(Closed) Buying rings on ebay – have i found a bargin?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If the ring is used and the shop has a good return policy (read it thoroughly), then I’d say YES, you found a steal!

If they do not have a good return policy or if they claim the ring is brand new, then I’d be a bit more wary, but more so if the return policy doesn’t give you a full refund minus shipping if you don’t like it. The used/new thing may not be a factor at all. =) Good luck!

Post # 5
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@M1cha3la:  Funny, I just posted a whole bunch of ebay tips on another thread earlier today 🙂

I have bought 3+ rings on ebay and they’ve all worked out great!

My Tips for Ebay:

Ebay has amazing buyer protection and i have used them and got my money back with very little hassle in the past. As long as you follow some guidelines, you’re pretty safe. Ebay protects buyers and if an item is not as described – that includes if they advertise it as a diamond and it’s CZ or glass, they will dispute it with the seller on your behalf.

1) look at the seller’s feedback. try to buy from sellers with very high if not 100% positive feedback and a lot of it. If a seller has only 2 feedbacks, they are less “vested” in their account and less established and more likely to be willing to risk their reputation to screw you over. but even in that case, ebay will protect you.

2) read the listing carefully. ask questions to clarify things. if the item arrives and it is not what is advertised, you have every right to dispute and get your money back.

3) buy items with a return policy. then you can have them checked out when they arrive at your home. take it to a store, have them test it to see if it is a diamond, etc. then return if needed. note: even if the seller says “no refunds” you can still be covered by Paypal and Ebay protection if it is not what was advertised.

I’d say it’s more trustworthy to buy from ebay than from some stores in real life because yoiu have both EBAY AND PAYPAL backing you up but in real life there isn’t such a strong watchdog presence.

***Ask the seller if they ship with tracking (or some specify that they ship priority mail) which has tracking on it – I love to obsessively watch the item make its way to me on the USPS website, lol. There is the ability to open a dispute for items not received. so you’re even covered for that part.

Ebay will take care of you. One seller I dealt with (I have been ebaying for 10 years) flat out didn’t respond to me and my dispute at all. Ebay refunded me the full value $200 less $10 for admin charge or something.

here is the info on paypal protection http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/buyer-protection.html#paypal1

Post # 6
24 posts

remember that diamond prices are artifcially inflated. It’s not that unlikely that they can offer a perfectly fine piece of jewelry for a much lower price than a local retailer. If there is a return policy I would totally risk it.

Post # 7
1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Niraja:  +1 With a 15 day money back, I’d risk it, and they have good feedback, just make sure to have it tested and such when you get it, and if it’s all diamonds and gold and looks great with your ring, then woo-hoo for you!

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