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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on April 10 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... Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by Jack D. Herrington
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Fred Tippins
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Manny Hernandez
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 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. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by OkieAspie
O'Reilly's "hacks" series continues to impress. I've been buying and selling on eBay for nearly two years now, and have already learned a lot. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by Frank Carver
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