An online auction is a convenient and easy way to purchase jewelry online. Prior to purchasing items, it is important to check the auction site and its terms. Auction sites differ on the way they handle sellers, bidding, and payments. Ensuring that you understand and know the rules of the auction site will decrease the risk that you will encounter scams or other issues. Examining the Site
Typically, an auction site has rules for both its buyers and sellers. When examining a site, you should read the reviews from others who have purchased items from that site. This can be accomplished by typing the site name in a search engine along with the words “review” or “complaints”. You should make sure to review the information regarding the rules of the following:
- Payments – some sites will allow you to pay with credit cards that come with fraud protection, while others do not. Also, some sites may not have a secure payment system.
- Disputes – this refers to the site refunding your money if you receive an item you are not happy with.
- Security and Privacy – you should make sure that you only engage in registering and purchasing items on sites that are secure. You can identify a secure page by looking at the web address. If the web address starts with https, then it is a secure webpage.
Choosing a Seller
When purchasing from an online auction, make sure to choose a seller that accepts payment methods that have fraud protection, like credit cards. Do not engage in business with any sellers that take only cash, money orders, or wire transfers. Sellers often have been rated and you should review their ratings on the site you are using. Make sure that the seller has good feedback overall and they have customers who are satisfied with recent purchases. If you find that the item listing isn’t clear, you should contact the seller for clarification. If the seller doesn’t respond or they are not able to clarify the listing, do not purchase an item from that seller. Also keep in mind that you should always keep copies of the communication between you and the seller you are purchasing the item from.… Read the rest