You can buy a laptop on eBay.
Or a pair of headphones.
Or an iPad.
Or even a pair in the colours of the flag of your choice.
But it’s not just the product itself that you’ll need to look out for.
You’ll also need to decide if the seller has a track record of getting the goods they’re selling.
For example, if you’re interested in a pair or headphones that look like they were made by a band called The Flaming Lips, the seller may be able to offer a cheaper price than you’d expect.
Or they might be able offer a higher-quality version of the product.
But if you have a bigger budget and you’re looking to purchase a pair, you may want to look into the seller’s past performance, so you know whether they’ve made an error in the past.
And if they’ve, you might want to make sure the seller isn’t selling a new or altered version of a product that’s already sold elsewhere.
Here’s how to choose a good seller on eBay:If you’re unsure of which sellers are trustworthy, here are some things to consider:Does the seller offer good feedback on their products and the seller is willing to help you understand the issue?
Has the seller been involved in a dispute with a seller before?
Has they been involved with a dispute in the last three months?
Does the buyer have a track history of buying a similar product from the seller before, and are they willing to pay the difference?
Are the sellers themselves willing to answer questions and provide feedback to buyers?
What are the terms and conditions of the contract?
Is the seller in a position to accept payment through PayPal?
How do I choose a seller that’s not a scam?
In the unlikely event that you’re buying from a seller who’s not really a seller, here’s what you can do to make the purchase you want.
Find a good eBay sellerWho you should buy from on eBayBefore you can make a purchase, you need to find out if they’re trustworthy.
There are some general guidelines that you should follow, but you should also know which sellers to trust.
For a good online shopping experience, you want to avoid sellers who are using deceptive or fraudulent tactics, or who are offering cheap or no-questions-asked products.
Some sellers are more likely to be trustworthy than others.
Some sellers may be more likely than others to respond to questions in a positive or constructive way.
Some buyers may find the quality of the products offered by sellers like them to be a good indicator of the quality they’d expect from a reputable seller.
You can find the trustworthiness of sellers by comparing their feedback with the feedback you get from a buyer.
This may include feedback about products that aren’t what you’d think they are, or feedback about a seller’s products that are not what they claim.
A buyer’s feedback is usually not enough to guarantee a good or bad seller.
If the seller you’re considering doesn’t respond to buyer questions in an acceptable way, you can be reasonably confident that the product isn’t what it seems.
Find out if a seller has sold beforeIf you can’t find a seller in the eBay search bar, you’ll probably be able at least to locate a seller by searching for a seller name in the product descriptions on the seller site.
If a seller is selling online, it’s usually easier to do so using the “Find seller” feature on the website.
Once you’ve found a seller and are interested in buying from them, you should contact them and ask for a copy of the seller agreement, which will be your first step in negotiating a deal.
The seller will usually provide you with a link to their website, so this will help you verify that the seller doesn’t have an affiliate relationship with the seller.
If you find the seller and want to buy from them online, the first step is to fill out the Seller’s Disclosure form, which you can fill out online.
You should also ask the seller to verify that they’re in a relationship with you before you buy from a potential buyer.
If the seller does not have an affiliation with the buyer, you must ask for the seller ID number.
The buyer can provide the ID number to verify the seller or to verify your identity, and you should be able find the buyer’s ID number by using the seller details on the eBay website.
If they don’t provide the buyer ID number, you will need to send an email to the seller, along with the following information:The seller’s email address, if available.
Your name and contact details.
How many items you’re willing to buy, if the item is on sale or on a discounted basis.
You must also ask if you can pick up the item in person at the seller office.
If, at the time of the purchase, the item you want is on a sale or discounted basis, you won’t need to fill in the Seller Disclosure form.