Safety Tips For Ebay Shoppers and Buyers

By: Kimberly Aita..

Do you shop on eBay? If so, you are one of many who love to shop on ebay. Ebay has constantly grown in recognition over the past few years and is likely to continue to do so. An online auction site that allows sellers to post just about any type of item for sale, ebay generates millions in sales every year.
Nevertheless, you still have to use caution when shopping on ebay and here are a number of tips to help you protect yourself when you decide to begin shopping online, whether it be on ebay or other shopping sites.
Your sign in nickname is one way to protect yourself from giving too much information to ebay sellers before you have won or purchased an item.
Your personal information ought to only be given to a seller after you have won the item they are selling online. This can keep some of the less than trustworthy ebay users from exploiting your information. Keep in mind that almost all ebay sellers are going to be honest and easy to deal with because ebay does their best to weed out any fraudulent member/sellers.
Keep any personal financial information about yourself off line also. You won't want to give out any more information than is necessary to make your payment after winning an item. While the simplest way to pay is to use paypal, many sellers will accept personal checks or money orders but the safest way to pay is through paypal as you do not have to give out your credit card numbers etc. This keeps you from having to give out any of your bank account or credit card information and is the safest way to pay for any item online.
Pay close attention to shipping costs when thinking about bidding on an item or buying an item that is listed as a buy it now item. Many times an ebay seller will choose to sell an item at a very attractive price while charging a huge shipping cost. Always make certain you know what the shipping charges are going to be upfront before placing a bid or purchasing a buy it now item.
You may perhaps find a few sellers who do not list the shipping costs upfront and after you have won an item and are responsible to make the payment they will add on shipping and from time to time these can be higher than expected so if the shipping is not listed but you still want the item, contact the seller to confirm shipping before bidding.
Always check out the feedback for any seller before buying from them too. Although there are sometimes some negatives, these may just be from people who complain about anything and everything so be sure to look at the positive comments to get a better idea of how the seller is rated. Be aware of any new ebay seller who has negative feedback at the beginning and use caution when bidding on items.
Use your best judgement and remember that if something looks like a scam, it most likely will be. Think ahead and keep yourself from being scammed if you believe that there is any sign that this may not be an honest seller. Just keep shopping and you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Phishing scams are another thing you need to be aware of. Many scammers are able to create fake ebay emails and or paypal emails that look like the genuine thing. I have actually had this happen to me so I know it is really taking place. Do not sign into your accounts from these emails or you risk giving the scammer all of your information and access to your accounts.
You should always sign in from the actual website and if you believe you have received a fake email contact paypal or ebay to let them know about the email. Any messages that are actually from ebay can be accessed from your ebay account once you have logged on from
While it can be scary it can also be quite exciting to bid and win an item on ebay. Ebay is an awesome site for buying and selling items online and you shouldn't let fear prevent you from shopping on ebay. Keep the above tips in mind and you can enjoy you online shopping on ebay or any other online shopping site without any problem.

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