Checklist for online auction bidding
Bidding and buying at an online auction is fun. Often
you'll find a great deal on exactly what you're looking for -- all
without even leaving your home.
Before you enter the auction cyber hall, double-check
your safety with these bidding and buying guidelines.
Before placing a bidResearch the item. Compare costs on other auctions and at brick-and-mortar
- Research the seller.
- Contact the seller to confirm the item's condition
- Look for discrepancies in the listing.
- Get the seller's physical address and phone number.
Confirm this information by calling.
- Ask the seller for delivery information. Be wary
of significantly delayed delivery time.
- Ask the seller about warranty and return policy
- Clarify shipping charges with the seller
- Learn about the site's insurance and fraud protection
- Be wary of items sold "as is."
- Find out what payments the seller will accept.
Ready to bid
- Only bid on items you intend to purchase. If you
win the auction, you're obligated to pay.
- Decide what your top bid will be and stick with
- If possible, pay with a credit card because of
the coverage provided.
- Insure your item.
- Print out all photos and descriptions of item as
well as any e-mails you exchange with the seller.
- If you run into problems, try to work it out with
the seller. If you can't resolve the dispute, contact your credit
card company and the auction site. If that doesn't work, contact