<VV> eBay auctions
Fri, 27 Aug 2004 21:03:59 +0000
I use eBay for many of my Corvair parts. I have been taken a few times, and
had the negative feedback wars or simply was @#$) by a seller that was
dropped from their system. I protect my feedback by going to the "fairplay
forum". That is where they have solved my unwarranted negatives. Now I
follow a few simple rules:
1. Look up the experience rating of the seller. If they are
selling an expensive
item, their experience should be over 200 items with over
99.5% rating. If it is
an inexpensive item, then beginners are a risk, but must
have a 100% rating.
2. I look up the bidding (by clicking on the amount of
bidders) to determine the
experience of the buyers I'm betting against, and if they
have bid against
themselves. This shows me the market of the item. Why
should I pay over
$ 300.00 for a custom steering wheel, when I can get it for
$ 150.00 in other
3. Research the item by looking up your vendor catalogs. I
usually mark and track
the item before I bid. Last minute bids are the ones that
have better chances.
4. I contact the seller about questions I have (shipping,
applicability of item, condi-
tion, etc.)before I bid on the item. This avoids a lot of
If the person is a #$% with his messages, I don't give them
the time of day.
5. I only pay with US Postal Service money orders, because I
have the option of
reporting it to the post office, and even getting my money
These steps do not guarantee that your next eBay experience will be free of
fraud, but you should feel more secure knowing that you have taken measures
to avoid it.
64 Spyder 150
65 Corsa, 140 - but going back to 180 turbo soon!
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