I’m aware of the eBay website for a long time but never really purchased anything on the site. My major excuse was related to trust. What if I bought something from eBay, paid for it, but the seller never deliver the item?
After catching up with some cool people from eBay Malaysia recently, I’ve learned that eBay is a safe place to buy and sell.
Some tips I’ve learned before you purchase anything from eBay:
- Look out for the eBay Buyer Protection logo- If you did not receive the item that you purchased or got cheated, you will be reimbursed up to a maximum of RM 750, if you meet the conditions. Details here. If you’ve paid for your item using PayPal, you’re also covered by PayPal Buyer Protection.
- Check the seller’s reputation- Look out for the percentage of “Positive feedback” rated by the buyers, also if the seller is rated “Power Seller”, it means the person has consistently met the requirements established by eBay and can be generally trusted.
- Read buyers feedback- If you spot any negative comments on the seller, avoid purchasing from the seller.
So I decided to try out eBay and purchased a cheap Samsung Galaxy Note II casing(RM32) from a Singaporean seller. The item was delivered on the third day as I opted for fast delivery via courier, standard delivery might take longer depending on the location of the seller.
[Samsung Galaxy Note II casing bought via eBay Malaysia]
The case that I bought would normally cost more than RM100 if I would have bought it from the local Samsung stores, so buying from eBay helped me save at least 70%!
I’ve also noticed most the phone accessories sold on eBay are cheap, on top of that, you could find stuff that you may not be able to find it locally. For an example, I was having a hard time finding a phone case for my newly purchased Huawei Ascend Mate from the local phone dealers, but I found the case on eBay last week and bought it from a seller located In China. That’s awesome!
eBay Malaysia offers a big selection of new and fixed price merchandise – from electronics to fashion. Users can pay via PayPal, credit card, debit card, online bank transfer and others.
Malaysians can now buy from a pool of local listings, and over 25 million new global listings using ebay.com.my. Shoppers have access to more daily bargains, including up to 90% discounts off the recommended retail prices of a range of electronics, mobile accessories, computers and watches.
The site now has a personal way to curate your own shopping experience and discover items, called Feed. This new feature creates the experience of an online personal shopper by matching customer interest with eBay’s global inventory. It’s similar to creating a news feed.
eBay today by the numbers (worldwide):
- 116 million active users
- Nearly 25 million sellers; 400 million listings
- Nearly 260 million daily searches
- Approx. 60% of revenue is international; approx. 20% of merchandise volume is cross-border
- 70% of items are new
- eBay’s first app launched in July of 2008. eBay surpassed 100 million downloads in September
- 1 million new customer accounts came to eBay via mobile in the first half of 2012
eBay is also available on mobile devices via the application for Apple iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices.
Visit ebay.com.my now to learn more and start purchasing!