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eBay the Smart Way: Selling, Buying, and Profiting on the Web's #1 Auction Site, Second Edition Paperback – March 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0814471180 ISBN-10: 0814471188 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 2nd edition (March 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814471188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814471180
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,296,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chock full of information, strategy, and hot tips that are timely and effective. -- Small Business Opportunities Jan 2003

Book Description

The only thing easier than buying and selling on eBay is getting lumped in with more than 203 million other eBayers. With sales of over 150,000 copies, the eBay the Smart Way series has helped countless eBayers find the best deals and maximize profits on everything from collectibles to cars to real estate. Now in its fifth blockbuster edition, this priceless tool has changed with the times to cover the latest trends, including new site offerings such as eBay Express and Best Offer, and features expanded coverage of PayPal, Google’s new e-commerce features, and more.

eBay the Smart Way is the go-to resource for first-time sellers, with step-by-step instructions for listing products, creating attention-grabbing photos and descriptions, offering top-notch customer service, and maintaining high credibility. eBay buyers will also benefit from powerful strategies for finding the best products, bidding smarter, negotiating great deals, and more. For the most up-to-date and accessible information on how to make the most out of online auctions, "nothing explains it better than eBay the Smart Way." -- The Internet Marketing Bookshelf

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Everything you will ever need is here in this book.
elissa yassine
Not only did it have the basic information that a beginner needs, but it is also a great reference tool for people who are seasoned (like I am now).
E. N. Cook
So, I'm sorry that I bought this book, it's pretty much useless to me.
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187 of 188 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Witting on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Because I'd read another of his books, my expectations were high when I began reading Joseph Sinclair's latest book, "eBay the Smart Way: Selling, Buying, and Profiting on the Web's #1 Auction Site. I was not disappointed.
Particularly in the area of selling on e-Bay auctions, Sinclair answered ALL my questions ... great answers to questions about selling that hadn't even occurred to me to ask. Whether you expect that your e-Bay experience will be a one-shot deal or you are going into an on-line marketing business, this book will be a great resource.
While I'm just ramping up the sell side of my e-Bay activity, I've been active on the buy side for some time. I wish I'd had the information from Sinclair's chapters on buying on e-Bay about a year ago, ... my success rate would have been a lot higher.
This book is a must for e-Bay novice or veteran, buyer or seller. If you are into marketing on e-Bay in any serious way, you should not be without it.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Tully on December 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book very informative reading. I have been buying and selling on ebay for the past year and Mr. Sinclair gave good common sense ideas that I had never thought about. He has taught me how to use ebay more to my advantage both in acquiring merchandise and selling items.
For those new to ebay he will give you great simple and basic instructions. For those of you more familiar with how ebay works, he gives you great strategy. I highly recommend this book.
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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. McClellan on October 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book and 'Starting an eBay Business for Dummies' by Marsha Collier at the same time. I've already had some success with eBay auctions, and am seriously looking for some ideas to get an eBay business off the ground. While I found Marsha Collier's book to have a great deal of useful information, this book is more or less 550 pages of pretty useless information to someone already mildly savvy with the eBay process.
If you are new or just beginning with eBay, you might find this book useful, if you want to sit down and read about eBay at length. But the best way a new person will learn about eBay is to get out on the site and play around. Once you have bid and/or sold, I think you'll find that this book doesn't have a lot to offer you.
The only useful section of this book was the area that addressed buying/selling strategies. Not enough info for me to keep the book - it's currently on half.com... :)
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By E. N. Cook on July 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
(NOTE FROM REVIEWER: I WROTE THIS REVIEW BACK IN 2000; EBAY HAS CHANGED SO MUCH IN 4 YEARS THAT SOME THINGS MAY NOT APPLY ANYMORE. FOR INSTANCE, THERE IS NO LONGER A NEED TO KNOW HTML LANGUAGE TO DRESS UP AN AD. WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE REVIEW AS WRITTEN 4 YEARS AGO.) I bought this book because I was interested in getting into ebay and it was the perfect book. Not only did it have the basic information that a beginner needs, but it is also a great reference tool for people who are seasoned (like I am now). I buy and sell on ebay and it has great tips for both buyers and sellers. It tells you the best way to bid to get an item for the lowest price. When to bid, how to know what to bid, how to outfox your competitors. I continually refer to the book when I am listing an item for sell to find out how to dress up my ads with bullet points, colored titles, and paragraphs (instead of the one paragraph that ebay allows you when you don't know HTML language). Mr. Sinclair tells you how to know what to set as the opening bid, when the best time to list an item is, and how to attract bidders. He also tells you how to deal effectively with other ebay members, inlcluding those who don't honor their bids. The book is full of inside tips that you can't find on the ebay tour online. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in getting started with ebay, or a seasoned ebayer who would like to learn how to be a more successful buyer and/or seller. After reading this book, you can definitely do it the SMART way.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Thornton VINE VOICE on May 5, 2000
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The most incredible auction I ever saw on eBay was under "HOT" items (meaning it had over 30 bids) for "a wee bit of good advice." I couldn't resist, so I checked it out. Yes indeed, some fellow was selling a few minutes of advice and counsel to the highest bidder.
My purchases were primarily books, but I made some foolish mistakes when I started buying on e-Bay. By the time I bought Sinclair's book, I was a seasoned eBay buyer and seller, but after reading his book I realized there was still quite a bit that I didn't know.
If you're going to spend more than $50 on eBay in your lifetime (which by definition would include everyone in the Milky Way Galaxy) you need to buy this book.
Good layout, good size, easy to read, simple writing style, yet very informative and a fantastic price - considering the potential savings (and profit) from following his advice.
The part I loved best - you don't have to be a computer genius to read and comprehend what he's telling you. My computer literacy is a few notches higher than Daisy's. (she's my dog) And I was able to follow pretty much everything Sinclair is saying.
And there's also a section on how to protect and defend yourself against fraud.
It's over 400 pages and is fully indexed. Lots of good graphics too.
Seriously - if you do more than a couple eBay transactions per year, this book is needful and valuable. As much for buyers as for sellers.
I'd have saved myself close to $100 if I'd bought it before I started trading on eBay.
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