BUYERS GUIDE

 To purchase through us you must be a registerd ebay member. Ebay registers 70,000 new users every day, and is the best price driven market in the world. If you are not registered to buy, we reccomend reading this section. You can register by clicking on the New to ebay registration banner in the top left of  any page. If you are registered, we reccomend at least have a look at the tips and tricks section.   
Table of contents
1. Quick start guide
2. How to register
3. Different listing types
4. Evaluating a listing
5. Language and terms
6. How to bid
7. How to withdraw a bid
8. You won, what happens next
9. Tips and tricks
 
1. Quick start guide
The first thing to look at is the buyers feed back number and rating. If the number is over 20, and the rating is over 98% than i won't think twice about buying from them. The higher the number and rating the better. Check the #4 evaluating a listing section below for a better understanding.
Second, check how much time is left on the listing. Our store pages are setup to show listings ending soonest to find the best deals. This can be changed using the dropdown box located above the product listings.
Third, check to see if the item is new or used if it isn't clearely noted in the top of the listing.
Fourth, look at the sellers return policy. Reputable sellers will have a return policy.
Fifth, look at the shipping costs and the method of shipment to make sure how good the deal is.
Sixth, look at the method of payment. Almost all big sellers use paypal or another reputable credit processing company. This allows for a safe and secure method of payment without the seller having access to your credit card information.
 
2. How to register
The registration is free and easy. There are 70,000 new registered users everyday. By clicking on the ebay start shopping button at the top of the product listings on any store page you will be taken to the registration page. You will need to create a username and password. Once registered, ebay's help section has answers for any question that are not answered here.
 
3.Different auction types
There are three main types of auctions. the standard auction, reserve priced auction, and the buy it now auction.
*The standard auction*
The item is listed for a specified time frame, 3,5,7,or10 days. The seller sets the starting price and lets people bid against eachother to see how much they will get for their item.
*Reserve price auction*
Reserve price listings are for people who will not sell a item for less than a certain price ("reserve price"). They work like a standard auction. You will see a "reserve met", or a "reserve not met" by the price. You will be told if your bid has not met the reserve price set by the seller when bidding. If no-one is willing to meet the reserve price, then the auction ends when its time is up and the seller keeps the item. You can spot this type of auction by looking for the "reserve not met" or the "reserve met" next to the current bid on the items description page.
*Fixed price ("Buy it now") auction*
This auction is straight forward. The seller lists the item at the "Buy it now" price, and there is no bidding. You simply buy the item at that price as you would in a store. There are a few variations some sellers use the "buy it now" with to be aware of. The seller can add the "buy it now" button on their auction and you could bid on the item along with other people, or you could simply purchase the item using the "buy it now option". The next style is the "best offer". This auction has a buy it now price with a best offer option. This allows you to offer a price to someone for their item, and can be a great way to get a nice deal on an item that doesn't seem to be selling.
 
4. Evaluating a listing
Starting at the top of the listing, first check the time left. Our store pages list auctions ending soonest automaticly, but you can use other formats by using the dropdown box just above the product listings on the right hand side. Seeing the items ending soonest allows you to find great deals on items that did not sell or reach a high price.
Next check the meet the seller section in the top right of the listing. Here you will find the sellers number of feedbacks and feedback % rating. When someone buys something from this person, they usually leave a feedback saying if the experience was good or bad. The number tells you how many products the seller has sold that people left feedback for, and the % tells you the percentage of good feedback to bad feedback. Each feedback left represents 1 number towards the sellers feedback number. Buyers leave feedback for other sellers, and the seller has no control over the feedback, so if the seller does not have good business practices it will show up on their feedback %. If you have any doubts about the seller, you can click on their feedback number and it will give you a list of the feedback other buyers left after doing business with them. It is very easy to see how a seller is at describing their item and how good their products are. If a seller has a large feedback number(25 or more), and a % of 97% or better, chances are very high they are not going to be a problem or they would not last very long.
 Next check the sellers return policy. All reputable sellers will have a return policy clearly spelled out usually near the shipping section at the bottom of the auction.
Next check the shipping costs and item location. Both are located just below the time remaining and price box. If the item is located in another country it will take longer to receive, and customs holdups may come into play. I personally only buy something from someone overseas if the seller has a high feedback rating, alot of sales (feedback #), and accepts PayPal to process credit card information. We will talk about PayPal in a minute. Be aware of your shipping costs and the method of shipping the seller uses. Some sellers offer multiple shipping methods (UPS, USPost office, Fed Ex, etc.). Some sellers charge a flat rate for shipping, and some use a calculated rate. If the calculated rate is used, and you are a registered buyer, your computer should detect your zip code and automatically give you a shipping cost. If it doesnt there will be a zip code box near the end of the auction in the shipping section where you can type in your zip code and it will calculate the shipping costs.
 Next just below the top section of the auction will be the item description section. Check to see if the item is new or used if it isn't clearly spelled out in the title. This section will give you all the specifics about the item, and should clarify any questions you would have. If it doesn't, there is a ask the seller a question link at the top right of every auction where you can contact the seller. Some sellers also list a phone number for questions. All reputable sellers are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Next check the methods of payment the seller uses. It is listed near the bottom of the auction and usually near the top. PayPal is the preferred payment method for auction sellers. Over 2,000,000 auction sellers and 70,000,000 buyers use PayPal. Many people are afraid to give their credit card information over the web to people they dont know. This is where PayPal comes in.
With PayPal you can enter your credit card info securely into PayPal's system. This information is never given out. PayPal debits your credit card and sends the money electronically to the other party.
 
