eBay: The Missing Manual
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It's the undisputed king of Internet auction sites. It's a global bazaar offering a range of goods from Antiques to Zulu Daisies. Cars, clothing, collectibles: you name it, and it's likely that you can find on eBay. But along with the vast selection of goods available, buyers and sellers also encounter all the other elements that markets are known for: tricks and swindlers, overpriced goods, deceptive labeling, small print, recycled items marked as new, and the occasional rare priceless find or undiscovered treasure.Seasoned eBay traders know that to successfully buy and sell within this mega-shopping platform, you need to understand the system. Unfortunately, the secrets of the site are often tightly held by other buyers and sellers seeking a competitive edge. But what if you're a newcomer? Or an experienced trader who wants to make the jump to power buyer or seller? eBay: The Missing Manual gives you the inside information you'll need to become an eBay expert.Buyers will find the most effective ways to find you want and pay prices that are sure to bring a smile to your face. And you'll get authoritative advice on strategic bidding: how to watch for elusive items, time your bids to take the competition by surprise, and--above all--avoid paying more than you ought to.Sellers will get sure-fire tips from eBay veterans who have discovered ways to ramp up their own auctions and sell at the highest possible prices. From the smallest details, such as how to take and post the most effective photos of your goods, to pricing strategies, inventory management, and shipping methods, this user-friendly manual will help you make more money on eBay. Whether you're selling a single item or running fulltime business on the site, you'll find tips to help you do it more effectively.As in any community, problems and disputes arise, and you'll learn how other eBayers resolve such troubles or work around them.eBay: The Missing Manual has gems of wisdom for everyone from total novices to more experienced traders. If you're looking to improve your eBay auction experience, you'll savor the tips and trick revealed in this guided exploration.
cents can make a big difference in who wins an auction, see the section on bid increments (page 102). Figure 2-6: If the current bid is the same as your maximum bid, eBay warns you that you’re in danger of being outbid. You’ll lose the auction if just one more bidder comes along. 50 eBay: The Missing Manual eBay: The Missing Manual, eMatter Edition Copyright © 2007 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. When to Bid Again After the Auction Just because you bid on an item doesn’t
more about Buy It Now auctions on page 26.) 82 eBay: The Missing Manual eBay: The Missing Manual, eMatter Edition Copyright © 2007 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. Think Globally, Search Locally The Advanced Search page lets you do another cool trick: you can limit your search to find only items that are close to home. Finding local auctions is useful when you’re shopping for something large or bulky and would rather pick it up yourself than pay exorbitant shipping costs.
and more, and you can Chapter 4: Power Buying Strategies eBay: The Missing Manual, eMatter Edition Copyright © 2007 O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. 121 Hey, Big Spender filter searches to find, for example, which sports cards you bought between December 28, 2004 and February 18, 2005 (and how much you spent on them). • Vendi (www.vendisoftware.com) comes with specialized data-entry screens tailored to more than 30 popular categories—breweriana, arrowheads, war memorabilia,
collection, email those images, and organize up to five collections at once (there’s an additional charge for each edition you install). Visual PackRat Plus also lets you hook up with eBay to import items you’ve bought and help you if you decide to sell. It’s available at www.vpackrat.com. Hey, Big Spender The best way to begin buying on eBay is to purchase some low-priced items to build up positive feedback and learn how auctions work. After a while, though, you might be tempted by luxe-level
Sometimes the high bidder who wins an auction can’t (or won’t) complete the transaction. Stuff happens: illness, loss of financing, a stubborn case of cold feet. In these cases, eBay lets the seller send out a Second Chance Offer (SCO) to any of the nonwinning bidders. A Second Chance Offer means that even though you didn’t win the auction, you can (if you want) buy the item. Sellers can also send Second Chapter 4: Power Buying Strategies eBay: The Missing Manual, eMatter Edition Copyright © 2007