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Ever use Ebay or other online buying sites?

I am thinking about shopping on Ebay this year for Christmas to get my children things they really want at discount prices. I am wanting to hear others stories about shopping online at places like this. Is it a scam? Did you ever get beat, paid, but did not receive what you ordered etc?

 
jlemaycox

Asked by jlemaycox at 5:42 PM on Oct. 26, 2008 in Shopping

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  • Always use paypal!!! It is so much easier. I actually buy about 90% of my daughters close on ebay. You can find a lot of close that are brand new (NWT = new with tags, NWOT = new without tags) or many gently used. I have always received my items on time and in the condition described. For me it is a lot funner to buyer on ebay! Its mostly just for the excitement.

    One tip: don't bid early. It just drives the price up. If you see something you like, mark it to "watch." And bid the day the bidding ends
    jcsscfam5

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 6:26 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I SHOP EBAY A LOT. I HAVE GOTTEN BEAT AND I HAVE PAID 2X AND NOT RECIEVED THE ITEM. BUT I HAVE BOUGHT 20+ ITEMS WITH GREAT RESULTS.
    myboogiewoogie

    Answer by myboogiewoogie at 5:44 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I love ebay!!!

    I would however never buy anything electrical off of there.
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 5:47 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I have bought lots of stuff from ebay, I have had one occasion where I didn't get what I paid for but paypal covered it 100%. As long as you use paypal you don't have to worry. Also ALWAYS check the buyers feedback to make sure they are trustworthy. I don't buy anything electronic, either. Love Ebay!
    heathermarie32

    Answer by heathermarie32 at 5:56 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I like Ebay, and another tip, just search for items ending within the hour. I have only had one issue with an item, contacted the seller, and we resolved the issue mutually.
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 6:28 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • Sorry, I meant check the seller's feedback...
    heathermarie32

    Answer by heathermarie32 at 6:39 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • i use ebay alll the time. in fact, I just bought an alternator for my car today!! over the past 5 years, i've only had a few bad experiences. never any scams.
    charisma10

    Answer by charisma10 at 10:19 PM on Oct. 26, 2008

  • I've bought lots off of ebay - especially kids clothes. I love when people do their spring cleaning and I get an entire seasons wardrobe for the cost of one shop! Whoohoo! Just read the descriptions well, ask any questions upfront -- some people are bad about disclosing problems. I've also bought a lot off of Amazon with next to no issue from anything there.
    Serafyna

    Answer by Serafyna at 12:17 AM on Oct. 27, 2008

  • Looking for great gift ideas. Checkout http://www.silkfair.com, found great products on this site. Specially with unique handmade items from special artists and craftsters.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:47 AM on Oct. 27, 2008

  • i love craigslist!
    pinkclover

    Answer by pinkclover at 7:38 AM on Oct. 27, 2008