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Robert Pugh
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1 July 2010
Anyone can buy and sell on eBay. But how many people actually make serious money from eBay? How many people make enough give up the day job and run an eBay business full time? Robert Pugh has done just that and in this fully updated and revised third edition of his eBay Business Handbook he reveals the secrets of his success. Robert covers everything you need to know; from the eBay basics through to the creation and management of your own business. It gives you the information you need to use eBay to its full potential, to maximise returns and develop a robust online business. This book has been written for anyone who has ever considered the idea of being their own boss. Whether you want to supplement an existing income or you want a complete change in lifestyle, this book is for you - giving you the confidence and knowledge you need to make that step. Unlike many other eBay guides, this handbook is based on the personal experiences of an established Power Seller. Everything is covered; from the practical concerns of international sales to the purchase of packing materials. With a fresh, common sense approach to selling, the book includes many hints, tips and personal recommendations that can be applied to all of your eBay activities. One of the most valuable sections is the one dedicated to finding stock to sell. Where traders obtain their stock is a closely guarded secret and often finding where to buy can be quite daunting. This guide tells you where to look, how to buy from different sources and, perhaps the most interesting of all, how to use eBay as a source of goods. Discover how the author went from zero to over 25,000 positive feedbacks (and counting). From the very first LP record to the family car, he has sold items into almost every corner of the globe and taken every form of payment known to man. Anybody can do this, just follow the simple steps in this guide, dedicate the time, and soon you too could be living the eBay dream.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Ltd; 3rd edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906659974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906659974
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Pugh, or Molly to his eBay customers, has been an active member of the eBay community for 7 years since leaving a high profile Account Management job in search of the quiet life. After 24 years working for the same company and many years of direct front line selling Robert 'retired' aged 40, bought some slippers and settled down to daytime TV. Well that was the idea, but reality turned out to be completely different. Seven years on and Robert now has thriving eBay business in the fields of cosmetics, Toys and DIY accessories. He has written relentlessly during this period including The eBay Business Handbook, currently in its 3rd edition. Robert offers free advice through his weekly bulletin, now with over 240 issues all stored online and available to anybody ( Following the publication of the Business Handbook Robert has been a regular contributor to numerous newspaper and magazine publications, given countless radio interviews and even managed to get on the TV including a slot on 'Newsnight'. He is married with three daughters (affectionately referred to as 'The Elves') and still lives in the same shed in Essex.

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About the Author

After 24 years working for the same company, and many years within the corporate sales division, Bob Pugh realised it was time for a change. He began selling on eBay in January 2003, initially by clearing his house of unwanted items, with very little knowledge of computers and no experience of selling via the internet. The first few months proved to be a steep learning curve. But he soon became an established eBay Power Seller and has sold over 36,000 items. Now, aged 43, he has retired from full time work and uses eBay to generate an income as and when it is required. He is also editor of the popular website and blog,

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any Ebayer 14 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'd read a few Ebay self help books before trying Robert's and only wish I'd read his first!

As a seller, this has book has become totally invaluable. It is written in a very friendly manner, is easy to understand and is a total minefield of information. I now have scraps of paper marking many many pages of "projects" I want to have a go at, and his instructions are so easy to follow.

It is written in a style that makes it appear as though a friend is guiding you through the pages, and is neither too easy or too hard to follow. And it covers absolutely everything you could possible want or need to know, from creating your listing to the taxation implications.

He's also passed on a lot of tips which have really improved my sales and relationship with my customers.

He also has a free weekly email newsletter (advertised on the front cover) which is fantastic for keeping you up to date on Ebay news.

If you are thinking about purchasing a book on Ebay - don't look any further as they don't come better than this!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent easy to read ebay bible!! 16 Aug 2007
Well... my dad originally bought this book to try and get himself buying and selling on eBay. Needless to say he didn't get very far reading it because it somehow ended up in my possession because i just couldn't put it down. Now im not very computer literate but this book make it so easy to begin selling and buying on ebay. It is written in a very easy to read style and is also written so you can just dip in and out of it when you need something. Its an excellent book and i would highly recommed it to anybody wishing to buy or sell, or start a business on ebay.
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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only worthwhile for absolute novices... 20 May 2008
By mark
OK, I realise that I'm sticking my neck out by disagreeing with most of the reviews here, but I was disappointed with this book.

