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Mr. Thrifty Principle #3: Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the eBay seller

It may sound like common sense, but don’t be afraid to ask questions of the eBay seller. This accomplishes a couple of things. First, it allows you to clarify any uncertainties you may have about the item for sale, payment terms, shipping methods, etc. You will know exactly what to expect should you win the eBay auction. Also, asking a question serves as a kind of a “sniff check” to see if the eBay seller is for real. As sad as it may be, there are a lot of dishonest people that are trying to make a quick buck by selling phantom items on eBay. The good news is that most eBay thieves and scammers are lazy and won’t bother answering questions about their auction. Mr. Thrifty sometimes asks a question just to see if the eBay seller will respond in a timely manner. If they don’t Mr. Thrifty will not bid on the item but rather wait to find similar item from someone else on eBay.

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