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Don't Get Burned on EBay: How to Avoid Scams and Escape Bad Deals Paperback – March 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0596101787 ISBN-10: 0596101783 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596101783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596101787
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,686,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Learn from buyers and sellers who've been there

About the Author

Shauna Wright has been an avid eBay buyer and seller since 1997. She's aregular on eBay's Answer Center and co-founder of the award-winning siteWhoWouldBuyThat.com. Before becoming a writer, she was a privateinvestigator, a poker dealer, and a fragrance model (don't ask).


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Great for all levels of eBay users.
Loriel13
In addition to being clear, the author has a sense of humor, which makes this not only informative, but entertaining as well.
Darren Meahl
I just buy stuff on Ebay right now, but this book makes me feel smart enough to start selling some of my stuff.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sp2011 on April 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been using eBay since 1999 as both a buyer and a seller. I was amazed at the amount of things I learned from this book. The policies at both eBay and PayPal have been updated significantly over time, and I'm sure like many other people, I was not aware of many of the changes. From tips on insurance and shipping to information on how to block and cancel bids, this book is valuable to any eBay seller. It also provides tons of information for buyers and sellers on how to avoid common scams associated with eBay. For example, I didn't realize that some people would actually switch a new item for an old and try to claim a return. I also didn't realize that eBay flat-out warns against using Western Union - and that even money orders are not secure in an age of easy counterfeiting.

The book is also filled with real stories of eBay snafus which clearly illustrate the author's points. In addition, the author's sense of humor makes the book a pleasure to read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is active in eBay - even if you don't read it cover-to-cover, it would act as a great reference guide.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LLH on April 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Whether you've been using eBay for years or have been afraid to try it, lest you be ripped off, this book is an invaluable tool. Unlike other books that deal with online subjects, it's actually fun to read. The wit makes these tips and tales very easy to absorb and remember while bolstering your eBay confidence and savvy.

I've been using eBay since 1998 and I still picked up dozens of new things and now understand some of the more esoteric features of the site. When I lent the book to my mom, who has shyed from the site because she felt it was too risky, she proudly made two purchases using only the book as a guide. I wish all DIY and instruction style books were this much fun to read, I'd know how to do a lot more things if they were.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darren Meahl on April 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book should be mandatory reading for every person who buys OR sells on eBay. Both sides need to understand their rights and responsibilities clearly, and understand what exactly to do when things go wrong. In addition, both sides need to know common scams, common problems, the ins and outs of insurance and shipping, and common payment issues. This book covers every important issue clearly and concisely. EBay should give a copy to every new user, and give them a quiz before letting them bid or sell.

In addition to being clear, the author has a sense of humor, which makes this not only informative, but entertaining as well. The chapter layout makes it useful as a reference tool, to which the reader can turn when she has a question. The reader should read the whole book once, but afterwards, it is easily used to refer back to for specific questions or occurrences.

I'm a librarian in a university library, and I evaluate books all the time. For its purpose, this is one of the clearest and best I've seen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeanine James on March 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
Using plain language that's neither too techy nor too dumbed-down, Shauna Wright's new book, "Don't Get Burned on eBay: How to Avoid Scams and Escape Bad Deals" is punchy, concise, and full of great tips for both buyers and sellers. Wright's wry, sarcastic asides keep the tone of the book humorous yet still authoritative. It's clear Wright knows how to wade through the steamy, muck-laden trenches of online auctions and come out victorious. I thought I was a knowledgeable eBayer, but after reading this book, it's clear I need to be more careful in the future. I will definitely put this book's tips to good use in future eBay transactions!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miranda VINE VOICE on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for any eBay user, whether your feedback level is 1 or 1000. In a friendly, funny style, Shauna Wright tells readers how to avoid the many pitfalls of selling (and buying) on eBay, using true stories from tormented users to illustrate her points. Entertaining and informative; I highly recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Waterdawg on March 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been on Ebay since 1998 and although I don't think I know it all - I found out how little I did know. Shawna's real life stories and experiences show you how to avoid situations you had never even thought about. I used to only think UPS was the only way to go - now I appreciate how it isn't necessarily as good as I thought - and can actually be an inconvience... If you are new to Ebay - this is an excellent resource! Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loriel13 on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
A well organized, humerous and informative book that addresses what REALLY goes on during eBay transactions. The easy-to-read (and understand) style describes several situations that one may find themselves in, and what to do next. A very light and fun read - I didn't feel as if I was digesting a typical how-to guide at all! Great for all levels of eBay users. I wish I had this book a year ago when I started selling on eBay.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Archaeopteryx on March 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I recently read "Don't Get Burned on EBay: How to Avoid Scams and Escape Bad Deals" and learned several new things about Ebay. The book is best for those who may have a little previous experience buying and selling on Ebay already. If you're looking for a book that gives tips and advice on how to make smooth transactions without having to worry about being scammed by unscrupulous characters out there, this will come in very handy, and it also can help you keep from making some simple mistakes that could be costly for you. I especially enjoyed the part on various shipping methods and why USPS is the best way to ship and the anecdote regarding the bra that was shipped in an enchilada box.
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