Online Auctions: By Samantha Jane
Buying and selling at online auctions has become one of the most popular activities on the internet. For proof, visit Ebay.com . the place where it all started. You will see millions of auctions, people selling everything from horse rugs, and old records to advertising space. There are warnings about scams and con artist at Ebay and other online auctions too.
Read about in online. Ebay does a good job of providing information to beginners, but if you want to get the inside scope on how things really work, the stuff "Ebay doesn't tell you" find it all at Frili
Auction search sites, Bidfindis an auction search engine that covers around 300 different auctions worldwide. Enter the name of the product you would like to buy and it finds the auction that has that product for sale !!.
In America, lots of new online retail ideas are being tried out. Reverse auctions by Priceline.com. Customers say what they want to pay for a certain product, and retailers see if they can match that price. Also Respond.com offers something similar. You tell them what you want, and they get in touch with various retailers who then get in touch with you with offers and deals.
Tips: Escrow Services.
If you are buying from an individual on an auction site, think about using an escrow service. QXL Exchange has set one up. Here the buyer pays by credit card into a special "escrow account". QXL tells the seller that money is there. It stays there until the buyer gets the goods. Once the buyer confirms that the goods have arrived, the money is released to the seller.
You should take a few precautions when buying at an auction site. Check on exactly what your buying. That super cheap computer is more likely second hand, or end of the line stock. If your buying from an indivual, check on their past performance. Ebay and QXL post reports on sellers from previous buyers, so you can see how they have behaved !!. Find out what the item your bidding on is actually worth in the real world.
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