Saturday, October 08, 2005

Weird Al does eBay with the Backstreet Boys

Know anyone who loves buying and selling things on eBay (besides me)?

Here's a little ditty by parody singer, Weird Al Yankovic, called E-Bay. It's sung to a tune by the Backstreet Boys called "I Want It That Way".

Just turn up your volume and hit play:

It's amusing, especially if you're into eBay.

eBay is basically a huge online bulletin board or classified ad where anyone in the world can list things for sale. You can find just about anything there. Most things are listed as a "highest bidder wins" auction format, but there are many things for sale at a set price.

eBay is a great place to buy things, but you've got to be really careful about who you're buying from. Because it's an open market like the classified section in your local newspaper, there is potential for fraud.

Because eBay is just a place to list things for sale, you don't know who is selling you the item, so it's extremely important that you check a seller's feedback score. That the eBay rating system used by other individuals who have dealt with the seller in the past. It's far from perfect, but it's a good starting point when you're trying to determine if the person you're dealing with is reliable or not. Just remember, the higher the dollar value of the item you're looking at purchasing, the higher the risk of fraud.

Use common sense when buying on eBay and you can find some great deals.