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Now revised and updated – the bestselling guide to online auction success!

Get the latest on eBay, Half.com, eBay Stores, and more!

The fun and easy way™ to buy low, sell high, and avoid hassles and scams

Now revised and updated to cover new eBay tools and services, this bestselling guide is your ticket to online auction success. Longtime eBay experts Marsha, Roland, and Stephanie deliver the inside tips and ...

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Overview

Now revised and updated – the bestselling guide to online auction success!

Get the latest on eBay, Half.com, eBay Stores, and more!

The fun and easy way™ to buy low, sell high, and avoid hassles and scams

Now revised and updated to cover new eBay tools and services, this bestselling guide is your ticket to online auction success. Longtime eBay experts Marsha, Roland, and Stephanie deliver the inside tips and tricks you need, from power bidding strategies and proven selling techniques to savvy advice on protecting your privacy and settling disputes.

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Author Biography: Marsha Collier lectures at eBay University and has been featured on national television and in the New York Times and many major publications. Roland Woerner is a producer for NBC's the Today show. Stephanie Becker is a producer for NBC News.

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Shopping for collectibles from the comfort of one's home can be a huge convenience to flea-market scavengers. But there is a great deal information collectors need to know in order to buy and sell items intelligently and successfully in online auctions. Those who have fallen prey to the online auction bug can acquaint themselves with all the rules and techniques with this approachable book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764507618
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Marsha Collier is the undisputed empress of eBay, with more than a million copies of her books in print. She is cohost of the Computer & Technology Radio Show heard online at wsradio.com and an in-demand educator for all things online-business-related. Marsha was one of eBay's original PowerSellers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
PART I: Forget the Mall: Getting a Feel for eBay.
Chapter 1: Why eBay Is Better Than Your Local Antique Shop.
Chapter 2: The Bucks Start Here: Signing Up at eBay.
Chapter 3: There's No Place Like the Home Page.
Chapter 4: My Own Private eBay.
PART II: Are You Buying What They're Selling?
Chapter 5: Seek and You Shall Find: Research.
Chapter 6: Bidding: The Basics.
Chapter 7: Power Bidding Strategies.
Chapter 8: After You Win the Auction.
PART III: Are You Selling What They're Buying?
Chapter 9: Selling in Your Bedroom Slippers for Fun and Profit.
Chapter 10: Filling in the Blanks: Cyber Paperwork for the Savvy Seller.
Chapter 11: Going, Going, Gone: Closing the Deal.
Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Your Auction.
Chapter 13: Using Pictures and Strategies to Increase Your Profits.
PART IV: Oy Vay, More eBay!: Special Features.
Chapter 14: Privacy: To Protect and Serve.
Chapter 15: eBay's Rules & Safety Program.
Chapter 16: The eBay Community: Playing Nice with Other eBay Members.
Chapter 17: Charities and Special Features.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Golden Rules for eBay Buyers and Sellers.
Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Programs and Services to Ease Your Way on eBay.
Appendix A: Computers: How High-Tech Do I Go?
Appendix B: Answers for the Fanatic: Finding More Stuff to Sell.
Index.
Book Registration Information.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    The Best Book on eBay

    But that's not saying a lot. In my opinion all the books about eBay are poor, and this one is only a little better. In the first place, it seemed to me too expensive for a pulp-paper book with no color, not to mention few useful illustrations. And I found its off-handedness and humor distracting. And it seemed the author, or authors, were more intent on raving enthusiastically about eBay than in trying to inform the reader about how to use it. I just wanted some basic, how-to information, but it didn't seem to want to tell me that kind of thing. And I noticed it didn't tell me how to negotiate the eBay signing-up process without inadvertently inviting eBay and others to besiege me with promotional email and phone calls. (Don't get me wrong; I think eBay is great. But like a lot of oufits out there, you gotta watch 'em.) I tried to give the book a chance--tried to get it to just tell me how to buy something and how to sell something--but it frustrated me so much that I quit and--threw it away. (Well, maybe I am a dummy.) So while I'm waiting for a better book to come along, I'm learning how to use eBay from my wife and eBay's Help screens. But I should admit something: I don't like any of those Dummies books. I don't think they're 'for the rest of us'; I think they're just chummily written in order to look that way. And while I may indeed be a dummy about some things, I resent a book flat-out calling me one, and in garish black and yellow at that. I was a dummy to buy this book. But that's me; others may find this book to be the best thing they've ever stumbled across, and it is the most recent book on eBay, which is a plus.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Invaluable information

    I bought this book so that I could learn how to sell on eBay. It has provided me with much more information that the eBay site has, and I now have the confidence to get started as a seller.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    Learned a great deal

    I have been using ebay for years and there was much I did not know. Book is very easy to read

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    A good starter

    eBay is a lot of fun and this book makes learning about eBay a lot of fun as well. Docked one star simply because I knew most of the basics before reading the book. Nonetheless, Marsha's tips and insight did help me win some auctions and get better prices on things I was selling.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    eBay for Dummies Marsha Collier

    So straight forward. Started with 2006 edition got a little side tracked & returning to brush. Plus one for small business too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    i am so glad i read this book, it changed my life

    i read this book and i learned a lot about ebay. after i read the book i sold my whole house and everything in it. i made three dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is such a good book. if you don't own it go to your local bookstore and purchese it. it changed my life and it can change yours

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    Excellent - Buy this Book Even If You have Sold on eBay

    This book gave me several interesting tips. Did you know that you can search completed auctions? An ebay store will allow you to pay listing fees of only $0.02 This book is a gold mine for eBay entrepeneurs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Good for children.

    This book is about a fifth or six reading level. I can understand it, but I'm only ten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

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    Great book for understanding how to buy and sell on ebay. Ideal

    Great book for understanding how to buy and sell on ebay. Ideal for newbies and experienced users alike. 

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

    Really good if you don't know anything

    These dummy books are OK for those who know absolutely nothing but most of what they teach is pretty commonsense anyway.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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