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I post a large amount of sneaker deals that eBay has to offer because its a highly trusted website but even these sites have scammers, waiting to take advantage of anyone who doesn’t know the keys. So today, I’m going to give you some information on how to avoid scammers on eBay as a buyer.
Whether looking for Nikes & Jordans like me or looking for Michael Kors & Kate Spade like my wife, eBay is the source for all your online consumer wants and needs. I’ve been purchasing items from eBay from 10 years and though a large majority of my experiences have been amazing, a few in the beginning were not. So I’ve provided some tips on how to help ensure that all of your eBay purchasing experiences go well.
1. NEVER buy something before reading their feedback.
For me, this is the first thing to do before even looking at the price or the pictures of a product. The few times I have been scammed was because Your feedback score on eBay is a score that you earn by either having good or bad eBay transactions. I personally pride myself on having 100% feedback as a buyer and a seller because that means you can be trusted. One of the really good things about the feedback score is that you get to read reviews from other people’s experiences with that user, whether positive or negative. And if your still unsure about the user, be sure to ask questions about the product. Good sellers are always sure to respond and if the don’t respond, that’s probably not the product for you to buy. The feedback score can be found right next to a user’s name, whether that be on the search results page or the specific product page, both shown below.
Feedback scores on specific product page, circled in red.
2. Always use eBay approved payment methods
When making eBay transactions, as long as you either buy directly through eBay or through PayPal, you have buyer protection. Buyer protection means you get what you bought or you get your money back GUARANTEED within 30 days of delivery. My usual method of paying for things through eBay is PayPal, which allows individuals and businesses to transfer funds electronically. PayPal is also a great way to shop online in general because your purchases are always buyer protected, as long as the money is not gifted.
3. NEVER delete your user messages.
Whether you keep them in your inbox or create folders for them, always keep the messages you get and/or receive from other users. This ensures that everything is documented that went on during the transaction if anything bad were to happen. eBay and PayPal do a very nice job of keeping their word with keeping you protected.
4. ALWAYS use your senses.
If you see a product being sold for well under the true value you think it has, it’s most likely a scam. The phrase “too good to be true” definitely applies to some of the things you will come across on eBay, especially if you shop for shoes like me. If you see someone over publicizing that something is AUTHENTIC, it may not be. My best advice would be just to think logically with your purchases. You can always ask the seller questions but as I mentioned earlier, if they don’t answer, it’s most likely not the product for you.