eBay has a reputation for scams, and the best way to avoid scams on eBay is to be an educated buyer and an educated seller. Unfortunately, there are many dishonest buyers out there just waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting seller who is eager to make a sale and of course, make some money. There are a few things new sellers should avoid selling.
Smartphones, especially iPhones. There is a well-known iPhone scam where sellers are losing money and the phone. Wait until you are more experienced before offering electronics, especially iPhones.
Designer handbags. First of all, many are fakes and you may not realize it. Offering a countefeit or fake handbag on eBay can get you suspended. Even if the bag is authentic, the brand name keywords (Coach, Prada, Gucci, etc.) may trigger further investigation by eBay and the listing could be pulled anyway. Just don't go there with designer handbags on eBay - it isn't worth risking your account. eBay is over-saturated with handbags anyway, since everyone and their brother has thought to go to the local outlet store, buy them at a discount, and sell on eBay. It is an old strategy that doesn't work anymore.
Designer watches are among the most faked items on the black market. Same issues as with designer handbags, the high profile brand name may trigger an investigation and your account can be suspended.
Jewelry made from gold and precious stones. Sellers should never start on eBay with expensive items, because not only could you be the target of a scam, but new sellers have selling limits and one fine piece of jewelry can use up the entire limit for the month. Start with inexpensive items while you learn.
Electronics including cameras, computers, tablets, or printers. The more moving parts and item has, the more opportunity for problems. Buyers can remove parts from the items and return them back to you and claim the item was defective. eBay requires sellers to offer refunds on defective items, so you may be stuck with an item that isn't sellable.
Be safe selling on eBay. If you are new to selling on eBay, try taking an eBay for Beginners Class online and learn from experts who can help you avoid problems and scams.
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