When you’ve decided to enter the fast-paced, exciting world of online auctions, what should you expect from your auction services? How does it all work, exactly?
All auction services online will require you to register with a username and
password, first of all. If you intend to sell a lot (rather than buy), you should choose
a name that reflects what sort of merchandise you deal in. Or, if you have a wide
variety of things to sell, choose something that inspires confidence. Avoid cutesy
names, or names that suggest cartoons, pop stars or other things not usually
associated with professionals.
Auctions services usually require credit card information, too, to confirm your
identity. Since bidders and sellers aren’t meeting face-to-face, the Internet auction
site has to do what it can to ensure everyone is on the up-and-up.
Once you’ve registered, you can buy and sell according to the auction site’s rules.
The site’s job is to provide a place for bidders and sellers to meet, a sort
of online open market. As long as you follow the general rules, the
auction site itself stays out of the transactions.
Most sellers prefer payment by Paypal, an online money-transferring system. It’s
less risky than a personal check, and is instantaneous, unlike waiting for a money
order. If you plan to do much transacting through online auctions, you should set
up a Paypal account first.
As a buyer, you should expect sellers to ship your merchandise promptly and in
appropriate packaging (padded, if necessary). You should also expect the
merchandise to be in the condition it was promised to you. If anything is amiss, you
should not hesitate to contact the seller. With so many Web sites and so many
people selling merchandise, a buyer has a right to expect quality.