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  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House Ltd; 3rd Revised edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906659974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906659974
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,788 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 (www.ebaybulletin.co.uk). 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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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, www.ebaybulletin.co.uk.

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128 of 136 people found the following review helpful By mark on 20 May 2008
Format: Paperback
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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By GG on 14 Jun. 2007
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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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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Christine on 5 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I was not new to eBay when I read this book, but wanted to build a business and work from home. After reading Robert Pugh's personal diary, I was convinced that this was achievable. Having taken his advice on where to locate stock, the benefits of using HTML codes and how to use several photographs at no additional cost, I now sell on eBay for a living. This book is a must for anyone wanting to start their own business, whether they are new to eBay or are an established user. It is full of hints, tips and recommendations, is written in plain English and you really will not be disappointed!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Tait on 5 Jun. 2009
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I felt compelled to write a review having purchased this book, because I believe it is yet another book written by a so called ebay business "expert" that fails to deliver what it states in the title.

The simplistic content mostly covers how to buy and sell single items on ebay. The details of which can be found for free on ebay itself. This content is OK in terms of understanding how to trade on ebay but the remainder of the content does not provide the reader with any confidence that the "expert" is actually running a highly profitable business.

The ideas within are not focused towards operating a viable high growth business, therefore, it is misleading to suggest that the reader can make "serious money" on ebay using the content within the book.

In my opinion, the book does not give the reader anything new or novel; therefore, I am surprised that others rate this book so highly! I can only assume that other reviewers are looking to buy and sell odd bits of junk from car boot sales, rather than being serious about running a "proper" business, i.e one which may one day replace the 9-5 day job.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Feb. 2007
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Use this book if you're just starting out as an eBay business. Keep it by your PC as you'll find yourself referring to it again and again. It's full of useful information, helpful and funny anecdotes, PLUS it's also got a link to the author's website, where he will personally reply to any questions you may have. It also tells you where in the UK and on the Web to source items to sell. This book is a must for those who want to start selling on eBay.co.uk, there are no Americanisms to wade through, no US laws, everything is geared towards the UK eBayer.

I'm just starting out, so I won't be using HTML as yet, but it's great to know that when I've reached the stage when I want to improve on my listings, the book is already by my PC.

Well done Mollybol!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esther on 11 Dec. 2011
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I found this book extremely useful. The book gives a detailed account of how to get started selling on ebay starting with the most least item you have and how to create your listing and write a very good description of the items you intend to sell on ebay. The book also listed some of the items prohibited by ebay and other terms and conditions. Being a powersell on ebay has really ensured Robert Pugh to know a very detailed account about ebay.

I have not finished the book yet but I believe all the pages in this book will be worth it.

Esther [...]
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