The Official eBay Guide to Buying, Selling, and Collecting Just About Anything

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 320 pages
HAPPY HUNTING™ ON eBay

Aunt Fannie's cameo pin collection...the cartoon-character lunch boxes you had in third grade...that cast-iron doorstop you bought for $2 but is really worth $200....Whether you're a busy buyer, an avid seller, or just a fun-loving browser, you'll find countless collectibles like these on eBay, the world's largest person-to-person online trading community.

Now -- in this official primer from the popular Internet site that has revolutionized the collecting world -- the experts at eBay unlock the secrets of successful online buying and selling, for everyone from the enthusiastic beginner to the seasoned pro. Featuring an introduction by Pierre Omidyar, eBay's founder and chairman, and packed with tips and stories from "eBaysians" all over the country, The Official eBay™ Guide is the only authorized book that shows you how to

* BUY SMART -- unraveling the mystery of value, bidding to win, and learning how to spot the really good stuff

* BE A SAVVY SELLER -- from writing the perfect item listing to collecting payments from your happy customers

* LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS -- top eBaysians, Ambassadors, Power Sellers, and eBay employees lend advice and share secrets for success

* FIND THE GREAT STUFF -- how to work garage sales, flea markets, tag sales, estate sales, and even the other kind of auction

Packed with invaluable resources, information, and practical tips, The Official eBay™ Guide also features entertaining stories about the millions of people who make up the eBay community. It's your must-have companion for mastering the art of buying and selling an astounding range of collectibles and items, from the practical to the whimsical.
 

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Contents

Chapter
3
Chapter 2
17
Chapter
24
Chapter 5
25
Chapter 3
37
Chapter 4
57
Chapter 7
125
Chapter 8
137
Collecting Your Thoughts
173
Chapter 12
199
Where the Action
211
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217
Chapter 14
223
Chapter 15
241
Chapter 16
251
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When You Need a Friend
153

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Page xiv - I had been thinking about how to create an efficient marketplace—a level playing field, where everyone had access to the same information and could compete on the same terms as anyone else. As a software engineer, I worked for a couple of Silicon Valley companies, and I had even cofounded an early e-commerce site. This got me thinking that maybe the Internet was the place to create such an efficient market. Not just a site where big corporations sold stuff to consumers and bombarded them with ads,...

About the author (2010)

Laura Fisher Kaiser & Michael Kaiser are collectors, writers, and longtime eBaysians. Laura is Deputy Editor at This Old House magazine. For fifteen years, Michael was an executive at a nonprofit organization. A former art glass dealer, he is now a consultant and writer. The Kaisers live in Manhattan.

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