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4.0 out of 5 stars This book pays for itself by increasing your eBay profits, November 21, 2003
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This review is from: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies (Paperback)
Don't even consider starting an eBay business without reading this book. It will pay for itself in no time by helping you avoid many of the pitfalls of new sellers. You will learn how to build more attractive auctions, write interesting and informative copy, take better photos, market your auctions well and provide top-notch customer service, all of which should increase your profits.
Perhaps what makes Collier's book more valuable than that other eBay "Bible" is that Collier's wasn't employed by eBay, so she could be frank about things she liked and didn't like about the auction management tools provided by eBay, and she could recommend sites not affiliated with eBay.
The chapter on auction management software seemed to be lacking. Numerous auction management programs are available, but some of the better ones were not mentioned, such as Inkfrog and Sparedollar. Collier does cover several of the larger auction management software providers, but after reading about several of them, it becomes difficult to differentiate between them. A side-by-side comparison chart summarizing the features would have been helpful. At first glace, all the programs seem the same. After looking into it, they can vary greatly not only in features but in price.
Keep in mind that this book focuses on eBay, only. When you need basic business legal or tax info, don't rely on this book, because Collier doesn't cover it in depth. There are plenty of other resources for that information.
Additionally, this book covers the basics of running a business on eBay, but there is more to learn regarding selling in SPECIFIC categories. One great resource is the eBay discussion board. There is a board for most of the eBay categories, and so much can be learned here. I sell clothing, and the eBay Clothing & Accessories Sellers discussion board is the portal where clothing sellers get together and help each other. Not a day goes by when I don't learn how to better my business from this group.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2009 9:28:08 AM PDT
Excellent information and analysis of this book. Bill White

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 6:11:33 AM PST
I'm more confused now! You gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, but after reading your review I don't think I want to buy the book after all. My question to you would be, "Do you think the book would be helpful to someone just starting out as an eBay seller or not?" The first paragraph made me think this was the book for me, but it went downhill after that. I respect your opinion and would like to get a clear idea on what you really thought about this and if it isn't the book I need, what would be?
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