5 Reasons You Should Buy On eBay!
Although many people believe eBay is hopelessly ridden with scams and is more hassle than it’s worth, I disagree. There are many reasons why I believe eBay is great, and is underutilized by buyers. Here are my top 5 reasons why eBay is the best place to shop!
One: The Selection. eBay has the best selection of anywhere in the world. You can search anything, day or night, and there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of listings for it. How many other places can you go to at 3 in the morning and get 1000 options for buying socks?
Two: The Convenience. eBay is a click away from you at all times. You can buy anything at anytime. And you don’t even have to pick it up! The seller will ship it right to you. Shipping usually takes less than a week and the cost is very reasonable. I don’t think your local Wal-Mart can do that.
Three: The Competition. Competition is the driving force for eBay and it is perfect for the buyers. Many people believe that too much competition makes the listings saturated and make products hard to find. I disagree. I think being more specific with your search keywords will rid the unwanted listings from your search results. I think what competition does do for eBay is make the price lower. It drives the prices lower on products, and makes it so that only the strongest sellers survive. This is to the benefit of the buyer. Competition= Lower Prices.
Four: The Feedback System. The feedback system on eBay is very helpful. It is, in my opinion, the reason why eBay is so successful. The feedback system allows buyers to rate sellers on a positive, neutral, or negative rating. Even more specifically, it allows buyers to rate sellers on 4 more detailed categories. These are item description, communication, shipping time, and shipping and handling charges. All of this feedback is available to potential buyers, and I highly recommend checking out a seller’s feedback before you purchase something from them. This will allow you to see into the seller’s habits, and see how reputable the seller really is. An example of feedback on my account is http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=kokomoricci&ftab=AllFeedback
Five: The Cost. The cost is the main reason why I shop on eBay. The cost is too cheap to resist! Items can be up to 90% cheaper than they are in stores. There are certain items, such as iPhone cases, that are 2$ on eBay while they are up to 30$ in stores! Shipping costs are also not as bad as most people think. Like I said in the competition section, competition drives a “survival of the fittest” attitude with sellers. If a seller is charging too much for shipping, people won’t buy from them and this will put them out of business. Therefore, most shipping costs are manageable.
Overall, I think eBay is amazing. I think it is cheaper to buy almost anything on eBay than in stores. I think it is safe to buy on eBay, and I think it is rid of most scams. I highly recommend buying on eBay and think it is the best place in the world to shop!