EBay is one of the most popular online auction sites today. Many online shoppers look for great bargain from the site. You will find a lot of items available for sale in eBay. However, it is not every user of eBay knows how to get good bargain from the site. Besides getting good deal on your purchase, there are also some precautions to take when shopping from eBay so that you will not have any problem. If you are an online shopper, you will find these eBay shopping tips useful.
Check the locations of the seller
There are a lot of sellers from different locations that sell their items via eBay. Some seller do mention their locations and the various locations where they can send orders. If the seller you want to buy from did not stipulate the location in the product description, then you have to ask the seller. You can also use eBay data to generate the locations. This is very important because some sellers do not honor orders from certain location. Sometimes, it is also good to double check the location of the item because it might be the seller has moved house without changing the old address in eBay.
Always have a price benchmark before bid
Some buyers make the mistake of thinking that items are always sold at a good price in eBay. Some also think local deals are always the best buy and because it is a local deal, they will not have any price benchmark. You don't have to make any assumption. Before placing your bids, find out the market value of the items from other sites. Knowing the actual price of the items from other sites will help you to know how to bid or to know when you are over pricing an item.
Use Martin's Money Mantras
There is the tendency for some shopper to buy on impulse simply because they think they get the item at a good price. This should not be the case. Before you place order for any item, you have to evaluate it using the money Mantras of Martin. First ask yourself these question.
Do I need it? Can I foot the bill? Will I use the product? Does it worth the price? If the answer to the above question is no, then you do not have to buy the product. Buying it will be a waste of money. Another remaining question to ask under the Martin's Money Mantras is: Can I find it at more affordable cost in other sites? If the answer to this question is yes, then you should not buy the item or you should lower your bid.
Play safe when collecting
Evaluating a seller's emails and listing and if it does not sound real to you or if it seems to be dubious, then you should listen to your inner self and walk away. When you are going to collect your item in the given address, it is advisable that you go with a friend. If it is not possible for you to go with a friend, then you have to let another person know where you are going and tell the person that you will contact him or her afterwards. Go with your mobile phone. On getting to the address, stay at the entryway if possible.
With the above tips, you will shop safe at eBay.