Staying Out Of Trouble On eBay – Follow The Rules!

This post was written by Internet Marketing John on October 15, 2009
Posted Under: eBay Business Information

If you are not yet an eBay member, but are thinking about becoming one, remember to follow the rules!

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eBay  is regarded as the worlds largest online marketplace; and for good reason.

It gives its members the ability to buy and sell a variety of items online.

Although it’s highly profitable to be able to buy or sell your merchandise on eBay, it does have the potential for security problems and inappropriate conduct.

To minimize the problems you may encounter, it’s a good idea to follow the rules.

eBay has guidelines for both buyers and sellers that you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with, before you get yourself into trouble.

  • One of the most important rules you need to pay attention to, if you’re an eBay seller, is the marketing of prohibited items.

Just about anything can be sold on eBay, including your kitchen sink, however there are some common sense prohibitions.   These include selling items such as drugs, porn, alcohol, weapons, counterfeit and stolen merchandise.

If you follow the rules, you will have no problem on the site.

  • Paying all of your selling fees on time is another eBay rule you must follow if you intend using their site.

eBay gives you advance notification of their pay schedule. To remain a seller in good standing, you must pay your fees on time.

eBay buyers also need to follow the rules.

  • As an eBay buyer, the main rule you MUST follow is to only bid on items you intend to purchase.

When you place a bid on an eBay auction, and you are the successful bidder;  you are required to buy the item you bid on.

This rule is also applicable to “Buy It Now” listings.

Don’t bid on an item if you don’t intend to buy it!

  • Follow the rules on being honest with your purchases.

Don’t scam a seller.    If you don’t receive the item you purchased, contact the seller and notify them of the problem, and wait a few extra days for your item to be delivered.

An honest seller will gladly refund your purchase.

Unfortunately, some unscrupulous eBay buyers, report a delivered item as not being received, in order to pick up a refund along with the delivered item.

If you follow the rules, you’ll have no problems.  If you don’t, you will eventually get caught, and have your eBay account temporarily or permanently suspended.

In the most severe instances, such as fraud, counterfeiting or theft, you could find yourself looking at the possibility of legal action.

Before getting yourself into this type of trouble with eBay; read, understand, and follow the rules!

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