Buying rings on ebay
One of the most recent avenues for engagement ring shoppers is through the online auction site, ebay. Although some may argue that purchasing a pre-owned engagement ring is unromantic, and possibly bad luck, hundreds of engagement rings are purchased by satisfied couples through the site everyday. If you decide on using ebay to find a ring, there are some pitfalls you should watch out for.
Always check the seller’s ebay rating.
Ebay users are given a rating that tells you how reliable the sellers and buyers are. Because a diamond engagement ring is such an expensive purchase and because ebay purchases are based on an act of faith, you should only consider purchasing your ring from sellers with a 98 percent rating or higher. Don’t gamble with sellers with poor ratings.
Communicate with the seller.
Through ebay, you may contact the seller to ask him/her additional questions about the item for sale and get more information about it than what is in the description. Contact the seller of the ring and get as much information about the ring as possible What is the history of the ring? Are there certificates of authenticity for the ring? Are there any more photos of the ring available? The more information you get, the more likely you’ll also get a safe purchase.
Demand a return policy.
Most sellers on ebay, especially those who use the site frequently, will have a return policy but if the seller doesn’t – ask him/her for one. This will give you a few days to have the ring appraised to be sure you are getting what you pay for.
By using transaction sites like PayPal or escrow.com, sellers and buyers can insure that both sides are satisfied with the deal before the money is permanently exchanged.