Online Auctions: New Way of Shopping


Submitted by Tomas York | Category: General Interest | Published on Dec 26, 2005
 
Abstract:
Online auctions operate on the same principles as the real auctions, but they have the mass appeal, which reaches out to the ordinary Internet users. They are an easy and fun way to buy a product of your choice.

Hearing of auctions always used to bring up visions of a grand room, with the auctioneer standing on a raised platform, taking bids from dressed up people in a dignified manner, and slapping his hammer with a bang on the table every time some one won a bid.

It used to be something that one saw in a movie or a rich people thing, which the average middle class person could not associate with. But with the advent of Internet into every facet of our lives, be it keeping in touch with friends, shopping and even dating and marriage, auctions have also become a routine part of an average internet userís life.

There are innumerable auction sites, selling everything from a pen to a used car and even houses if you want to bid from them. You think of what you want and youíll find it on one of the auction sites. All you have to do is sign up, get registered and bid a price for that item.

As in real auctions the highest bidder wins the bid, but because the online bids take a long time to close, you have the advantage to checking if your bid has been surpassed and put a higher price on it again. The sites predetermine the increment that you can put on an existing bid. This ensures that the prices are not driven up and more people can stay in the bidding game.

The bids placed are binding so donít bid on something just for the fun of it, the sites ensure to take your credit card details at the time of registration so you canít back out. You will find the best deals on the auction sites and the price that you pay for the items by bidding on them will often be less than itís market value.

Auction basics

There are a few simple rules that you can follow to get the best out of an auction deal:

  1. Donít stick to a single site- keep looking for better bids on the countless sites on the net.
  2. Always bid on the auctions that will not stay open for a long period of time. Longer bids will automatically get more hits, thus minimizing your chances of staying ahead on it. Bids with shorter time limit, for example one that ends in a week are better.
  3. Most of the items displayed on the site for auction could be misspelled, which means that not many would have got to that item and placed any bids. Always try to search for these items because the price would always be low on them.
  4. Donít bid a higher price than what you want to pay for a product, just because you donít want to lose out on it. Remember that there are other sites, which will most probably have the item you want to buy.

A little online research and some patience can get you the product you want to buy, at a lower price than the market on an online auction site. Donít wait, just sign up and have fun bidding!

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