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The Easy eBay Business Guide: The story of one person's success and a step-by-step guide to doing it yourself by [Hayes, Cathy]
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Discover how the author went from an eBay buyer to being a top rated Platinum Powerseller within 1 year - and how you can do the same.

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Discover how the author went from buying on eBay to being a top rated Platinum Powerseller within one year - and how you can do the same

Struggling to make ends meet, Cathy Hayes started selling a few bits and pieces from around her home and soon turned this initiative into a profitable business with more than 20,000 sales, over 14,000 positive feedbacks and a turnover of £100,000 - just twelve months later.

This step-by-step guide draws on Cathy's personal experience and explains the skills she acquired during her first twelve months of trading. Avoid the pitfalls and mistakes she made, and fast track your new enterprise to success with easy-to-follow advice on:

Setting up your accounts
Setting up your eBay shop
Taking eye-catching photographs
Creating professional listings
Cross-promoting your items
Managing despatches and reducing P&P costs by up to 50%
Communicating with your customers

Also included is a useful list of suppliers and postage and packing services.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1726 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (23 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAT25PC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Firstly I should say that I have been selling and buying on ebay for years and have enough practical experience to consider whether this book succeeds as a guide.

There is some useful information, a lot of the writers advice is common sense and it is good to follow a new ebayer through her teething problems. However, I found that large and important areas are not covered well and in the depth that they should have been and others not at all. As a result it would be wrong to slavishly follow her recommendations and working practices. She throws stats of her increased sales around but we know little of her actual profitability. If book buyers are to follow her edicts they need to know that what she advocates actually work. The overall impression I have is that she is still naive and frankly not competent to write a guide.

The book is aimed at people who want to seriously TRADE on ebay. If you are looking for guidance on getting started on ebay with a view to selling personal items or those sourced through sales this book is not for you. Actually if you are thinking of trading it is not for you either!
Many pages are devoted to leading you by the hand through the listing procedures. In practice it is self evident as you go along. I cannot see that anybody would proceed following the many steps set out in the book. And using Turbocharger is not a good way to go.
One of the most important areas that troubles new ebayers concerns setting a starting price and deciding on the selling format, auction or buy it now. There is no help and guidance about this in this book. The writer, with her experience, is ideally placed to offer advice but avoids it altogether.
Another troublesome area for new ebayers is postage.
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Having seen an article about the author in the press recently, I thought I'd have a read of this to see if I can learn anything, especially as it is relatively cheap. Can be read in a day; it's not difficult to understand - no jargon. Despite having a 2014 publish date in my copy, parts are out of date! It still has the 'old' *(i.e. pre April 2013) royal mail parcel services listed (no 'small parcel') so this section is nearly useless! Also surprised that only 'turbo lister' was detailed as a listing tool; I gave up on this years ago as it kept on corrupting the locally stored database with all my listings in! I didn't realise serious sellers still used it. Pages are devoted to step-by-step how to use Turbo-lister. In fact the second half of the book is full of step-by-step instructions which, apart from for a complete novice, seem a waste of space. Having read the book, I don't understand how the author makes any real money, after taking into account ALL the costs involved in running a business in the way detailed (e.g. employing 2 picker/packers, book-keeper, accountant, and all the time involved); how can this pay more than the minimum wage after VAT, Tax etc? Ah yes, VAT. Despite turning over more than the VAT threshold limit in their fist year, no mention of VAT at all. Nor paying Tax on profit (or anything Inland-Revenue-y). I didn't learn anything really; all that they learnt, I learnt too by doing it, as it's not rocket science - just common sense really if you're trying to make money. If you're just starting out then it might be useful.
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I bought three books about trading on eBay before starting my eBay Business - This book gave me the inspiration to get going and start selling. Cathy Hayes describes her personal journey to making £100,000 in her first year. She did amazingly well but this does not guarantee that you will too. Be realistic Take all her info and apply it but please do note down what each step is going to cost you. This will help you to avoid unpleasant surprises. This book is great for getting set up and for inspiration but cannot guarantee success. The rest is up to you.
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Fab book, has all the inside tips. I am an ebay seller and i learnt a lot, eg: how to organise my finances on a spreadsheet, she even provides a mock spreadsheet for you! She also lists products which sell well.. Top book would recommend! This however is my first ebay book so dont have anything to compare it with!
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I brought this because I was curious to learn the formula for a successful ebay shop. Its written in a structured way with helpful hints and tips but it has put me off pursuing a shop since there is an awful lot of detail and hard work to achieving the goal. I started to feel an empathy for the writer when reading her memoirs of starting out from scratch and it made me realise there is no gain without pain. Unless you are totally dedicated to finding the time to fulfil the amount of work and follow the detailed and meticulous methodology the author applied then it all feels a bit like a pipe dream for me. An interesting insight though and does show that it can be done with tenacity and determination.
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Very very helpful if you are starting an ebay biz. Her opening diary is scary because of the grinding hours she put in to try and make her business work. The conclusion has to be do not sell bulky low cost items otherwise most of your life will be spent wrapping and going to the post office.
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