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How Do I Choose the Best Bidding Sites?

As online bidding requires good security, make sure the URL begins with https.
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Bidding sites are used to sell products on the Internet. Bidding sites are also called online auction sites and Internet auction sites. When choosing the best bidding sites it is important to research online security, payment options, and any fees associated with the Internet auction site. The terms and conditions for each online auction website may list all important information, in regards to buying and selling on it.

Online security is important for the online seller and the buyer. Security features offered by such a website ensure the safety of personal, and business, financial information. Secure pages of an online auction website may list a URL starting with https. The s is only included when the page is secure. Online security is also important when personal contact information is shared.

The payment options for the buyer and seller on bidding sites can include Paypal®, credit cards, and other online payment services. Payment processors, used for listing fees and payments for items purchased, should be trusted. Aside from Paypal®, other trusted payment processors may include Moneybookers and Google™ checkout. Some payment processors are available worldwide, while others may be limited to certain countries. The more countries allowed by bidding sites, the more traffic and sales these Internet auctions may receive.

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Fees are often assessed for listing products and services on online bidding websites. These may increase if the items are featured, or if a photo is included with the listing. Such costs may be paid at the time of listing, or on a monthly basis, depending on the terms and conditions of the bidding site. The buyer may also have to pay fees associated with the purchase of the listing.

Before choosing the best bidding websites, it is important to read the terms and conditions associated with each listing. These will often include the amount of any listing fees, buying fees, and sales fees the website may assess. Some online auction websites will allow the seller to re-list an item that did not sell, with no additional fees to improve the chances of selling the item.

Online bidding websites usually provide a connection between a seller and a buyer. The best online auction websites are those with high traffic numbers, secure payment processing, and clear fee schedules for buying and selling. Depending on the country where the buyer is located, there may be local bidding sites that serve the country or region. Major online auction websites, like eBay®, have different listings depending on the location of the buyer.

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Bid Funshop
Post 4

Great article. This is a response to comment #1: The idea of a larger auction site somehow offering more security and protection is pure fallacy and it's just untrue. The smaller auction sites that accept credit cards, have to go through rigorous security checks to ensure their customer's security. The security check list is overseen by the merchant account provider so if you do not comply in any way, you will not be able to accept credit cards. These security check lists are needed because they protect the consumer.

An overlooked security risk that people need to be aware of is the practice of storing credit card information. I believe that some of the smaller auction sites that do not store credit card information have the security advantage. Any time a company stores your credit card info, you run a risk so please be aware of this.

As far as people backing out on their bids, you will no doubt have this (buyer's remorse) but I'm sure the auction site will be willing to re-list your item for free because its just good business to do so.

I would rather deal with a mom and pop type store because a lot of them are willing to go out of their way for the customer.

A site's pricing page is very important; it should be easily understood and clearly outlined as should the terms and conditions. I agree with the other comments as far as doing your research on these sites, you have to because you can never be too careful.

With any ad site, it's "buyer beware," so you have to be careful and use common sense, no matter how good a deal you got. If you find something but have reservations, get a phone number and call the seller. If they are not willing to give out that information or at least talk to you, then something may not be right and it's not worth your time.

hyrax53
Post 3

I have recently become somewhat skeptical of online bidding sites, not only in terms of auctions but also for things like travel or hotels. Many of these sites do have hidden fees that require very careful reading to catch, and if something goes wrong along the way later, they won't be able or at least willing to help you.

Catapult
Post 2

I would suggest doing a fair amount of research into any bidding site before considering bidding on items. In addition to reading the site's terms and conditions, try to find people's testimonies. Some places, like eBay, offer these on their own websites, but others do not. However, there might be forums on consumer rating sites, as well as personal bloggers sharing their stories, or even Twitter streams of that particular website showing the general feelings of users. While some of these might be bots by the company, a hundred bad reviews and twenty good ones will give you a clear idea.

stolaf23
Post 1

One difference between different auction bidding sites is that the larger ones, like Ebay, offer a fair amount of protection, security, and the possibility to back out if you realize you need to for any reason, or at least to talk to the seller and ask. Many of the smaller copycat sites, however, offer less security and might not have a way out of the trade if you realize you need one.

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