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      14.06.2011 13:30

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      Steer well clear unless there's absolutely NO scope for the thing you're buying to be a dud.

      As a prospective or new user of Bumblebee, you might be inclined to think that in dealing with the police you're dealing with safe and scrupulous sellers. Please be aware that this is not necessarily the case. I've purchased three items through Bumblebee (all from the same constabulary) and only one of these was exactly as the description indicated. The other two were misdescribed, either by omitting critical information or by providing measurements that were incorrect beyond the scope of approximation. A laser printer (described as "not tested but powers up") was missing both the cartridge (fair enough) and the drum. Without the drum it's just a plastic box with an LCD display. There is no way under the sun that the constabulary selling this item were unaware of its condition. Selling it without mentioning that the drum was missing is intentionally misleading - it's worthless. A racing bike that was significantly smaller than described (with non-standard small wheels which reduced the market value by about £150) - there's only so far you can stretch "approx" measurements before they become downright inaccurate. And finally ... a pair of walking sticks that were as described! Caveat emptor. The police are out to make money just as much as eBay vendors are - and there's the BIG disadvantage that Bumblebee buyers have no comeback in the case of an item not being as described.

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      22.06.2010 14:46

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      Highly recommended: http://www.treasuremarket.com

      TreasureMarket auctions gives users a chance to buy brand new, brand name products for less than 90% off suggested retail price. To participate in the auctions, it is very simple just sign up, and you can start using your 3 FREE daily bids. You can win brand new products using your free bids. TreasureMarket is not a game of chance like lottery games are but rather a game of skill because you have the ability to figure out what can be the lowest unique bid by following the hints that you will be able to see in the Bidding screen. What makes this site really special is that you can invite your friend and you automatically win when they win. Eg. If your friend wins an auction for a Nintendo Wii, you will also receive a brand new Nintendo Wii as the invitation bonus! I highly recommend it. Check out http://www.treasuremarket.com

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      19.07.2008 13:29
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      Be careful, choose carefully, Be prepared to wait

      Bidz .com I have placed a couple of orders on Bidz.com in the past & had a great service, I have now gone back to them to buy some presents as they have some lovely things and at great prices. Unfortunatly not only is their shipping very expensive but there customer service while good because of the live help link has dropped somewhat in quality. I also have a firm belief that the customer service reps on live help have a degree in avoidance of issues. I have been to hell & back trying to find out what has delayed my parcels arriving & they dont like it when you question them. Although i will probably use them again because i like their goods it wouldnt be right if i didnt let people know that it isnt all plain sailing. Also be aware that their compare prices are way over & above the true value. I have asked them about their free shipping day & am infomed that they no longer do free shipping. Be careful when you order watches & giftwares as the shipping costs more than double, my daughter bought a watch for $16 and the total cost came to more than $58 by the time they added shipping & trans fees, then when it arrived it was faulty.

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      19.11.2007 17:46
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      Bid with care, as there are people out there who will pay anything...

