- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harriman House Publishing (26 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897597681
- ISBN-13: 978-1897597682
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The eBay Business Handbook: How Anyone can Build a Business and Make Money on eBay.co.uk Paperback – 26 Apr 2006
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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 5000 items. Now, aged 40, he has retired from full time work and uses eBay to generate an income as and when it is required.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic read, full of simple facts and presented in a well-written style for eBay beginners up to professional sellers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Secret Shopper
I've read a few books on the subject and this one was very well structured and researched. Some bits may not be relevant to individual readers but that us a matter of personal... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
this is good, wrote by some one who is doing it. an ordinary working joe who has decided to break free from the rat race of course it takes hard and a lot of determinationPublished 8 months ago by Mr P Heath
From what I have read so far, I think it will become very useful but it will take me a long tine to get through it. Thank you!Published 8 months ago by Eleanor Hunter
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