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eBay 101: Selling on eBay For Part-time or Full-time Income, Beginner to PowerSeller in 90 Days [Kindle Edition]

Steve Weber
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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With today's rocky economy and unsteady job market, there's never been a better time to earn extra cash online. And now there's a new book that guides you each step of the way: eBay 101: Selling on eBay For Part-time or Full-time Income, Beginner to PowerSeller in 90 Days. Access the world's biggest marketplace, right from your own home.

You'll learn how to:

-- Register at eBay and PayPal
-- Start part-time and expand your income when you're ready
-- Find great inventory at low prices
-- Auction to the highest bidder or sell at fixed prices
-- Identify niche markets for big profits
-- Get tax deductions for your eBay home-based business
-- Guard against scammers and rip-off artists

Starting a business on eBay is perhaps your fastest route to the American Dream. The payoff can be high, and the barriers to entry are low.

The world's most popular online marketplace, eBay has millions of registered buyers waiting to do business with you. For less than $100 and very little risk, you can start an eBay venture with profit margins rivaling those of any business. Exactly how much money you earn depends mostly on how much effort you put into your new enterprise and how efficiently you operate it.

In this new eBay guide, you'll see:

How eBay works ... Register your business ... Sell your item ... Build your listing

Timing, planning your auction ... Make a picture worth $1,000 ... Use Pre-filled Item Information ... Price your item ... Reserve Pricing ... Multiple Item (Dutch) Auctions ... The auction alternative: fixed prices ... Best Offer listing option ... Upgrade your listings ... The best time to list

Profit with a niche ... Start with used merchandise ... Win with niche selling ... Cash in on collectibles ... Autographed items ... Trust, but authenticate ... How to recognize fake autographs

Get more great inventory ... Estate sales ... Bankruptcy sales ... Thrift shops ... Local artisans ... Close-out merchandise ... Library sales ... Overstock distributors ... Find overlooked gems at estate sales ... Live auctions ... Postal Service auctions ... Treasury Department auctions ... GSA Auctions ... Government Liquidation ... Law Enforcement Auctions ... Classified ads ... Get merchandise on eBay ... Get merchandise on consignment ... Become a trading assistant

Expand your business ... Create your `About Me' page ... Cross-promotions ... Open an eBay store ... Set up shop ... Promote your store ... eBay Express ... Using eBay's Half.com site ... Google Base ... Why many would-be PowerSellers fail

Prevent problem customers ... Set Buyer Requirements ... Be a feedback fanatic ... Completing sales ... Communicate with a packing slip ... Respond to feedback ... Mutual Feedback Withdrawal ... Feedback policies ... Handle customers right ... Unpaid item disputes ... Work with PayPal

Avoid scams and fraud ... Spot shady buyers ... Recognize predators ... Avoid phishing e-mails ... Beware of hoax e-mails ... Avoid drop-ship, wholesale scams ... Recognize crooks and middlemen ... Warning signs of bogus wholesalers ... Know a fake from the real McCoy

Ship efficiently ... Choose a shipping company ... Communicate when you ship ... Pare shipping costs to the bone ... Sell Get It Fast Items ... Handle delivery snafus ... Print online postage ... Organize your inventory ... Design your SKU system

Get efficient with fulfillment software ... TurboLister ... Selling Manager ... Software for media sellers ... Research prices wirelessly

More eBay rules ... Prohibited and restricted items ... Shill bidding ... Keyword spamming ... Fee Circumvention ... Sales taxes ... Income taxes ... Business use of your home ... Hiring employees




--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
From the Publisher

Praise for Steve Weber's eBay 101:

"I wish I'd had this book when I started on eBay. It's a virtual encyclopedia of tips for selling successfully on eBay-information that takes years to learn.


Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Steve Weber's eBay 101:

"I wish I'd had this book when I started on eBay. It's a virtual encyclopedia of tips for selling successfully on eBay-information that takes years to learn."

-- Jane Corn, eBay Top Reviewer

"A street-smart guide to selling on eBay!"

-- Ina Steiner, Editor, AuctionBytes.com

"Ideal for the beginner and useful for the experienced eBayer, too--a gold mine of valuable and up-to-date information!"

-- John Landahl, author of "Estate Sale Prospecting for Fun and Profit with Craigslist and eBay"

"What I really like about eBay 101 is that Steve has actually done this stuff. Too many people claim to be "experts" who haven't really sold that much. eBay 101 comes from someone with real-life experience making money on eBay."

