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How to Win on eBay


I've bought over 100 items on eBay over three years and am ready to share my knowledge of how to win at eBay and buy from reputable sellers.

1. You can find anything on eBay. When searching on eBay I suggest first doing a general search such as "ionic breeze" and checking what the items are going for. I noticed the items by companies with eBay stores were selling much higher than those by individuals. This is true for all categories. So don't be scared of buying from an individual as it could be much cheaper.

2. Before bidding look at the seller's rating. I only buy from those with 99% or higher ratings.

3. Next check the shipping cost. Quite a lot of eBay sellers are willing to sell their high priced item at NR or no reserve but make the money back with outrageous shipping costs. How do you know a shipping cost is too high? When checking out the auctions for your item such as "ionic breeze" keep an eye on the shipping cost. The average cost for shipping quadra ionic breeze machines seems to be $20. If someone is charging $30 then you know you're getting had on the shipping. I make my maximum bid less on those auctions where the seller is charging too much for shipping.

4. To have less search results to wade through limit the search by using the minimum and maximum amounts setting. Think of what you'd really like to get the item for and put it as the maximum amount. By combing the listings for "ionic breeze" I've found it is possible to get a Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Quadra for $50 if I buy it used from an individual or reconditioned from a business. That's ok with me as I just want to pay less than what Sharper Image is charging!

5. One of the most important tips is to read every word in their auction page. People sell broken items on eBay. Some of the auctions for ionic breezes looked great but in between their text stating how great ionic breezes are, how much square feet it covers, was the sentence that the item was broken. Imagine how I'd feel if I had bid and won only to find out I didn't read the auction carefully! Yes it's a nasty way to do business selling items that are broke and tricking people into buying them. But if you bid you legally have to pay for it.

6. Ask questions before you bid. If the auction does not state how the item is being packaged then ask. I once bought a wall mounted barometer, temperature, humidity item that was shipping in a shoe box with no packaging! It was busted, glass shattered. So make sure you ask how they are going to ship it and what packaging they are going to use.

7. Also ask if the item works, do they have the manuals, does it still have a warranty if ownership is transferred, are items sanitized, does it come from a smoke free pet free home? You need to ask these questions as it's "buyer beware" on eBay.

8. The cheapest prices on items is during the summer when people are on vacation and not stuck at home during the winter. The worst time to buy is before Christmas. Everyone is trying to outbid each other for a gift. The prices are unbelievable!

9. After spending time doing the legwork I mentioned above, you'll find that a few eBay sellers seem to be ideal to buy from. Add them to your favorite seller's list. Then it's easy to go straight to their store, or items for sale page, and bid on what they have. You've already checked them out so don't forget who they are!

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Christie’s Auctions Qing Dynasty Jade Washing Bowl for US$3 Million  Barron's

A greenish-white jade “Twin Fish” washer (or washing bowl) from China's Qing Dynasty fetched US$2.9 million after eight minutes of spirited bidding during a ...


Auction Theory Ph.D.s Share Five Things Buyers And Sellers Should Keep In Mind For First-Price Auctions  AdExchanger

As all online advertising exchanges – including Google – switch to a first-price auction format, marketers and publishers can trust they will be run fairly.


Bidding at auction just got easier  Coast News

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The Dealer Using Instagram as an Auction House  Artsy

Every Thursday evening, Calli Moore posts an image of an artwork on Instagram, and her followers have a week to bid on it.


Dale Earnhardt championship car being sold at auction denounced as fake  Fairfield Daily Republic

By Joe Marusak, The Charlotte Observer. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Dale Earnhardt Sr. race car billed at auction as “one of the most famous cars in the history of ...


Here's why H. Wayne Huizenga's mansion and others may benefit from selling through auction  Sun Sentinel

Amid a buyers' market, top end luxury home sellers in South Florida turn to auctions to move their properties.


Auction Houses to Reveal Iconic Photography Collections in April  Barron's

Auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's, as well as The Photography Show, the longest-running exhibition dedicated to photographic mediums, will unveil ...


