I must confess that I, like many millions of people all over the planet, love eBay. I have used the online auction giant to buy and sell everything from vintage jewelry and old books to cars. It doesn't matter what you are in the market for you can find it on eBay.
As the largest auction provider in the world, they offer the largest variety you will find on virtually any subject. You will even be amused by some of the strange things you find on eBay like a piece of toast with the face of the Virgin Mary! If you are like me then you are probably oblivious to how incredible eBay really is. I have been using the site for several years, almost since the beginning. I wish I had had the foresight to buy some of their stock, but that's another story. What I do get a kick out of is the fact that I can buy and sell and do business with people all over the world from my home computer. Who would have thought that would even be possible for the average person as recently as ten or fifteen years ago? The way that eBay is set up by categories and the search engine that is used to help you find items is just incredible.
You will stumble on things that you want without even directly looking for them. As far as doing business through eBay, they have made it super easy. You don't even have to worry about currency exchange, or shopping carts or any of the other issues normally associated with e-commerce. If you have an email address and a Paypal account you are in business. If you are looking for old or rare items eBay is like a giant treasure chest and sometimes if you are lucky and very attentive you can find really good deals on stuff that is truly valuable.
Now, on the other side of the coin we need to take a look at some of the negative aspects just so you have the full picture of doing business on eBay. I wouldn't want to leave you thinking that everything was totally perfect. If you are going to do business in eBay, one of the things you must be aware of is shipping costs.
If you are looking at buying a large item from overseas, let me stop you before you even get started. International shipping costs are outrageous, which is why most eBay sellers in the United States will only sell to and ship in the U.S. and Canada.
You could buy a lamp for $1 and pay $75 for it to be shipped! Another issue that I have to warn you about is that there are tons of people who prowl around eBay that are crooked. They are fraudsters who will send thousands of emails to people claiming they bought an item and will demand payment or threaten to report you. I get this garbage everyday. Just be aware that they are there. You also have the people who place items up for sale that are non existent or not what they claim them to be.
This is why it pays to only do business with people who have a long history of good feedback ratings. Hopefully this has helped to give you a good overview on buying through eBay, now put the information to use!.
Gregg Hall is an author and internet marketing consultant living in Navarre Florida. Find more about using auctions and buying wholesale at http://www.buywholesaleclub.com