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EBay offers an international marketplace to purchase memorabilia. Collectibles of all types are available from eBay stores, other collectors and specialist dealers.
Your first step is to register with eBay. It’s simple to do and the help section will answer any questions regarding registration or privacy concerns.
Once you’re registered, you can browse or do a search for the item you’re interested in finding. Type the item name or a description in the ‘search box’ and all items related will be shown. You can also refine your search by choosing from the list on the left side of the page. You can specify the condition, price or buying format. EBay offers tips for better searching to help you, whether you’re a new or seasoned user.
Once you’ve found the item, you may enjoy the thrill of bidding. There is also a “buy it now” option which allows an immediate purchase. Some sellers give buyers the chance to make their “best offer”. It’s important to realize that placing a bid or making a commitment to buy on eBay is considered a contract. If you change your mind and no longer want the item, you will still be obliged to pay. Since honest mistakes can happen, some sellers will allow you to retract your bid but they are not obligated to do so. BE SURE before you commit.
EBay offers a range of payment options including PayPal, or a credit card. It’s important to check what payment methods are accepted by the seller. Choose an option which gives you purchase protection.
It is important to keep a few things in mind when shopping for collectibles on eBay such as:
- Take the time to learn about each item. Carefully check the listing information and photos. Use the “ask a question” link for any questions you have for the seller about the item. EBay offers authentication and grading service as well which allows collectors to get a second opinion from a professional about the authenticity of the item.
- Educate yourself about buyer protection programs. Should the item you purchase fail to arrive or is not in the condition described, eBay’s buyer protection will refund the price you paid as well as shipping costs.
- Get to know the seller. Buyers are able to leave feedback after every transaction for the seller. To see what other buyers say about a seller, simply click on the number in brackets next to the seller’s username and you will be taken to the feedback profile for that seller. Remember to leave your feedback after every transaction. This lets others know what to expect from a seller and helps sellers, who provide excellent service and products, to build a good reputation. Sellers want you to be happy with your purchase. If you’re not entirely happy with the transaction, contact the seller and try to resolve the issues before posting negative feedback.
- Check the seller’s preferred and accepted methods of payment.
- Watch for top-rated sellers. These sellers have the highest ratings.
- Pay promptly. Never bid if you don’t have the funds available.
- Learn more about eBay. Visit the online customer support section for any questions or concerns.
- Don’t move transactions off eBay. The policies that keep you safe while shopping will no longer apply. It is important to report sellers who offer products off the site.
- Don’t bid on the same item in more than one listing. If you win both, you are required to pay for both.
- Don’t be in a rush to buy. Check the full description as well as shipping and handling fees. Shipping fees can significantly increase the price of the item. Make sure to add this amount to the purchase price for the total cost.
- If you have an issue arise, it is recommended that you contact the seller first in an attempt to get it resolved. If that fails, use eBay’s resolution centre and eBay will work with the buyer and seller to reach an agreement.
- Don’t be upset if you lose an auction. Items are often listed more than once so you’ll have another chance.
No matter what collectibles you buy, keep this in mind:
- Do your homework by using guides, the internet and professional opinions to learn about the item you want to buy. Educating yourself will mean you have a better idea of each items rarity, current market value and authenticity.
- Check the condition of the item thoroughly before bidding or buying. If the seller’s photos are unclear, ask for clearer images. Carefully check for damage.
EBay gives collectors easy access to a wide variety of items that are not available in stores or at auctions. Buying collectibles on eBay can become addictive. Learning how to use the site and knowing how eBay protects you will allow you to browse and collect from the comfort of your own home. Did you know WE have an eBay store too? See us here for items not listed on our wepage!
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