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One man's fish is another man's poison.
Member Name: RU5H1NG
Advantages: Lots of variety and bargains, easy to sell items,
Disadvantages: The help section really lets them down - inhuman
# What is it? #
E-bay is a website where you can sell, buy, or bid for almost anything you can think of as long as it is legal. It is akin to a huge classifed ads newspaper that is international and hosts live auctions at the same time.
# How do you buy or bid from them? #
You type in a few words to do with the item you are looking for and (hopefully) E-bay does the rest. You can whittle your search down to be more precise with options for which categories you wish to look at all the way down to the specific colour of that 3/4 length khaki zip-up size 12 jacket that you are looking for! Unless the item you are searching for is unusual or rare, you will usually get quite a few sellers' listings available for you to glance over - both business and private.
Once you have found something you want if it is an auction you place a maximum bid or if it is a 'buy it now' item you simply confirm and pay. Most sellers will only accept PayPal being the safest option, although you will occasionally get someone who will take bankers' draft, postal order, cheque, or credit card.
# So, how do you sell an item? #
Selling an item is very easy and the forms to fill in are step by step and self-explanatory. Should you be confused at any point, most sections have information links attached to help explain things. Their search engine is quite good and makes finding the correct categories for your items a breeze.
Any item listed for a starting price of 99 pence or under with just one photo and description is free of charge, after this, E-bay charge a small amount per extra photo or category chosen or for the 'buy it now' options. A full list of these charges is available on the website.
# How helpful are they? #
This is not so easy. If you have a basic regular query about how to list or buy something, most of the answers should be available on the 'help' page where you type your question and options for the possible answer are displayed underneath.
If, after a few attempts of searching for help, you cannot get the correct answer, it will give you the option to message a human being. I would advise anyone trying this to be as detailed as possible and to make sure nothing is missed out as when I tried this, the response had no reply option and I would have needed to go through the entire process again which is very drawn out.
# What do you think? #
The buying is very addictive, it has enabled me to afford things for the family and the home that otherwise I would have to do without and the variety is so much better than what you would find on the high street.
The selling is nearly as much fun - you will find yourself obsessively checking to see if anyone has bidded on your items and it can be quite a surprise when something that is worth very little goes for a large amount. I may even decide to set up my own little internet business in the future and work from home so I can still be a housewife.
The only part that lets E-bay down is its help section - it is very hard to get to contact a real human being - and even then it must be the written word, I would have added an extra star to my rating of them if they had a clear-as-day telephone number to call 9am-5pm.
Summary: Not bad at all.
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