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eBay For Dummies, 9th Edition

Marsha Collier

ISBN: 978-1-119-26020-2 May 2016 416 Pages


Your must-have guide to buying and selling on eBay

Over 160 million buyers can't be wrong! That's how many people are buying on eBay, and that number only continues to grow. If you're an eBay beginner looking to find bargains or make money by selling, look no further than eBay For Dummies. Inside, you'll find all the tips and strategies you need to become a successful buyer or seller on the world's #2 e-commerce site.

Written by Marsha Collier—who was one of the earliest sellers on eBay and one of their first elite 'PowerSellers'—this new edition offers the latest updates on eBay's selling tools, payment options, how to enhance your eBay experience through social media, and so much more. Buyers will discover how to find bargains, evaluate items, choose between bidding or buying outright, select the best shipping option, and close the deal. If you're a seller, there's a ton for you, too! You'll find tips on researching what to sell, creating effective listings, packing and shipping your items, and offering excellent customer service.

  • Create an account and search for bargains
  • Make extra money by selling items on eBay
  • Master the art of packing and shipping items
  • Use social media to build your eBay business

Whether you want to buy like an expert or make money the eBay way, there's something for every aspiring eBay aficionado in this time-tested guide!

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting a Feel for eBay 7

CHAPTER 1: Why Being on eBay Is Crazy Fun 9

CHAPTER 2: Let’s Do It! Signing Up on eBay 21

CHAPTER 3: Finding Your Way Around eBay 33

CHAPTER 4: Ground Central, Your Private, My eBay 49

Part 2: Buying Like an Expert 77

CHAPTER 5: Deal or No Deal? Buying Hacks and Searching Tips 79

CHAPTER 6: Get a Deal: Shopping eBay 101

CHAPTER 7: Winning eBay Strategies 125

CHAPTER 8: Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner? 137

Part 3: Making Money the eBay Way 153

CHAPTER 9: Selling in Your Slippers for Fun and Profit 155

CHAPTER 10: Time to Sell: Making Your Listing Irresistible 183

CHAPTER 11: Shopping or Selling with an eBay Store 211

CHAPTER 12: Closing the Deal and Shipping It Out 217

CHAPTER 13: Troubleshooting Transactions 243

CHAPTER 14: Increasing Profits with Photography and Other Strategies 263

Part 4: Even More of eBay’s Special Features 281

CHAPTER 15: Security: Protecting Yourself Online 283

CHAPTER 16: Understanding the Rules and Getting Help 301

CHAPTER 17: Marketing Sales with Social Media and the Community 321

CHAPTER 18: eBay Bucks, Charitable Buying and Selling, and Going Mobile 337

Part 5: The Parts of Tens 345

CHAPTER 19: Ten (Or So) Golden Rules to Succeed on eBay 347

CHAPTER 20: Ten (Or So) Services to Ease Your Way 355

Appendix: Finding Products to Sell and Catching Trends 369

Index 379