Purchasing anything on eBay can be a daunting and frustrating experience. Pipes are no different. There are a lot of questions that come up. “Can I trust this seller? What should I bid? When should I bid? Am I going to be ripped off?”
The purpose of this guide is to help you bid on pipes with confidence. I want you to be able to take advantage of the huge selection of pipes available on eBay with less worry. With a little effort on your part you can choose sellers more wisely, decrease your chances of falling victim to bidding wars, end your frustration with auction snipers, and greatly improve your chances of avoiding problematic transactions.
I packed a lot of information into this guide. Included in the guide:
- The importance of understanding key differences between online auctions and in-person auctions
- How eBay has improved pipe buying and collecting
- How to avoid bidding wars
- How to choose the best sellers and spot the less trustworthy sellers
- What you can learn about a pipe auction by “reading between the lines”
- How not to let snipers get the best of you
- My strategy for timing my bid
- The step-by-step method for how I determine a pipe’s value to me and my maximum bid
- Help you adopt reasonable expectations about estate pipes
- My 16-point checklist for investigating pipe auctions and steering clear of disappointment
- And more…
Who this guide is for
If you are new to buying pipes on eBay or you experience stress and uncertainty when shopping online auctions this guide is for you. If you have had disappointment with pipes you bought on eBay my checklist may help you spot the red flags and systematically rule out the common areas of disappointment in the future.
If you buy anything on eBay much of this information will help you bid with more confidence on other items too – not just pipes.
Do not buy this guide if…
You already know it all. If you are a seasoned bidder with extensive experience and complete confidence when buying pipes on eBay and have never had a bad transaction you might not find anything new or useful in this guide.
If you are looking for a way to cheat the system do not buy this guide – you will not find what you are looking for here. This guide is for helping connect honest pipe smokers with honest pipe sellers and increasing the amount of honest transactions that will make everyone happy.
You want help determining the market value of a pipe. This is not a pricing guide. I cannot tell you how much a pipe is worth to other people. Note: I do provide lists of examples of defects that may effect the value of a pipe. I also take you step by step through the process I use to decide what the most a pipe will be worth to me.
You want to learn how to use eBay. This guide does not thoroughly cover the mechanics of using eBay. If you only want to learn how to place a bid see if eBay’s help files and documentation answer your questions before purchasing this guide. The purpose of this guide is to help you develop a strategy that will allow you to bid more confidently, avoid disappointment, identify trustworthy sellers, and learn more about pipes before you bid on them.
More about the Pipe Buying Guide for Online Auctions
The guide is over fifty pages long and formatted for easy reading on your computer screen. Want to try before you buy? No problem. A free sample including the first few pages is available.
Compare the price for this guide to just the cost of shipping a package one-way using Priority Mail within the United States. If I can save you the trouble and cost of returning just one disappointing purchase to the seller this guide has already began to pay for itself. There’s no dollar amount for peace of mind – that’s the other thing I want you to have more of as you bid on pipes after reading this guide.
Now through the end of June 2011 I am offering this guide at a reduced introductory price
Due to a surge of purchases the last few days of June I decided to extend the introductory price one more week. To purchase the guide at the current introductory price place your order before midnight July 8th.
If, after reading the guide, you determine it is not everything I have described here and the information was of no value to you, delete the file and let me know within 10 days of purchase you were not happy with the guide. I will fully refund the purchase price.