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Consumer Reports WebWatch’s ‘Look Before You Click’ Campaign Do’s and Don’ts Before You Bid, Buy, or Sell

Dozens of Web sites and blogs offer free and unsolicited advice on how best to transact on eBay and other auction sites. In fact, the sites themselves offer helpful tips from users. We’ve collected some of the best here. Also, in August 2007, Consumer Reports magazine published Winning at eBay: How to Bid Smart & Play Safe.