eBay For Dummies

eBay For Dummies

by Marsha Collier

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It’s a bargain! The definitive guide to buying and selling success on eBay

Want to know the best way to get rid of some of that clutter laying around the house and make some cash? Or sell that beautiful jewelry you made recently? It might be time to take a quick trip to a market with more than 175 million buyers and start a global bidding war.

eBay remains the easiest way to sell to hungry consumers worldwide and to uncover incredible bargains and unique items for yourself in the process. Marsha Collier, longtime eBay business owner and one of their first elite PowerSellers, shares 20+ years of expertise to fast-track you to becoming a trusted buyer and seller on the site. You’ll find out how to set up your account, market effectively, and master shipping and payment, as well as how to find the best bargains for yourself and close those sweet, sweet deals.

  • Establish your eBay store
  • Find techniques to make your listings stand out
  • Make money and friends with social media
  • Bid or buy outright

Whether you’re a bargain hunter or bargain seller, declutterer or aspiring eBay tycoon, eBay for Dummies has what you need. Put your bid on it right now!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119617747
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/12/2019
Edition description: 10th ed.
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 269,253
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marsha Collier is the top-selling eBay author and among the world's foremost e-commerce experts and educators. Now a Top Rated Plus Seller, she was among the first eBay PowerSellers. Marsha makes regular appearances on television, radio, and in print to discuss business, e-commerce, and customer service, and blogs at www.coolebaytools.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting a Feel for eBay 7

CHAPTER 1: Why Being on eBay Is Crazy Fun 9

CHAPTER 2: Let’s Do It! Signing Up on eBay 21

CHAPTER 3: Finding Your Way Around eBay 33

CHAPTER 4: Ground Central, Your Private, My eBay 49

Part 2: Buying Like an Expert 77

CHAPTER 5: Deal or No Deal? Buying Hacks and Searching Tips 79

CHAPTER 6: Get a Deal: Shopping eBay 101

CHAPTER 7: Winning eBay Strategies 125

CHAPTER 8: Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner? 137

Part 3: Making Money the eBay Way 153

CHAPTER 9: Selling in Your Slippers for Fun and Profit 155

CHAPTER 10: Time to Sell: Making Your Listing Irresistible 183

CHAPTER 11: Shopping or Selling with an eBay Store 211

CHAPTER 12: Closing the Deal and Shipping It Out 217

CHAPTER 13: Troubleshooting Transactions 243

CHAPTER 14: Increasing Profits with Photography and Other Strategies 263

Part 4: Even More of eBay’s Special Features 281

CHAPTER 15: Security: Protecting Yourself Online 283

CHAPTER 16: Understanding the Rules and Getting Help 301

CHAPTER 17: Marketing Sales with Social Media and the Community 321

CHAPTER 18: eBay Bucks, Charitable Buying and Selling, and Going Mobile 337

Part 5: The Parts of Tens 345

CHAPTER 19: Ten (Or So) Golden Rules to Succeed on eBay 347

CHAPTER 20: Ten (Or So) Services to Ease Your Way 355

Appendix: Finding Products to Sell and Catching Trends 369

Index 379

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eBay For Dummies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Massagediva More than 1 year ago
I have been using ebay for years and there was much I did not know. Book is very easy to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So straight forward. Started with 2006 edition got a little side tracked & returning to brush. Plus one for small business too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
endersreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would not want to be Marsha Collier or her editor. I don't know how many revised editions are out there, but they will continue. Change is perpetual. That being said, this book is what got me started on ebay. It's incredibly easy to understand (henceforth "For Dummies"). Even the most technically handicapped person should get along fine. My only gripe is that Collier is sometimes a bit repetitive, but dummies need repetition... Anyone who is the least bit interested in eBay--be it in buying or selling--should start here. Don't just hop on eBay and start clicking. There are a few fundamental wisdoms to be learned first, like how not to get negative feedback. Ms. Collier thinks of everything here! She even gives you ideas on where to get merchandise! I want you to realize that ANYONE can be an eBayer, regardless of your computer knowledge! Let Marsha show you how and soon you may wish to open your own eBay store or selling site! You won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a fifth or six reading level. I can understand it, but I'm only ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for understanding how to buy and sell on ebay. Ideal for newbies and experienced users alike. 
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