Ok, people might think that you can buy and sell almost anything on eBay. And its true, you can. People love the freedom that eBay gives them to get rid of all the extra stuff that they own and get a decent price for them at the same time.
However, just like any other thing in the Internet, doing business on eBay is a bit of a gamble. You can never be sure that the people you are buying or selling to have legitimate reasons for buying from you, of if they are planning to pay you at all.
These are only a few of the risks that you have to take if you want to do business online.
One of the biggest problems that online sellers on eBay are facing are the non-paying bidders.
Once the auction ends, you usually send an invoice or an end of auction email to the highest bidder, and they will usually pay by Paypal or post.
Those who use Paypal can usually send out their payments within the first few or 24 hours, while those who use the post can send the payment soon after that.
Set a limit of three days, and if the bidder shows no signs of paying within that time, send another email to remind the buyer of your deal, politely, of course. If you manage to communicate with the bidder use this opportunity to set a deadline. The minimum time for payments is generally 7 days.
If no payment happened after the set deadline, or if the bidder gives you an unsatisfactory response, you can do the next step, and that it reporting the unpaid item. After another seven days and the bidder does not respond to the unpaid item report, you can file the case to be closed.
You will get you fees refunded after this by following the links. The buyer will then receive a few strikes against his account. If he keeps up with his non-paying ways he'll ultimately reach the three strikes that will remove them from the list of registered eBay users.
You can then add a negative feedback about the buyer and add that buyer to your Blocked Bidders List.
If you strongly suspect that you have become the victim of a scam, report it immediately to eBay and to Paypal and other parties concerned.
The main thing to remember here is that do all you transactions and communications in a polite way. You may never know the real why your buyer cannot pay on time or at all. No matter how frustrated you, get be polite, since showing the opposite can slow the whole process down and potential leave you with a few online enemies at worst.
Remember that for most eBay users buying and selling is a fun and rewarding experience. Just make sure that you are safe, and that means doing your research, asking around for referrals of good and reliable buyers, and only doing business with those people that you know you can trust.
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