Germany's 5G Spectrum Auctions Are Underway—And They're Being Powered by Fax Machines  Fortune

Europe's largest economy is taking its first steps towards building a next-generation mobile network. Germany's 5G bandwidth spectrum auctions began ...


Got $55K? Greer Stadium's giant guitar scoreboard could be yours  The Tennessean

According to eBid, the scoreboard is offered "as is" condition, the sale is final and Metro Government cannot guarantee its condition or functionality.


WTF is a unified ad auction?  Digiday

To the programmatic ad vet, unified ad auctions are nothing new. But it's only in 2019 that they will become the default, thanks to Google entering the fray.


All Assets From Pulliam Powerplant to Be Sold Through Auction Next Week  Benzinga

GREEN BAY, Wis., March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- After shutting down power generation at the end of 2018, all equipment and machinery at the Pulliam ...


Marvel Television Auctions Daredevil, Iron Fist & Luke Cage Props  CBR

With over 750 lots to bid on, the first-ever auction for the Marvel Television properties boasts original costumes, props and set decorations.


One of the largest farm auctions in the Tri-States  WGEM

HANCOCK, COUNTY, Il (WGEM) — Area farmers got the chance to save money on equipment in Hancock County Thursday at one of the largest farm auctions ...


A pigeon sold for $1.4 million in an auction — seriously  INSIDER

Over the weekend, a pigeon sold for $1.4 million in an auction. But it's not just any old New York City pigeon — you know the kind who eats scraps of discarded ...


Google Switches To First-Price Auction  AdExchanger

Google will move to first-price auctions for Google Ad Manager, its publisher exchange and ad server, by the end of 2019. At that time, it will also run a single, ...


Blockchain Art Registry Acquires Database With Info From 4K Auction Houses  Cointelegraph

News. The blockchain-based art registry startup Artory has acquired auction house database Auction Club, according to a tweet from Artory on March 21.


Boyertown's Pit Stop restaurant refueling, auctions racing memorabilia  Reading Eagle

The landmark restaurant will get back in the culinary race as Decades Speakeasy and Restaurant.


Clark Tower auction delayed until April  FOX13 Memphis

The Clark Tower auction was delayed this afternoon. It will now be on Friday, April 26.


Turkey's central bank suspends one-week repo auctions as lira slides  Ahval

Updates with Turkey's central bank's decision. The Central Bank of Turkey announced on Friday it had suspended one-week repo auctions for an undefined ...


Bonhams Hong Kong to Auction Rare 20th Century Chinese Paintings  Barron's

Bonhams “Fine Chinese Paintings Sale” on April 3 in Hong Kong will feature more than 140 works of ancient, modern, and contemporary pieces from 20th ...


21 cars up for auction after $5 million pot bust  KFOR Oklahoma City

TULSA, Okla. - Dozens of high-performance vehicles seized by federal authorities after one of the largest pot busts in Tulsa history went on the auction block ...


World Records, Special Collections Push Heritage Auctions to $826.4 Million in 2018  CoinWeek

On March 12, Heritage Auctions announced its total annual sales for 2018 surpassed $826 million, setting more than a dozen world record sales as total online ...


NASCAR Team Says Dale Earnhardt Sr. Race Cars at Mecum Auctions Are ‘Not What They Claim to Be’  Jalopnik

Mecum Auctions is scheduled to send three of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s NASCAR race cars across the block on Saturday, each with six-figure auction ...


Ever dreamed of owning a Dale Earnhardt race car? Auction this weekend is your chance  Durham Herald Sun

Cars raced on NASCAR tracks by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and dad Dale Sr. will be auctioned in Glendale, Arizona, along with limited edition cars including one of the ...


Going, going, gone online: Europe's auction houses go digital  Art Newspaper

Online-only auctions may tend to focus on the lower end of the market, but they are key to expanding clientele. We survey ten auction houses to find out their ...


