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eBay: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Conner
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Book Description

It's the undisputed king of Internet auction sites. It's a global bazaar offering a range of goods from Antiques to Zulu Daisies. Cars, clothing, collectibles: you name it, and it's likely that you can find on eBay. But along with the vast selection of goods available, buyers and sellers also encounter all the other elements that markets are known for: tricks and swindlers, overpriced goods, deceptive labeling, small print, recycled items marked as new, and the occasional rare priceless find or undiscovered treasure.Seasoned eBay traders know that to successfully buy and sell within this mega-shopping platform, you need to understand the system. Unfortunately, the secrets of the site are often tightly held by other buyers and sellers seeking a competitive edge. But what if you're a newcomer? Or an experienced trader who wants to make the jump to power buyer or seller? eBay: The Missing Manual gives you the inside information you'll need to become an eBay expert.Buyers will find the most effective ways to find you want and pay prices that are sure to bring a smile to your face. And you'll get authoritative advice on strategic bidding: how to watch for elusive items, time your bids to take the competition by surprise, and--above all--avoid paying more than you ought to.Sellers will get sure-fire tips from eBay veterans who have discovered ways to ramp up their own auctions and sell at the highest possible prices. From the smallest details, such as how to take and post the most effective photos of your goods, to pricing strategies, inventory management, and shipping methods, this user-friendly manual will help you make more money on eBay. Whether you're selling a single item or running fulltime business on the site, you'll find tips to help you do it more effectively.As in any community, problems and disputes arise, and you'll learn how other eBayers resolve such troubles or work around them.eBay: The Missing Manual has gems of wisdom for everyone from total novices to more experienced traders. If you're looking to improve your eBay auction experience, you'll savor the tips and trick revealed in this guided exploration.

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About the Author

Nancy Conner is an award-winning writer and freelance editor who specializes in tech topics. She has a PhD in English from Brown University and has taught writing, including technical writing, to college students for more than a dozen years. She is currently a freelance copyeditor, specializing in technical books covering topics ranging from the MS Office suite to programming languages to advanced network security. Nancy joined eBay in 1998 to hunt for additions to her collection of medieval jewelry and immediately became an enthusiastic eBayer. During her years on eBay, she s learned about the eBay culture and community-how to find bargains, make money, avoid scams, and have fun.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7561 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (August 25, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2T0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever "it" is, you'll find it in the Missing Manual... November 20, 2005
If there was one book I would suggest to anyone venturing into the waters of eBay, it'd end up being this one... eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner. This one covers it all.


Part 1 - Buying on eBay: Ready, Set, Shop!; Bidding, Paying, and Following Up; Finding - and Getting - Bargains; Power Buying Strategies

Part 2 - Selling on eBay: Sell Stuff, Make Money; Honing Your Competitive Edge; Going from Hobby to Business; Specialty Selling; Cool Tools for Sellers

Part 3 - Finding Other eBayers and Getting Help; Finding Help

Part 4 - Appendixes: Where to Learn More; HTML for eBayers; Other Auction Sites; Index

Like all other eBay books, this one covers how to buy and sell on eBay. The writing's good, but there'd be nothing special if it stopped there. Where this book earns its keep is when it goes into areas I haven't seen covered in any other book. I've never seen a book go into any detail on other resources to learn about eBay, such as call-in internet radio shows and newsletters. I've never seen a book cover HTML in a small number of pages in order to allow the seller to create better auction pages. There's good coverage on third-party sites that give you more information on how to best price your auctions. There's even material on how to evolve from buying and selling as a hobby to running a business based on eBay. Package all this up with clear writing and numerous screen shots, and you really *have* found the missing eBay manual.

To paraphrase eBay's latest ad campaign... "Whatever you're looking for, you'll find *it* in eBay: The Missing Manual"...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INDISPENSABLE eBay guide! October 3, 2005
I purchased this book only a week ago and it has already helped me to acquire an in-demand item from eBay at the right price! It has MUCH more information than other books on eBay I've read and even Help on the eBay site itself--the thoroughness of this author is going to help any eBayer who buys this book. It's an eBay encyclopedia but written as concisely and readably as the manual that it is. Every section introduced me to facts and tips I didn't know, such as how to "shadow" another bidder, and where to sell consulting services online. And there are a lot of "Bewares" for both buyers and sellers that really help (for instance, what feedback percentage ratings to be wary of). This book was the closest I got to the vast mechanism that is eBay. BUY THIS BOOK!!!--you'll be glad you did!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice reference for buyers and sellers September 29, 2005
This is an excellent walkthrough of the basic features, along with some pro tips, for both the buying and selling aspects of eBay. There is more on the selling aspects, but that's only natural since there is more to do there. The writing is good. The screen shots demonstrate the points but aren't overused. And the author genuinely seems to know what she is talking about.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Beginners and Intermediate Users October 10, 2005
eBay doesn't come with a manual, and the online help feature that eBay provides is inadequate and hard to navigate--sometimes you can't even find your way back to a page that you know exists.

Enter Nancy Conner and O'Reilly Books with the latest in the "Missing Manual" series. If you are new to eBay, or know someone who would like to get started, the decision is simple: Buy the book. For the beginning to advanced eBay user, this is a very good introductory tutorial and reference. Most advanced users will not have the depth of knowledge in all areas that is available here, so for anyone wanting to become more proficient in using eBay, this book is also highly recommended.

A lay-flat binding lets the reader keep the book open on the desktop for easy reference, and the profusion of screen shots and sidebars for important points are well organized. The beginner can use this book as an introduction to eBay, and the experienced user can find useful tips and techniques that are well worth the modest price.

The two major parts of the book cover the fundamental yin and yang of eBay activities: Buying and Selling. Each activity is explained from the foundation up, with the how and why of each detail and its importance to the whole clearly explained. Even if your only interest in eBay is to buy, the section on Selling will explain why sellers do certain things and what the concerns are from their side of the transaction--both important insights.

Two additional smaller sections deal with discussion boards and other resources useful to eBay users both on and off the site, and an appendix containing short chapters on Where To Learn More, HTML, and Other Auction Sites.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, but probably due for an update March 18, 2006
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This is a great starter book for anyone curious about buying or selling on eBay. My only issue is that the book could probably use a refreshing. eBay is a very dynamic property and this book was probably written at least a year ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book September 9, 2006
By J. Sing
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Best book I have read about eBay. Very comprehensive, detailed and well written. Hard work went into producing this book.

It is both for beginners and beyond.
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