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Slack Economy Fuels eBay Shopping
| - by Jim Edwards
(c) Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved
With the current economic outlook appearing fairly bleak
for many individuals and businesses, most feel the need to
make every dollar count.
But, no matter how bad the economy does or doesn't get for
every one of us, one fact remains a constant of human
nature: People love a bargain!
This fact came home quite clearly to me last week when I
used eBay to turn an expensive business purchase into an
almost guilty buying pleasure.
I needed to purchase a very specialized piece of equipment
for my home office called a "Mimio Board." It converts a
standard "white board" you draw on with erasable markers
into a digital board you use with your PC. In short,
everything you draw on the board shows up in the computer.
I really wanted this equipment, much like a 5-year old
child really wants a new bike! Unfortunately, a new "Mimio
Board" cost $400 minimum. But, unlike the 5-year old who
stamps his foot and screams "no fair", I did something
about it. I went to eBay!
I did a quick search for "mimio" in hope of finding a used
model at a reduced price. Much to my surprise I didn't find
a used one, but I did find a brand new one still in the box
and available at over 75% off!
It seemed such a great deal that I actually felt a bit
skeptical and thought I smelled a "scam." But, like the 5-
year old, I really wanted that bike, I mean "mimio board!"
So I enlisted the aid of a professional "eBay Power Buyer"
with many years' experience (my wife) to help me evaluate
the deal and whether or not to go for it.
As a veteran of hundreds of successful transactions, she
gave me this eBay buying advice, which I now pass to you,
my new bargain hunting friend:
Check Feedback - Every seller receives public feedback from
past buyers. Carefully check this feedback and pay special
attention to any negative comments. Look for trends and
volume of negative comments. You should avoid sellers with
lots of negative feedback, especially recent bad behavior
indicating a decline in service.
Check Descriptions - Carefully read the item description to
make sure it's exactly what you expect to receive. Look for
any guarantees and always ask the seller questions before
bidding. You can email the seller for a particular auction
right from the item page.
Shipping Charges & Insurance - Before bidding, find out
exactly how much it costs to ship an item to ensure the
seller doesn't inflate the shipping charges to add profit.
Though you must pay for it, always insist on shipping
insurance for one-of-a-kind, fragile or expensive items.
Payment - Make sure you know how the seller accepts payment
and how it affects product delivery time. Some sellers
won't ship your product until after your check clears.
Overall, eBay makes a great place to find bargains for both
home and business if you shop carefully and use common
sense to avoid any obvious pitfalls.
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