5. Language and terms
Ocasionally you will come across words or abbreviations on listings that are hard to understand what they mean. Here are a list of some of them.
Words
Bid: Telling ebays system the price you are willing to pay for an item.
Reserve: The minimum price the seller will accept for the item.
Feedback: Positive and negative comments left about other users.
PayPal: An electronic payment method accepted by most sellers.
Mint: In perfect condition.
Sniping: Bidding at the last second to win the item before anyone else can outbid you.
Abbreviations
BIN: Buy it now. A fixed price auction
BNWT: Brand new with tag. An item that has never been used and still has it's original tags.
NIB: New in box. Never opened, still in its original box.
NR: No reserve. An item where the seller has not set a reserve price.
OB: Original box. An item that has its original box (but may have been opened).
HTF: Hard to find.
FC: First class. Type of postage.
EUR: Euro. Currency.
GBP: Great British pounds. Currency.
AUD: Austrailian dollar. Currency.
 
6. How to bid
Once you are ready to place a bid, there is a bidbox at the top and bottom of every page. Just under the bidbox there will be a minimum next bid amount. Type your bid amount into the bidbox(be careful your amount is correct), then press place bid button. You will be taken to a review and confirm page. Review your bid, confirm information, and click confirm button. You will need to sign in if you are registered, or go through a quick registration process which is free and easy if you are not. It will tell you if you are the current high bidder, or you have been outbid.
There are 2 different ways you can bid. You can type the minimum next bid, or you can type the most you will pay for the item. If you type the most you will pay for an item in, it will increase your bid only the amount of the next minimum bid. Then if someone comes along and bids higher than your last bid, your bid will increase to the next minimum, or untill your most you will pay for an item amount is reached. Either way you will be informed imediately if you are the current high bidder. If someone outbids you before the auction time is up you will recieve a email notifying you so you have a chance to bid again.
 
7. How to withdraw a bid
All bids are binding, but there are circumstances that allow a bid retraction.
You made a typographical error and accidentally entered the wrong bid amount. (Changing your mind is not considered a typographical error.) For instance, you bid $99.50 instead of $9.95. If this occurs, re-enter the correct bid amount immediately after you retract your bid. If you do not place another bid, the retraction will be in violation of eBay's policy and could result in your suspension. Please review the retraction guidelines if you need to retract your bid.

The description of an item you have bid on has changed significantly.

You can't reach the seller. This means that you tried calling the seller but the seller's phone number doesn't work, or you have tried emailing a message to the seller and it comes back undeliverable.
 
8. You won what happens next
You will be sent an email confirming you won the auction. In the emil it will state the price you purchased the item for and the shipping amount. The email will also contain a pay now button that you simply press the button and you will be taken to a page where you will confirm all the information is correct (payment price, shipping, your shipping adress, etc.). If you are paying through PayPal as most transactions are, enter your credit card information and click the pay button. Paying through PayPal is a safe and secure method. They do not share your credit  information with anyone, including the seller.Your credit card provider should also have online purchase protection, most of them do. You can check with your card provider if you are not sure. Next you will recieve a confirmation that the transaction went through, and you should also recieve a email confirming payment. Alot of sellers will also send you a email with a tracking number to track your shipment online. Your first purchase may seem like a new world to you , but afterwards you will realize how simple it is, and have the satisfaction of knowing how great a deal you recieved.
 
9. Tips and tricks
 Our #1 trick for finding deals is the misspelled word trick. 65% of buyers find their items by using the search method. If an item is spelled wrong in its title, the search engine will not recognize it resulting in few lookers, and not much competition resulting in a lower price. Try searching for something using the search bar. Type in a commonly mispelled word and see what comes up. Try this method for any commonly misspelled words.
 Next try using the .02/.03 rule. Most people bid in even numbers. If the bid increment is $1 make your bid $1.02 or $1.03. This way you could just beat someone out on the bid.
 Next try looking for items with no reserve, and time running out on them. Sellers sometimes put items with no reserve on an item thinking the bidding will bring the price up. This doesn't always happen, and some good deals can be had by watching out for them. Our store pages are set to display items ending soonest first allowing you to easily pick out good deals. You can also change the page display by using the dropdown box located just above the listings on the right hand side.
 
We provide the service of connecting  sellers and buyers. We can not be responsible for the business practices of every seller. Always check a sellers feed back rating, and ask questions if you have any reservations about them. Thank You for visiting our site, and good luck finding those good deals.