EBay Hacks

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2003 - Computers - 331 pages
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Want to know how best to use eBay? Whether you're a newcomer or longtime user,eBay Hackswill teach you to become efficient as both a buyer and seller. You'll find a wide range of topics, from monitoring the bidding process, getting refunds, and fixing photos so that sale items look their best, to in-depth tips for running a business on eBay and writing scripts that automate some of the most tedious tasks.

That's just the nuts and bolts. The book also gives you an inside look into the unique eBay community, where millions of people gather online to buy and sell. Author David Karp--an eBay user himself, with years of experience--teaches you how to work within this community to maximize your success.eBay Hacksincludes four powerful sections:

  • "Hacks for All" covers eBay's diplomacy and feedback system, describing how you can maintain a good feedback profile and use it to inspire trust in others.
  • "Hacks for Buyers" shows you how to focus your searches to find auctions before anyone else--including ways to create an automated search robot. Then, learn how bidding works in the real world, using eBay's proxy bidding system to improve your win rate while spending less money.
  • "Hacks for Sellers" teaches strategies for competitive selling, like promoting your items without spending extra money and protecting yourself from deadbeat buyers. Learn how to run a fulltime business on eBay by streamlining the listing process, communications and checkout.
  • "Hacks for Developers" delves into eBay's API, an interface for writing programs that do the work that most users have to do by hand through a web browser.
WitheBay Hacks, you'll be more than a buyer or seller. You will become a savvy power user who knows the smart way to save time, save money, and dramatically improve auction success.
  

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Contents

Diplomacy and Feedback
1
1 Searching Feedback
5
2 Using Prefabricated Feedback
6
3 How to Avoid Negative Feedback
9
4 Replies and Followups to Feedback
11
5 Withholding Feedback
14
6 Remove Unwanted Feedback
16
7 Improve Your Trustworthiness Quickly
17
Answering Dumb Questions
172
54 Keeping Out Deadbeat Bidders
174
Working with Photos
178
55 How to Keep Your Item from Looking Pathetic
182
56 Mastering CloseUp Photography
186
57 Doctoring Photos
189
58 Protect Your Copyright
191
59 Host Your Own Photos
195

8 What to Do When Your Email Doesnt Get Through
19
Searching
22
10 Controlling Fuzzy Searches
25
11 Jumping In and Out of Categories While Searching
27
12 Tweaking Search URLs
29
13 Find Similar Items
32
14 Search by Seller
34
15 Search Internationally
36
16 Save Your Searches
40
17 Create a Search Robot
43
18 Find Items by Shadowing
48
19 The eBay Toolbar
49
Bidding
51
20 Sniffing Out Dishonest Sellers
54
21 Snipe It Manually
58
22 Automatic Sniping
60
23 Conditional Sniping with Bid Groups
64
24 Keep Track of Auctions Outside of eBay
65
25 Take Advantage of Bid Increments
73
26 Manipulating BuyItNow Auctions
76
27 Retract Your Bid Without Retracting Your Bid
80
28 Tools for Dealing with Fraud
83
29 Send Payment Quickly and Safely
85
30 International Transactions Made Easier
90
31 Save Money on Shipping
93
Getting Refunds
95
Selling
101
34 To Bundle or Not to Bundle
106
35 Reserve Judgment
107
36 The Strategy of Listing Upgrades
109
37 Putting Keywords in Your Auction
116
38 Track Your Exposure
120
39 Expectation Management
122
40 Formatting the Description with HTML
124
41 Customize Auction Page Backgrounds
131
42 Framing Your Auctions
132
43 Overriding eBays Fonts and Styles
136
44 Annoy Them with Sound
138
45 Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Auction
141
46 Allow Visitors to Search Through Your Auctions
147
47 List Your Other Auctions in the Description
150
48 Make Good Use of the About Me Page
153
49 Opting Out of Checkout
158
50 Make Changes to Running Auctions
163
51 Dynamic Text in Auction Descriptions
165
52 Lets Make a Deal
170
60 Make Clickable Thumbnails
199
61 Construct an Interactive Photo Album
203
62 Show a 360Degree View of Your Item
205
63 Create a Photo Collage
210
64 Create a Good Gallery Photo
213
Completing Transactions
216
66 Sending Payment Instructions
219
67 Protect Yourself While Accepting Payments
222
68 Cheap Fast Shipping Without Waiting in Line
226
69 Selling and Shipping Internationally
231
70 Damage Control Before and After You Ship
234
71 Dealing with Stragglers Deadbeats and Returns
237
Running a Business on eBay
241
72 eBay Stores
242
73 Streamlining Listings
243
74 Streamlining Communications
248
75 Streamlining Checkout and Payment
252
76 Obtaining Sales Records
258
77 Make Money by Linking to eBay
260
78 List Your Auctions on Another Site
263
79 Accept PayPal Payments from Your Own Site
264
80 Process PayPal Payments Automatically
270
81 Keep Tabs on the eBay Community
273
The eBay API
275
82 Climbing Out of the Sandbox
279
83 API Searches
282
84 Retrieve Details About an Auction
285
85 Automatically Keep Track of Auctions Youve Won
287
86 Track Items in Your Watching List
289
87 Automatically Keep Track of Auctions Youve Sold
294
88 Submit an Auction Listing
295
89 Automate Auction Revisions
297
90 Spellcheck All Your Auctions
301
91 Negative Feedback Bidder Alert
304
92 Automatically Relist Unsuccessful Auctions
305
93 Send Automatic Emails to High Bidders
308
94 Generate a Custom Gallery
310
95 Leaving Feedback
313
96 Negative Feedback Notification
314
97 Automatic Reciprocal Feedback
316
98 Queue API Calls
317
99 Cache Auction Data to Improve API Efficiency
319
100 Working Without the eBay API
321
Index
323
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DAVID A. KARP is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and co-author of the first edition of Being Urban.

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