Originally Posted by white cat lover
Ok, so I have no idea how eBay works.(you can stop laughing now, I feel like just about the only person online who doesn't know how it works, lol) I want to buy a cat tree from eBay. I know I have to set up an account. Here's my questions. Do I have to set up a Pay Pal account or can I just use my credit card? I was looking at some Armarkat(sp?) furniture. This is the one I was looking at. I know the time is up on it.http://cgi.ebay.com/H-T-77-Cat-Tree-...QQcmdZViewItem
Does it really only cost $26!?!?! That is dirt cheap for one of those! Are the shipping charges ridiculous?
I know, I know, I know. I am a young kid. I should know how this whole eBay thing works, right? lol That's what my grandparents say, anyway.
Anything else I should know about eBay?
I've been using Ebay for over a year now, and so far, every transaction I have had has been smooth, and the sellers fantastic. In fact, I am a repeat customer to a few sellers, and I have a "favorite seller's" list as well. Primarily, I buy electronics, video games and movies. I have yet to buy pet supplies, but will consider Ebay for that in the future. I was imtimidated by Ebay at first, but there more I use it, the more efficient and effective it becomes for me. There are also numerous forums on the site with tons of info on almost every subject. Here are some other things to consider:
You can also use the "buy it now" option if you don't want to bid on an item. Most, if not all of my items were bought this way. I think I may have only bid on one or two items.
I would suggest using Pay Pal. Why? It is a secure transaction, meaning the seller or recipient never knows your credit card #.It also protects you in case you have a dispute with the seller, the shipment was damaged or never received, and other problems. It is best, however to contact the seller first and try to resolve the problem between the two of you. Lot's of other advantages as well.
Also, *BEWARE* of spoof or fake Pay Pal emails asking you to "update" your account info by providing personal information. I received a few of these and promptly sent them to Pay Pal. If I need to access the site, I just type the web address in my browser to be safe.
If something looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Even though Ebay is a reputable company, there are unscrupulous sellers that slip through the cracks. If you see a Tiffany watch for $5, then it's a scam for sure. I also go by a seller's feedback as well. Also, some sellers charge outrageous fees for shipping. Sorry, but I'm not going to pay $20 postage for a $5 item.
As for leaving feedback, I always leave feedback once the item is received and is working. If the item doesn't work or is broken, as mentioned before, I contact the seller first. So far, I have never left a negative or neutral rating, and to be honest, I hope I never have to. A seller and buyer's feedback is their track record on Ebay, and I don't want to mar it if it's not justified, or because I'm impatient or pissed off at them.
In order for me to leave a (-), the seller would have to really be negligent and unresponsive, which so far, I have not encountered. In one instance, my item did not work, but I still gave the seller an A+++ and still persuaded others to do business with him, since the damage occured in shipping, and he did everything to correct the issue.
Good luck with Ebay, and happy bidding