Free eBAY Beginners Guide

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Chapter 1 - eBAY registration and getting around:

First things first.  Do you have an eBAY account?  If not, sign up for free now, Click here for eBay! and at the top center of the screen, click on "register" its free and you will need it to start buying and selling.  

Make sure you choose a user name you are happy with.  You will use that name to communicate with other eBAY members. Once you have your name and password written down, come back to our site and we will tell you how to get around.

By now you should have your eBAY id and password.  What does your eBAY id allow you to do?  It lets you start bidding on millions of auctions at very cheap prices.  You can buy anything from cars to jewelry on eBAY.  Your ID will also allow you to start selling, but we will get to that later.

Your first assignment is to get familiar with the eBAY system and learn about seller feedback ratings.  

Getting around on eBAY:

As you can probably tell, eBAY is a huge site with thousands of interesting auctions ending each hour.  When you first arrive at the eBAY home page, you will see a list of different categories to shop in.  You will also see a search screen at the very top.  These are the two best ways to find the items that you are looking for.  We recommend using the search system.  This will bring you to a shorter list of specific items instead of sorting through hundreds of items you aren't interested in.   

So lets say you want to buy a new SONY DVD player.  How would you find it?   You could take the time to browse through the categories until you came to one that had SONY DVD players, but, we recommend you use the search system.  At the top of the eBAY screen type NEW SONY DVD player and hit the search button.  It should now bring you to a list of hundreds of different auctions for SONY DVD players.  

Here is a tip,
on the right side of the screen before the list of auctions starts, there is a blue link that either says "Listed" or "Time Left"  you want to click on that link to re-organize your list to show only auctions that are ending soon.  You don't really care about an auction that is ending next week, you only want to view auctions that are ending within the next few hours.  Once you have your list of auctions, try clicking on some of them to read the descriptions.  Now that you are viewing an actual auction, we will tell you about each sellers feedback rating.

Feedback ratings:

Each user on eBAY has a feedback profile or rating. This is the most important thing to look at each time you are bidding on an auction or communicating with someone on eBAY.  This rating will tell you how trustworthy a seller is.  If someone has a feedback profile of 99%,  that means that out of 100 transactions, that seller has been involved with, 99% of the people who they worked with were happy with them.  You would prefer to deal with someone who has a 97% feedback rating compared to a 87% feedback rating.  Typically, most eBAY users have ratings between 96% and 100%.   Be careful doing business with anyone with a rating below this level. You should also stay clear of buying a high priced item from a seller with a history of less then 5 transactions. To see someone's feedback rating, go to an auction page, look on the top right of the screen and you will see a number next to the seller's user name.  This number is their feedback rating.  Try clicking on a few seller's ratings to see how good they are.

Here are the steps you need to complete your first assignment:  
  1. Go to eBay! or click on the box at the bottom of this page.
  2. You will now be able to browse through millions of auctions.
  3. Find some auctions that you are interested in and see if you can find the seller's feedback rating.  
To learn about bidding on a auction, go to Chapter 2

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