Buying Toys on eBay – How To Guide

When you are a collector there are many different options that you have when you are buying toys. You can make a trip to your local stores or if you are lazy then you can just order them off the internet. If you are buying toys on eBay then you have a good chance of spotting a really good deal. It won’t happen all the time, but sooner or later you will find a deal your just can’t refuse.

Finding THE Item

The best way for you to find the action figure that you want is to use the search box instead of the categories. When I am searching then I sort the search results with “price + shipping = lowest first”. Doing this will sort the results with the best deals on the top of the results.

Review the Listing

Once you have found the item you are interested in buying they you must review the entire listing completely. I can not stress this enough. Don’t just look at the pictures and the click the buy button.

Things you should review on the listing when buying on eBay:

  • Shipping cost
  • What payments the seller accept (most everyone accepts Pay Pal)
  • Return Policy
  • Pictures of item
  • The entire item description
  • The sellers feedback

Checking the feedback will show you how the other transactions that seller has made went. Generally 98% or better should be good enough for you to buy from them.

If something in the description of the item sounds weird then contact your seller and get clarification prior to buying.

Receiving the Item

Once you have received the item look to see if you are happy about the item. If the item doesn’t meet your expectations then check the item listing again to see if the seller described the item correctly. If you have a problem with your order then contact the seller first! Do not just leave negative feedback. Most times the seller will be willing to work with you even if they don’t accept returns.

If you are unable to come to a resolution then open a buyer protection case. You can then escalate the case and eBay will be the judge on who is right and who is wrong. This is a worst case scenario choice though.

If you were happy with your purchase be sure to leave your seller positive feedback so that other buyers know what to expect dealing with them.

Buying Toys on eBay – Bottom Line

In the end if you are going to take anything out of this article about buying toys on eBay then remember to review the listing and contact the seller if you have any problems prior to leaving feedback. As a Top Rated seller myself it is very frustrating to get negative feedback when you know you could solve the problem in a matter of minutes.

Do you have some other tips about buying toys on eBay? Share them in the comments!

By Nick Lenihan

Nick is toy fan, geek, and action figure collector. When not geeking out about action figures and keeping up with the latest Toy News, he likes to pretend to play guitar. He's just another one of those pop culture fanatics that likes to share his passion with the world.

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