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eBay For Dummies Paperback – June 29, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470497418 ISBN-10: 0470497416 Edition: 6th

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From the Back Cover

Cash in on the eBay phenomenon! Bag big bargains, sell like a pro, and make a profit

What's better than saving money and making money, all without leaving home? That's what eBay is all about, and this bestselling, fully updated guide covers all its newest features. eBay expert Marsha Collier shows you how to use My eBay, make smart bids, conduct your own auctions, market and ship your stuff, handle privacy issues, and keep everything safe and legal.

  • Feel at home — get registered, find your way around the site, and customize your My eBay page
  • Be a savvy collector — find out how to identify real deals on collectibles and learn what people are buying

  • Join the community — share ideas in discussion groups and use the Trust & Safety resource

  • Become a stellar seller — learn to determine what your stuff is worth, when to list it, and how to make it irresistible

  • Picture perfection — get tips for photographing your items and showing them to best advantage

  • Mind your business — keep track of items you're bidding on, items you've won, and items you're selling

  • It's a wrap — complete your auction, accept payment, ship your items, and manage feedback

  • Keep the tax man happy — maintain the proper records and keep yourself out of trouble

Open the book and find:

  • How and why to give feedback
  • Secrets for great item listings

  • When to bid for the best deals

  • Cool sites and software to make using eBay more fun

  • Ways to keep yourself safe when selling or buying

  • How to communicate effectively with buyers and sellers

  • Tips for finding eBay's most trustworthy sellers

  • Why you should check out charity auctions

About the Author

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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 6 edition (June 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470497416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470497418
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Very easy to read and understand.
Jimmy Y.
If you are wanting to start using eBay (or are not very experienced with it), I definately recommend this book.
Sweet Girl
This book was very helpful and full of useful information.
L. Newman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Old Fisherman on July 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've been selling on Ebay for a while and I picked up this book hoping to find some help with making my selling work better. That is really not the focus of this book so I can't fault it for not finding what I wanted. However, if you're a newbie to Ebay and want to find out what's going on without actually logging on and clicking all of the buttons, then this is a good starting place. Like all "Dummies" books it covers the basics but doesn't go very deeply into anything. And truthfully, you can learn 98% of what's in this book just by logging onto Ebay and clicking around. Ebay really is pretty easy to use. Oh yes, like most Dummies books they load it down with lame jokes. I just wish they'd leave that ... out. In summary, not an outstanding book but good at what it's designed to do.
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By K. Stuckey VINE VOICE on April 1, 2001
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I have always considered myself a fairly proficient eBay-er, but this book has helped me fine tune my habits. It may not be as helpful to more experienced user, but is definitely great for the beginner to intermediate user.
This book breaks down buying and selling point by point, everything from how to find exactly what you are looking for to a bidding practice called 'sniping' (which I use A LOT!). It also has lots of eBay's rules and is incredibly easy to read. There is really not much more I can say about it than that.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
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Ebay is great for buying things and I have been selling a few items. This book covers all the little details that are easy to forget. I find myself jumping around from chapter to chapter, looking up things I need to clarify. The answers are all there, and I keep the book next to my computer. I'm selling more on ebay now, and the tips I got from the book are helping me get higher prices for my items then I did before. Even though ebay is constantly changing - this edition is updated with all the new features.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Jim Allen on September 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is very well written and will give you a lot of instruction on how to use eBay that will save you lots of time. To find out how to sell products on eBay I would recommend Marsha's other book Starting an eBay business for Dummies in addition to this one. I recently became a millionaire buying and selling on eBay in my spare time in addition to my academic work and I can tell you its not that hard. You do have to know the secrets though and this book includes a lot but left out the biggest one. There is a software tool called [...] eBay auctions are often lost in the last few seconds of the auction because the majority of people wait until the last seconds to place their bids. This tool bids for you at the last second and ensures you win, a big time saver and the biggest key to success.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Why grab up this newly updated and expanded fourth edition if you already have the last version? Because ebay is an ever-changing, dynamic, evolving, expanding website incorporating many new changes in recent years, and it's essential for any successful online auctioneer to have the latest update to techniques. From bidding successfully and winning to selling successfully, collecting money and shipping, Ebay For Dummies assumes no prior ebay experience and provides all the details necessary to succeed.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Girl on August 27, 2004
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I have been selling and buying on eBay for a little while now and wanted to expand myself. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I covers practically everything. From starting up, to buying, to selling, to shipping, to feedback and more. It is eBay made simple! Very informative. There is so much useful (and also very basic) information in here. If you are wanting to start using eBay (or are not very experienced with it), I definately recommend this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By DigitalMan on July 18, 2006
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I purchased this for a family member who wants to get into eBay selling, and I'm really on the fence about what I want to say about it.

On the one hand, I've given it 4 stars because it does very well address all of the things that someone will encounter and have to deal with / learn when they get involved in eBay selling.

On the other hand, it doesn't tell the person that I purchased it for anything different than I've been telling them myself all along, nor anything that they can't easily learn in 5 minutes of actually reading a page online.

So I guess to sum it up I'll say this:

If you know someone who refuses to simply read the help section on eBay or PayPal's web site, and/or if for some reason that won't simply sit down with you while you show them how to do one auction from start to finish, then yes maybe this book is the answer and the one thing that will finally get them motivated. Maybe reading it in a book, rather than on a web page or sitting with you telling them, is less intimidating to them and this might be exactly what they need.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Harold Hawkins on May 16, 2006
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This is not a book for hard-core eBay users, but if you're just getting started, it is absolutely the best (even if you're not a "dummy"). You don't need anything more than this quick-reading, but sufficiently detailed, introduction to the site. The author writes clearly and simply, and manages to work in a lot of humor. All the basics are covered here.

Why go anywhere else? This is the book I recommend to all my friends.
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