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Buying Merchandise & Supplies Using Online Auctions
Online auctions are also a great resource for buying fabrics, tools and patterns. Do some research and be clear on what your are buying before you bid. Always check a seller's feedback rating and check their shipping policies before you bid.

For example, some keywords to use when looking for fabrics using the search tools on online auction sites are:

- linen fabric
- velvet fabric
- brocade fabric
- Renaissance fabric

Do not buy from a seller located overseas as you are subject to paying imported textile taxes as well as other charges when your shipment arrives in the United States. It is illegal for someone to ship you items from overseas without declaring the shipment's true value.

Many people try to label items as "gift" and if the customs inspector finds otherwise, both the shipper and recipient can be fined and held accountable. As well as these legal caveats, remember the quality may not be what you are expecting, even though a person's feedback rating may be good.

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