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There are some great deals to be found buying gift cards on eBay. However, like any smart shopper, you're cautious. To ease your mind, we've put together a few basics for buying gift cards from this reseller.

Avoid sellers who publish the gift card number. Some cards can be used online with only this number. By the time you get it, the funds could be long gone.

Check out the seller rating. If they have a high number of sales and positive feedback above 90 percent, they're probably reliable. To be safe, read some of the negative reviews and see if there are repeat problems.

According to eBay, sellers can only list one gift card at a time. If a seller has numerous gift cards available, it's best to avoid them. In certain cases, eBay will grant exceptions to major, reliable sellers like Gift Card Mall.

eBay doesn't allow the sale of gift cards with a value over $500, but sometimes a few slip through the cracks. If you see any of these auctions, just stay away.

Most credible sellers should accept payment via PayPal. Be suspicious of any seller requiring you pay with a money order or cash.

Bidding on auctions will typically save you more money over the "buy it now" feature. Many of the "buy it now" cards are listed at the same price as the balance of the card.

eBay also sells their own gift cards that can be used towards purchases from the site. When you're checking out, there should be a section for you to enter and apply your redemption code.

Should issues arise with your gift card purchase, call the customer service number on the back of the card. They can tell you the current balance and last transaction.

If you received an empty card, contact the seller first. If they can't help you or have gone missing, call your credit card company and request a chargeback.

For more information regarding eBay and its products, or if you have any other questions about buying and selling discount gift cards, contact their customer service between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. PST at 1-866-540-3229.

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