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eBay Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools [Paperback]

David A. Karp
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Table of Contents

Credits; About the Author; Contributors; Best eBay Pop-Culture References; Acknowledgments; Foreword: This Magic Marketplace; Preface; Origins; What This Book Is . . . and Isn't; Hacking a Dynamic System; Practical Matters; How This Book Is Organized; How to Use This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; How to Contact Us; Got a Hack?; Chapter 1: Diplomacy and Feedback; 1.1 Hacks #1-8; 1.2 Searching Feedback; 1.3 Using Prefabricated Feedback; 1.4 How to Avoid Negative Feedback; 1.5 Replies and Followups to Feedback; 1.6 Withholding Feedback; 1.7 Remove Unwanted Feedback; 1.8 Improve Your Trustworthiness Quickly; 1.9 What to Do When Your Email Doesn't Get Through; Chapter 2: Searching; 2.1 Hacks #9-19; 2.2 Focus Your Searches with eBay's Advanced Search Syntax; 2.3 Controlling Fuzzy Searches; 2.4 Jumping In and Out of Categories While Searching; 2.5 Tweaking Search URLs; 2.6 Find Similar Items; 2.7 Search by Seller; 2.8 Search Internationally; 2.9 Save Your Searches; 2.10 Create a Search Robot; 2.11 Find Items by Shadowing; 2.12 The eBay Toolbar; Chapter 3: Bidding; 3.1 Hacks #20-32; 3.2 Sniffing Out Dishonest Sellers; 3.3 Snipe It Manually; 3.4 Automatic Sniping; 3.5 Conditional Sniping with Bid Groups; 3.6 Keep Track of Auctions Outside of eBay; 3.7 Take Advantage of Bid Increments; 3.8 Manipulating Buy-It-Now Auctions; 3.9 Retract Your Bid Without Retracting Your Bid; 3.10 Tools for Dealing with Fraud; 3.11 Send Payment Quickly and Safely; 3.12 International Transactions Made Easier; 3.13 Save Money on Shipping; 3.14 Dealing with Disappointment: Getting Refunds; Chapter 4: Selling; 4.1 Hacks #33-54; 4.2 What's It Worth?; 4.3 To Bundle or Not to Bundle; 4.4 Reserve Judgment; 4.5 The Strategy of Listing Upgrades; 4.6 Putting Keywords in Your Auction; 4.7 Track Your Exposure; 4.8 Expectation Management; 4.9 Formatting the Description with HTML; 4.10 Customize Auction Page Backgrounds; 4.11 Framing Your Auctions; 4.12 Overriding eBay's Fonts and Styles; 4.13 Annoy Them with Sound; 4.14 Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Auction; 4.15 Allow Visitors to Search Through Your Auctions; 4.16 List Your Other Auctions in the Description; 4.17 Make Good Use of the About Me Page; 4.18 Opting Out of Checkout; 4.19 Make Changes to Running Auctions; 4.20 Dynamic Text in Auction Descriptions; 4.21 Let's Make a Deal; 4.22 Diplomacy 101: Answering Dumb Questions; 4.23 Keeping Out Deadbeat Bidders; Chapter 5: Working with Photos; 5.1 Hacks #55-64; 5.2 How to Keep Your Item from Looking Pathetic; 5.3 Mastering Close-Up Photography; 5.4 Doctoring Photos; 5.5 Protect Your Copyright; 5.6 Host Your Own Photos; 5.7 Make Clickable Thumbnails; 5.8 Construct an Interactive Photo Album; 5.9 Show a 360-Degree View of Your Item; 5.10 Create a Photo Collage; 5.11 Create a Good Gallery Photo; Chapter 6: Completing Transactions; 6.1 Hacks #65-71; 6.2 Keep Track of Items You've Sold; 6.3 Sending Payment Instructions; 6.4 Protect Yourself While Accepting Payments; 6.5 Cheap, Fast Shipping Without Waiting in Line; 6.6 Selling and Shipping Internationally; 6.7 Damage Control Before and After You Ship; 6.8 Dealing with Stragglers, Deadbeats, and Returns; Chapter 7: Running a Business on eBay; 7.1 Hacks #72-81; 7.2 eBay Stores; 7.3 Streamlining Listings; 7.4 Streamlining Communications; 7.5 Streamlining Checkout and Payment; 7.6 Obtaining Sales Records; 7.7 Make Money by Linking to eBay; 7.8 List Your Auctions on Another Site; 7.9 Accept PayPal Payments from Your Own Site; 7.10 Process PayPal Payments Automatically; 7.11 Keep Tabs on the eBay Community; Chapter 8: The eBay API; 8.1 Hacks #82-100; 8.2 Climbing Out of the Sandbox; 8.3 API Searches; 8.4 Retrieve Details About an Auction; 8.5 Automatically Keep Track of Auctions You've Won; 8.6 Track Items in Your Watching List; 8.7 Automatically Keep Track of Auctions You've Sold; 8.8 Submit an Auction Listing; 8.9 Automate Auction Revisions; 8.10 Spellcheck All Your Auctions; 8.11 Negative Feedback Bidder Alert; 8.12 Automatically Relist Unsuccessful Auctions; 8.13 Send Automatic Emails to High Bidders; 8.14 Generate a Custom Gallery; 8.15 Leaving Feedback; 8.16 Negative Feedback Notification; 8.17 Automatic Reciprocal Feedback; 8.18 Queue API Calls; 8.19 Cache Auction Data to Improve API Efficiency; 8.20 Working Without the eBay API; Colophon;

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