      For those who don’t know, Bumblebee is the latest money spinner from your local constabulary. Put simply, anything that finds its way into the Police vaults (such as lost property, unclaimed recovered stolen goods, etc.) eventually ends up on the Bumblebee website where it is auctioned off to Joe Public as per the likes of Ebay, etc. Goods are typically brand new or nearly new, and can represent excellent value for money. Successful bidders can either collect their winnings from their local Police Lost Property office (assuming that the goods originate from there) or pay a somewhat steep delivery charge to have the goods delivered to their door. Bidders will take comfort from the fact that "sniping" (or waiting until the last minute to place a winning bid) has been rendered more difficult thanks to a system which automatically extends the auction deadline by ten minutes if a bid is placed in the last ten minutes of an auction, giving people a chance to respond to "last second" bids. The fact that you are dealing with a reputable seller is also another positive, although you will have to register with Nochex and obtain a Nochex account if you wish to participate. Bearing in mind that Nochex have a nasty habit of charging you for not using your Nochex account after 6 months of inactivity, it may be worthwhile thoroughly checking out the Bumblebee website to see if you are likely to buy stuff from them at least twice a year. Almost all items for sale have a photograph and an (often rudimentary) description – I got caught out when I won an auction for a "child’s tricycle", only to discover that the item in question was absolutely enormous and could accommodate at least four small children. You can’t always tell from the photos… The biggest problem with Bumblebee is, however, its bidders. There is a subset of people (often found in "retail villages" and so called "Factory outlets") who believe that something is a bargain because they have been told it is, regardless of how much it actually costs. In its early days Bumblebee gained a reputation as a place where you could pay ridiculously low amounts of money for quality goods, and many of the aforementioned "Bargain hunters" end up paying well over the odds for goods that they could have purchased for a fraction of the cost on Ebay, purely because they assume that anything brought from Bumblebee will be a "bargain", whatever the price. This means that you are unlikely to secure that digital camera or that laptop for a song, unless you are prepared to enter into a bidding war and end up paying more than the going rate on other auction sites. Having said that, if you are after some of the less exotic items you should still be able to pick up some useful items (although there is a fair bit of tat for sale – who in their right mind would bid for second hand flip flops or toiletries?) To summarize, Bumblebee is a useful site to keep an eye on, but is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success. Bid wisely, and be aware that there is probably some looney out there who will pay any price for that item you have taken a fancy to.

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        09.07.2007 12:38

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        It is one of the best jewellery auction site I come across

        I came to know this jewellery auction site last year. This is a US based site but can deliver internationally. I won few stuff and watches from there at a very minimal price and I found every item same as shown on the site ,no cheating. The postage rates are quite high for out side the US but luckily it was a free delivery offer at that time . It took 4 weeks to reach UK . The packing was nice. They do offer the free delivery once every year and I am waiting for the offer as the charges are $20 for one item and if there is more than one item than $4 additional for each . The charges for within Us is $5. I found world class jewellery ,diamond, gold, silver, all gem stone . Not only these but also painting, designer stuff , jewellery boxes, laptop computer (but can not deliver out side the US) and lot more. They accept Paypal, Credit cards and also many other payment options. I like the design which are so attractive that I can pass my hours to just watch them. I fully recommend to visit the site and explore you self.

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        04.08.2002 07:00
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        Since Yahoo auctions disappeared eBid has taken off. It is now clearly the largest Free auction site in the UK and eBay better watch out with there listing fees and final sale fees. eBid is FREE to list and there are no final sale fees. Are you listening eBay. eBid is catching you up VERY quickly. ----------- Also, Its only for UK residents and this reduces concerns about dealing with overseas 'can you wire it to my account' ya right MR Ukraine. ---------- love the idea that the seller can chose the type of person who can bid on their item. IE credit card verified bidders only or 10 plus feedback rating bidders only. ------------

