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eBay For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Marsha Collier
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Book Description

The unparalleled guide to successfully buying and selling on eBay, fully revised and updated

eBay is the world's #1 shopping and selling site, where millions find bargains and make money with their own sales. Marsha Collier is the #1 eBay expert and bestselling author, with more than a million copies of her books in print. And eBay For Dummies has been the bestselling book on eBay since the original edition in 1999. Thoroughly updated to cover all the changes in the eBay site, eBay For Dummies, 7th Edition is an easy-to-follow path for new users to get from registration through making purchases to making sales.

Ultimate eBay authority Marsha Collier gets you started with information about signing up, navigating the site, and using the My eBay page to track you activity. She then shows you how to find the best bargains, make a winning bid, and complete your purchase securely. While she guides you into becoming a successful eBay seller, she also shows you how you can pick up extra money in a tight economy with eBay sales.

  • Walks you through listing an item, shoot and post a photo, communicate with bidders, safely ship a sold item, and securely collect your money
  • Shows you how to set up a seller account, list items, offer customer service, ship merchandise, and receive payment securely
  • Highlights expanded guidance on selling on eBay, which is the process that sparks the most demand for outside help
  • Explores eBay's special features, showing you how to work within the rules, use the community, and even set up a charity auction
  • Shares tips for managing multiple auctions, creating a store, troubleshooting, maintaining privacy, and reporting abuses

eBay For Dummies, 7th Edition prepares you to save money on your purchases and make money on your sales, all from the comfort of your home.

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From the Back Cover

Want to make money and save money on eBay? An eBay expert tells you how!

eBay is the 21st-century international marketplace. Isn't it time you got in on the action? Marsha Collier knows eBay like nobody else, and she's telling all. She'll show you how to shop wisely, win auctions, get great deals, find the right items to sell, make them irresistible to buyers, handle auctions with ease, deliver the goods, and make money!

  • Start here — sign up, learn your way around the site, and explore buying and selling tools

  • Find bargains — learn how to use the eBay search engine, what to look for in listings, and how to find out about the seller

  • Sell your stuff — see what's selling, understand eBay rules and tax issues, and learn the secrets of super listings

  • A virtual shingle — open an online store, conduct business safely, handle bookkeeping, and ship merchandise

  • Super strategies — get great photos of your items and promote your auctions with a blog

  • Get social — meet new customers and promote sales with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

  • That's private — know how to protect your privacy and keep eBay safe for all

  • Solve problems — troubleshoot transactions and learn when to tell eBay of a problem

Open the book and find:

  • When to bid and when to pass

  • Tips and strategies to save you money

  • How to scope out a seller before you bid

  • What to do when an auction goes bad

  • Places to find stuff to sell

  • Hints for worry-free shipping

  • How to handle a buyer who doesn't respond

  • What you need to know about taxes

Learn to:

  • Set up an account for buying and selling

  • List items for sale with clear photos and effective descriptions

  • Communicate with bidders and manage multiple auctions

  • Set up a store, market your product, ship items, and collect payment

About the Author

Marsha Collier is the undisputed empress of eBay, with more than a million copies of her books in print. She is cohost of the Computer & Technology Radio Show heard online at and an in-demand educator for all things online-business-related. Marsha was one of eBay's original PowerSellers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13062 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118098064
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (December 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L8EU9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of knowledge! May 22, 2012
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I've wanted to sell on eBay for years but felt intimidated by the prospect. I've bought off eBay literally hundreds of times, yet this book taught me more helpful clues to better buying than I thought existed. Now I have the confidence to begin to sell on eBay because of reading (and then rereading) this book. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is new to eBay buying or selling or who is experienced, as well, because there is much more to learn than you probably know. This book is a great help for both buying and selling as well as giving helpful tips on finding things to sell on eBay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book! September 12, 2012
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This book is a great resource for anyone interested in starting an account on eBay, whether you're a potential buyer looking to find good deals, or whether you're a potential seller, just getting rid of extra junk lying around the house, or even considering making a living on the site. I've been thinking of starting out small and seeing how things grow from there, and I'm very impressed with the simple, illustrated explanations.

This books walks you through signing up, making listings, shipping, and more. I'm particularly grateful for inside tips from an experienced seller and buyer on how to tweak your search to find good deals, and also advice on how to protect yourself from scams to maximize your success. Some complex concepts, such as how to manage the taxes on your transactions as a seller, are not explained in full, because there are variables based on your location. But you get a good foundation about how taxes on eBay work, and there are plenty of pointers guiding you where to look to find out the specific information you need.

In short, I'm keeping this book by my bed for constant reference (if not memorization), and I strongly recommend anyone else interested in eBay success to do the same.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best of the Beginner eBay Books August 28, 2012
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Like most other eBay books, this one thoroughly explores the basics without including excess information that puts you to sleep. I didn't see too much I didn't already know, but it's an excellent reference book to have around. I wish there had been an in-depth discussion about using the Selling Manager and Selling Manager Pro, which have a lot of bells and whistles that need explaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It helps with start up. February 22, 2013
There are lots of helpful hints but you also need to review the tutorials on the ebay websight. Ebay apparently updates constantly. This helped significantly with setting up and coordinating Paypal, email, and ebay for at home business. Also explained the importance of feedback.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource September 6, 2013
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I ve been buying on Ebay for 10 years and now starting selling...this has filled innsome blanks for me and explained some of the mysteries...recommended for sellers and buyers on Ebay.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner reference January 23, 2012
This is like all the dummies guides. It gives some basic information in a broad way. It skips a lot of stuff too. Anything that might upset ebay or paypal is left out and they only touch on fraud in a very general way without going into specifics. The rest is your absolute basics. It is great for a true beginner. I have been using ebay for a couple of years so I knew the very basics. It was the stuff in between I was looking for. I still recommend the dummys guide for beginners but if you have been using ebay for more than a couple of years you will learn more from other books I think.

