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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (January 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595306748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595306749
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,698,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Donny Lowy is an experienced entrepreneur and business author whose innovative consulting strategies have helped people start and run profitable online and offline businesses. He is actively involved in the closeout and wholesale business and is a respected expert on doing business on eBay.

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Customer Reviews

Buy something useful instead, like groceries.
L. Lee
There are so many grammatical errors, misspelled words, incomplete sentences, poorly organized thoughts that I find it hard to believe this book found a publisher.
Judith
This has to be the best hands down book on selling on eBay.
Duncan

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Coach 62 on August 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was reading the "reviews" and couldn't help but notice something troublesome. Just look at the review from Tammy (Coral Gables FL) Then click the "read all my reviews" tag. Notice how "Tammy" has reviewed all of the authors books - and only this authors books? Notice how "Tammy" gave all of this authors books a 5 star rating? Gee, I wonder who "Tammy" really is????

Please Donny Lowy - don't assume we are all too stupid to figure out who "Tammy" really is!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By barbre on March 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
You can read this at the iuniverse.com website. I did, and couldn't believe how useless the information was. After all the great reviews, I thought it would be at least decent. If you notice though, most of the other reviews are by "a reader". Just a hunch, could the reviews be doctored?
Anyway, I went through about 8 chapters before I just couldn't read it anymore. It drones on and on basically saying buy your socks wholesale and sell them for a profit.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Lee on September 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read all the 5-star reviews of this book and was convinced it must be a winner, but it is hands-down the most poorly written book I have ever read. It doesn't help that there is no table of contents and no index for quick reference, making it impossible to skim. Most of the information, when you finally reach it, is based on common sense, and I found no "secrets" nor "strategies" whatsoever. If you are a struggling ebayer like me, don't waste your $19.95. Buy something useful instead, like groceries.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judith on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
The three stars are for the content. I haven't finished reading the book and at the end, I may give it 5 stars for content. I'm new to selling on eBay so I have yet to see how the application of Lowy's strategies plays out for me. I suspect that he is giving me good, sound advice and I know I'm getting lots of exciting ideas from reading what he has to say. But the way he says it! I have to say -- and I'm sorry to say it -- that this is the most poorly written book I have ever laid eyes on. There are so many grammatical errors, misspelled words, incomplete sentences, poorly organized thoughts that I find it hard to believe this book found a publisher. Obviously, there was not an editor involved. If I try to imagine that someone recorded what Mr. Lowy had to say and just transcribed it verbatim , it becomes slightly more tolerable. I have to think though, given the sad state of the writing here, that some of these "reviewers" have a very close relationship with Mr. Lowy. I'd like to auction MY editing skills to this guy! That's an idea I got from his chapter on auctioning services. Now that's a terrific idea that makes slogging through the prose worthwhile!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bethany on July 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Did no one edit this book before it was published? This book is completley riddled with spelling and grammar errors on nearly every page! Do his eBay auctions have this many errors? Very unprofessionally written book. No one is perfect, including myself, but geez, if you are publishing a book, have someone read it and correct your errors first!

The information in this book is nothing earth shattering, either. eBay newbies may find it somewhat useful, but the same information can easily be found in ebay's tutorials, or better yet, on their community forums-for free. Save your money!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brokenhand on March 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
Boring examination of well known information for almost anyone

who has ever sold anything on eBay.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Adam on March 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read over the one negative review and I think I understand where he is coming from. Some people expect a book to be able to help them instantly make money on eBay. If you read his review you will see that he is not even an eBay seller, and did not even read past the 8th chapter, which is on page 40, out of close to 200 pages.
An honest review of this book should include the fact that this book does not make any extravagant promises. What it does is offer a very direct and easy to follow method for selling on eBay. The author, is an eBay seller, and an entrepreneur involved in the closeout business, and you can see from reading Secrets of eBay that he knows what he is talking about.
I would give this book a 9 out of 10, only because I would have liked more detailed sources on finding certain types of merchandise such as antiques.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for those who already understand how to buy and sell on eBay. I would have given it five stars, but I would have liked more basic advice.

You will probably get the most out of it if you are already selling on eBay.
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