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eBay Hacks: Tips & Tools for Bidding, Buying, and Selling (O'Reilly's Hacks Series) Kindle 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

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Whatever you call it--an online auction house, the world's largest flea market, or a vast social experiment--no metaphor completely describes the huge trading community that is eBay. Underneath it all, eBay is also a computer program and a complex socio-economic system, requiring experience, finesse, and the right tools to master.

eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition has been completely revised and updated to make use of an array of new tools and features, as well as to reflect the changes in the eBay API, eBay's policies, and general practices of its increasingly sophisticated users. In all, the new edition of eBay Hacks sports 30 brand-new hacks plus dozens of hacks that have been expanded, deepened, or otherwise completely rewritten.

eBay Hacks shows you how to become a more efficient buyer and seller with clever tricks and shortcuts that will surprise even the most experienced eBayers. The book's wide range of topics covers all aspects of using eBay, such as advanced searching techniques, sniping tools, selling strategies, photography tips, and even research techniques for PowerSellers. But eBay Hacks doesn't just cover the basics; you willl learn how to write scripts to automate tedious tasks, take better photos, and tap into the eBay API to develop your own custom tools. Unlike any other book, eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition also provides insight into the social aspects of the eBay community, with diplomatic tools to help to get what you want with the least hassle and risk of negative feedback.

This bestseller supplies you with the tools you need to master eBay, whether as a buyer or seller, casual surfer or serious collector, novice or seasoned expert. With this guide, you will become a savvy power user who trades smarter and safer, makes more money, enjoys successes, and has fun doing it.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6454 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 059610068X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (June 2 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043EWUC0
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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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There's a nice range of topics covered in eBay Hacks - from the simplest diplomacy and feedback tips to well thought-out selling strategies and even programming. Each "hack" is marked with a little green thermometer that provides a clue to its complexity (e.g. how advanced it is), so you can quickly tell whether it's going to be something you might already know or something you'll have to study.
I've been on eBay for quite some time, so I already know a lot of the tips marked "beginner," but I have found enough stuff in just a short time with the book to make it well worth the price. I've found the analysis of listing options to be insightful and for the most part, spot-on. And there's a chapter on photos that goes far beyond the rudimentary aspects of file formats and hosting; I've already improved my close-up photography with the depth-of-field tricks in Hack #56, and there's a ton of JavaScript to produce some nice slideshows and photo-presentation effects. Buyers are not left out, either - there are three hacks on sniping alone and a nice tip on tripping up buy it now auctions that are set too high.
The last part of the book covers the API, eBay's "back-door." About twenty hacks contain straightforward code anybody with a little programming background can use to manage auctions, spell-check listings, and (my favorite) perform searches automatically every hour on the hour.
All in all, it's a good, meaty book with a wide range of appeal. Yes, there's some beginner tips, but they're clearly marked so that more advanced ebayers can get right to the good stuff.
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Rookies only
If you've been doing business on eBay for a long time, you don't need a book like this. Take me as an example; I don't consider myself an eBay expert. Six year experience will make you have an idea about the name of the head of SafeHarbor and how to remove unwanted negative feedback. The book, in my personal opinion, just scratches the surface without giving you enough inside info that would eventually help you.
For example, Hack #5 Withholding Feedback. It teaches how to lower the probability of being left unwanted feedbacks. It only works when you're either a contract seller or a power seller. Meaning that you really don't care about your feedback since you generated about 20 plus feedbacks per day. Ratio is your priority concern. On the other hand, those beginners, who are not high volume sellers but want nothing but doing honest business on eBay and have fun. The tip will impede their speed of cumulating feedbacks and directly hurts their sales. Like I said, the tip just scratches the surface without giving valuable information that will help you ultimately.
Again, the book is not bad but having a wrong name. If the name was "eBay Fundamentals", it'll be a 5 star. eBay Hacks? Sorry, one star.
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Don't get me wrong. I liked the book, and passed a pleasant hour with it. Very entertaining, good writing style, overall a pleasant experience.

But a more descriptive (and honest) title would have been something like _eBay For Dummies_, or _The Complete Idiot's Guide to eBay_. There are a smattering of light-weight hacks written in (retch, puke, barf) Perl, but if you've bought and/or sold more than ten items on eBay you already know virtually everything that's in this book.

And the only "hack" (read as: URL to a configuration page) that would've made the book worth the money (Hack #49: Opting Out Of Checkout) has been changed by eBay so that it no longer points to a page that will let you kill the ultra-stupid and very annoying "Checkout Now" feature in your auctions.

If you're looking for an intro/novice guide to eBay, then this is your book. Karp covers everything you need to know about how to buy and sell on eBay, and serves up some excellent advice in an informative and engaging manner.

But if you're looking for *real* hacks to help you whip eBay into submission, this isn't the book for you. There are a handful of interesting intellectual exercises in Javascript and (ee-yech!) Perl, but certainly nothing that would warrant a $24.95 cover price.
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