Mecum tallies $39+ million at inaugural Phoenix-area auction  The ClassicCars.com Journal

Mecum Auctions' inaugural collector car sale in the Phoenix area generated more than $39 million in transactions, an 85 percent boost when compared with any ...


Climate Auctions: A 21st-Century Alternative to Grants and Loans  Microgrid Knowledge

Tyeler Matsuo and Julia Meisel, of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), explore climate auctions. This 21st century alternative to grants and loans uses ...


Julien’s to Auction ‘In Situ’ Mosaic by Street Artist Invader  Barron's

Julien's Auctions will bring down the hammer on the sale of SD_10 (aka The Mothership), a 200-by-400-inch mosaic by the street artist Invader in April. Then the ...


Racing pigeon auctions for $1.4 million  WILX-TV

You've seen them on the streets, in the parks, it seems like pigeons are pretty much everywhere. So how much do you think one is worth?


Former UML West Campus goes to auction  Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- The former UMass Lowell West Campus should soon have a new owner. The 34-acre site at 255 Princeton Road will be auctioned off to the ...


Kuleana land parcels on Facebook CEO’s Kauai estate sold at auction  Hawaii News Now

PILAA BEACH, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A years-long legal dispute over small land parcels on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 700-acre Kauai estate on ...


‘It’s going to be a big change for us’: Google’s adoption of first-party auction creates migration headaches for buyers  Digiday

Google's ad exchange is finally following its programmatic peers and moving to a first-price auction model, but they can be costly for advertisers.


Auction calendar: March 22, 2019  Wisconsin State Farmer

... ** Indicates an auction ad appearing in this issue of the Wisconsin State Farmer. 36 New Auctions in this week's paper. FRIDAY, MARCH 22. Marshfield, WI.


The 100 most interesting cars at the 2019 Amelia Island Auctions  New Atlas

The 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance continued to grow in stature this year, but it was the symbiotic cluster of elite auctions that threw up the most ...


Controversial auction of Hertfordshire council's art collection sells out for £444,000  Art Newspaper

An auction of works from the collection of the Hertfordshire County Council, which raised more than £444,000 in total, has drawn criticism from arts bodies and ...


Babe Ruth Bat Now Available at Auction  Barron's

There's probably no bigger name in baseball than Babe Ruth, and now collectors can get their hands on a historic bat used by the Bambino dating from the 1918 ...


2019 March Madness Calcutta Auction Pool: Strategy, Tips, Picks  The Action Network

Doing a March Madness auction this year? Collin Wilson gives tips, strategy and his 2019 picks to dominate your Calcutta pool.


Some parents, teachers upset after school auctions off teachers for money  WPMT FOX 43

Portland -- A Portland elementary school is in hot water tonight after allowing parents to bid money on who they want as their child's next teacher. It happened ...


Tech changes hit auction houses  TheChronicleHerald.ca

Halifax auction house owners say the practise of bidding for items has changed a lot in recent decades, both for those who run the auction houses and those ...


Almost $18000 raised during Derry High School's annual Bachelor Auction  Tribune-Review

Dressed in tuxedos and waiting for their bid, 19 junior and senior boys at Derry Area High School participated in the 2019 Bachelor Auction, raising almost ...


Amarillo Sod Poodles announce partnership with LiveSource for jersey auctions  abc7amarillo.com

The Amarillo Sod Poodles and LiveSource announced a partnership to utilize the LiveSource mobile app for live jersey auctions before and during Sod Poodles ...


Canada plans 10 regular bond auctions in coming quarter -Bank of Canada  Reuters

Canada plans to hold 10 regular bond auctions and one real return bond auction in the coming quarter, the Bank of Canada said on Thursday.


Auction Houses Unveil Sales and Exhibitions During Asian Art Week  Barron's

Florence and Herbert Irving of New York, and Stephen Junkunc III of Chicago, are among the most recognized names in the world of Asian art. Select treasures ...


