Are you wary of making purchases on eBay? Do you sometimes see a listing and wonder whether it’s a scam? It’s entirely likely it could be, despite eBay’s best efforts otherwise. The feedback system and the safety net of Paypal does not mean eBay is scam-free. Before we delve into how to avoid eBay scams, let’s talk about some ways to identify them.
How to identify an eBay scam:
- Items are often named incorrectly
- Items are often listed in the wrong category
- The ‘Buy it Now’ price is lower than the market price of the item
- The seller’s feedback appears to be pretty decent
- Items appear listed on an almost identical account just as the original account’s sales come to an end
- Free postage for large items from overseas
Now that you know the typical tactics of an eBay scammer, it should be easier to know which listings to skip over.It’s still important to follow the guidelines which both eBay and BullGuard recommend for safe transactions:
- Always keep all conversations with your seller inside eBay. This way a complete history is on file and can be used in your defense if something were to go awry. Scammers know this, and will try to take your conversation outside of eBay
- Only pay via a safe payment method. You are best of sticking to credit cards or PayPal. PayPal offers up to $20k in buyer’s protection, and credit cards often have a refund policy for items not delivered.
- Be cautious of overseas sellers, and of those selling more products than the number of feedback responses in their account
Have you ever been the victim of an eBay scam?