The internet not only exists to enhance communication. Despite that there are so many free or cheap services and products online, the internet deals with lots of money. Auction is among those services that requires money for bidding, product buying and delivery. And when there is abundance of money, there can also be plenty of various scams.
Auction or online bidding can be a practical way of buying a certain product that you are determined to buy. You win or not, you can still buy your product in a discounted price. That is, regardless of the risks that so many scammers are lurking in auction sites, many people are still hooked up in bidding before buying.
You can prevent these risks by knowing some tips on how to protect yourself against these scammers. See below:
Reliable and Secured Auction Site
It is doubtful to state that there is such a fully secured ecommerce site. But it is still safer to choose along with reliable auction site. Bid fee is usually small like a dollar depending on the auction site. Hence, before you can start bidding for your product, you are required to transfer funds to your bidding account. You are required to provide personal and billing information or anything about how they can charge you like your PayPal or Moneybookers IDs and your authorization.
Before you risk all your money in your cards, make sure you are entering information on certified secured sites like VeriSign approved and with https protocol. Study, read and know the auction site’s security measures. Visit also some auction site reviews and learn their current standing or reputations. See if they really deliver the bought products.
Check the product presentation and see if the description and images are realistic. Choose those clear images and check if the photos are just edited or fake. If you are a beginner, it is safer to bid first on lower price products.
Read and study their FAQs, Terms and Rules. See if there are hidden charges in addition to your membership and bidding fees.
Check if the auction site has different means of supports and are always available to help the customers. It is not enough that they have email supports. It is safer if the site has readily available supports like Live Chat and Toll Free Numbers.
Be Familiar With How the Scammers Work
Scammers work like they seems to be legitimate when they are not. Below are some hints on how to determine if there are scams behind a deceiving auction site and bidding game:
a. Sellers' partners will bid for the product at a higher price so it will be sold at a higher price. Check if the product is worth the price or if it is offered at a very low price on other reliable auction sites.
b. Faked photos and deceiving product presentation. As discussed earlier, check if the photos and product descriptions are realistic.
c. False customer feedbacks. Check if the customer feedbacks on their support pages complement with other auction site reviews.
In order for the sellers to gain more bids, they should keep the excitement and enjoyment of the bidders. Hence, if you really want to be safe, just balance your emotions in trying to win the product, excitement can sometimes blind you to observe some manipulations happening within the bidding platform.