Regal Auction Services to hold first sale in new Penacook location next week  Concord Monitor

If you're looking for hardwood floors made from Brazillian cherry, a brand-new stove, or a government-made generator, you might want to head to the old Beede ...


Parents, teachers upset after Portland school auctions off teachers for money  KEZI TV

A Portland elementary school is in hot water tonight after allowing parents to bid money on who they want as their child's next teacher.


Woolworths' Disney tiles 'Swap Day' to combat eBay auctions  Kidspot

The supermarket giant is offering collectable-crazed customers a chance to add to their stash without shelling out on auction sites.


WTAE's Project Bundle-Up 2019 Auction is happening now: See Week 2 highlights  WTAE Pittsburgh

Check out some of the many items that you can bid on or instantly buy to help support WTAE's project Bundle-Up's efforts to keep needy children and senior ...


Study Suggests Blue and Red Artworks Dominate Auction Sales  Hyperallergic

Dutch researchers concluded that blue and red paintings spark nearly 20% higher bids at auctions in the US, China, and the Netherlands. Jasmine Weber6 days ...


Questions linger about NASCAR race cars sold at Mecum auction  The ClassicCars.com Journal

Questions of authenticity linger after the Mecum Auctions offering of supposed Dale Earnhardt cars driven by the champ in NASCAR.


Get Bids Ready: $68 Million Waterfront Home In Coral Gables Set For Auction  Forbes

A $68 million trophy home in Miami-Dade County's prestigious Coral Gables enclave, will be sold via a luxury auction March 19-22.


Auction Preview: Fine and Decorative Arts at Revere Auctions, St. Paul, Mar 30 | Artinfo  BLOUIN ARTINFO

What: Fine and Decorative Arts. Where: Revere Auctions, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 304, St. Paul, MN 55114 United States. When: 30 March, 03.00 PM GMT.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Puts Memorabilia Up for Auction  The New York Times

The auction includes four N.B.A. championship rings.


America's Top 13 Charity Wine Auctions Raised $42.7 Million in Live-Auction Bids in 2018 | Collecting News | Collecting  Wine Spectator

America's top charity wine auctions found success in 2018 with winemaker dinners featuring renowned chefs and live entertainment. And many also succeeded ...


Spiva opens annual small-works auction  Joplin Globe

The small-works auction at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts will open this weekend with original pieces of art available to the highest bidder.


'Great Escape' POW’s incredible WWII diary surfaces, sold at auction  Fox News

The remarkable diary of a Royal Air Force officer who played a part in the famous “Great Escape” breakout from the Stalag Luft III POW camp has been sold at ...


Kareem Abdul-Jabar auctions off four out of his six NBA championship rings and other memorabilia for STEM education  CBS News

Fans can own a piece of NBA history thanks to Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The basketball great is auctioning off hundreds of pieces of memorabilia ...


Legendary Collection of Canadian Coins Presented by Heritage Auctions  CoinWeek

Collector George Cook credited for establishing one of the most comprehensive and complete collections in North American history The world's most.


Paul McCartney’s School Book, Marked By His English Teacher, Up For Auction  uDiscover Music

One of Paul McCartney's old school books, marked by his teacher, is going up for sale through the Omega Auction house on 26 March.


Rare Pocket Watch to Hit Auction  Barron's

The handmade masterpiece by the late George Daniels is expected to sell for US$1.5 million.


NY School Holds Mock Slave Auction Selling Black Students to White Kids  The Root

After an apparent celebration kicking off the return to 11 White History Months in a row, administrators at an exclusive private school in New York are scrambling ...


Subdued Week of London Auctions Ends with £36.4 Million Contemporary Art Sale at Phillips  Artsy

The sale saw records broken for Tschabalala Self and Rose Wylie, and a fevered bidding war over a large Cecily Brown painting.


NPA Sacramento Sets Sales Record for Auction Debut  Powersports Finance

National Powersport Auctions opened the doors of its Sacramento, Calif., location this month and the debut auction was the largest opening of any of its.


