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The Joys and Pains of eBay

As I troll the social media sites and message boards each week to see what you are discussing, one thing pops up time and time again – eBay. For sellers, the site has been a benefit – a place where the little guy can engage in his favorite hobby, and make some money by not spending a lot. For buyers, it’s a one-stop place to find almost anything you’re looking for in many grades at affordable prices.

As I troll the social media sites and message boards each week to see what collectors are discussing, one thing pops up time and time again – eBay. For sellers, the site has been a benefit – a place where the little guy can engage in his favorite hobby, and make some money by not spending a lot. For buyers, it’s a one-stop place to find almost anything you’re looking for in many grades at affordable prices.

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But for some, eBay can be a disappointment. Hidden fees, sketchy sellers and finding what you purchased isn’t quite what you expected when you finally get it in hand, seem to top the list of instances that have turned some collectors off from the site.

I can say that I’ve had both experiences in my eBay shopping.

What have your experiences been buying and selling on eBay? What is your advice for new buyers, and what do you wish sellers would do to make shopping better?

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