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The Official eBay Bible Paperback – June 2, 2003
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An object sells on eBay every 1.7 seconds. Someone buys a digital camera on the site every 90 seconds. And according to the company, more than 70,000 Americans make their living by selling on eBay. The site has revolutionized the way small-business owners run their operations, and in this guide, Griffin, who was the company's first customer service representative and is now "Dean of eBay Education," shows an impressive command of the ins and outs of using eBay, particularly how to set up and run a business selling merchandise there. Griffin, who travels around the country extolling eBay's virtues in lectures and seminars, is a relentless cheerleader, citing loads of examples of eBay success stories. While he doesn't address some obvious questions (e.g., how eBay makes money and what its responsibilities to users are), Griffin dexterously walks readers through the site, with impressive practical know-how about buying and selling everything from cowboy boots to computers. His book is clear, simple and well organized, and while there are many personal observations, they don't obstruct the instructional material. The lion's share of the advice is for sellers, with tips on how to set up an inviting "storefront" on eBay, how to use HTML programming language to enhance it, how to photograph items for sale, how to pack and insure them and how to deal with customers. The depth of Griffith's commonsense knowledge and the clarity of his writing will be worthwhile to anyone with a personal interest in eBay.
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The most comprehensive and most current guide available. -- Cincinnati Enquirer
[The Official eBay Bible is] breezy and fun, packed with practical know-how, personal observations, and a sense of humor. -- Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But if you've been an eBay user, you already know most of this information already. There aren't any buried secrets to be found in the book. No "get rich quick" magic pill ideas. The fact is that all of this information and a LOT more can be found on the eBay site itself. EBay has done a marvelous job of putting all of this information on their website. You need only visit the help links to go to screens that will provide everything you need to know about bidding and buying.
Then there's the vast links of various sellers tools that teach you all about listing items, taking and uploading pictures, accepting payments, etc. What's made eBay so popular is the fact that is really is so very easy, step-by-step to use and anytime you get hung up there are a vast array of help screens, message boards, even Live, one-on-one help chats with eBay personnel you can use to help.
Perhaps it's nice having all of this info in one convenient play as opposed to navigating a lot of onscreen pages, but once you know where to get answers there's really not much need for the book.
After reading the top eBay books, below are my recommendations:
---Beginner with eBay and computers---
1. The Official eBay Bible
1. Sell it on eBay
2. eBay Hacks
---Full-Time eBay Business (not for the casual seller)---
1. eBay Strategies
2. eBay Business the Smart Way