Kovels' Bid, Buy, and Sell Online: Basic Auction Information and Tricks of the Trade

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From the basic information you need to sell your items in an online auction to making online buys at great prices, experts Ralph and Terry Kovel are right on top of the hottest trends.

Kovels' Bid, Buy, and Sell Online offers all the expertise you need for buying or selling anything in this worldwide virtual bazaar. This guide covers it all!

Complete with a chart comparing the fees, rules, and practices of the three major auction sites, as ...

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Overview

From the basic information you need to sell your items in an online auction to making online buys at great prices, experts Ralph and Terry Kovel are right on top of the hottest trends.

Kovels' Bid, Buy, and Sell Online offers all the expertise you need for buying or selling anything in this worldwide virtual bazaar. This guide covers it all!

Complete with a chart comparing the fees, rules, and practices of the three major auction sites, as well as diaries of both a buyer and a seller, the book also provides the Kovels' list of sites (constantly updated at www.kovels.com) to guide you through the fast-growing auction opportunities on the Web.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609807576
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 3/13/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph and Terry Kovel
RALPH and TERRY KOVEL have authored more than eighty books and currently write a nationally syndicated newspaper column, a monthly column in House Beautiful, a subscription-only newsletter, and a monthly column in Forbes magazine. Starting in 2001 they will appear on their own weekly television show on HGTV (Home & Garden Television), titled Flea Market Finds with the Kovels.

Biography

Ralph and Terry Kovel embarked on their career as antiquing gurus while trying to furnish their first apartment on a budget, according to a newspaper bio. "Neither of us was trained in art, antiques or writing," Terry remembers. "We came from nowheresville as far as the experts were concerned. Maybe that's why we can write what we write, because we think like beginners and write in plain language."

They published their first guide, the Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain in 1953. The first edition of Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles, published in 1968, was the first commercially published book to be sold in bookstores that was written and printed on a computer.

Since then, the Kovels have steadily expanded their reach as foremost authorities on old stuff of all kinds. The Kovels have been on television since their 1969 public-television series Know Your Antiques. Their current television program, the award-winning Flea Market Finds with the Kovels, begans its second season on HGTV (Home and Garden Television) in the fall of 2002. They also have a syndicated newspaper column.

Since 1974 the Kovels have published a national subscription-only newsletter, Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles, which has more than 150,000 subscribers in the United States and Canada.

The Kovels are obsessive collectors, and they still make room for new "finds" in their antiques-filled home in Ohio. Their most recent purchase: an 1880s shoeshine stand. They still haven't figured out where they'll put that one. The Kovels home also includes a library filled with 18,000 books about antiques, although they do find time for other types of reading -- Ralph tends to read business-related books, while Terry especially enjoys murder mysteries.

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Ralph and Terry Kovel ("Kovel" rhymes with "Oh Hell!") have collected and worked together throughout their 50-plus-year marriage -- Yes, and they are still married! They have two married children and three granddaughters, all of whom live in 1950s houses.

Terry taught math at a boys' school. Ralph has been in the food business as a manufacturer and executive for years, which explains the 1890s country store in their basement.

The Kovels' strangest claim to fame: They once were offered as shopping companions as part of a prize on a Publishers Clearinghouse contest. They were the subject of a question on the TV game show Jeopardy, cited as experts on an episode of the TV series Northern Exposure, and mentioned in a murder mystery by Elmore Leonard.

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    1. Hometown:
      Shaker Heights, Ohio
    1. Education:
      Ralph Kovel: Ohio State University; Terry Kovel: Wellesley College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Part 1 Guide for Computer Neophytes 13
Screens & Pages 15
Buttons & Underlined Words on Your Internet Browser 15
What's at the Top of the Screen? 16
Where Am I? 17
Internet Browser Terms 17
Part 2 Buying on the Internet 21
Let's Tour an Internet Auction Site 24
Getting to an Internet Auction 24
Registration to Buy or Sell 28
Eyes in the Back of Your Head 31
Searching an Online Auction for the Thing You Want to Buy 32
Search Results 35
Is It What You Want to Buy? 36
Photographs 38
How Will You Pay? 38
Checking "Comments" (Feedback) 38
Automatic Bidding 39
Reserve Prices 40
Bidding Strategies 42
Auction Extension 43
You Are the Successful Bidder 44
Payment Methods 45
Escrow Services 47
More on Returns 48
Risks 50
Filing a Claim for a Broken Item 51
Fraud 52
Buyers Beware! 55
Cyber-Shills 58
A Few More Words of Warning 59
A Buyer's Diary 60
Part 3 Selling on the Internet 65
Who Sells on the Internet? 67
Preparing to Sell Online 67
Choosing an Auction Site 68
How to List Your Item at Auction 68
Bad Description vs. Good Description 77
Minimum Bids 79
Reserve Prices 79
How to Include a Photograph with Your Listing 80
Selling on a Large Auction Web Site Like eBay or Amazon 81
Auction Fees 85
What to Do After the Sale 88
What Not to Do If You're Selling Online 89
Feedback 92
What to Sell 93
Fraud Problems for Sellers 95
Tax Consequences 98
A Seller's Diary 100
Part 4 Online Hotline 111
Online Record Breakers 113
One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure 115
Online Auction Tales 115
Online Auction Sample Prices 118
Comparison of Three Auction Sites 121
Glossary 127
Kovels' List of Helpful Web Sites for Collectors 131
Notes 139
Index 140
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    Good Info for Beginners

    More than half of this book is dedicated to the beginner or occasional user. Seasoned Sellers & Buyers on Ebay will find very little info beyond the basics. This is a pricey book for it's size and content (particularly a paperback). I was somewhat disappointed when I received it, but then...it does carry the KOVEL name on it and like any other popular NAMEBRAND you're going to pay a price. For beginners I would highly recommend this book, but for advanced online sellers and buyers...skip it, it's not worth the price.

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