Starting an eBay Business For Dummies Paperback – Dec 15 2001
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"They started with collectibles from their closets and then realized they could make a living." (Reader's Digest, November 2002)
From the Author
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.
Ive shared with you the knowledge Ive gained from talking to hundreds of eBay sellers, many of whom have shared their secrets of eBay. Ive 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 youll learn what it takes to run a successful business on eBay. Ill give you some hidden eBay secrets and ways to make your selling time on eBay more efficient. Youll 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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Shane Gleason
There are lots of books on eBay, but this one really helped me get organized for setting up my ebay business. Read morePublished on June 28 2004
I would rate this book lower than one star if there was an option for that. I cannot say this book is a complete loss, you may use it for a door stop. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Warren Alexander
I'm sure this book might have been useful when it came out three years ago, but as a current eBay seller who just read the entire book, I have to say the information is so outdated... Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by Kimberly Adams
If you make eBay a secondary income, then anything written by Marsha Collier would be an invaluable addition to your reading reference material! Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Claire
If you want to start an Ebay business, this isn't the book to buy. This book would have been just as helpful if the pages were blank. I feel like a dummy for buying it.Published on April 10 2004
I was really disappointed in the section about where to find items to sell. I know that is the big "secret" to ebay business, finding cheap items to sell at a higher... Read morePublished on April 7 2004
Starting an eBay Business for Dummies by Marsha Collier is a book that offers the readers a lot of good ideas...Some I agree with while others I do not. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Kathy Whit
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