eBay Hacks

eBay Hacks

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Whatever you call it-an online auction house, the world's largest flea market, or a vast social experiment-no metaphor completely describes the huge trading community that is eBay. Underneath it all, eBay is also a computer program and a complex socio-economic system, requiring experience, finesse, and the right tools to master. eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition has been completely revised and updated to make use of an array of new tools and features, as well as to reflect the changes in the eBay API, eBay's policies, and general practices of its increasingly sophisticated users. In all, the new edition of eBay Hacks sports 30 brand-new hacks plus dozens of hacks that have been expanded, deepened, or otherwise completely rewritten. eBay Hacks shows you how to become a more efficient buyer and seller with clever tricks and shortcuts that will surprise even the most experienced eBayers. The book's wide range of topics covers all aspects of using eBay, such as advanced searching techniques, sniping tools, selling strategies, photography tips, and even research techniques for PowerSellers.
But eBay Hacks doesn't just cover the basics; you'll learn how to write scripts to automate tedious tasks, take better photos, and tap into the eBay API to develop your own custom tools. Unlike no other book, eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition also provides insight into the social aspects of the eBay community, with diplomatic tools to help to get what you want with the least hassle and risk of negative feedback. This bestseller supplies you with the tools you need to master eBay, whether as a buyer or seller, casual surfer or serious collector, novice or seasoned expert. With this guide, you will become a savvy power user who trades smarter and safer, makes more money, enjoys successes, and has fun doing it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 27.43mm | 630.49g
  • Sebastopol, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • w. figs.
  • 059610068X
  • 9780596100681
  • 1,367,294

Table of contents

Credits Preface Chapter 1. Diplomacy and Feedback 1. Appraise an eBayer's Reputation 2. Use Prefabricated Feedback 3. Avoid Negative Feedback 4. Receive Feedback Notifications 5. Reply and Follow Up to Feedback 6. Withhold Feedback 7. Remove Unwanted Feedback 8. Improve Your Trustworthiness Quickly 9. What to Do When Your Email Doesn't Get Through Chapter 2. Searching 10. Focus Your Searches with eBay's Advanced Search Syntax 11. Control Fuzzy Searches 12. Jump In and Out of Categories While Searching 13. Tweak Search URLs 14. Find Similar Items 15. Search for Selected Text 16. Open Search Results in a New Window 17. Decipher Title Acronyms 18. Search by Seller 19. Search Internationally 20. Save Your Searches 21. Create a Search Robot 22. Find Items by Shadowing 23. Keep Tabs on eBay with the eBay Toolbar 24. Post a Want Ad Chapter 3. Bidding 25. Sniff Out Dishonest Sellers 26. Snipe It Manually 27. Snipe It Automatically 28. Snipe It Conditionally 29. Keep Track of Auctions Outside of eBay 30. Take Advantage of Bid Increments 31. Manipulate Buy It Now Auctions 32. Retract Your Bid Without Retracting Your Bid 33. Send Payment Quickly and Safely 34. Pay PayPal's Seller Fees 35. Use PayPal Without Depleting Your PayPal Balance 36. Access eBay from a Cell Phone or PDA 37. Smooth Out International Transactions 38. Save Money on Shipping 39. Estimate Transit Times 40. Deal with Disappointment: Getting Refunds 41. File a Dispute Chapter 4. Selling 42. What's It Worth? 43. Create a Listing 44. To Bundle or Not to Bundle 45. Reserve Judgment 46. The Strategy of Listing Upgrades 47. Use Keywords Effectively 48. Schedule Your Listing for Optimal Exposure 49. Track Your Exposure 50. Master Expectation Management 51. Sell a Broken VCR on eBay 52. Format the Description with HTML 53. Prepare Your Listings with a Web Page Editor 54. Clarify Your Payment and Shipping Terms 55. Customize Auction Page Backgrounds 56. Frame Your Listings 57. Override eBay's Fonts and Styles 58. Use Media in Your Listings 59. Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Listing 60. Advertise Your Other Listings in Your Description 61. Allow Visitors to Search Through Your Listings 62. Put a Floating Contact Link in Your Listings 63. Make Good Use of the About Me Page 64. Customize the Checkout Process 65. Make Changes to Running Auctions 66. Let's Make a Deal 67. Diplomacy 101: Answer Dumb Questions 68. Keep Out Deadbeat Bidders 69. Avoid Buyer Scams Chapter 5. Working with Photos 70. Keep Your Item from Looking Pathetic 71. Master Close-up Photography 72. Construct an Auction Photo Studio 73. Get Photos into Your Computer 74. Doctor Your Photos 75. Protect Your Copyright 76. Host Your Own Photos 77. Make Clickable Thumbnails 78. Customize Pop-up Image Windows 79. Construct an Interactive Photo Album 80. Show a 360-Degree View of Your Item 81. Create a Photo Collage 82. Create a Good Gallery Photo Chapter 6. Completing Transactions 83. Keep Track of Items You've Sold 84. Send Payment Instructions 85. Protect Yourself While Accepting Payments 86. Ship Cheaply Without Waiting in Line 87. Sell and Ship Internationally 88. Damage Control Before and After You Ship 89. Deal with Stragglers, Deadbeats, and Returns 90. Issue a Refund Chapter 7. Running a Business on eBay introduction PowerSellers and the Role of Numbers on eBay 91. Open an eBay Store 92. Find a Market 93. Streamline Listings with Turbo Lister 94. Boost Sales with Rebates, Incentives, and Discounts 95. Streamline Payment Instructions 96. Use an Off-eBay Checkout System 97. Obtain Sales Records 98. Make Money by Linking to eBay 99. Advertise Your eBay Listings 100. Accept PayPal Payments from Your Own Site 101. Process PayPal Payments Automatically Chapter 8. The eBay API introduction How the eBay API Works Getting Started Using the Scripts in This Chapter 102. Climb Out of the Sandbox 103. Authenticate Users 104. Search eBay Listings 105. Create a Split-Pane Search Tool 106. Receive Search Results via RSS 107. Create Custom-Formatted eBay Search Results with the REST API 108. Search with PHP 5 and a Web Services Interface to the XML API 109. Retrieve Details About a Listing 110. Automatically Keep Track of Auctions You've Won 111. Track Items in Your Watching List 112. Automatically Keep Track of Items You've Sold 113. Submit an Auction Listing 114. List Your Entire Inventory on eBay 115. Automate Auction Revisions 116. Spellcheck All Your Listings 117. Automatically Relist Unsuccessful Listings 118. Send Automatic Emails to High Bidders 119. Leave Feedback with the API 120. Negative Feedback Bidder Alert 121. Negative Feedback Notification 122. Automatic Reciprocal Feedback 123. Make a Feedback Search Tool 124. Queue API Calls 125. Cache Listing Data to Improve API Efficiency Index
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About David A. Karp

David A. Karp is the author of the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and the founder of Annoyances.org. His latest books include eBay Hacks and the upcoming eBay: The Missing Manual.
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