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How to avoid eBay scams

Safely buy and sell your products.
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Apply some common sense rules to stay safe on eBay.

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When you log into eBay to exchange goods and money with complete strangers, it's natural to have a sense of trepidation. How can you know who you're dealing with? Is your money or personal information at risk? Happily, the vast majority of eBay transactions will go through without a hitch. To further minimize your chances of getting scammed, simply follow a few common-sense rules.

Whether you're selling or buying, we'll guide you through the dos and don'ts of using eBay safely. These guidelines should keep everyone from auction newbies to old veterans out of trouble. Enjoy your eBaying!

Tips for sellers

If you're selling something on eBay, you don't want your item, money, or buyer to disappear into thin air. So it pays to be cautious.

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