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I. Buying on eBay > 2. Bidding, Paying, and Following Up

Chapter 2. Bidding, Paying, and Following Up

Most of the time, if you want to buy something on eBay, you can’t purchase it outright. Instead, you have to bid for it at auction. Bidding means that you vie with other potential buyers to offer the most for an item. If this system sounds like it’s designed to bleed money out of you, think again. Auctions can help you get screaming deals.

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The exception to the bidding rule is Buy It Now auctions, described on Section 1.4.3.

On the other hand, if you’re not savvy about bidding, you could wind up paying $40 for a $3 SpongeBob comic book. Or, worse, you could find yourself unable to purchase what you want at any price.

This chapter shows you how to bid on eBay auctions with confidence, giving you the lowdown on:


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