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          03.02.2002 00:17
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          There are lots of opinions already written in this section, which deal with the way on-line auction sites are run. I see no need to repeat the 'method'. If you want to buy cheap TV's, software, pc hardware, cars, bicycles, and a host other consumer goods try Ebay, QXL or Yahoo. The exact way to do this and the 'do's and don'ts' of it all are all available in great detail. So, why am I bothering to write an opinion in this category at all, if I am not telling you how to use an auction site and which is the best? Well, the heading for this section is 'on-line auctions' in general, so I thought I'd take a look at the weird, wild, world of auctions and the sometimes eccentric people who use them. On-line auction sites have really taken off in recent years and there is a varied assortment of lots available for sale. You can bid for everything from a rare stamp to a 'McDonald's' plastic toy. Ebay, for example, gets around 300,000 new items per day and this makes it very hard to police the site and make sure nothing 'unaceptable' gets through. Among all the toy cars, books, household goods and jewellery, you will find animals, parts of people's bodies, aged relatives and other even more unsavoury offers. I entered the words 'on-line auction' in the Lycos search engine and got a huge list of sites. Trawling through the lists of items offered produced some intriguing advertisements. A seller in the South USA offered 10 fingers as a whole or 'will sell seperately'. He included a sales pitch on how useful these might be. The fingers were supposedly being stored in a freezer. The reserve price? Just one cent each! Ever fancied a mummified cat? (No? Well, I must admit, I haven't either.) Bids over $3,000 dollars were being taken for this item before it was removed. My favourite was the advertisement offering 'a n ight with someone else's wife'. A Las Vegas gent offered his wife for a night to the highest bidder. (Offers over $15,000) This gem was, however, removed very quickly and I don't know whether he managed to sell her, or how much he got for the deal. Another intriguing item was 'One Soul (unused)'. The asking price was $10.50 and the seller claimed that he didn't care what it was used for as long as he got the money. Kids must be a real problem to parents when then run advertisements on auction sites offering the for sale. Bids in excess of $51 were being considered. (I assume that these adverts were meant to be funny, by the way, just in case some do gooder reading this gets their proverbial knickers in a twist over it.) Someone actually advertised there Grandma for auction. The 80 old lady, resident in California came complete with a spare pair of dentures. The reserve price? $10 million dollars. I also found kidneys, someone's virginity, the country of Mexico and numerous other body parts listed for sale. If you have nothing much to do for a couple of hours, trawling the on-line auction sites is a real eye-opener. There's some really weird stuff out there! There are a couple of links which you might find useful if you want to delve into the weird world of on-line auctions: www.lycos.com (Run a search for online auctions) www.grrl.com/ebay.html This is a diary put together by a eBay addict who has trawled through the site to find the more 'unusual' offerings. If anyone comes across a brain for auction (part used), please let me know. Mine is full of junk and wearing out quite quickly!

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            27.10.2001 23:16
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            If you are looking for that bargin take a visit ti BID-UP.TV website. They are a tv programme on satelite tv channel 641 which have live interactive auctions. You can register and place bids via the net (cheaper than the 60p per min phone call option) and they auction a wide variety of items jewellry, kids toys, sports and fitness equipment ect. when placing a bid you can give a maximum bid but if the product does not reach your maximum you get it at the lowest possible rate. if the auction is live on the tv at the time you can even listen to the auctioneer. Recently I managed to purchase a gents mountain bike valued at £450 for only £230 a bargin in anyones terms. a word of warning though set yourself a limit and stick to it as with any auction the grey mist can decend quickly and you can get carried away.

