April 5, 2005
Dear CNET members,
I frequently sell and buy on eBay, and even with a few hundred feedbacks under my belt, there are times where I still got burned on a transaction. Why? Because I broke the No. 1 rule in my book: read everything carefully, from the description to the shipping to other info. And if anything in detail is even slightly in question, don't be afraid to ask. I learned that doing a little homework on the eBay seller goes a long way toward preventing a bad experience, but what it really boils down to is using common sense. If you go by the old adage "if it's too good to be true, it probably is," you're almost ahead of the game. But let me stop here so that you can read the great tips provided in our Tech Nightmare series about eBay. And if you've ever experienced an eBay transaction that went south, share them with your community of members in the TalkBack section. And hopefully with us armed to teeth with your experiences and stories, we'll all have a smarter way to approach the eBay world.
This week's hot topic:
The latest in our Tech Nightmares series really got you typing. While sharing your own horror stories, many of you offered great advice on how to deal with eBay auctions. Here are some of the more interesting tips you gave.
Look past the feedback
You find an active seller with a long eBay history and an impeccable feedback rating. They're selling a notebook at an amazing price. It should be safe, right? Not this time. By doing his homework, CNET member jchien saved himself from a classic scam.
Read jchien 's full post in CNET TalkBack
Sneaky shipping prices
Hiding the actual price of an item in its shipping cost is a classic eBay scam. As a longtime buyer and seller on eBay, CNET member marshallf3 gives great advice on how to avoid bottom-line surprises and why double-digit shipping costs are sometimes warranted.
Read marshallf3's full post in CNET TalkBack
Phishing is another classic eBay scam: you get an officially looking e-mail asking you to log in to eBay, but in reality you're being sent to a fake site that's collecting all your info. CNET member Outlier provides this simple and effective way to fight phishing.
Read Outlier's full post in CNET TalkBack
Want to share your eBay horror stories? Read "Tech Nightmares: eBay nightmares," then speak up in the TalkBack section.
CNET eBay resources:
Sell smart on eBay
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Better buying on eBay
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Buying software on eBay
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