There’s little to no risk in purchasing a Garbage Pail Kid collector card on eBay at the buy it now price of 89 cents. If the seller flakes out or your item comes damaged you’re only out a buck. On the other hand, if you aim to buy Munich’s “Scream” through eBay, you might want to be a little more skeptical in your purchase. Here are some tips for buying expensive items through eBay.
Investigate The Seller
One of the main things you have to remember when purchasing an expensive item on eBay is to do your research. First, you should only buy expensive items on eBay through sellers with optimum feedback. Investigate the eBay seller like you would background check your infant daughter’s daycare provider. Look through comments from other people who have bought items from this seller Check out any negative feedback or unhappy customers and get to the bottom of what actually happened. Contact the seller if you have any questions and gauge their response time and professionalism. If any questions arise, save your money and keep browsing.
Research The Item
When you’re going to buy an expensive item on eBay, it’s important to make sure the item is authentic. There are NFL jerseys being sold as “authentic” when they’re simply sewed together in Korea. The seller should have plenty of pictures of the items and very detailed product descriptions. Also, even though it’s great to get a deal, beware of products that are ridiculously under priced. Rare products should contain a certificate of authenticity and confident sellers will provide a return policy. Again, if any red flags arise in your research…back away from the laptop.
Beware of Shady Tactics
If a seller ever attempts to contact you outside of eBay or proposes an “under the table” deal to save eBay costs, ignore their advances and possibly report them to eBay. Also, make sure that the seller accepts PayPal as you can purchase buyer’s insurance, which is especially important on high priced items. Money services such as MoneyGram are typically used only to send funds to 100% trusted clients or family. Also, make sure the seller ships via a justified service such as Fed Ex, UPS, or the USPS. You can track your item though these sites and one of the biggest eBay scams is through bogus shipping services. If you put your trust in Bob’s Business Bus…you’ll probably be waiting awhile, like forever.
If there is information missing, ask the seller a question to find out more. Do not presume you know or guess an answer to a question, make sure you actually ask the seller. If you are a last minute buyer, do not expect the seller to reply to your questions when there is only minutes left before the ending time. Some tricks in the naming of the item may mislead you. For example the words antique or rustic may not mean the item is old. Or an ad for wholesale plasmas could just be a wholesale list. Buyers beware.Read the Item Description Thoroughly
It is very legitimate to buy expensive items on eBay and you shouldn’t be scared off by the possibility of being scammed by the site. I often buy computers on eBay and it just takes a bit of common sense to get it right. EBay is one of the biggest marketplaces in the world and many people have bought cars, boats, and other high priced items through the site. As long as you do your research and take necessary precautions you’ll be able to buy that Garbage Pail Kid card without losing a wink of sleep.