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              11.09.2001 01:12
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              If ever there was the ultimate sceptic, it's me. I used to be pretty gullible, and once even thought that those letters that come through the door telling you you've won a million pounds were true (I was young and naive!). Now, I've gone the other way and question everything, probably too much, so you can imagine that I was slightly apprehensive when it came to online auctions. I mean, the idea that I send my money to a stranger, with only a gentleman's agreement that they send me the goods, have I gone mad? What's to stop them cashing my cheque, then never sending me the goods. When you only contact people via email it's not exactly hard to disappear!! But alas, one day my curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to take the plunge and use an auction. With nothing more than my wits about me, I set off to look for some PC components, and what I found was a very useful way to buy, or sell goods. That's not to say you don't have to be careful, as with every walk of life there are some total idiots (or worse if this wasn't a family site!). You just need to follow some basic rules, and you should be ok!! Online auctions have two basic sides, buying and selling........... Buying ====== This is what most people will be doing first, so I'll start here. Buying is free, although you do have to pay for whatever you bid for!! This is actually a good point, as bidding is a serious thing and you can't abuse it. You can't bid for something, then later decide you don't want it. It's just as annoying for a seller to get a bad buyer as it is for a buyer to get a bad seller. Auctions are all about bidding, an auction runs for a set time and if at the end of the time you have the highest bid you win the auction. Online auctions do have a few subtle points though, which for the first time can be a bit deceiving. First up you have the reserve price, an amount of money which must be met before the item is sold. If you have the highest bet, but it is below the reserve price then you won't win the auction. The problem is you don't know the reserve price. While this helps sellers to get a guaranteed payment, it's hard for buyers as you have no idea of knowing how high the reserve is. Next up we have a buy now price, which by if you bid a certain amount the auction ends early and you win immediately. Good if you're desperate for an item. Both of these features may or may not apply an auction, it depends upon the options the seller has set. Proxy bidding is another annoying online feature, whereby people can set a maximum amount they want to bid, and then they will automatically bid on the auction up to that price. For example, if I bid £5 for an item, but set my maximum bid at £10, then if someone bid £7 the proxy bidding would bid £7.50 on my behalf. It gets interesting when you have 2 or 3 people all bidding by proxy!! The generally accepted format for buying an item is that the buyer sends payment, then the seller sends the item. This obviously puts all the risk on the buyer, which is what puts a lot of people off. Here's where the rating feature of online auctions comes in to play. Whenever you buy or sell an item it is good practice to rate the other person. Did the buyer send payment promptly? Did the seller send the correct item, was it OK? and so on. If a seller is bad, then they will get bad ratings! So it is imperative to check a sellers rating before placing a bid! If 100 people have said they're OK then I would go with the general consensus, but if reaction is a little less praising then steer clear! Payment wise, cheque is the most popular option. While in terms of the law, you have entered in to an agreement and the sale must go ahead, in reality you have very little comeback if things go wrong, still I always feel better sending a cheque rather than money as it makes t he person go to the hassle of going to the bank! Allow the seller 5 days for the cheque to clear, as far as they know you could be a con man! Postage and packing is a bit of an issue, as it is generally down to the buyer to pay. Some sellers use it as a way to increase their profit margin, while some insist on pricey next day delivery. If you're buying an expensive item then a form of shipping which offers protection is good, but otherwise don't let the seller con you in to paying more for shipping than you need. The Royal Mail is very reliable, and a free certificate of posting can be obtained at a post office. If you have any questions about P&P, or the item you're buying then use the facility to question the seller that most auction sites offer. If they send a nice, prompt friendly reply then it goes a long way to re-assure you of their credibility! Of course, exact details vary between auction sites, but the main three (im my opinion) are Yahoo, Ebay and QXL, who all offer similar features. Some even offer some protection against rogue sellers! Most people (well me anyway) start off buying, then sooner or later realise we could make a few quid from selling our old junk! Selling ======= First up, on the majority of auction sites selling is not free, you have to pay first to list your autcion, then an auction fee which is a % of the total sale price. Yahoo buck the trend by offering a free service, but it's not as accomplished as the others. You will need to be 18 to sell (I think you do to buy, but who's gonna know!) and to this end you often need to have a credit card just to register. Once you do, you're ready to set up your auctions!! This is quite an important stage as you need to sell people your product. If possible take a photo of it, people always prefer to see what they're buying! Set a reasonable starting price, auctions are full of overpr iced items that attract no bids! Set a reserve if you must, and a buy price if you like, but don't be over the top with them! The length of the auction is an important point, and while most people go for 5 day or longer auctions, I prefer shorter times (2 days) because people rarely check past the first page or two of listings anyway, and if no one buys it I can always resubmit it! The biggest problem I find is getting people to trust you early on. Would you buy from someone who was listing his first auction? Try to get some positive comments from people you have bought from first, to improve your rating! Once you've listed your auction, sit back and wait (hopefully) for the bids to roll in. There's not a great deal of things you can do to help this, short of getting a friend to buy your goods! Once the auction has ended, all you can do is wait for payment, ship the goods promptly and hope everything is OK. Try to be honest with what you're selling, if it's a bit tatty say so, I would rather know and purchase it knowing it was tatty, as opposed to buying an item in good condition and finding it to be tatty. My biggest tip for sellers would to be prompt, friendly and helpful in communicating with the buyer. This is for me what separates the good sellers and the ok sellers, I expect to get the item as a matter of course, but if they're nice to me it makes me so much happier. Sadly most people take the other option and are a bit unfriendly in their emails. Just because emails are hi-tec, doesn't mean you need to forget your manners! That's buying and selling covered, hope you find it useful. In short, remember * Be honest. * Remember good manners go a long way! * Reputation is everything, get a good one and remember to rate others. * Don't panic if something goes wrong, contact the person in question. * Read the guides on the site before joining. Happy aucti oning!

