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User id: amitava123gems

Almost 59, I am nursing my primary love for stones. Besides, I also collect stamps and antiques and have a degree in architecture.

How long have you been using the eBay Site and what do you use it for?
I started as a buyer on Baazee to collect information, and later got a shop to showcase my collection. The best thing is what you can't find anywhere else, you can find on eBay.

I started listing hobby items, home decorations, gemstone statues and stones. Stones clicked. Apart from other stones, I also sell some rarest of hessonites particularly a faint colored one from Dahikhal, Orissa. Funny thing is I have received 2 negatives for the same, but I will continue to sell it.

Who is your favorite eBay seller/buyer and why?
emailswarup is my most favourite eBayer . indconcepts is most knowledgeable eBayer and most helpful. Navneeth is cutest.

You often spend time on the Community boards, interacting with users and helping them. What attracts you towards the community boards?
I feel very much at home in the community section. It is like the sitting room of eBay. All I do is pull up my chair to chat with other members, boost up spirits of fellow members and generate meaningful friendship.

eBay's community is what makes it unique and has helped eBay survive over the years.

Do you have a certain strategy that helps you to sell your items?
Oh yes, and this will be useful for all sellers. If you have a shop, go for lowest prices first and list view to boost sell. If you don't want to be too busy receiving orders, then go for highest prices first and gallery view.

Do you think your feedback rating on the eBay Site has improved your reputation as a buyer or a seller?
Oh yes, the world knows amitava is a stone man.

What eBay feature or service would you say has been the most helpful to you and why?
My favorite is Community boards because it helps you receive some great and fast help.

PaisaPay is the most efficient of all. I must also mention that Customer Service has been very helpful to me.

Tips for those who are selling or buying their items on the eBay Site?

-Loss or gain are part of life. Loose one and gain two…that is eBay. Here is what I have learnt:

-Don't be arrogant or hyper.

-Show your manners and courtesy to the fullest extent.

-Understand the problem of the other member, and as and when possible, help others.

-Think ten times before you give neutral. Think hundred times before you give negative.

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