It used to be a little dangerous buying on eBay when I first joined 9 years ago although I have only been ‘stung’ once in over 500 transactions and that was in the early days. Now it is an experience that is a joy and, because both buyers and sellers value their feedback so much, you are more likely to have a satisfactory outcome on eBay than buying from your local shop in Spain (just try taking something back because it doesn’t work).
I never buy any expensive item without checking the ‘going price’ on eBay first. Not everything is a bargain and new users can get carried away and overbid, however the choice is phenomenal and, with a little care, you can save substantial amounts of money. You can also get items that are not available here in Spain (anyone seen a battery powered reciprocating saw out here?) mine came from Argos Clearance on eBay.
The problem is, of course, getting delivery. It is no good trying to buy from eBay.es, you simply won’t find what you are looking for (and it’s in Spanish, French or German). Nokia 7900 brings up 757 results on the UK site including 14 actual phones, only 113 on the Spanish site and not a single phone.
The answer of course is to have your eBay purchases sent to Citibox’s UK Address from where they will be transported to Spain for you. This week we are delivering a 70kg treadmill to one customer of our Nerja office!
And to end on a lovely note, I just bought a solid silver bookmark from Fiona Butler’s Silver http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/fiona3895-Butlers-Silver__W0QQ_armrsZ1 . Fee runs this eBay shop and has a massive 100% feedback. I was not entirely happy with the purchase so Fee sent me money back – how fair can you get?