Mecum Auctions extends the collector car buzz in metro Phoenix with auction 2 months after Barrett-Jackson  AZCentral

Mecum Auctions, a well-known collector-car auction company, is hosting its first Arizona auction at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.


'First' demo tape of David Bowie's 'Starman' up for auction  CNN

David Bowie devotees will have a chance to pick up a rare demo tape featuring what is believed to be the first recording of "Starman."


Failure to disclose: Ohio auction sells cars with serious safety defects without telling buyers  News 5 Cleveland

A surplus auto auction operated by an Ohio agency that oversees the state's vehicle fleet is failing to disclose serious safety defects to potential buyers.


Santa Monica Auctions holds its last auction at Bergamot  Santa Monica Daily Press

Robert Berman, owner of Santa Monica Auctions, will host one last auction at his B-7 Bergamot space this Sunday before downsizing and moving his auction ...


Hayek’s Nobel Prize and Belongings Go Up for Auction  National Review

This month, Nobel Prize–winning economist Friedrich August von Hayek's seminal book The Road to Serfdom turns 75. To mark the occasion, Sotheby's, one of ...


Several of Dale Earnhardt's Race Cars Will Be Up for Auction Later This Week [Updated: Team Says the Cars Are 'Not What They Claim to Be']  Jalopnik

In a country where the black No. 3 car is about as recognizable as the stars and stripes themselves, it isn't often that race cars driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr.


Rodeo Houston breaks more records with George Strait concert, livestock auctions  Houston Business Journal

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ended its 2019 season with a record-breaking concert from George Strait and special guests Lyle Lovett and Robert ...


Child Development Resources raises $175,000 at annual Bid 'n Buy Auction  Virginia Gazette

Child Development Resources raised $175,000 at its 41st annual Bid 'n Buy Auction last Sunday. CDR helps at-risk, low-income children with developmental ...


Kiwanis Club plans 71st auction; begins March 25  Prescott Daily Courier

Jim Tilley holds a piece of license plate art up for auction during the 71st annual Kiwanis Auction. (Jason Wheeler/Courier). mugshot photo. By Jason Wheeler | ...


Oregon 'Mega-Dairy' Sold for $66.7 Million, Auctions off 8000 Cows  Dairy Herd Management

What was once the second largest dairy in the state of Oregon has officially been sold.


4,000 art auction houses are putting their sales records on the blockchain  The Next Web

A merger between a blockchain-based art registry and an international auction database will see records from over 4000 auction houses put on the blockchain.


Germany: Foreclosed house explodes shortly before auction  DW (English)

Hours before the house was due to be auctioned off, the building exploded and burned to the ground. German authorities did not find the house's sole inhabitant ...


Hundreds of Millions Spent on Racehorses Based on False X-Rays, Buyers Claim  The Wall Street Journal

Last September, wealthy horse buyers, breeders and trainers from around the world descended on Lexington, Ky., to spend more than $377 million at the most ...


Enterprise Products-CME Unite for Second Oil Export Auction  Zacks.com

Enterprise Products (EPD) has been significantly contributing to the crude export volumes of the United States.


Teacher In Westchester Fired For Allegedly Holding Mock Slave Auction  Daily Voice

A teacher has been fired after she was placed on leave for allegedly holding a mock slave auction with her students in the classroom of a private school in ...


FCC 24 GHz Auction Tops $600M  Broadcasting & Cable

A little over four business days in, the bid total in the FCC's latest 5G spectrum auction continues to build, topping $600 million.


Mickey Mantle's Signed Trump Casino Gambling Cards Hit Auction Block  TMZ

Mickey Mantle's Trump casino gambling cards could fetch $2000!!!


Intrigue colors auction of ill-gotten estate with gold, silver  The Daily Memphian

Bring a metal detector as well as your checkbook if you're going to the auction of the Bates place. Gold and silver coins may be hidden somewhere within the ...


