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Basic guide to
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.
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.
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.
Enter your keyword in the search box.
To browse and just look around just go down to the Categories section and click on the area
You are interested in.
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
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
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.
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 >
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.
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
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
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