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Getting Started

Now that you're all signed up (and aware of eBay's fee structure), you're ready to start bidding—and selling. The bidding process is fee-free; all you have to do is find something you want to buy, and start bidding. (This process is detailed in Chapter 3, “Bidding 101: A Tutorial for Beginning Bidders.”) The selling process is a little more involved and costs a little money. (This process is detailed in Chapter 10, “Selling 101: A Tutorial for Beginning Sellers.”) Whichever you choose, get ready for lots of action—and fun!

The Absolute Minimum

Here are the key points to remember from this chapter:

  • Before you can bid or sell on eBay, you need to create an eBay user account; registration is free.

  • If you want to sell items on eBay, you'll have to leave a checking account and credit card or debit card number on file.

  • Buyers are never charged any fees by eBay.

  • eBay charges sellers various fees, including listing fees (nonrefundable) and final value fees (if your item actually sells).

  • eBay will never send you emails asking you to click a link to update your account; if you get one of these emails, it's a scam!



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