eBay: The Missing Manual

eBay: The Missing Manual

Nancy Conner

Language: English

Pages: 464

ISBN: 0596006446

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

eBay: The Missing Manual

Nancy Conner

Language: English

Pages: 464

ISBN: 0596006446

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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every page on the site) is a fantastically long document written in dense language, and most new eBayers don’t read it before signing up. It’s worth knowing, however, when eBay shares your information with others. eBay records everything: not only your registration information but every transaction you participate in, every item you put on your Watch list (page 34), every piece of feedback you leave or get (page 40)—even the comments you post in eBay’s online forums (page 362). The good news is

$1.50 As in all auctions, those willing to pay the most win. In Table 1-1, the seller has five cameras to sell, so these will be distributed among the highest bidders, starting with whoever bid the most. Working from the highest bidder down the bid ladder, bidder A wins two cameras and bidders B and C win one apiece. Bidder D would like three cameras, but there’s only one left, so that’s all bidder D can buy. Bidder D is the last bidder who qualifies for a camera, so his is the bid that wins—the

Auctions. To see the auction catalog (a list of items up for sale, with photos), click the title of an auction. Any registered eBayer can watch a live auction in progress (click the View Live button), but if you want to bid, you have to sign up. Click the Bid Now button to sign up for an auction in progress or the Sign Up button for one that hasn’t started yet. During the auction, a window shows a picture of what’s up on the block, as well as its estimated worth and the current high bid. Instead

you can to have your item appear in the highest number of search results. For example, the preceding title for a sapphire ring contains only 37 characters. You could mention diamond accents or the cut of the stone or the lab that certified the sapphire—whatever’s relevant and will display your ring listing in more searches. • Use capital letters sparingly. Titles written in all caps can look overexcited and make the title hard to read. Instead, capitalize key words, like the model name or any

“Research domestic rates and services” link to get estimates for various weights, speeds, and distances for both the post office and UPS. Don’t forget to add a little for the handling charge; reimburse yourself for the money you spend on boxes and Styrofoam peanuts, and the time you spend packing and sending the item. • Calculated. This option adds a shipping calculator to your auction page, so that buyers can type in their Zip code to find out how much shipping will be. When setting up this

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