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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. (Dec 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764515470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764515477
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,553,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"They started with collectibles from their closets and then realized they could make a living." (Reader's Digest, November 2002)

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eBay just gets better and better. If it's your intent to take the leap from casual seller to starting a full or part time business at eBay, this book is for you. After writing "eBay for Dummies" many ebay sellers asked me to write a more advanced book, and this it.

I’ve shared with you the knowledge I’ve gained from talking to hundreds of eBay sellers, many of whom have shared their “secrets” of eBay. I’ve also consulted with some business experts to set up basic bookkeeping and

inventory plans. You'll also have the benefit of my running a successful home business for the past 20 years. I've made a successful living while working at home, so can you.

In this book you’ll learn what it takes to run a successful business on eBay. I’ll give you some hidden eBay secrets and ways to make your selling time on eBay more efficient. You’ll learn about how to divide your personal time and eBay time, the “real” way to set up your books and run a business, where to find merchandise and lots of time and money saving tips along the way.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Sweetness on Dec 7 2001
Format: Paperback
If you found eBay for Dummies helpful, you haven't seen anything yet. This one is a must have for the eBay Seller. This book is jam packed full of information to ease your success. Marsha Collier, the author, has included hints, tips and tricks that you haven't even thought of yet. Be sure to read every page, because even if you don't think it applies to your eBay Business yet...it will. Bottom line, your business will be running smooth as silk if you follow the advice in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "usryfilms" on Jan. 21 2004
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This book is well written. I found it to be concise, divided into areas in an easy to follow manner.
Each chapter stands on its own which makes it easy to read in my favorite style... (All over the place).
She even covers the small details such as proper online picture resolution, including the best camera to buy.
I started with an idea "I want to sell ladies clothing online"
I changed from "A Man with an Idea" to "A Man with a Mannequin" in 3 just days. Thanks Marcia
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I bought this book hoping for some help in determining what to sell and how to acquire my inventory. I didn't expect the author to tell me "sell THIS" but I was hoping for some tips on finding a niche that might be interesting to me as well as profitable. Now that I've figured out the niche I want to concentrate on (by using my own crude methods), I need to learn how to get my inventory via importers, exporters, wholesalers, etc. This book just doesn't provide that type of information. The focus seems to be on "sell anything you can get your hands on and check out these possible sources like dollar stores and other american-based outlets" which is great if your niche is "everything" and you live in the US where all of these outlets are located.
I'll be honest and admit that I didn't finished reading the entire book because it was clear that the specific info I needed just wasn't there but I wouldn't say this book is a waste of time. Once you've figured out what you want to sell and you need some help selling it and navigating around ebay, this book will likely be a helpful tool.
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By A Customer on May 16 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read different books on business, mainly on e-commerce and of course starting from your home. I must have 3 or 4 Dummies books from learning to play the guitar, investing and business. This one is no different, it offers really juicy and useful information from, providing customer service, marketing, taking photos and writing better content, among other things. Other reviewers mention that it lacks in mentioning some great, helpful tools. If every book could have everything that each reader could think about, that book would have to be an never ending project.
People new to e-commerce at first don't realize that auctions are just as competitive as anything else and that it takes certain, more important aspects of e-business that no one book can cover, and that because new and easy to use e-biz applications are being developed. One can easily diversify their online efforts and have 1, 2 or more income streams. If one is not producing the other two can make up for it! One tool it could've mentioned (quicktour.sitesell.com/all-in-1.html) can really open many tunnelvision eyes. This (case-studies.sitesell.com/all-in-1.html) can add 50 to 90 percent to your online success rate, not to mention a third income stream for your promotion efforts (affiliate program).
Online auctions can be a dream come true, for a particular segment. This Dummies auction book answers many questions, but raises more too! Unlike mail-order, network marketing, real estate and door to door selling, e-commerce CAN, I repeat CAN be put on auto-pilot (affiliatemarketing.sitesell.com/all-in-1.html and affiliates.sitesell.com/all-in-1.html), without as steep of a learning curve, i.e., hiring employees, monthly and yearly taxes, etc.
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Don't even consider starting an eBay business without reading this book. It will pay for itself in no time by helping you avoid many of the pitfalls of new sellers. You will learn how to build more attractive auctions, write interesting and informative copy, take better photos, market your auctions well and provide top-notch customer service, all of which should increase your profits.
Perhaps what makes Collier's book more valuable than that other eBay "Bible" is that Collier's wasn't employed by eBay, so she could be frank about things she liked and didn't like about the auction management tools provided by eBay, and she could recommend sites not affiliated with eBay.
The chapter on auction management software seemed to be lacking. Numerous auction management programs are available, but some of the better ones were not mentioned, such as Inkfrog and Sparedollar. Collier does cover several of the larger auction management software providers, but after reading about several of them, it becomes difficult to differentiate between them. A side-by-side comparison chart summarizing the features would have been helpful. At first glace, all the programs seem the same. After looking into it, they can vary greatly not only in features but in price.
Keep in mind that this book focuses on eBay, only. When you need basic business legal or tax info, don't rely on this book, because Collier doesn't cover it in depth. There are plenty of other resources for that information.
Additionally, this book covers the basics of running a business on eBay, but there is more to learn regarding selling in SPECIFIC categories. One great resource is the eBay discussion board. There is a board for most of the eBay categories, and so much can be learned here.
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