Take our eBay addiction quiz

eBay addiction is a serious problem.

 One woman was in debt by $400,000 and took a second mortgage out on her home and all the money from her retirement account 

eBay enables people to buy and sell just about anything.

It is not the item itself that gives people an addictive buzz, but the excitement of bidding against others for it, and winning. In moderate cases, eBay addicts will spend money they do not have on things that they do not need. It gets more serious when eBay addicts feel a sense of accomplishment when they are the highest bidder and begin to bid on items they don’t need. Take this Quiz Answer “yes” or “no” to the following statements:

  1. Do you need to bid with increasing amounts of money?
  2. Are you preoccupied with bidding in e-auctions?
  3. Have you lied to friends and family members about your online bidding?
  4. Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop online bidding?
  5. Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop online bidding?
  6. Do you use auction houses as a way of escaping from problems or unpleasant feelings?
  7. Have you jeopardized a relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of online bidding?
  8. Have you committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance online activities?

Answering yes to five or more symptoms is a sign you have a problem. eBay Addiction is a societal and mental health problem. This behavior isn’t limited to eBay, although they are the largest online auction house, it could be any online auction site(s). By answering yes to any of these questions, these are signs that you have lost control, lied, or possibly stole money just to support your bidding behavior. Dr. Young’s latest book outlines more information on ways to deal with online bidding and related shopping addiction.