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Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay

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Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay teaches you how to successfully bid and sell on eBay, the world's largest online auction site. eBay expert Michael Miller walks you through the process of selling any type of item on eBay, from creating your item listing to collecting payment and shipping. You'll learn how to win auctions with last-minute snipes, how to deal with deadbeat bidders and sellers, and how to customize My eBay to track all your auction activity. Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay reveals all the secrets...
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Overview

Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay teaches you how to successfully bid and sell on eBay, the world's largest online auction site. eBay expert Michael Miller walks you through the process of selling any type of item on eBay, from creating your item listing to collecting payment and shipping. You'll learn how to win auctions with last-minute snipes, how to deal with deadbeat bidders and sellers, and how to customize My eBay to track all your auction activity. Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay reveals all the secrets necessary to become a thriving eBay user -- whether you auction one item a month or a thousand!
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Don't worry: you're not the last person on Earth to do business on eBay. Yet. But if you're thinking about taking the plunge -- as a buyer or a seller -- Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay will be an indispensable companion.

Michael Miller starts with a high-level walk-through of how online auctions work, then helps you find your way around the more than 7 million items listed for auction on eBay. (You'll also find the semi-secret list of email addresses you can use to actually ask a live eBay person a question -- and get an answer.)

Miller offers complete guidance for the beginning bidder: what to consider before you bid; how to keep track of your bids; and the best ways to pay if you win. There's a full chapter on bidding strategies -- from successful sniping to bidding in odd numbers (that $10.03 bid will beat someone else's $10 bid every time).

Then, it's on to "eBay for sellers." What should you sell? How should you describe it? Should you set a reserve price? How do you control your listing fees? Is it worth the cost to use boldface or highlighted listings? How do you create great-looking listings that make bidders salivate? Where can you get free boxes for shipping? Why are Styrofoam "peanuts" so popular?

There's a full chapter on using PayPal, and another on shipping internationally. The book concludes with a guide to turning your casual eBay experience into a serious, profitable business -- not easy, but doable. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789729286
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Essential eBay
1 All About Online Auctions 7
2 Introducing eBay, the World's Largest Online Auction 13
3 Joining Up and Getting Started 27
II eBay for Bidders
4 Bidding 101: A Tutorial for Beginning Bidders 37
5 Searching for Items (and People) 57
6 The Best Ways to Pay 73
7 After the Auction: Taking Care of Business 81
8 Dealing with Fraudulent Sellers 89
9 Secrets of Successful Bidders 99
III eBay for Sellers
10 Selling 101: A Tutorial for Beginning Sellers 115
11 Determining What to Sell - And for How Much 135
12 Deciding on Your Payment Methods 143
13 Choosing the Right Listing Options 149
14 Writing a Listing That Sells 161
15 Using Pictures in Your Listings 171
16 Creating a Great-Looking Listing 185
17 Managing the Auction Process 201
18 After the Auction: Concluding Your Business 211
19 Shipping It Out - Cheaply and Safely 219
20 Dealing with Deadbeat Bidders 241
21 Secrets of Successful Sellers 247
IV Using eBay's Advanced Features
22 Creating a Home Base with My eBay 261
23 Creating Your Own Personal About Me Page 271
24 Understanding and Using Feedback 277
25 Participating in the eBay Community 283
26 Buying and Selling Right Now: eBay Stores and Half.com 289
27 Buying and Selling Wheels and Walls: eBay Motors and Real Estate 297
V Becoming a Power Seller
28 Using Auction Software and Services 309
29 Selling in Quantity 321
30 Using PayPal and Other Payment Services 327
31 Going International 339
32 Making a Living from eBay 347
Index 355
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    Perfect for New eBay Sellers

    If you are looking into reducing your clutter by selling stuff from eBay, but don't know where to begin, then go out and get this book immediately. I'm not kidding, this book taught me all the basics on what I need to know to sell stuff on eBay. Is the actual selling process so easy that a five-year-old can do it? In short, yes. But, if I hadn't bought this book I would have probably made a lot of mistakes along the way and I probably wouldn't have sold as much as I have. Out of my first 15 auctions, I sold all but two items at much higher prices than I estimated I would. This is because this book gives you all the little tips the top eBay sellers use. Here's the kicker...the tips actually work! So you don't end up frustrated and disappointed in unsold items, get this book and read it cover to cover before you list your first item. I guarantee you'll be happy you invested the time and you'll definitely get your money's worth out of the book because you'll refer to it so often. Plus, once you don't need the book anymore, I'm sure you could recover half your investment by selling it on...you guessed it...eBay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    Alright for the absolote begginer that does not want to move to the next level

    Pretty good for the first time user. Better for ther the seller than the buyer butstill not awful. The explanation on the pictures was not as great as I would have liked. Once again I recomed the book to the buyer more than to the seller.

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    Posted February 8, 2009

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