-- Skip McGrath, eBay Gold PowerSeller and author of "Titanium eBay"

"Anyone who is interested in online retailing should do themselves a favor: get a copy of eBay 101 and read it cover to cover."

-- Jeff Lippincott, Top Reviewer, Amazon.com


Product Details

  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Weber Books (July 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NMSQRI
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159 of 165 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I read this book from cover to cover, amazed (and wishing I'd had this one with me when I STARTED on Ebay). What author Steve Weber has done with this book is to gather the information that can take sellers years to learn and created a virtual seller's encyclopedia of tips for selling successfully on Ebay.

What this means to you - the potential seller on Ebay - is the chance to hit the ground running, avoid embarrassing blunders and come across as a professional seller, minimizing fumbles and keeping your customers happy and your profit margin...extremely profitable.

For the relatively modest price of this book, you'll get the expertise of an Ebay seller who has racked up $1.4 million dollars in sales to 130,000 customers. I"m surprised by how much he was willing to disclose, the kind of secrets many sellers hold near and dear.

Not only that but Weber had the wisdom to let other top sellers and users weigh in. They have written specific articles on such important areas as taking great photos, writing top descriptions, 10 major auction mistakes and how to milk market niches for maximum profits (rare fishing lures, vintage clothing or old video games are some examples.

Before you create your first listing, Weber suggests you do some research that I'd call "due diligence" or "taking a trial run to get a feel for Ebay." How do you do this? By being a buyer and actually bidding on items or using the Buy it Now feature to purchase 10 items. I think this is brilliant strategy, allowing potential sellers to get a feel for the buyer's end of things. You'll get a feel for dealing with someone you've probably never met face to face and the sense of novelty that comes from using an online auction site.
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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a really good book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And I think anyone who is interested in online retailing would do themselves a favor to get a copy and read it cover to cover. The author is an online retailer. And he has written four books over the past couple of years. So he's an author, too. All four books have covered aspects of his online used book business he started not too long ago. For some reason he becomes expert at doing things and then he writes books on what he has discovered works in business. This book is no exception.

There are 15 chapters in this book:

1. Introduction
2. Ready, set, sell!
3. Profit with a niche
4. Get more great inventory
5. Expand your business
6. Prevent problem customers
7. Avoid scams and fraud
8. Pack it up, move it out
9. Squeeze more profits
10. Stay on eBay's good side
11. Stay on Uncle Sam's good side
12. Make friends, sell more
13. Get your own place
14. Get more free advertising
15. Pay for advertising

I've skimmed a number of books on eBay retailing over the past couple of years. Unfortunately I haven't read too many I liked. Most of them seem to be hyping eBay as some great place to make a fortune. The instant book being reviewed is different. The author tells us early on that $40,000 a year on your own is a reasonable figure to expect selling on eBay.

Although I'm not a big fan of online retailing, I think many people can benefit from getting involved with it. EBay makes it easy for someone not self-employed to dabble in retail sales while holding down a full time job.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great learing tool. January 31, 2008
Format:Paperback
My husband and I have purchased and sold on ebay a few times but never realized until reading Mr.Weber's book eBay 101, how little we actually knew about the process of buying and selling on ebay. None of the chat rooms designed for this very thing have provided half of Mr. Weber's Knowledge and suggestions. We now realize our past mistakes and are very anxious to put into motion our newly gained knowledge. This book will definitely help us earn more money by selling on ebay without being so confused!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Anne Schmidt
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated information. January 4, 2012
By Rebecca
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I choose this book over similar titles because of its 2011 publication date on the most recent edition. Although there is good basic information much of the book seems very outdated, particularly the references to My Space as the largest social networking site and the primary place that Ebay sellers should look to for expanding business opportunities. Facebook and LinkedIn are mentioned as niche markets. Better information is available for free from Ebay's website.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Steve Weber How-To Book February 24, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is the third Steve Weber book I have read, the first two being "The Home-Based Bookstore" and "Plug Your Book." I was quite enthusiastic about both of Steve's earlier efforts because they were extremely helpful and Steve wrote both well. Those comments apply to this book also.

