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I Was Afraid...I Was Very Afraid!....,
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This review is from: eBay For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) (Paperback)This review refers to "ebay For Dummies" (4th Edition) by Marsha Collier....
I did alot of "window" shopping over at eBay, but never actually got up the nerve to bid, buy or sell over there. I felt real safe here at Amazon. I saw so many items over there that I was interested in(you name it..they got it!), but was just afraid of jumping in. Was it safe? Would I wind up with something I really didn't want? How do you know when and what to bid? If your selling, how do you go about that? etc. etc...
This book answered ALL those questions and much, much more. Even this book itself was intimidating to me when it first arrived. There was sooo much 'stuff' in it. Did I have to know ALL that before i could hang out at eBay? So I just started glancing through it and realized what a treasure chest of info it was. Pretty soon I was reading it chapter by chapter just because I found it all so interesting.
"eBay for Dummies" covers it all. From the very basics...getting a feel for eBay, how to sign up,getting the "lay of the land", getting info on the seller, and bidding, to putting items up for sale, completeing cyber paperwork, shipping and dealing with buyers and sellers.There are chapters on rules and a safety program, bidding stategies, and there's even one on how to present the best pictures of your items if you are selling.
Yes..I was afraid..I was very afraid..but there's no better feeling than going into something armed with knowledge, even if you are a newbie! And you don't need to read it cover to cover to get started. It's easy to look up and find answers to questions you have to get started, and it'll always be there as a refrence as you go along and become more comfortable.You'll be a biddin' and a buyin'(and maybe even a sellin')in no time at all. Be careful though..you may get hooked!
Thanks Marsha Collier for this great fountain of new age shopping information for beginners. I'm not afraid anymore!
Go For It...Laurie
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2009 7:36:11 PM PDT
Donna Banaszynski says:
I am also afraid to change from a buyer to seller. It just seems silly to keep giving stuff away, when I could sell it and make some mney. Thanks, this review was very good. I don't usually like buying those "Books for Dummies", but you have convinced me that this is a good one to invest in.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2009 9:08:51 AM PDT
L. Shirley says:
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and letting me know the review was helpful.I truly appreciate that!
The book was very helpful and easy to understand. You may want to check for the most recent edition as there may have been some changes over the -I wrote that more than 5 years ago.
If you still are uncomfortable with e-bay itself, you may want to get your feet wet by trying selling here at amazon.
It's very easy - amazon does take a small percentage, but they handle all the payments(then deposit in your account) - they won't tell you to ship until payment is confirmed (then you must ship within 2 working days)- and they handle all notifications as well, and they give you a set shipping cost per item. You just set your own price(no bidding) which you can always edit.
and of course the other difference is that you can only list items that are all ready sold here(books, movies, cds, appliances, etc) - you cant list your antique jewlery and stuff like that. but amazon is very helpful and safe.
I wish you good luck in which ever way you chose.
Posted on Nov 3, 2009 9:57:30 AM PST
Mark Blackburn says:
Good review! . . . not least, for the interesting comments,including the 'update.' (Appreciate the one you did on the B&D blender too!) L. Shirley writes informed, informative and fun-to-read reviews: to coin a song title, Who could ask for anything more?
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2009 9:11:17 AM PST
L. Shirley says:
Good Morning Mark -
Always happy to see your comments - thanks so much
I'm watching your page still for some new and informative reviews from you too!
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