The How eBay works.

HOW EBAY WORKS
PART 1

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How does eBay work?



eBay is the largest online auction site in the world. It is a place for people to sell their old items that they don’t need any longer or to go and find something that they want to buy. You can buy absolutely anything on eBay from laundry detergent to a new bedroom set to a new car. Some of the sellers on eBay are individual sellers while others are shops that were already in existence before signing up with eBay or that created a store specifically to sell items on eBay. But how exactly does this all work? What’s in it for eBay? And do people really make good money by selling items on eBay?

Before buying or selling on eBay, you must familiarize yourself with the basics of eBay. If you are looking for something on eBay, there are different ways that you can look for it. If you know specifically what you want, you can enter that into eBay’s search engine. For instance, if you are looking for a Baby Gap infant cow sleeper, you can enter those terms into the search tool. However, if you only want to look at baby clothes, with no specifics in mind, you can browse through their categories. In this instance, you would look under the “Baby” or “Clothing” category. Yet another way to shop on eBay is to browse through their items. By doing it this way, you can simply window shop online.

Once you have found an item that you like, you can view it to see more details of the item. These details include things such as a detailed description, the seller’s info, accepted methods of payment, and what the starting bid is. If you decide to bid on the item after viewing the details, the moment you bid you have entered into a contract with the seller, promising that you will buy the item should you win the auction. Every item will have a minimum starting bid, just as regular auctions usually do. And in some cases, there will be a reserve bid. This is an amount that is undisclosed to the public and is the amount that the seller will accept if the item does not reach that predetermined amount. The seller also does not need to sell the item if it does not reach the reserved amount.

However, this is not the only way to buy items on eBay. There are many items available that can be bought in the same manner as other online retail sites. You simply browse through the items, find one you like and enter your method of payment. Then you just wait for the item to be delivered to you. However, you can also purchase items that are up for auction without actually participating in an auction. Many items will have a “Buy it Now” option in which you can simply choose to buy it at that time and not have to bid on it. It’s important to remember when buying things this way that the “Buy it Now” price is always higher than the minimum bid for choosing to bid in the auction. The item however, is automatically yours after choosing this option.

There are many different payment methods you can choose when using eBay. These include using a money order, cashier’s check, cash, personal check, and other personal information such as Paypal and BidPay. These payment choices are the option of the seller and they can choose one or all of them, whichever one is better for them. Selling an item on eBay is not entirely free however. eBay will charge a listing price simply for posting an item and they will then charge again once the item has been sold. This is a percentage of the selling price. However, registering on eBay is entirely free. Sellers and buyers all have to register before they can participate in eBay transactions.

Once you have registered with eBay, you will have a “My eBay” page. This page is very useful for eBay users because it will list all of the transactions that you are currently active in. When you have found an item that you are interested in, you can click on the button “Watch this item in My eBay.” This will add the item to your listing but you don’t have to bid on it to do so.

If you choose to bid on the item, you can enter it in the bid box. This bid box will show the title of the item, what the starting bid is, and it will have an empty box for you to enter your bid. You don’t need to keep checking back to increase your bid based on other bids as eBay will automatically increase your bid in small increments depending on how high your bid is. Once you have placed your bid, you will be taken to a confirmation page where you will be able to view the details of the bid and confirm the details. Once you confirm the details, it is then that you are now entered into a contract to buy the item should you win the auction. If someone places a higher bid than what you have entered as your bid, you will then need to go back and enter a new bid, if you still want that item. This is when eBay becomes a very exciting place because even if you have originally entered what you thought was the very highest you were willing to pay, human nature will have us pay just a little bit more once we see that it’s going to someone else.

It’s also interesting to note that once a bid has been placed, the “Buy it Now” option no longer exists. That button is taken away as soon as someone has bid on the item. This can make it even more interesting because if someone is very interested in the item, they can place the minimum bid so that no one else can choose the “Buy it Now” option either.


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