That said, if you are a complete beginner to ebay and only intend to make a small amount of money from it, then it's probably for you - it covers all the basics in detail.

My main disappointment though is that it all seems rather obvious - anyone who has sold 2 or 3 items will know 90% of what is in this book.

A final point - do not buy this book if you intend to make a living, or a significant income, from ebay. Even in the introduction, where the author should be grabbing the reader's attention, he points out that a busy day nets him about £100 - before tax. Hardly a fortune. The fact that he considers this a good day, and moots taking the next day off because of it, does not speak of a man with ambition.

If you want some basic advice on selling low-value items and are new to ebay, then this book probably gives good advice. If your sights are set higher, don't bother.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The eBay Business Handbook 2 Feb 2011
eBay is a phenomenon. The popular auction website where you could once get rid of your less-wanted property, has developed into its own mini-economy that allows many normal people to make a healthy living from it. The idea of connecting people and products via the web has been a template for many, but on eBay there are many who would like to get involved but don't know how.

In his book "The eBay Business Handbook", Robert Pugh has mapped out the stages that a newcomer has to go through to set up an account on eBay, how to manage payments using partners such as Paypal and WorldPay, and how to spot bargains that might mean the difference between making a marginal profit or a big fat juicy one.

The book is set out in a logical way to take the inexperienced through the process of setting up a personal trading account, how to write a decent listing, and what to do if you are defrauded as part of your eBay activities. There are sections concerning business matters - how to develop an online eBay presence and what to tell the taxman about all of the lovely profit that you're making.

Overall this book is a very useful addition to those who are considering an eBay trading business. Its span allows many relevant topics to be understood, and this makes it accessible to those who have got no experience and `want to have a go'. If I was advising someone on the best steps to set up an eBay business, this book has to be at the top of the list to give that information. It's an invaluable pack of information that could mean the difference between doing alright and doing great.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for any ebay seller 19 July 2007
This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in selling on ebay. It does not matter wether your an ebay virgin or an old hand.
Very easy to dip in and out of it. I found it hard to put down. A must buy for anyone who is thinking about selling on ebay. GREAT BOOK by an excellent author.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must have! 19 Aug 2007
By notimetoulouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I'm computer literate, but have always shied away from eBay thinking it 'geeky'and time consuming - but with a friend now averaging £2000 a month selling there, I've revised my opinion. I needed to learn as much as I could as quickly as possible and spent time on Amazon looking at many different books on the subject. Most are American, and although that is no bad thing, they are a written for a different audience. I will be working on eBay UK and needed something specific to here.
Having read the reviews below, I decided to buy Bob's book and have no complaints whatsoever. Few authors can pull you in quickly and talk to you as a friend, but Bob has the knack, (and the knowledge) to help you get started very quickly. He offers every buyer of his book unlimited email access to him for advice, and his newsletters are invaluable.
If you're new to eBay,this is all you need to hit the ground running.
Drop it in your shopping cart - you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, I have not put it into practice ...
A good book , I have not put it into practice hence the 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational.
This book helped me get started on eBay. Well explained.
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Published 3 months ago by MR R CORLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read to put you on the right track to sell and buy on ebay
Published 3 months ago by Shogun1754
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant book!!
This is an absolutely brilliant book. It covers everything in relation to selling on e-bay and provides in-depth information on how e-bay works. I can't recommend this enough. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mountainhopper
3.0 out of 5 stars For the complete novice only
If you're completely new to selling on eBay this is a very useful step-by-step guide into how to get up and running as a professional eBayer, including areas such as tax. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars very insightful
Great book and very inspiring! I would highly recommend this for any new budding ebay seller! Very pleased with the Kindle version
Published 7 months ago by Miss Doodle
2.0 out of 5 stars rubbish trader
Book(s) eventually arrived but VERY old and disappointing.
Would not recommend.
Look for newer books or just use common sense and trade your way not author's way.
Published 7 months ago by L. Hymes
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