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Buying Darts Online


If you’d like to save some money on your dart supplies, you need to know what to look for when shopping for darts online at eBay.  Ebay is a wonderful place where you can almost always find exactly what you want, including darts, new or sometimes gently used, for less than you’d probably pay anywhere else.  But eBay is not without pitfalls, and there are some bidding techniques to help you win.  Here are some tips to help you when shopping for darts online.

Read everything..  Seasoned eBayers always do this, because once you commit to buy, you’re expected to have read the fine print.

So you’ve searched for Tungsten soft tip darts, and you’ve found an auction that interests you.  You’ve read the item details, and everything looks good.  You’re even thrilled, because the price is amazingly low!  Before you do anything, read all the other details at the top of the page.  Are the darts dirt cheap, but the shipping is outrageous?  Will it ship from a different country, which affects the cost and shipping time?  Surprisingly cheap products with high shipping costs are an eBay seller’s technique to get a higher price for something. If there’s no shipping amount mentioned anywhere, be wary.  Contact the buyer and pin him down on a shipping rate before you commit to buy, to avoid surprises.

Don’t let yourself be blinded by a great dart auction—check out the seller’s rating and feedback scores and decide if you feel the seller is worth the risk. Don’t go by bare numbers alone, though.  Some Power Sellers might have 97% positive ratings, while Joe Schmoe from Buffalo has a better 98%.  But if the Power Seller has thousands of transactions rated, and Joe Schmoe has 50, it’s clear that you’re safer making a purchase from the Power Seller. Do they accept Paypal, so that you can pay for your purchase without worry?

Also, use common sense after reading the item description.  Is it copied and pasted from the manufacturer’s website?  Or does the seller sound like he knows something about darts?  Great purchases can certainly be made from people who really don’t know much about the product they’re selling, but if the seller is familiar with darts, there’s less of a chance that he might accidentally misrepresent the product, and send you something you really didn’t want.

So you’re ready to buy darts?  Don’t bid yet!  Look at the auction end date and time, then bookmark the auction or watch it in your “My eBay,” and come back it to shortly before the time’s up, if at all possible.  You can go ahead and bid your maximum amount, and eBay will automatically bid on your behalf to try to keep you the winner, but this serves to drive the price higher. Wait until there’s a minute or two left, then bid your maximum amount.  If you end up the high bidder with only seconds to spare, there’s little time for someone else to re-bid and win!