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                28.08.2001 08:17
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                I love these auctions. It is a blast, to me it is a great dream realized, the fabled, perfect market that my Econ Profs would go on about. Where infinite sellers and many willing and able buyers would come together to find the natural prices for stuff. I love E-Bay, I use it as a price guide for most things in the world, if I want to see what anything is worth (I have had a temporary bout of recidivism to burgulary as of late, I was just breaking into womens houses to steal their underwear but lately I have been snatching their coins, jewelry and any thing else that is portable. Whenever I steal something the first thing I do is run home and check to see the "Search completed Auctions" on E-bay...I wonder if the cops are smart enough to check into if people have been searching for the stuff on E-Bay that gets stolen, it is like the worlds biggest fence, much larger than the Great Wall of China) But anyways I use E-bay to find out what stufff is worth. But I also use it to find stuff that is otherwise not readily available, for instance White Power T-Shirts, Toten Hosen CDs (they are from Germany but some Americans put their CDs on E-Bay), and then I have this thing about vintage 80s T-shirts, "Where's The Beef and the California Raisens. I am getting divorced over the fact that I keep buying these Guess Jean jackets from 1985, the ones with the leather triangles on the shoulders and back. I have 7 of them. I also have found some really cool historical documents involving an ancestor that I otherwise would have never known were for sale. One of my favorite tricks is to see these people that are making their business on E-Bay. If they are using E-Bay as their store, never ever bid on their auctions, e-mail them and offer to buy direct. You will come up with a fair price much fastyer than if you were bidding. This is how I buy all my Tattoo needles. Generally people selling music, videos, sex videos, food products a nd some other stuff are much more open to this way of dealing than others. Also to sell stuff, like for instance I stole a whole bunch of Laptop batteries from work, so I watch for auctions involving that Laptop on E-bay, then when one is sold I e-mail the buyer and offer to sell the Batteries to them. Obviously I can not put online "For Sale lot of 14 Laptop Batteries without serial numbers" because I could just sit and wait for the cops to show up. I do the same thing with all this railroad stuff I steal from work . I offer it to the people who bid on other related auctions. But if you are thinking about a life of crime, consider this, they are going to get you on Mail Fraud and using the mail for criminal enterprises. Just keep that in mind. don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Right now I got banned from E-Bay for not paying on some stuff I bid on. It is a bummer since my little number by my name was up to 73. I totally got ripped. I bid on this item and then when the woman started E-mailing me she tells me that she can not ship by UPS or any other way than by the Post office and my shipping was going to cost $8.50 on an 8 dollar item. You can probaly about figure what I told her. Lately I have been bidding on cars. It is pretty wild what kind of cars get sold on there. I know it is whacked to buy a car site unseen, but if the person really lied and cheated you, you would have their name and address from the title change so you could fix them for cheating you. What has been making me mad about E-bay is all these fake travel auctions about free airline tickets. I wish E-Bay would stop some of these perpetual pirates from clogging up the site with misleading garbage. But they do not care at all. You go in to look up airline tickets and there are endless pages of garbage that are not tickets. The other thing grinding me about the Real estate Auctions is that people put a piece of land up and the n in fine print they put "Your auction is for the amount of your down payment and will be deducted from the balance of x dollars to be paid". So whoever heard of an auction that you are bidding the downpayment on a fixed price? That burns me about as bad as all these people who will list an item, for instance I like Boker knives, so I always search for boker and then you get all this rubbish, items listed like , "Schrade, not Boker Pocket knife", or "Like Boker knife". That makes me mad, it is against the rules but E-bay does nothing to control it. Another thing that really makes me mad is that these people actually wrote on their auction, "This is not an auction and is only posted to serve as an advertisement of this property" This guy was selling a house near me. It made me so mad, if it isn't an auction it should not be on E-bay. I bid every loose penny I had on it, I was going to sue the guy. These people are always into telling me, "A bid is a binding contract", well I was going to sue this guy to get the house but I wasn't able to be the high bidder. With all these places having Auctions you need to get on "Auctionwatch.com", this is nifty because many people are too stupid to think to put thier items on E-Bay and go with some other smaller obscure spot (no offenses to Gunbroker.com where a man can still buy guns and AK-47 bayonets). Who knows why they would do this but Auctionwatch will search all the auctions at once for you. It is so handy.

