Well, I opened another eBay account. I couldn't resist the good deals I saw there. I figured out that the worst that would happen is that I will get banned again, hopefully after making one or two purchases. Then I'll open another. And another. Luckily, I didn't get banned again. I'm still using the second account I opened. Even for a side business of selling iTunes gift card, Spotify subscription card and Skype Card. I have already made a few coins selling iTunes gift card and Spotify subscription card. I buy them on eBay and resell with guaranty to buyers in Nigeria. And beyond that I have bought all sorts from a Forex robot to a Netflix Shared account access.
Ebay shows the power of a consumer to consumer market. People sell what they don't need to people who need them. Especially the phones, iPad, laptops, servers and technology gadgets. Then some have figured out a way to buy things cheap and resell cheap on eBay. And I have figured out creative ways of cutting my cost of paying for any product or service. When I want to buy a software I check its price on eBay, there could be someone with an extra/unwanted copy willing to sell it for much less than the list price. When I want to see how much to put aside for the super-powerful laptop I need to get someday, I check on eBay. When I want to renew my Spotify premium I check on eBay; there is always someone selling the Spotify cards for less than its list price. And if I decide to buy Apple Watch after its release date of 24th April 2015, it would be on eBay (or Amazon Marketplace).
The precautions I take in ensuring that I don't become a fraud victim (or buy a bad market) is I buy only from people with lots of positive reviews and high ranking. I also get in touch with them if it's for a high value purchase, to establish a personal connection that can help me further decide if to trust the seller or not.
The funny part is I have never bought anything from any Nigerian online store: Jumia, Konga, Dealdey, Gloo, Kaymu and the rest. But I have been making online purchases from foreign stores since 2009. It began with my buying books from Amazon using a dollar funded card I got from GTBank. I just find it more convenient and cheaper to buy things from foreign online stores. And now eBay is top on my shopping site list.