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As a veteran of hundreds of successful transactions, she gave me this eBay buying advice, which I now pass to you, my new bargain hunting friend:
Check Feedback - Every seller receives public feedback from past buyers. Carefully check this feedback and pay special attention to any negative comments. Look for trends and volume of negative comments. You should avoid sellers with lots of negative feedback, especially recent bad behavior indicating a decline in service.
Check Descriptions - Carefully read item description to make sure it's exactly what you expect to receive. Look for any guarantees and always ask seller questions before bidding. You can email seller for a particular auction right from item page.
Shipping Charges & Insurance - Before bidding, find out exactly how much it costs to ship an item to ensure seller doesn't inflate shipping charges to add profit. Though you must pay for it, always insist on shipping insurance for one-of-a-kind, fragile or expensive items.
Payment - Make sure you know how seller accepts payment and how it affects product delivery time. Some sellers won't ship your product until after your check clears.
Overall, eBay makes a great place to find bargains for both home and business if you shop carefully and use common sense to avoid any obvious pitfalls.
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