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                  11.06.2001 03:57

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                  Online auctions are good fun - but they're also dangerous! Let's get the haevy stuff covered first. Do you want it and how much are you willing to pay? Ask yourself this BEFORE you even think of bidding, as it's easy to get carried away and pay over the odds. Auctions are not always the cheapest place to buy from, so do your shopping around and get an idea of the prices first. Yes, you can get bargains. I'm a particular fan of the £1 No Reserve on QXL and have obtained a few bits and pieces this way. Always, but always, read the full description and terms. If the seller quotes there on line site, have a look. I've seen item sell for more in the auction than on the site. Overall, be careful, have fun. Take your time and pick your time to bid ( not when there'e still 28 days to go). Save money?

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                  06.05.2001 00:12
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                  On-line auctions sites are all over the place now. More and more keep popping up all the time, some good, some not so good. I tend to stick to the main big named ones, ebay and yahoo. These two have been around for a long time and really have the auction site sorted, they know how to run it and run it well. Basically auctin sites are a way for people to sell something that they no longer want and rather than putting an ad asking for a certain amount they auction it and let interested people decided how much it's worth. From a sellers point of view this is great. Any old CD, book or whatever you have kicking about that you no longer want you can quickly and easily advertise on one of these sites and you could end up getting a very good price for it. If you think about it the potential for selling is huge as anyone, anywhere could, in theory buy it. There's no limiting yourself to just people in the same town or county as you, doesn't even have to be the same country! If you have something you don't want, there is bound to be someone who does want it so why not auction it. Most of these sites work pretty much the same, you register and then you can sell. A lot need credit card details these days for security purposes to try and clamp down on fraud and also because there can be fees involved (more on that a bit later). You shouldn't be worried about this as they all have secure servers and I have never heard of anyone being charged anything they shouldn't. Right, the fees. Well a lot of sites tend to charge you for selling your items, but usually not that much. Some have a fee for putting up the item, some only if it sells, and others have a combination of both. To be honest the fees aren't that much and as long as you are careful and read everything properly you will be totally aware of ho much it will cost you and can make any adjustment needed to the price you are selling for. The main exceptio n to this I know of is Yahoo auctions who have no fees at all for their UK based site. This makes them my preferred site as it really s a win win situation. Now, how about the buying? Well, it's very easy and fun but you have to be careful. There's always a list of categories for you to look through with smaller sub categories for each. These can then be browsed through if you aren't sure what you are after, or if you fancy just checking to se if there are any real bargains kicking about. You can also use the search engines which tend to let you search via item number, user id or title, some offer a bit more, some maybe a bit less but they all tend to be very easy to use and pretty accurate. You can usually search only in particular categories so as to make your results easy to sort. Once you have found something of interest there will be lots of information about it for you to read. There will be the seller’s description, which in most cases says everything you need to know, such as condition and postage costs. But this isn't always the case so you should always be willing to find out more if needed by using the feature to contact the seller. Most auction sites have this and it lets you either email the seller and ask a question or posts a question on the item page for the seller to respond to. Anything not mentioned in the description or you are unclear about, just ask, the seller will be more than happy to help, after all they want you to buy! They will also be listed information like where the seller is from, accepted ways of paying, length of auction as well as links to ratings about the user. This rating is a very useful and important factor in deciding whether to buy from a particular seller or not. You should be able to see what other people have thought of previous experiences, rating them good or bad. This will then give you an idea of whether they are trustworthy or not. Like everything though it shouldn't be the only factor you use but is a good starting point. Bidding is easy too. Most sites now have some sort of automatic bidding system which mean that you can put in the maximum you want to bid and the site will bid on your behalf against any other bidders up to you r maximum. This means that you are less likely to forget about an item and should be more able to stop getting out bid at the last moment. Now this is where the caution is needed though. It is very easy to get caught up in the spirit of it all and bid higher than you should. What you need to do is set a maximum price and never go over it, other wise you could easily find yourself paying more than it would cost to buy it new in the shops! Obviously if you are the seller than this would be great! If you do win then you will get an email telling you the email address of the seller. You then need to get in touch asap to sort out the conditions of payment and then send your cheque or whatever. Most sellers will then let you know when they receive it and when they will send you item. Keeping in touch via email is very important as people can get worried very easily if they haven't heard anything for a while. Another good practice is to exchange phone numbers too just to show that little bit more trust t each other. Then once your item arrives, if you are happy you should leave a rating for the seller and hopefully they will do the same for you. It's all very easy really and something that thousands of people use daily. Everyone should give it a try at least once, though once tried you'll probably find yourself hooked!

