Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Looking for a bugle
Re: Looking for a bugle
Jim Miller Sr.
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 09:16:07 -0400
I am a regular user of ebay, and have even bought a bugle there, so I
thought my comments might help. I have bought a lot of BS collectibles,
have dealt with upwards of 200 sellers, and have not had any major
problems. The basic concept of caveat emptor should be observed:
1. Know what your buying - if the description or picture (I rarely buy
anything that doesn't have a picture) doesn't provide you with enough
info about the item, e-mail the seller with questions. There is an ask
seller a question feature right on the page with the item description.
Ask specific questions.
2. Know what you want to pay, and don't get caught up in the competition
and bid any higher. If there is one thing I have learned in the last
year on ebay, there are very few "unique" items. If you don't get this
one, another will come along.
3. Check out the shipping costs. These can add a lot to the price of a
small item. If the seller doesn't specify shipping costs in their ad,
ask them by e-mail or don't bid.
4. If you get an item and it isn't as described, get back to the seller
and complain. I only had it happen once, and the seller took back the
item and sent me a refund - all it cost me was postage. Most sellers
will do whatever is necessary to avoid negative feedback since they want
to continue to sell to others.
5. And, oh yes, if you're buying from me, bid high and often ;^).
Hope that helps,
Jim Miller, Sr.