Building your eBay Rating

IMPORTANT NOTE: These ebay pages are online for historical reasons. I would now advice my visitors NOT to use ebay. There are alternative sites which provide a far safer experience. Read my Ebay - Work From Home page for more details. However, for those that are required to use ebay for some reason, the information is retained below.

Once you have your account set up on eBay it is CRITICAL that you build up your rating before you do any selling. People simply do not trust a user with a zero rating. The way to get around this is to buy some things and to get rating points for your prompt payments.

Go into BROWSE and look through eBay's wares. Look for things that you honestly need in your life. Many of them will have a "buy now" option which means you don't even have to bid - you just pay the price and are all set. Decide on just one item to buy - whether by auction or Buy Now. Bid the price you wish to pay. Make sure if this is an auction that you make a WELL VISIBLE NOTE to yourself about when the auction ends. The aim here is to build up your rating - not to destroy it immediately by fouling up a bid!

If you get outbid, don't worry about it. Go find something else to bid on. Eventually you are going to actually win an auction or go through with a Buy Now bid. When you get that success alert, PAY FOR IT IMMEDIATELY. Use PayPal to get that payment directly to the person who ran the auction. If you have to ask for a final price for whatever reason, then send that note to them immediately. Just make sure that you touch base with them right away so that they know you are willing t pay.

Auctioners LOVE quick payments. It makes them really happy. Remember, that is your sole responsibility as the buyer - to pay quickly. Just for that one action, you earn a positive rating. You don't have to do anything else. Make sure you give them a positive rating when you get the item - unless of course something is really wrong with it. That rarely happens, though. Now, surf through the site and look for other items to buy that you need. Buy presents for family and friends. Buy office supplies. Whatever you do, get your rating up to 10 or more. That gets you into the system as a reliable buyer who has done well in the system.

Once you reach a rating of 10, you are now ready to consider selling things.

I was a long term member of ebay - from 1999 through 2009. In the beginning years, ebay was a fantastic community, full of fun bargains, friendly people and a general feeling of joy. It was like going to a fun garage sale on a sunny day and spending time with friends.

However, starting in 2009, changes made to the ebay system altered it overnight from a joy to a horror. In one auction set alone I had three different buyers attempt very questionable refund operations. I went on the forums to get assistance. The forum members' derogatory comments and snide responses shocked me. Literally in one week I went from being from a staunch promoter of ebay to someone who swore never to use the ebay system again.

I am maintaining these pages online for historical reasons, but I would now wholeheartedly warn visitors NOT to use ebay going forward to sell items. The risk to you is too great. Feel free to contact me for all details on the situation. Instead, I highly recommend these systems:

Amazon Sales for selling used CDs, DVDs, books and other products
Etsy for selling personal items (crafts etc)

I have used both of the above sites and they are wonderful.

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