A Guide To Online Auctions

Since online auctions hit the world of the internet in around 1995 they have found international popularity and now there are literally hundreds of online auctions from the traditional highest bidder auction to newer more innovative formats such as penny auctions. You can buy almost anything from auctions on the internet including antiques, second hand items and brand new products. So whether you are a buyer or a seller, here’s your quick general guide to online auctions.

Buyers Guide to Online Auctions

Internet bidding sites are great fun and for many people this is a big part of the attraction. Yes you may well get that top notch Smartphone for less than a quarter of its value, but for many users actually winning such an item is just a bonus in what can be an exciting chase to outbid your competitors at the last second!

Before bidding on any item however, here are a few tips that might just come in handy:

1. Online auctions are all different so familiarise yourself with each individual site and their rules and never assume that they all work in the same way. 2. Find out if the site offers buyers protection and discover what the return policy is. 3. Read about the item you are bidding on carefully, especially the small print! 4. If the auction site gives seller ratings then make sure you check these out. 5. Consider how much you are willing to pay for an item and stick with that amount, be prepared to walk away if it goes over your highest offer. 6. Keep your nerve and have fun!

Sellers Guide to Online Auctions

Online Auctions can be a convenient and easy way to turn those unwanted items into spare cash. Some people have even set up online businesses which trade in pre-loved items. It can be a great way of earning a little extra money, but before you start to list those unwanted Christmas presents, read out brief guide first:

1. Be truthful about the item you are selling as some auction sites will list buyers’ feedback and your rating may be affected if you don’t mention flaws or stains, etc. 2. Consider how much the item would cost to post and think about whether or not you would ship anything overseas. Don’t be tempted to hike up postage charges in order to sell something cheaply, buyers can see through this tactic. 3. Use your own photographs and not stock photos. 4. Think carefully about the lowest amount you are willing to accept for the item because if someone bids for that amount, you may be obliged to sell at that amount. 5. Ensure buyers know where they stand with a comprehensive returns policy. 6. Don’t be tempted to take private offers away from the auction site as you won’t then be covered by the online auction protection should things go wrong.

Online auctions are a great way in which to make money and find fantastic bargains! They are also great fun to take part in so keep your cool, follow the rules and you can’t go far wrong!