When buying on eBay a costumer is going to get the best deal if they think before they bid. After all there is a lot more to buying on eBay then just putting that bid in on the item you think is so great. Many times you are not going to end up getting the great deal you think you are getting.
One thing to always consider when putting in a bid on any item is the cost of shipping. In truth that really is part of the cost for the item and should be looked at as such. If you are willing to pay $40 for that item and the shipping cost is $5, then make your high bid $35. The price of shipping can really add up if you are not careful. A very common thing for sellers to do is to charge extra for shipping above what the actual cost is going to be.
Most of the time it is just a few dollars and so no big deal if you are doing as I suggested and figuring the shipping into the cost. I have seen shipping that has been around $20 over what it should cost and more than the value of the piece itself.
Often times these shipping charges are hidden in the claim that the seller is asking for the actual shipping cost and gives you to ability to calculate that cost. What you will find is that many sellers have put in a higher weight for the item so the shipping costs get calculated much higher than they actually are. Just because this looks like the actual shipping cost does not mean it is so. Use common sense and if the shipping cost looks greatly inflated, then it is most likely more than the actual cost. Basically just make sure you are aware of the full price you will be paying for the item, bid and shipping price together.
Another word of advice, do not fall for the wording tricks. I have seen literally hundreds of items on eBay listed as ‘rare’ or ’exclusive’ or ‘limited’ that I have known for a fact are not. These word tricks are used to get people to believe they are getting an even better deal or have found some great collectable treasure. If you ever see any such adjective on an item do the research before you go and bid a lot on it thinking you have found something valuable. Quit often you can just go to your local store and find those items right there on the selves for less than the opening bid price. It helps you in bidding to know as much about the product as you can before you start bidding on it.
On eBay, as with any form of shopping, you will get your best deals if you use common sense and look at the whole picture in regards to cost before you start bidding. The sellers there are trying to make money and know the tricks to get people to bid. If you relax and do not rush into your bidding you can get some great deals on eBay. But if you rush into it and just bid without thinking, chances are you will end up over paying.