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As the online auction industry continues to evolve, we thought that our beginner's guide should too. After all, life moves pretty fast these days, and if you're a newcomer to the online auction experience, you need the most up-to-date and comprehensive information available.

With that in mind, we've revised and expanded every section of our FAQ. Admittedly, being new at anything--whether it's driving, parenting, or collecting Civil War memorabilia--can be an intimidating ordeal. Making your first visit to one of the major auction sites, such as eBay or Amazon.com Auctions, can be just as overwhelming, especially for folks who have yet to familiarize themselves with the Internet.

Rules and regulations, bidding procedures, auction etiquette, confusing auction formats, and insider lingo--it's a lot for an auction newbie to absorb. But that's where we come in. Our guide walks you through the entire process from the buying perspective. For starters, we introduce you to the general rules and principles that govern most auction sites. Before going for your first score, you'll know the basic rules, some buyer etiquette, and the real no-nos.

We also discuss how to browse and find what you are looking for quickly, how to spot good deals and avoid the bad ones.  Finally, we provide you with an overview of the major auction formats and user lingo that might initially bog you down while reading auction descriptions and interacting with other users.

Just click on a section above or the text link below. Your first-class introduction to the online auction world is about to begin!




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