Chapter 3: Signing Up and Getting Started

In This Chapter

  • Registering with eBay
  • Choosing a password
  • Selecting a user ID
  • Signing in
  • Following eBay's rules

The prospect of getting started on eBay is exciting — and daunting. Perhaps you've visited the eBay website once or twice with the idea that you might buy something. Maybe you've heard your friends talk about the things they've bought. Did you look up something simple, such as a golf club? Did eBay come up with several thousand listings? Or maybe you figured you'd get smart and narrow the search down to a 3 iron, but you still got more than a thousand listings?

Did you consider buying something and then just left the site, for fear you'd get ripped off? eBay works much better for me than any quasi-convenient TV shopping channel because there's no overly made-up huckster telling me how great I'd look in the outfit on the screen (displayed on a size-4 model). On eBay, you have the opportunity to give an item a leisurely once-over, read the description and terms, and click a link to ask the seller a question before you bid or buy. eBay's as simple as that. If you don't like the seller's response, you can just go on to the next seller. That's the great thing about eBay: There's always another seller — and always another item.

Registering on eBay

You can browse eBay all you want without registering, but before you transact any sort of business on eBay, you must register. I recommend registering right now — while you're reading this ...

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