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I. Buying on eBay > 1. Ready, Set, Shop!

Chapter 1. Ready, Set, Shop!

eBay isn’t like traditional online stores, where you pile up purchases in a virtual shopping cart and then check out. On eBay, the main attraction is its auction format; would-be buyers compete with each other by bidding on an item until everyone’s made his top offer, or until the always-ticking eBay clock brings down the final hammer.

This arrangement may sound about as relaxing as rush-hour traffic when you’re late for your own wedding. But once you get used to it—which isn’t hard—it’s straightforward and amazingly fun.

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In addition to auctions, eBay also has fixed-price sales, labeled Buy It Now. Section 1.4.3 tells you all about them.

Whether you want to buy, sell, or both, the best way to get started on eBay is to register and explore the site as a buyer. Learning how to buy smart helps you discover how to use eBay’s search engine efficiently and familiarizes you with auction pages, where you can check out sellers’ wares. Later, when you’re ready to sell (Chapter 5), the skills you learn in this chapter will help you think like a buyer, attracting bidders to your auctions and getting top dollar for your merchandise.


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