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One of the best sites on the Web
Member Name: harveyspeed
Advantages: Range of goods, prices, selling your stuff.
Disadvantages: Confusing for new members
eBay.co.uk is the domain used to access eBay United Kingdom. It is a fantastic website which has taken product availability to new heights. eBay offers very competitive prices for everything and if the product you are after is found in a high street shop, it is almost certainly available on eBay.
For consumers, eBay is one of the cheapest places to shop on the internet. The range of goods available is phenomenal. They include electricals, computer games, clothes, collectables, furniture, cars, motorbikes, caravans, holidays, household goods and vouchers. There are many more! I couldn't possibly list them all! Once you have won an auction or purchased from an eBay Store, payments can be made quick and securely through their own PayPal service (PayPal is owned by eBay). The best aspect of eBay is the feedback system. Peer to peer trading on the internet can sound like risky business, but users get great confidence out of seeing a seller with perfect 100% feedback.
For sellers, eBay can be a quick, easy way of getting rid of 'junk' around the house or selling your old car. It can sometimes by a bit long winded trying to get your item up for sale with so many options available. If you really want to get the most money from an auction, it is sometimes best to sit down for 30 minutes, write a really descriptive review of the item and get some clear photos. This gives potential buyers a good perspective of what they are getting and ensures you will get good feedback. The last thing you want is to give a misleading discription or hide significant information and receive a complaint and negative feedback.
My biggest critism of eBay is its prices for sellers. It is very difficult to make good profit out of low value goods, such as an old football programme or an old CD. If they sell for £2, eBay and PayPal will take around a quarter to half of it. The second problem with eBay is, you have to post your item which takes even more out of your revenue! With competition on the internet gettin tougher for eBay, I feel they are going to have little alternative but to drop their fees. The new site from Google amptly named Froogle, will hopefully create competition and charges will become to come down. It can only be good news for us!
eBay does tend to be slightly confusing for the new users and the older generation. The most FAQ I receive is regarding the 'Maximum Bid' concept. This concept simply allows you to enter the price you will be willing to pay for an item. It does not mean this is the price you will pay if you win. It's easy to understand once you know it, but I do actually find it a very difficult concept to explain. If the bid on an auction is currently at £10.00, and you enter a maximum bid of £30.00, the system will take into account the other bidders maximum bid. If your maximum bid exceeds the other person's maximum bid, then you will become the current highest bidder. If the other persons maximum bid was £20.00, your bid will be entered at £20.50. The maximum bid acts as a buffer to other bids and speeds up the bidding process. If a new bidder then comes in at £25.00, the system will automatically raise your bid to £25.50, without you having to confirm it. This is good, as it prevents you losing an item in the final seconds of an auction.
I have found eBay very useful and it is a great service. I has changed the way people all over the world shop, and has made selling your old stuff much easier, opening you up to a global market! It has to be 5 stars!
Summary: Revolutionised shopping and has teared down international boundaries.
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