eBay For Dummies

eBay For Dummies

by Marsha Collier


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eBay For Dummies by Marsha Collier

Your must-have guide to buying and selling on eBay

Over 160 million buyers can't be wrong! That's how many people are buying on eBay, and that number only continues to grow. If you're an eBay beginner looking to find bargains or make money by selling, look no further than eBay For Dummies. Inside, you'll find all the tips and strategies you need to become a successful buyer or seller on the world's #2 e-commerce site.

Written by Marsha Collier—who was one of the earliest sellers on eBay and one of their first elite 'PowerSellers'—this new edition offers the latest updates on eBay's selling tools, payment options, how to enhance your eBay experience through social media, and so much more. Buyers will discover how to find bargains, evaluate items, choose between bidding or buying outright, select the best shipping option, and close the deal. If you're a seller, there's a ton for you, too! You'll find tips on researching what to sell, creating effective listings, packing and shipping your items, and offering excellent customer service.

  • Create an account and search for bargains
  • Make extra money by selling items on eBay
  • Master the art of packing and shipping items
  • Use social media to build your eBay business

Whether you want to buy like an expert or make money the eBay way, there's something for every aspiring eBay aficionado in this time-tested guide!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119260196
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/23/2016
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 96,967
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Marsha Collier has been on eBay since the site launched. She's a Top Rated Seller and an expert on using social media to enhance business. Over one million copies of Marsha's bestselling titles on eBay, social media commerce, and online customer service have sold around the world. Forbes magazine named her one of the "Must Follow Marketing Minds on Twitter".

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. 27 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.
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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