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Ebay Hacks [School & Library Binding]

David A. Karp
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August 2003 0613912128 978-0613912129

Want to know how best to use eBay? Whether you're a newcomer or longtime user, eBay Hacks will 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 Hacks includes 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.
With eBay 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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"If you're one of the millions who dabble on eBay, then this book is essential reading. It'll be especially useful to those that want to learn how to run a full-time or part-time business using eBay. You'll not only learn how to make the most of what you already know about eBay, you'll be able to learn how to manipulate the system to save time and money as well as improving auction success." Internet Advisor, January 2004 "If, you are after a comprehensive handbook to every aspect of eBay, written in a style that treats it as the powerful tool it is (rather than something to sell bric-a-brac on), then this is the book you be buying." - Calum Marsland, PC How to: eBay --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Windows expert David Karp is the author of O'Reilly's bestselling "Windows Annoyances" series of books, including his latest, "Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks". He also co-authored "Windows XP in a Nutshell". A clear and engaging writer, he is a consistent voice for empowering Windows users to get more out of their operating system, and his annoyances.com web site has garnered a sizeable following. David has also written "eBay Hacks" and "eBay: The Missing Manual".

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars 100 COMMON SENSE TIPS April 11 2004
By A Customer
I don't know where the 100 industrial-strength tips are in this book. The author is far from being an Ebay hack. The best way to learn how to use Ebay is just to use Ebay. NO BOOKS ARE NECESSARY . Look for my new book "1000 ways to turn on your computer"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been three books. March 16 2004
I have been selling for 5 years and have 6000+ rating with 100% positive. If I had read this book first, I would have been scared away, thinking eBay was too complicated. I leave feedback as soon as the person pays...they have fulfilled their requirement. Pictures must be clear and fill the entire field. Scanning small items works well for the beginner without a digital. EBay Hacks gives much time to the details of picture taking with film. If a person has a film camera, they know how to use it. And I can not imagine someone using my photo in their sales and if they did, I doubt that I would know. Mr. Karp says they use his and he has had to deal with these people. I use Multi Block Storage for my canned messages. Free for a month to try it out and then $10.00 one time payment. This is the only money I have spent on frills. Did the cut and paste recommended by eBay Hacks for several years and it works fine but Multi Block is better. But NEVER put a negative in your canned messages as eBay Hacks recommends. He recommended giving it lots of space so you don't copy and paste it by mistake. Negative should be written fresh each time and from the facts of that sale. It should be so rare that you do not need a short cut to save time. People should start slowly to see if eBay is for them. Some people just don't have the temperament for listing, waiting for payment, packing, mailing and living with the clutter of packaging materials and items to list. Mr. Karp had a lot of information for the beginner that would help avoid costly mistakes...like putting in a counter that can slow the loading of the page and avoiding noises and wall paper. But I think the book should have had a beginners section with the balance of the book written for after sellers got their eBay feet wet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For serious buyers and sellers only March 7 2004
Like Amazon Hacks, this book is for serious users of the EBay Web Application only. Those would be people who buy and sell on EBay for a living, or are likely to do that in the near future. For those this book has 330 pages of in-depth material about how to buy and sell, and, at some level, about how to automate that process. This book is less like the other Hacks book in that it has more expository detail about the human side of the story, and less about writing small Perl programs to do stuff. That's fine though, since no Perl program will help you get positive reviews from your buyer's and sellers, but the tips in this book just may help you do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get! Feb. 21 2004
By A Customer
The author is most knowledgeable - a must have book for sellers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best eBay books I have read! Jan. 24 2004
Great tools, tips, and strategies to help you become an expert on eBay. This book has some very interesting programs and scripts to provide better ways to monitor auctions, and buy & sell. David Karp has clearly mastered the intricacies of eBay!
Even if you don't want to try the programming this book is loaded with lots of useful information. I refer to it often for solutions to eBay questions when I have problems selling or buying on eBay.
Highly Recommended!
Fred Tippins
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As a seasoned eBayer that is not interested in setting up eBay search robots or other similar hacks, I found most of the advanced tips offered in this book a bit useless. Yet, having experienced a lot of things as a buyer or as a seller, I can see this book being a very useful guide for people who are new to eBay to avoid pitfalls that are quite common and become a more knowledgeable eBayer with time. Overall, quite good, but more geared toward the beginner to intermediate eBayer audience. If you have bought or sold more than 20-30 items using eBay, who knows: you might find it useful. I know I didn't, for myself.
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By A Customer
I bought this book to pick up some of the finer points of selling on eBay, but what impressed me the most was what I didn't expect. Sure, this book has tons of selling strategy, but it's intermixed with keen insights into the physchology of buyers and sellers alike. I never expected that from a book like this.
Another thing I never anticipated was the rich coverage of auction photographs, including tips like jpeg compression and depth of field for closeup photography. And if you are into programming (as I am), your eyes will be opened to the ebay api and the prospect of replacing hours of tedious work with a few lines of code.
Did you know you could spellcheck your auctions or set it up so that you'll be notified whenever someone with zero or negative feedback bids on one of your auctions? It's in there, and more.
Overall, Ebay Hacks is well written and a great ebay book with tons of tricks you never knew existed. Nothing else touches it. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better eBay Books Jan. 14 2004
Ok, I must admit I have read most of eBay books simply because I am amazed at how bad they are. None have helped me in any way shape or form with the exception of this book. I am not going to go in to the details however if you are already a seller on eBay you WILL learn some new beneficial tricks. If you are new to eBay this book will save you the first six months of learning curve boo boos. This book is worth the price. Don't lend it to your friends if they will be competing with you. Of course since eBay is online things go out of date fast. Hopefully O'Reily will keep it up to date, they are in my opinion a very conscientious publisher. A great buy!
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