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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting an Ebay Business Paperback – March 1, 2005

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Barbara Weltman is an attorney and small business tax expert. She has written over a dozen business books including J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes, 6E, and The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Starting a Home-Based Business, Second Edition (ISBN: 0028638425). Barbara serves as's Small Business Tax Expert and also works with WE Inc., and She has appeared as a tax and small business expert on CNN, CNBC, the Today show, Bloomberg TV, and numerous radio stations nationwide. She is a frequent guest on Jim "Griff" Griffeth's eBay radio show and will be a speaker at 2004 eBay Live. Kara Gordon runs a highly successful eBay maternity business and co-hosts the Internet radio show Entrepreneur Magazine's Making Money on eBay, heard on She is an eBay course instructor for a six-week online course Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay, that is offered in over 800 schools in the U.S. and abroad. Shirley Muse is an entrepreneur, eBay course instructor, and radio talk show host along with Kara Gordon. She has run a successful eBay business since 1998 selling a line of puppets and just about anything else she finds to sell.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592573339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592573332
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,863,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Weltman is an attorney, prolific author, and a trusted professional advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She is also the publisher of Idea of the Day® and monthly e-newsletter Big Ideas for Small Business® at and has hosted a weekly radio show called "Build Your Business." She has been named one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers for 2011, 2012, and 2013. You can follow her on Twitter @BarbaraWeltman.

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Covers all the basics of starting an online ebay business, from insurance coverage and handling sales tax quirks between states to advertising, promotion, accepting and pursuing payments and more. Those who recall the old ebay auction-only model will find much changed: you can now set up a shop with fixed prices on ebay and Starting An eBay Business covers both stores and auction formats.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 16, 2008
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This guide assumes nothing about your level of internet experience or how much you already know about the kind of business you want to run, and that's both a positive and a negative. On the one hand, if you're new to the internet and want to make money on eBay (after all, it can be a great boon to disabled and housebound people), you'll probably be grateful for such basic information as how to register for a PayPal account and how to determine what you might want to sell. On the other hand, if you already have some internet experience and a basic idea of what you want to sell, then a good portion of this book will be irrelevant to you.

A pet peeve of mine in such guides is the screen-by-screen walk-through of website registration processes and the like. If you can't figure out how to make it through the well-labeled form of a registration process, you're unlikely to have the brainpower to run your own business. In addition, websites change frequently. If there are folks out there who need to be hand-held through the process of signing up for an eBay account, then those same folks are presumably going to flounder if they get to said process and the form doesn't look like the screenshot in the book. Usually CIG's are good about not including so much of this kind of space-waster.

While it's true that plenty of other information in here will also change (such as monthly fees for various services), such information is at least moderately useful since it'll give the reader a ballpark idea of, say, what they might expect to pay for various types of eBay accounts or storefronts. Do remember to double-check any fees, terms of use, etc. rather than assuming they'll remain unchanged from whatever's in the book.

This is definitely a handy book---don't get me wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni R. Wise on March 9, 2011
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This book didn't really provide any information that wasn't easily accessible online. This would be a good book for someone with no ebay knowledge.
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The overall layout was great, things are easy to find and not to complicated. The had chpts in logical order for information as needed. I would recommend this for persons who are not experts in working with Ebay.
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