How to avoid eBay scams
eBay is not always the cheapest place to make a purchase. Sometimes sellers are trying their luck and so always check prices first on a shopping comparison engine like Kelkoo, Shopping.com and Pricerunner.
Don’t buy information only products
Some sellers try to sell lists or links to information which is usually available elsewhere for free. Avoid like the plague
Read the description carefully
Sometimes it seems youâ€™re bidding for an object on eBay, when all that’s actually up for grabs is a link to a site selling it. Equally sometimes the seller is actually selling the box and item was sold in and trying to pass this off as the real thing.
Always read the whole description in detail before bidding.
Know your rights.
If you use the ‘Buy It Nowâ€™ button, rather than a standard auction, to buy from a UK based trader on eBay, and youâ€™ve all the same statutory rights as buying from a shop. A trader is someone who makes some or all of their living from regularly selling goods. Technically itâ€™s up to the Courtâ€™s to decide but itâ€™s usually pretty obvious.
Buy from a private individual and the law says â€œlet the buyer bewareâ€. Providing your purchase arrives â€˜as describedâ€™ thereâ€™s little legal comeback (assuming you can trace them anyway) and the standard seven day internet cooling-off period usually doesnâ€™t apply to auction purchases.
Don’t depend on Feedback.
Whilst Feedback is a good indicators of a seller honesty, it is possible to fake feedback by having multiple IDs, and IDs can be stolen.
If something sounds too good to be true it probably is. Be careful.