The eBay Survival Guide: How to Make Money and Avoid Losing Your Shirt (Google eBook)

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No Starch Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 264 pages
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A no-holds-barred guide to safe and successful buying and selling on the popular online auction site. Reveals the strategies of winning bidders and offers tips for beating competitors to get the items you want--without overpaying or becoming the victim of scams. Filled with practical advice for avoiding frauds, what to do if an item doesn't sell, how to list items effectively, choosing an auction type, how to get the best price and much more. An excellent resource for anyone looking to steer clear of scammers, execute successful transactions, and win good stuff!

  

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Contents

Add Pictures
128
Use the Listing Designer
132
HOW TO CREATE LISTINGS THAT SELL
137
Advertising eBay Style
138
Ways to Get Attention
139
Print Pyrotechnics and Eyestrain
142
How to Write Effective Descriptions
146
What to Put in a Description
147

Communicating with eBay
21
Touring My eBay
22
Introducing eBays Feedback System
24
HOW EBAY AUCTIONS WORK
27
Anatomy of an Auction
28
Seller Information
29
After You Bid
31
Dutch Auctions
32
FINDING STUFF ON EBAY THE BASICS
35
Entering Search Text
36
Using Your Search Results
37
Sorting and Filtering Search Results
39
Finding eBay Store Items
40
Saving Searches
41
Using Other Search Pages
42
Searching by Seller
43
Searching by Bidder
44
Searching in eBay Stores
45
FINDING STUFF ON EBAY HIGHPOWER SEARCHES
47
Search Factors
50
Synonyms
51
Plurals and Possessives
52
Historical Usage
53
Search Tips
54
Favorite Searches and Categories
55
Browsing
56
Using the Browse Results List
57
Browsing and Searching eBay Stores
58
WHAT IS IT WORTH?
61
Researching an Items Value
63
Price Histories Guides and Other References
64
Finding Out Whats Hot and Whats Not
68
Tracking What People Are Searching for and Buying
71
eBay Pulse
72
Using ThirdParty Price Research Data
73
EBAY FOR SELLERS
75
SELLER DOS AND DONTS
77
eBay Seller Rules
78
Excessive Shipping and Handling Charges
79
Communicating and Closing the Deal
80
What If the Buyer Doesnt Contact Me?
81
Filing a Payment Reminder
82
Packing and Shipping
83
What If a Buyer Doesnt Pay?
84
What If a Buyer Is Trying to Con You?
86
What If Shipment Is Delayed or You Cant Ship?
87
How to Block a Bidder
88
Posting Buyer Feedback
89
eBays PowerSeller Program
90
FIGURING OUT WHAT TO SELL
91
Will People Really Buy Anything?
92
What Do You Want to Sell?
93
What Can You Get?
94
Demand and Market
95
How Much Is Your Time Worth?
96
SOURCES OF ITEMS TO SELL
99
Flea Markets
100
Auctions
101
Antique Malls and Shops
102
Wholesalers and Manufacturers
103
Where Are Wholesalers?
104
eBay Wholesalers and Secret Wholesale Sources
105
Buying from Manufacturers
106
DropShipping
107
Retailers
108
LISTING ITEMS WHEN AND HOW
109
The Importance of Timing
110
Which Day Is Best?
111
Is It in Season?
112
How About Holidays and Anniversaries?
113
How to Create Your Listing
114
Select a Category
115
Posting in Two Categories
118
Describe Your Item
119
Set the Minimum Price
120
Set a Reserve Price
125
Set the Auction Duration and Scheduled Start Time
126
Have a Private Auction
127
Whats Not Permitted in Descriptions
148
A Template for Auction Descriptions
149
Keywords in Descriptions and Keyword Spamming
151
How to Use HTML in Listings
152
Seller Terms of Service
153
About Audio Video and 100+ KB Images
155
IT DIDNT SELL
157
But Is It Worth Relisting?
159
How to Improve the Listing
160
Description Problems
162
Image Problems
163
What Can You Do with Unsalable Items?
164
EBAY FOR BUYERS
165
BUYER DOS AND DONTS
167
eBay Buyer Rules
168
Communication and Payment Deadlines
169
Contacting the Seller
170
Dealing with Problems
171
What If a Seller Threatens You?
172
How to Communicate with the Seller
174
How to Get Seller Contact Information
175
Recourse for the Burned Buyer
177
Item Not Received or Significantly Not as Described Report
178
Other Complaints to eBay
179
eBays Buyer Protection Program
180
eBay Mediation Through SquareTrade
181
Feedback for Buyers
182
Feedback Extortion
183
BID TO WIN
185
Bid High
186
Bid Odd
187
Timing of Your Bid
188
How to Research the Competition
189
Amounts of Bids
190
Number of Bids
191
Cooperative Bidding
192
Retract a Bid
195
How to Beat Snipers
196
Sniping Strategy
197
HOW TO TURN A LOSS INTO A WIN
201
Take a SecondChance Offer
202
Make a Deal with the Winner
203
Make a Deal with a Seller
204
PAYING FOR AND GETTING YOUR ITEMS
207
Shipping Charges
209
Pay Now
210
ThirdParty Checkout Systems
211
Payment Methods
212
Other Online Payment Systems
214
Money Orders
215
Shipping Methods
216
Excessive Shipping and Handling Charges
217
Payment Problems
218
What If You Cant Pay at All?
219
Legal Consequences of Not Paying
220
HOW NOTTO GET RIPPED OFF AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO
221
SHILLS SLEAZES AND SELLER SCAMS
223
Is a Shill at Work?
224
Think Youve Encountered a Shill Bidder?
225
Bid Shielding
227
Looks Can Fool You
229
Deceptive Descriptions
230
Illegal Knockoffs
233
How to Identify Fakes
234
Spam Scams
236
BOGUS PRODUCTS AND MONEYMAKING SCAMS
239
EBooks
240
Giant EBook Collection
241
Find Out Anything About Anyone for Free
243
Buy This and Make a Fortune
244
Purchase Email Lists
245
HOW TO INVESTIGATE OTHER EBAY MEMBERS
247
Other Buyers and Sellers
248
Internet Resources
250
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
253
INDEX
255
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Michael A. Banks is the author of more than 40 books, among them several titles that deal with Internet topics, including The eBay Survival Guide; Web Psychos, Stalkers, and Pranksters; The Modem Reference; PC Confidential; and Welcome to CompuServe. He is coauthor of CROSLEY: The Story of Two Brothers and the Business Empire that Transformed the Nation (Clerisy, 2006), the biography of twentieth-century industrialist/entrepreneur and communications magnate Powel Crosley, Jr. (This book made the New York Times extended bestseller list, the Wall Street Journal hardcover business book bestseller list, and the Business Week bestseller list. Having sold 45,000 copies during its first three months of existence, it received a full-page writeup in the February 12, 2007, issue of Publishers Weekly.)

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