The marvelous thing about this book is that it starts with the basics and works up to advanced techniques and clever strategies. When I say basics, I mean the kind of information that someone new to eBay would find helpful. What do certain words mean? How do I, and fill in the blank. Steve covers everything you can think of as a newcomer to eBay. Yet, Steve moves quickly and someone going from occasional seller to wondering about setting up a business can move past the basics easily.

What more is there to learn? Steve provides great advice on where to find more stuff for your eBay business. He also provides guidance for evaluating quality and describing your merchandise. All this advice keeps in mind the need to satisfy customers so that they will give you positive feedback and keep coming back.

Just like those popular television commercials, this is the point where I say, but wait, there is more! Steve discusses how to track stock and where it is located. He reviews several software options to handle an expanding enterprise. Included in his advice are options for the most cost effective method of shipping. Steve then provides a lot of detail on how you can expand your customer base through various techniques for advertising your business. I think there are at least half a dozen techniques for getting your business exposed on the internet, including how to fare well with Google searches.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money.
Waste of money, if you ever sold anything on Ebay. Nothing really new.
Published 17 days ago by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid eBay(FeeBay) they will take your money and kick you to the curb....
He missed the main reason. EBay is an awful place to sell. They fee everything including shipping. They also own PayPal which is the payment center they push so hard that they were... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Cattre
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is the book to have if your new to ebay...
Published 24 days ago by knovo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good...
Published 1 month ago by Frank Saburit
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Full of great content for anyone starting on eBay selling. A lot of great tips for internet marketing as well. Although the info is a little old. It's good.
Published 1 month ago by Fabian Hallo
3.0 out of 5 stars such as how best to photograph and display
This wasn't what I wanted. I don't want to set up a shop in eBay. I just want to sell a few things. Read more
Published 2 months ago by restongirl
1.0 out of 5 stars MEH
What a rookie. Selling on any on-line auction is 95% strategy: What day to list, for how long, reserves etc.

What auctions to buy from , same deal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by conis
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit outdated
Whilst there is some useful information in this book it's a bit outdated, there is quite a lot of detail on how to use MySpace and nothing on any of the modern social media sites. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aussie sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear & Straight to the Point
Loved the book. I think it is great for Ebay newbies and those who have dabbled on the site a bit. It also is a book that you do not necessarily have to read front to back, its... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aubrey
3.0 out of 5 stars still spends time on MySpace info
Some interesting info but some long-winded, some very general, and several pages dedicated to... MySpace ! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brent Hugo
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More About the Author

Hey, thanks for visiting my page.

I'm Steve Weber, publisher of KindleBuffet.com, where I post a daily list of five-star Kindle books offered free that day. I also have a book called "Kindle Buffet" (Guess what? It's free!). It's one of my several nonfiction tomes about bookselling and collecting, publishing, authorship, book marketing, and social media. You can check out all of my books right here on this page.

I'm from Charleston, West Virginia, and currently live in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

In college I studied Journalism -- BS, 1987, West Virginia University (Let's Goooo, Mountaineers!) I was pretty green back then, and I figured a career in newspapers was just the ticket for a guy such as myself who enjoyed writing but had no ideas of his own.

After working several years as a reporter and editor, I started a home-based business selling used and collectible books online (mainly on Amazon). Five years later, I wrote my first book based on that experience: "The Home-Based Bookstore." It's a short book but it took me a long time to write it. I'd never written anything longer than 25 paragraphs or so, and had never used an outline since grade school. I still don't know how to use one. Maybe that's why it takes me so long to write, and all my books read like an upside-down pyramid ;-)

Recently I've been fascinated with publishing my books on the Kindle, and all the other great books available. I'm especially keen on checking out each day's free Kindle books, of course. They're irresistable, like candy or free beer. Or, as one Kindle Buffet reader put it, "They're like potato chips. Nobody can download just one."

I started Kindle Buffet in the summer of 2012, and it draws on my experiences in book-picking, interviewing, writing and publishing. I feel like I have a knack for recognizing what other people might want to read, and talking them into doing it. I figured it would take just 20 minutes a day to update the site and, for a while, it did. Just as with everything else I do, it ended up taking about 25 times longer than I'd figured. So these days I've got about 20 minutes left in my day after I've finished with Kindle Buffet.

A lot of people ask me how I manage to do it all. "Steve," they say, "how can you possibly read 60, 70, 80 books a day, seven days a week?"

My reply is always the same: "Doesn't everybody? I mean, c'mon, they're FREE! There's no excuse not to!"



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