When buying an item on ebay through auctions or “buy it now” programs, you will be purchasing a product from an online seller who is rated through feedback given by purchasers of that seller’s product. That feedback score or rating can be an important indication of trustworthiness when buying a product online at ebay. There are a couple of exceptions. If an ebay seller is new they might not have any feedback and/or a low ranking number. This does not mean that you should avoid buying from this dealer. In fact the opposite may be true. There are also other indicators to help you secure a honest and trustworthy ebay seller.
The number assigned to a seller indicates how many products that they have sold on ebay and received positive feedback for this sale. A negative feedback from a customer reduces the ebay Seller’s score. So, a new seller may be a better to choice to buy from. A new seller is looking to make a good impression and therefore will do their best to offer 110% satisfaction. A new seller is a good choice. However, a new seller may not have the item that is specific to your needs. A ‘top rated” seller often has a bigger variety of products than a new seller and there are tips you can follow to find the best “top rated sellers” on ebay.
Let’s say a power seller is offering a vintage piece of jewelry that you have decided you cannot live without or an antique piece of pottery that you have to have. Ask yourself these questions.
- Does the seller have an in depth and great description of the item or is it boring and generic?
- Is there more than one picture of the item on the listing? Is it taken from different angles? Does the photo show any markings to indicate authenticity?
- Does the feedback include comments from customers that state the products they have received are “as described” or that they are “very satisfied”?
- Does the seller except returns and is the return period lengthy enough for you to get it back without penalty.
A great description is an indication that the seller knows what they are talking about and is knowledgeable about the product. ebay listings showing multiple pictures from several angles show that the seller has nothing to hide about the item. A good indication that you are working with a reputable dealer. Feedback from previous customers is always a good indication of the sincerity of the dealer. The return policy is another indication. An item that cannot be returned is always questionable. If you have questions about an item, ask the dealer. If the dealer does not answer or is vague with the answers given, it may be wise to skip this purchase.
Following these tips can be a great guide for purchasing items at auction or from “buy it now” sellers on ebay. The tips provide insight to a dealer’s intentions, knowledge an trustworthiness. Having an online dealer that you trust can give you peace of mind and help you to find quality pieces, like that vintagering , without worry.
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