ebay, kijiji, craigslist etc

If you want to have the highest chances of getting an item at the best deal, you have to be the first person to see the deal.  Problem is, it is lame to sit and constantly search over and over again to hope something comes up. Avoid spending hours and hours checking online sites like ebay, kijiji, craigslist, autotrader, cycletrader or the many other public selling sites. The trick is to use an RSS to Email service.

By default, Paypal wants to do the foreign exchange conversion of your payment for you because Paypal pockets ~2.5% from your purchase, just like most credit cards would anyway. However, if you use a credit card that has no foreign exchange fees, you want to be billed in the currency of the seller when using Paypal on eBay for example.  In Canada the Chase Amazon.ca Visa card has no forex fees and 1% cash back.  In the USA and other countries there are similar cards available. Below are the steps to set up Paypal so that you pay in the seller’s currency on your credit card.

can't contact an ebay seller

Often an ebay seller can block you from sending messages, and you can’t contact the ebay seller.  You get a message that says “We’re sorry we couldn’t find an answer for you. Unfortunately, this seller is not able to respond to your question. We suggest reviewing the item again to see if your answer is in the seller’s listing.”

There are various reasons for this, but I found an easy workaround.