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How To Waste Time On Auction Web Sites

In recent years online auctions sites have grown internationally to a point
where most web surfers have visited at least one site to buy or sell some
item or other - but are they wasting their time?

Online auctions offer for sale a wide range of products at vastly different
values and qualities, so we tend to think everything is there to satisfy all
our needs, which potentially is far from the truth.

A quick analysis of a typical online auction site suggests the following
advantages on offer;

A) wide range of goods - overall yes but some specialist items may be poorly
represented compared with dedicated web sites for this type of item.

B) International coverage - true but do really want to sell or buy your
items worldwide? Or just in your own country, you may be better on a
classified ad site. Many of the biggest auction sites have dedicated country
sites so be sure you link to that if available.

By further thought and study the following downsides may be apparent to many
auction site surfers also;

A) for sellers it costs money to list even if no sale is made, especially
bad for lower priced goods where listing costs can be greater than the
eventual sale price.

B) for buyers there is a risk of buying goods which are fake or
misrepresented in other ways, and this remains the biggest source of
complaint by auction buyers and something many auction sites seem reluctant
to care about.

C) There is little or no interaction or community spirit with users - you
are there to SELL at best price, who to does not matter


- or to BUY best
quality as cheap as possible, who from does not matter.

D) Newer, smaller auction sites although offering cheap or free listings may
lack variety of offers.

E) Larger, more established sites may be more costly due to their size and
popularity and bidding against a larger number of others means times lost in
tracking auctions over several days and loosing out in the last few seconds.
OR paying over the odds for goods of unknown quality with limited, if any

So auctions to many are the easy one stop route to buying and selling - but
are not definitive solutions to all our online needs. There are many
alterative web sites which can help our buying and selling online including;

A) price comparison sites which help track down the best and cheapest deal
for new goods especially electrical items.

B) second hand clothes and other wearable goods sites offering direct swaps
or swap for points trading, which also build a useful community spirit with
between users.

C) Classified ads - good for localised ads of low value goods, or specialist
goods inc collectibles.




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