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The eBay phenomenon may be the greatest opportunity for home-based entrepreneurs ever. With close to zero start-up costs and a worldwide customer base of 150 million people, the little guy can now compete on a level playing field with huge corporations. Although TV infomercials and eBay itself are teeming with hucksters trying to sell advice, wholesale lists, and auction software to help you jump on the eBay bandwagon, 99 percent of it is junk and unnecessary. In October 2001 Ginsberg had a modest business selling high-end pool tables and tried selling one on eBay on a dare. For him, the rest is history. He now runs a million-dollar eBay business and ships pool tables all over the country. This quick read is a pretty straightforward primer on the do's and don'ts of starting your own (serious) eBay business. Since Ginsberg seems to hold back somewhat on the finer points of advanced online business management and product sourcing, you will have to do some of your own homework, but there is plenty here to get you started. David Siegfried
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“Ginsberg’s excitement is palpable and infectious, but more importantly, it provides an excellent medium for instruction. ” (Miami Herald)

“You will find a trove of gems about setting up shop and becoming a power seller on eBay.” (Boston Globe)

“This quick read is a...straightforward primer on the do’s and don’ts of starting your own (serious) eBay business. (Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st Collins Lifestyle Ed edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006076287X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060762872
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Adam Ginsberg: Author of The Legacy Effect

Adam is an internationally respected speaker, trainer, family expert, teacher, and experienced author of 8 books and two best sellers. He continues to compose and publish bestselling books with a focus on powerfully changing the lives of others. He has dedicated his life to sharing principles than enable people to live their life to the fullest capacity and understand the critical relevance of their own legacy.

Adam is also the co-founder of The Legacy Effect Foundation - a non-profit organization dedicated to helping charities impacted by the power of Legacy.

He is also the founder of several successful Global companies and actively shares his inspiration, vision and passion to provide and implement strategies for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world.

Adam Ginsberg is a touching envoy for today's demanding times. He consistently helps others complete the central feat of creating and living a life that leaves a significant legacy. With his extraordinary, emotive skill, Adam enlightens people around the world on how to embrace opportunity regardless of barriers.

Customer Reviews

Very good tips and easy to read and understand.
Lance Rivers
This will get you going... For those who are already selling on eBay... I think there are great suggestions and insight you can pick up from this book too.
K. D. Kobayashi
Much of the book seems to be written down as narrated by the author.
J. P. HIGBED

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295 of 307 people found the following review helpful By Kindra K. Martinenko on May 12, 2005
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Ginsberg's book is an excellent primer for those just now realizing something that is called eBay. The first 100 pages provided, for the most part, stories drawn from Ginsberg's own personal experiences on eBay, the trial and the error, etc. If you have been using eBay for buying and leisurely selling for six years as I have, you will find most of what he has to say as a good reminder of the days when there were no manuals to tell you what or what not to do. Back in the early days of eBay, you learned the hard way. This book ensures you won't have the learning curve that myself and Ginsberg had to battle through.

The final 200 pages are a bit better in getting into the details of what things to do right and what things to avoid doing. There were small pieces of information I did not know, which I found helpful. At times he would plug his own products, which is fine, I suppose, but I would have appreciated a little bit more beef in the advice he was giving.

If you have ten dollars to blow, this is a worthwhile investment. If you don't, you could find many of the hints and tips Adam provides in a newsletter online or on eBay itself.

And, if eBay University comes to your town, take advantage of it. You will learn a lot about how to operate a real business on eBay.

I recommend that graduates of Ginsberg's book move on to read Debra Schepp's eBay Powersellers Secrets book, which provides substantial information about how to find products to sell, etc.

My own advice is to take it slow. There is not a fast cash way to success on eBay. You have to do your homework and experiment before finally finding your niche. Be patient, study hard, and read books like Ginsberg's, and you will do just fine.
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177 of 187 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2005
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Can YOU make a million dollars as Adam Ginsberg claims in this book? Well...probably not. I mean the key to an e-commerce business is having a good product. You're not going to make a million dollars on eBay by trying to sell your old Beanie Babies or Furbies, that's for sure. Ginsberg is an unabashed fan of ebay as he sells eBay as much as he sells his own book. Ginsberg gives a lot of fairly valuable information on starting up your own eBay business but it still all comes back to having a marketable product to sell which ultimately is the key to success. I've been selling on eBay since 1997 and have sold thousands of items but I've always considered it more of a past time than a business. Ginsberg provides some interesting ideas of setting up shop, however as well as providing tips on listing items, photography, taxes, etc. But if you're an experienced eBay seller you'll probably be aware of much of this. All in all I was fairly impressed with the book. I've read a lof of books on Ebay that were designed solely to sell books and not any useful information and Adam Ginsberg's book is one that stands out from the pack.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Kobayashi on October 22, 2005
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This book is a great for getting started on eBay. It's easy to read and has great suggestions on how to list our items. I started selling some things I have around the house and making some money!! Nothing huge but this stuff is essencially free for me. It is surprizing what someone will pay for things. I just followed what he says in his book.

The downside of the book is that he promotes his own eBay listing products. He mentions that his isn't the only one out there... remember that. It's an infinite internet world out there and there are more people/companies offering the same thing. Just do your research.

He is honest and gives great suggestions. It's easy to read and inspiring. It's great for people who want to try selling on eBay but just didn't have the guts to try. This will get you going...

For those who are already selling on eBay... I think there are great suggestions and insight you can pick up from this book too.

Happy eBaying...
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Hall on August 19, 2006
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There is a lot of information to get you excited about starting to buy/sell on Ebay. A tiny bit too many "stories", but excellent source of the basics. Just be sure to flag pages as you go to reference and your start up will be much easier. Just attended Ebay 101 class ($95) and much of the stuff I had already learned from this book. Definitely worth the price of the book.
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I have been buying from eBay for years and I have really enjoyed. I've never had a bad experience. I always wondered what it would be like to 'sell' as well. This book was recommended to me by a fantastic marketer called Bill Glazer. I have a lot of respect for him. Anyway I bought the book as Bill advised and it's really great. It gives fantastic advice on how to get started fast. It really would drive you to ACTION. A few days after reading it I sold my first product.Adam lay's out everything very clearly.

I followed Adam's advice and started selling things lying around the house and up in the attic. My son Neil 'tied' down his two fairly large fish tanks incase I sold them as well.;-)

I've now progressed to selling three products and the tests are proving very positive. This book will really get you fired up and you will be very enthusiastic after reading it. After reading the I really believe it is possible to start a business on eBay and make serious money. Adam also gives you great help besides the book. He has a serious website with tons of information on it. You get a load of free information when you buy the book.

Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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