How eBay Auction Work

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31 Jan 2009

Before you can list an item for sale or place a bid on an item, you first have to register with eBay. There’s no fee to register, although eBay does charge the seller a small listing fee to list an item for sale, and another small transaction fee when the item is sold. eBay doesn’t charge any fees to buyers.

An online auction is an Internet-based version of a traditional auctionyou know, the type where a fast-talking auctioneer stands in the front of the room, trying to coax potential buyers into bidding just a little bit more for the piece of merchandise up for bid. The only difference is that there’s no fast-talking auctioneer online (the bidding process is executed by special auction software on the auction site), and your fellow bidders aren’t in the same room with you, in fact, they might be located anywhere in the world. Anyone can be a bidder, as long as they have Internet access.

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