phenomenon began with eBay, and continues to attract millions
of shoppers looking for stuff worldwide ranging from fine
art, collectibles and memorabilia, to used furniture and computers.
Today, auctions continue to thrive online, despite sometimes bad word-of-mouth by those who have been burned by transactions ranging from falsified photos to outright fraud.
Other practices resulting in consumer complaints have included misleading descriptions, failed deliveries, or simple overcharging of merchandise they could have bought cheaper (at retail) somewhere else.
Unwary auction buyers may also be subject to exorbitant costs such as international shipping and delivery, or even import duties that suddenly turn that bargain into a regret. Therefore, say experts, it's always wise to do your homework when participating in any kind of auction. Research the market, comparison shop, and know the dealer.
Around the Web, learn more about recognized names in online auctions, browse viewable catalogs from the traditional brick-and-mortar houses, and get valuable tips, advice and how to's for selling your stuff online or happily scoring your next bargain at auction ....
eBay.com - The granddaddy of all online auctions with everything from new electronics to old wholesale lots of old silverware up for grabs every day, plus millions of other items browseable by category, or sell your own treasure for a listing fee.
U-Bid - Now featuring traditional online shopping, although the original cyber-auction is still the way to go here at a top site for bidding on computers and electronics.