always judged by the silly minority

These are "Common Sense" tips, that might help you avoid being ripped off.

CHECK your seller out

A little bit of basic research using freely available information may well avoid a loss to you.

here are some of the warning signs to look for.


Feedback check out their buying and selling patterns for the last 30 days, is the seller suddenly offering a high priced electrical item after suddenly only buying or selling very low priced items for the last 30 days?

Are all the people buying from this seller, newly registered or very low feedback IDs?

If the answer is yes, it could be that the seller has lots of fake accounts which are used to build feedback and lull you into a false sense of security.

Buyer Protection does the listing have it showing at the top?, to qulaify for buyer protection the seller must have at least 50 feedback and has proved to paypal they are who they say they are

Payment methods are they only offering Ppaypal and uncrossed postal orders?, this is a sign that they dont want any traceable payments going through their bank account

Email addresses is there an  something in the listing thats says " email@ for more details", if so its because they want you to trade off of ebay with them, which invalidates any protection you might have

Not responsible for postal losses biggest scam of them all, and any seller with that in there listing should be avoided like the plague, what they are actually saying is "pay me, i wont send your goods, and will claim they got lost in the post"

The good news is hat if you paid by paypal, you can make a claim against a seller that tries that one

Impatiance Scammers rely on this, they know you want it now and as cheap as possible.

If its too good to be true, then it probably is.

Simply by bookmarker the seller and item and waiting 7 days before commiting to buy will stop most scammers, as its normally only 2 or 3 days after they start scamming people that bthe negs roll in, be patient if the deal really is that fgood the seller will have more, and so will other sellers.

The latest craze Like PS3's, there is NO legal way for anyone on ebay to get highly desirable items like these when the high streets havent got them, if you cant get it in the high street right, then you cant get it on ebay either.

And if you can, then it has been imported via the back door, and the maker will give you no warranty at all.

Always always check the sellers sales history, if they are selling an item like this, then they will have a good track record of selling similar items going back many months.

Compare sellers if only one seller is selling the item you want a cheap price and no other sellers are selling at the same price be very wary.

If you look at some of the sellers listed to the right of this guide, you will notice they obtained their feedback by buiying and or selling 1p items, this is a danger sign, and if you see a seller with lots of feedback like that avoid them at all costs

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