If you are a beginner, do not rely on getting one book. I have found that many books have tips not in others and some are incredible.

I also recommend CRIME On eBay It is a must read for any ebay user and has lots of information not in this book on how to spot and avoid scams. Really, if you do not read any other book on ebay read Crime On eBay and it will save you a lot of grief later.

The followup to this book is eBay 102: What No One Else Will Tell You About eBay It actually has some of the same information but also a lot of new stuff too.

I also enjoyed eBay 101: Selling on eBay For Part-time or Full-time Income
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars May not be the book you really need November 17, 2013
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You truly must be a dummy if the first half of this book tells you anything you don't already know. So knowing that you might elect to buy the companion book "for small businesses" instead, if you plan to do any selling at all. Frankly I wish I hadn't spent the money. Recommend you think more carefully than I did, before buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and an Easy Read September 10, 2013
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I have collected a lot of things over my lifetime and look to EBAY to unload some of my possessions to make room. I am not one to venture into things blindly, I am a research addict, so I bought this to help me navigate the ins and outs of the EBAY world.

I have finished my read and it certainly has got me off to a good start setting up my account and I'm ready to go.

A little more homework on my end and I will be able to brave the EBAY world undaunted because I have my trusty guide by my side.

I will update the review as soon as I have solid results to share.
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Published 1 month ago by Edwin T. Hyde Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very satisfied.
Published 2 months ago by Renee Goff
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it covered...
Very easy read, lots of information, very useful for a buyer and seller, if you're looking to start up this is a great tool. It's all here.
Published 2 months ago by C. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I haven't had time to read the book yet but as I scanned through it, I saw what I needed to know it was the one.
Published 3 months ago by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Some things went over my head
Overall, the book was helpful, but if you are truly a "dummy" when it comes to internet ins and outs, there were some sections (and in some cases entire chapters) that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by birdlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info.
l choose this book because we have to clear out our house, and why not make some money while we are at it.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars For Dummy who wants to read 300pp
This author writes as though she works for Ebay -- over 300 pages of corporate dodging. Actually I did't expect less. But the tone of the document makes me upset. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wishful Dreams - Tim Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking but decent read
eBay for dummies basically gives you the knowledge to get up and running, listing and selling on eBay. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin P. Ellens
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Reading
Myself and a partner have both been reading it together,I had a good idea how to get around E Bay.The book saves my frequent calls for help.The book is very informative .
Published 7 months ago by Patrick W DiGregorio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
This book is a must read for anyone starting out on eBay. I still refer to it when I'm not sure about something.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

In 1998 Marsha created the first edition of eBay For Dummies, then, followed up the success of the first book with a second book targeting individuals interested in making e-commerce their full time profession, Starting an eBay Business For Dummies. That book became an instant nationwide hit, making several notable Best Seller lists. Since then, Marsha has updated each of her books and published many more.

Marsha Collier's name crops up a lot in the same breath as e-commerce and customer service. No surprise there. She's the author of eBay For Dummies, eBay Business All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies plus many other related, best-selling titles. She's sold over a million books and been on the Business Week Best Seller list and has published more than 35 books in the Wiley "For Dummies" series. (List of books in print below).

Her latest books, 'Social Media Commerce For Dummies' and 'The Ultimate Online Customer Service Guide: How to Connect with your Customers to Sell More' gives businesses insight into how to use Social Media to build customer relations and bottom line.

Her e-commerce advice has appeared in publications such as Martha Stewart Living and Reader's Digest, and don't be surprised if you've seen her on television - as a guest on The View or the Today Show and in her own PBS special, Making Your Fortune Online.

She is a popular keynote speaker, inspiring online sellers to success, the lead instructor at eBay University, speaks at conferences worldwide, and runs a successful online business - so is she an internet fanatic? Well, let's just say she's on a mission: educating current and future online sellers.

Very active in social media, Marsha uses her years of experience to instruct online citizens on selling and marketing. She was named one of the top twenty iCitizens by Kelly Mooney in her book, "The Open Brand." She is also listed in:

Forbes Top 10 Women Social Media Influencers
Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers
30 Best Female Bloggers
Small Business Book Awards: Startup Book Category, Starting an eBay Business For Dummies
The 100 Most Powerful Women On Twitter
PeerIndex #1 Customer Experience Online Influencers
Top 25 Most Influential in Customer Service: MindTouch
140 Characters Conference 2009 NOW Award Winner
One of Top 10 LA Tech & Twitter Voices in the Los Angeles Tech Scene by Ranker

Marsha currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She can be reached via her Web site,

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