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  1. 1. EBay Basic guide to Using EBay www.yprl.vic.gov.au yprl.wordpress.com
  2. 2. What is EBay? EBay is a place where businesses and individuals can buy and sell practically anything. You can find items such as the latest electronics, designer fashion, toys, rare antiques or even a new car. You can either bid in an auction or buy it right away. There is something on EBay for everyone. 2
  3. 3. Getting started Register for an EBay account. It is free and simple. You only need to register once but you will need either a credit card or a valid email address. Browsing eBay is free and you only need to register if you want to buy or sell something. To start your registration, click on register and follow the instructions. 3
  4. 4. Find an item on EBay There are 2 ways in which you can find something of interest on EBay. You can either search for a specific item or you can browse. Search Enter your keyword in the search box. Browse To browse and just look around just go down to the Categories section and click on the area You are interested in. 4
  5. 5. Learn about the item you have found. For this example, I have searched for scrapbooking. It has given me a list of categories and best matching items. You can choose to view the sub categories or click on Show all items to view the whole list. Next to each item are the cost, how you can pay for it and what time the auction is ending. If there is a Buy It Now next to the item, it means that you can buy that item for that price and you will not have to bid and wait until the end of the auction. The P symbol next to the item lets you know that the buyer accepts payments via Paypal. If there is a tick next to it then there is extra protection when buying with this buyer through Paypal. To learn more about paypal visit the website at www.paypal.com.au 5
  6. 6. When you click Show all items, on the left side of the screen (yellow area) there are options to help refine your search and such options as cost, where the item is from, the condition etc. All these things will help you find what you’re looking for. I suggest picking the location option of Australia only. This search I did for computers came up with the list automatically. Once you have selected the item you want to look at, a screen comes up with particular information about that item and the seller. Here you can bid for the item or contact the seller with questions you have about it. 6
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  8. 8. How to bid to buy. You must be a registered member to bid on EBay. Before bidding make sure you look at the payment methods offered as some members have more options than others. When you are ready to bid, put in the dollar amount and click on Place Bid > My Ebay In the My EBay section you have your personal information, buying and selling area. There is also a section where you can read and respond to your messages from other EBay members. The Watching section is where you can select items to be ‘watched’. You can add as many items as you like. This section can help you monitor the auction status of your item. Think of it as a ‘wish list’, if you want to bid you can. Once the auction for that item has ended and you have not placed a bid you just delete it from your list. In the My EBay area you can view any information regarding your account. 8
  9. 9. EBay Help section If you need help on any other topics just click on Help and search the topics. They also have a Live help service where you are able to chat to a customer service Suggested reads: 1) How to buy and sell on eBay.com.au: the official pocket guide - Todd Alexander 2) EBay top 100 simplified tips & tricks. Julia Wilkinson Both these books and more are available at www.yprl.vic.gov.au www.yprl.vic.gov.au yprl.wordpress.com 9
  10. 10. Yarra Plenty Regional Library Banyule Whittlesea Ivanhoe Library Lalor Library 255 Upper Heidelberg Road 2A May Road Ivanhoe 3079 Lalor 3075 Phone 9497 5780 Phone 9465 2353 Rosanna Library Mill Park Library 72 Turnham Avenue 394 Plenty Road Rosanna 3084 Mill Park 3082 Phone 9459 6171 Phone 9437 8189 Watsonia Library Thomastown Library Ibbottson Street 52 Main Street Watsonia 3087 Thomastown 3074 Phone 9435 2397 Phone 9464 1864 Nillumbik Regional Service Diamond Valley Library Home Library Service Civic Drive Outreach Library Service Greensborough 3088 Phone 9434 3809 Mobile Service Schedule is available at all Eltham Library libraries and online at Panther Place www.yprl.vic.gov.au Eltham 3095 Phone 94399266 10