Monday, 24 November 2014

Ebay and PayPal for beginners

Many of my clients tell me they would like to use Ebay - the online auction site.  Ebay is extremely popular but can be a little daunting if you are new to computers.  Many people fear they may buy something by accident but this is actually NOT that easy to do!

Ebay has "buy it now", classified ads and Ebay shops as well as the classic auction items.  You don't have to bid you can just buy.




To use Ebay you need:

  • an email address
  • an Ebay account
  • a credit card/bank account
  • preferably a PayPal account linked to the above
  • an idea of what you want to buy/sell
I think that if is simpler for a first-timer to buy something rather than sell, in order to familiarise themselves with how Ebay actually looks on their screen.  This can look different depending on whether you are viewing it on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.  You can download free specially designed Ebay "apps" for your tablet and phone but they do the same thing as the full online version www.Ebay.co.uk.


There are some very clear instructions to be found at Digital Unite Trust's website that contain pictures of how your screen should look (known as "screenshots").  Click on the items below and a link will take you to their website and instructions:


PayPal

PayPal is an online service that links into your bank/credit card details to enable easy online transactions with many online merchants worldwide.  It securely stores your details and is amongst the most trusted way of paying for items.  In my opinion, it is the easiest way to manage your Ebay purchases and sales.  You will need to set up a PayPal account to use the service.  Once again, Digital Unite Trust's website contains extremely helpful instructions and lists additional benefits of PayPal over credit/debit cards.

Bonus - Earn Nectar points as well

You can link your Nectar card to your Ebay account and earn reward points too!