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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,

"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,

From the Author

With today's rocky economy and unsteady job market, there's never been a better time to earn extra cash online. 
Hi, I'm Steve Weber, publisher of Kindle Buffet, a daily list of free and discounted Kindle books. You can get a free subscription at  After you buy this book, head over to the Buffet and chow down!

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 |Before you begin | Get more help


Register your business | Sell your item | Build your listing | Nail down details | Plan your auction | Make a picture worth $1,000 | Take great eBay photos | Get specific | Write a top-notch item description | Sell like a pro | Price your item | The auction alternative: fixed prices | Upgrade your listings | The best time to list | Top 10 reasons your auction stinks | Use My eBay


Win with niche selling | Cash in on collectibles | Trust, but authenticate | How to recognize fake autographs


Find overlooked gems at estate sales | Live auctions | Get merchandise on eBay | Get merchandise on consignment | Become a trading assistant


Create your 'About Me' page | Cross-promotions | Open an eBay store | Set up shop | Promote your store | Why many would-be PowerSellers fail


Be a feedback fanatic | Keep a good reputation | Communicate with a packing slip | Leave feedback for buyers | Handle customers right | Unpaid item dis-putes | Prevent unpaid items | Work with PayPal | Set your payment preferences | Take payments

AVOID SCAMS AND FRAUD | Spot shady buyers | Recognize predators | Beware of hoax e-mails | Avoid drop-ship, wholesale scams | Recognize crooks and middlemen | Know a fake from the real McCoy


Ship efficiently | Communicate when you ship | Pare shipping costs to the bone | Sell Get It Fast Items | Handle delivery snafus | Print online postage | Organize your inventory


Get efficient with fulfillment software | Software for media sellers | Research prices wirelessly | Market research tools


More eBay rules | Prohibited and restricted items | More eBay no-nos | Stay on Uncle Sam's good side | Your business's legal structure | Local ordinances


Profit with stunts and gimmicks | Tag, you're it! | Get buzz | Making friends on MySpace | Communicate on MySpace | Work it good | MySpace best practices | Save time on MySpace | Network some more | Work the net | Marketing with widgets


Get involved | Master your domain | Build blocks | Bait search engines | Be dense | 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Weber Books (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977240630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977240630
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hey, thanks for visiting my page.

I'm Steve Weber, publisher of, 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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165 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2008
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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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Derek on February 3, 2012
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I have bought and sold on eBay for 5-6 years - nothing significant, just a few items a month. Now I had made the decision to expand on eBay and become more involved. I purchased this book for a couple of reasons: 1) It was the top seller in the Amazon section and 2) the publication date was 2011.

First off, I was very disappointed with how outdated the book was - especially since it listed the date as 2011. I can understand if the book is dated 2006 or 2007. The biggest and most obvious inclusion is MYSPACE! The author devoted one of the LARGEST portions of the book to MySpace. It explained everything from signing up on MySpace, to creating a profile, to adding content and friends ... all while saying its the big networking source. Perhaps it was a few years ago, definitely not in 2011! Facebook and Linkedin are only mentioned in a paragraph footnote. Clearly not accurate if this book is "current."

I understand that eBay policies are constantly changing and evolving; however failing to keep current on their practices seems to be a huge error. It spends a section discussing "accepted payment methods" and then digs further into "accepting personal checks" and waiting for them to clear; however eBay no longer allows checks to be used for payment! The book also has a list of prohibited items. It includes items such as stamps and real estate - without giving any context to say that they are mostly legal to list; outside of counterfeit items. Perhaps these that I listed are just small oversights; but they begin to add up!

I was looking for more tips and secrets to increase and grow sales, but finished the book trying to figure out where they were - I don't remember anything that made me say "Wow, I need to do that to help grow my business!
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