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                    26.04.2001 06:43

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                    If you have been urfing the internet for a decent amount of time you prob have come across an auction site. More than lightly one of the following: QXL Yahoo! Ebay Whilst in principal the idea is good, most online auction , unlike real life, is dipicted by human trust. Pointers for auctioning _______________________ * If possible use paypal- this seucures u against theft / fraud for a nominal fee * Try to build a relationship witht he seller b4 bidding * Never bid for items abroad where a communication break down may occur Any questions email me purplerazor@hotmail.com Adam Stuart

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                    16.03.2001 03:48
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                    I have bid at a number of sites QXL,E-Bay, and Dabs. The Best has been Dabs. Once you win a product at their site (From Dabs Direct)you have the advantage of no VAT and no Postage. For example I won a Keyboard and joystick. They were both delivered within 3 working days. They were both great value for money. In fact it must have cost as much to ship the Joystick as I Paid for it.I have just bid and got a CD-RW from the Dabs site which has turned out to be a bit of a let down as it came with no cables and no fitting instructions.This was not made clear to me at the time of the Auction. One of the good things is I was asked to rate the Seller on the site. So I gave a negitive mark for that. This is something I could not do if I had bought the goods at a high street store. I won a camera from QXL Direct I was also very happy with it. But QXL do not sell direct now. They have what they call Merchant Partners. My experience with them is not so good. Having won an Auction for the software and never recieved it after 3 phone calls. So if I have one tip that is Buy (or BID) for a product from the site direct. Happy Bidding

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                    08.12.2000 01:07
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                    Want to buy of the Internet? Beware! If you’re thinking of buying of the Internet from sites such as ebay, qxl or ebid you must know that it is risky. The thing is you go online innocently ready to buy a product, the person selling this product may not actually have it, he may just be saying that he has so that he can get your money and you get nothing. How it works: You go on the website, you sign up which means you’re giving them your credit or debit card details and name and address. You then bid for your product, there is a time limit for how long the product will be up for grabs so don’t miss out. After that date, and you’re the highest bidder you will have to get in contact with the seller, they’ll probably ring you. After bought: After you’ve chatted for a bit with the seller he’ll tell you who to send the money to, catch you must send the money to him, then and only then can he send you the product. Gone well: If that’s all gone well he should now be sending you the product, if you’re lucky you’ll get the product, if your not then you wont. A number of things could have happened, it could have been lost in the post, unlikely but it could happen, or it was never sent in the first place because he never had it. What then: Well the company you bought the product of will be insured (lucky for you) they will pay you back, but you usually loose around £15, for some reason. So you feel pretty gutted, but what could you do. I hope I havent scared you all, just thought it would be right for me to warn you.

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