• Why ebay?
There is no there other marketplace that can match the available selection of collectibles of any kind, but especially porcelains, and the prices are almost always lower than anywhere else because they are set by the buyer’s market, not the sellers.
If a seller sets their prices higher than buyers think the piece is worth, then it just doesn’t sell, and a smart buyer will check back after the initial listing ends and usually finds the item re-listed at a lower price.
A note about “The New ebay:”
Today’s ebay is not the “flea-market” of it’s early years, There have been a lot of changes. The “New” ebay continues to strive to be the largest and most trusted marketplace on the Internet. They want your purchase to be as safe and satisfying as any you would make at your favorite local shop.
They always had a Buyer’s protection program, but now it is beefed up to cover your purchase from the time you pay for it, until it reaches your door. And if it is not what it was represented to be, and in the condition described in the listing, – you get your money back!
ebay also got rid of the untrustworthy sellers that used to anonymously flock to the site. Now all sellers must have verifiable identities backed-up by bank and credit card information when they register.
They started a “Top-Rated Sellers” program that allows sellers with a sterling track record of previous customer satisfaction to display a “Top-rated Seller” icon on all their listings. When you see that you know you are dealing with a reputable customer-oriented seller.
They actively work with their sellers with incentives to promote listings that offer Free shipping, because that is what their customer surveys said you wanted.
And finally, they promote listings with “BIN” prices, (Buy-It-Now prices), so if you don’t like to bid on your items, or don’t want to wait for an auction to end, – just look for listings that have a Buy-it-Now price, and it can be yours with just 1-click!
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