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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: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,362,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As someone who recently became a millionaire by buying and selling on ebay using my own system, I can tell you this book is great. It gives a complete overview of starting an eBay business and uses an easy to follow style. They do miss one critical tool though that makes all the difference, that tool is [...] eBay auctions are often lost in the last few seconds of the auction because the majority of people wait until the last seconds to place their bids. This tool bids for you at the last second and ensures you win, a big time saver and the biggest key to success. So buy this book and check out this tool for a complete picture.
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As a novice ebay buyer,the "selling" bug bit me. It takes some of us longer then others,haha I knew I would need more info besides the tutorials supplied on ebay. So I did my research and bought this book and ebay for dummies before I started selling to get the full picture. Thank goodness! This book in particular is LOADED with great time and cost saving tips for a start up business. Her writing style and humor is very comforting along the ebay learning curve. ebay is an overwhelming but vastly entertaining animal. She has done her homework, is brutally honest and frankly, gives you the "real deal". Hats off to Marsha!!Great job to a savvy business lady!
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Sweetness on Dec 7 2001
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryhms on March 2 2002
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Trying to be positive, the best thing about this book is the exposure to some useful areas of concern and companies that I didn't know existed to serve eBay sellers (such as auction management sites and software, as well as the names of several payment service vendors). That, and the occasional nugget of useful information.
When I bought this book, I thought that Marsha Collier was going to reveal some powerful secrets behind eBay business success. Instead what I found was a high level overview of the various aspects of starting a business and of the eBay site. Even though she states upfront that the book is for people who already are familiar with eBay, at least 50% of the book details eBay services and options -- nothing that you can't easily discover from eBay online help for free. Why didn't she just recommend her other book, "eBay for Dummies" for that stuff! Also, several of the "Tips" that she gave online were pretty much common sense. Coming from a marketing background, I had hoped that she would apply some serious marketing strategies to selling online and share useful marketing statistics. I guess that was asking too much from a book geared for "dummies." Even worse, I felt that Marsha was often trying to sell her secrets and promote her own website rather than really help readers. An example is the "Ebay Sellers Lighting Kit" which Marsha will be happy to sell you (don't waste your money -- build it yourself)! This reader definitely got tired of the self-promotion and commercial feel of the book.
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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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Although the Internet bubble burst, that does not mean that money can not be made via the Internet. Discounting all those spam e-mails about Making Money Fast, Collier provides solid strategies on starting a business using eBay. One of the best well-written business books I've ever read! I definitely recommend this to anyone who either wants to take full advantage of eBay or even just sells the occassional item. Collier's book reminds me of Guerilla PR: Wired, which details strategies for low-cost, but effective public relations coverage. Both deal with how to maximize your business's efforts and reap the rewards.
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