Gala features super silent auction  Hot Springs Village Voice

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Rarest Beatles Record Heading to Auction  WROR

The Rarest Beatles Record in the World” will be up for auction as part of Julien's Auctions “Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool” event.


A Collection of Totally Rad Cars Seized in an Oklahoma Pot Bust are Going to Auction  Jalopnik

Kong Meng Vang, who also went by Steve, was a simple Oklahoma automotive enthusiast and owner of Vang's Dyno Performance in Tulsa. He clearly had quite ...


Art auction event raises funds for music, art programs  Mount Shasta Herald

The art auction and wine tasting is put on each year by the Butteville PTO – a non-profit organization committed to offering the students at Butteville the ...


FCC avoids calls for delays, proceeds with 5G spectrum auction  Watchdog.org

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved forward with a spectrum auction that will help advance 5G deployment in the U.S. despite some federal ...


$430K in Confiscated Crypto to Be Sold Off by Irish Auction House  CoinDesk

Cryptocurrencies seized by Belgian law enforcement from online drug dealers are to be put under the hammer by an Ireland-based auction house. Wilsons ...


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar memorabilia auction raises almost $3 million for his Skyhook Foundation  USA TODAY

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar put 234 pieces of memorabilia from his legendary career up for sale and raised nearly $3 million for his Skyhook Foundation.


US Tells NYC Auction House to Return Nazi-Looted Art  Courthouse News Service

MANHATTAN (CN) – Seventy years after Nazis looted it from Ukraine's largest art museum as the Soviet tank offensive pushed German occupying forces out of ...


Late Billionaire And Sports Mogul Wayne Huizenga's Estate Comes To Auction  Forbes

Billionaire Wayne Huizenga accomplished a lot in his lifetime. He was part-owner of three sports teams—the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and ...


Rare Peter Blake Labeled Whisky Expected to Fetch Close to $1 Million at Auction  Fortune

The bottle of 60-year-old Macallan scotch whisky sports a label designed by Sir Peter Blake, the Sgt. Pepper's album cover artist.


Cigar Store Indian Brings $47,500, Leads New Haven Auctions  Antiques and the Arts Online

NEW HAVEN, CONN. — A carved and paint decorated Indian Chief attributed to New York carver Samuel Robb lead the March 17 sale at Fred Giampietro's ...


The ‘Don Pancho’ Goes Up for Auction  New York Times

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Fantasy baseball: Wealth of aces, lack of catchers frame AL LABR auction  USA TODAY

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India Auctions 1.2 Gigawatts Of Solar At 3.59-3.68¢/kWh  CleanTechnica

March 4th, 2019 by Saurabh. The first national-level solar power auction organized by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) witnessed a healthy ...


Cerner co-founder's Loch Lloyd estate comes up for auction [PHOTOS]  Kansas City Business Journal

Let the bidding war begin: Cerner Corp.'s late CEO and co-founder Neal Patterson's 4-acre palatial lakeside estate is up for auction. "Faced with the daunting ...


Auction house Freeman’s putting longtime Center City home on the block ahead of move  Philly.com

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Early Overdate 1802/1 Half Eagle  CoinWeek

Heritage Auctions is offering an early overdate 1802/1 Capped Bust Right half eagle gold coin as part of its March Dallas Signature Auction.


Barn-found Bentley brings $596,670 at British car auction  The ClassicCars.com Journal

That barn-found NOS (new old stock) 1936 Bentley 4 1/2-Litre with original Vanden Plas Tourer coachwork — and some amazing history — sold for £454,250 ...


Tickets are still available for local Habitat auction  Mariposa Gazette

Tickets are available for the Habitat for Humanity Birdhouse and Garden Art Auction at Sierra Cider in Lushmeadows on Saturday, April 13, from 1-4 p.m.


Henderson County Livestock Show ends with premium auction today  Athens Daily Review

The students who showed the top animals at the 59th Henderson County Livestock Show will reap the rewards for their efforts at the premium auction on today.


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