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The inside scoop… for when you want more than the official line! "An excellent guide for those who are new to online auctions! This book will save you time and help you start bidding and selling with confidence." —Erik Wheeler, co–founder "The Unofficial Guide to eBay® and Online Auctions is a well–organized and comprehensive source of information for those interested in knowing all the ins and outs of buying and selling on eBay and other online auction services." —David J. Maloney Jr., Maloney's Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory The top 10 ways The Unofficial Guide to eBay® and Online Auctions can help you score big and cash in!
  1. Comprehensive coverage of all major—and many minor—online auction sites to help you come out a winner every time.
  2. Insider strategies for uncovering the best bargains.
  3. Advice to help you recognize "auction fever."
  4. Proven online selling techniques.
  5. Expert advice on avoiding fraud.
  6. How to turn online auctioning into a business of your own.
  7. Tips and techniques to successfully promote your wares.
  8. Lessons on how to manage your auctions with ease.
  9. Web navigating methods to quickly find the item(s) you want.
  10. Easy–to–understand glossary that will have you talking like an auction pro in no time!
This guide is a completely independent evaluation of eBay® and other online auction sites and has not been reviewed or approved by eBay®. Visit us online at

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Dawn Reno is the author of thirteen books and over 600 articles. An experienced time manager, she was a single mom working three jobs while earning her Associate′s degree, worked two jobs while earning her BA (maintaining a 4.0 GPA), and worked as an adjunct professor at three colleges while earning her Master′s! She lives in Lake City, Florida.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Excellent--a must for anyone who bids or sells. 26 Nov. 2000
By "mittstamp" - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm not high-volume seller, but I run two dozen or so auctions per month on ebay and Amazon. This book is absolutely indispensable! It covers general info about auctions, how to handle problem customers, reviews of auction management software (this alone has made my business 100% better), pros and cons of the various sites, shipping methods, and pretty much everything else you needed to know. Whether you're a buyer or a seller, you need this book!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book to help you sell 7 July 2001
By Old Fisherman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like the other reviewer, I'm not a high-volume Ebay seller but I do run some auctions every month. This book covered a great deal of what I wanted to know about how to run my auctions and make them more profitable. It has a wealth of information on alternate auctions sites too.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to get going on eBay.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Like An Inexpensive Crash Course On Online Auctions 1 Nov. 2001
By - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I finished reading this book, I felt like an "auction expert"... even though I've never bid or sold items on an online auction before. It seems to have many good tips only experience can teach you. I felt I learned all I needed in this book to get a good start. It appears there are no loose ends or anything left out. Very complete with urls to web resources such as appraisers, automation and tracking software to making selling at auctions a business.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Should have had a yellow jacket, and read "for dumbies". 1 Feb. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was very weak in content. It provides few noteworthy pointers. It is basically a common sense walk-through, of how to view an auction business. If you aren't a complete idiot, you probably have no use for this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In need of an update 26 July 2005
By Matt K - Published on
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Wow. When I bought this book, I wish I'd taken note of the fact that all the positive reviews were from 2000 and 2001. The table of contents looked like it had everything I wanted to know about, but when I got the book and started to read it, I realized that it was WAY out of date. Most of the coverage of eBay, at least, refers to features that are either no longer available or that have changed radically. It also gives you tips on things like the checkout process that eBay now does for you.

There are still some useful tips in here--after all, advice on how to use keywords in your listings and how to pack for shipping never gets out of date--but I'd highly recommend getting a more recent book like O'Reilly's "eBay Hacks, Second Edition". I found that one a LOT more useful and relevant.
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