Watch out for dodgy deals and fakes when shopping on-line. If an item is worth more than $500 and you can buy it for $50, you h
Watch out for dodgy deals and fakes when shopping on-line. If an item is worth more than $500 and you can buy it for $50, you h

Buying safety on-line



THERE'S nothing worse than being taken for a ride.

Especially if you have just forked out your hardearned cash for a great online bargain ? only to be sent a fake or, much worse, nothing at all.

With an increased number of shoppers and sellers going online ? eBay has more than 100 million members ? the risk of getting a shady deal is increasing.

When searching for your next bargain remember to keep the following in mind:

n Is the item you're looking at too good to be true? If it's worth $500 and you can buy it for $50 you have to start asking questions.

n Has the seller used misleading words to describe the item? 'Nearly new' and 'new without tags' can mean a lot of different things.

n Is it in Australia or overseas? If it ships from overseas, you can end up paying a fortune in duties and fees.

n Is the postage exorbitant? The cheap $3 book might have a $30 postage charge.

n Check out feedback ratings ? both the quantity and quality ? so you know who you're dealing with.

n If whatever you're buying is worth more then $20, then get insurance. It will protect you should your delivery get lost in the post.

n A postal address that is different from the billing address is fairly common, however, this could be a fraud indicator. For instance, a high-priced item that has a billing address in one country and a postal address in another may be suspicious.



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