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eBay Hacks Tips and Tools for Bidding, Buying, and Selling

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ISBN-10: 059610068X

ISBN-13: 9780596100681

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: David A. Karp

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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,…    
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430

David A. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and the author of Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness and The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental Illness.

Credits
Preface
Diplomacy and Feedback
Appraise an eBayer's Reputation
Use Prefabricated Feedback
Avoid Negative Feedback
Receive Feedback Notifications
Reply and Follow Up to Feedback
Withhold Feedback
Remove Unwanted Feedback
Improve Your Trustworthiness Quickly
What to Do When Your Email Doesn't Get Through
Searching
Focus Your Searches with eBay's Advanced Search Syntax
Control Fuzzy Searches
Jump In and Out of Categories While Searching
Tweak Search URLs
Find Similar Items
Search for Selected Text
Open Search Results in a New Window
Decipher Title Acronyms
Search by Seller
Search Internationally
Save Your Searches
Create a Search Robot
Find Items by Shadowing
Keep Tabs on eBay with the eBay Toolbar
Post a Want Ad
Bidding
Sniff Out Dishonest Sellers
Snipe It Manually
Snipe It Automatically
Snipe It Conditionally
Keep Track of Auctions Outside of eBay
Take Advantage of Bid Increments
Manipulate Buy It Now Auctions
Retract Your Bid Without Retracting Your Bid
Send Payment Quickly and Safely
Pay PayPal's Seller Fees
Use PayPal Without Depleting Your PayPal Balance
Access eBay from a Cell Phone or PDA
Smooth Out International Transactions
Save Money on Shipping
Estimate Transit Times
Deal with Disappointment: Getting Refunds
File a Dispute
Selling
What's It Worth?
Create a Listing
To Bundle or Not to Bundle
Reserve Judgment
The Strategy of Listing Upgrades
Use Keywords Effectively
Schedule Your Listing for Optimal Exposure
Track Your Exposure
Master Expectation Management
Sell a Broken VCR on eBay
Format the Description with HTML
Prepare Your Listings with a Web Page Editor
Clarify Your Payment and Shipping Terms
Customize Auction Page Backgrounds
Frame Your Listings
Override eBay's Fonts and Styles
Use Media in Your Listings
Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Listing
Advertise Your Other Listings in Your Description
Allow Visitors to Search Through Your Listings
Put a Floating Contact Link in Your Listings
Make Good Use of the About Me Page
Customize the Checkout Process
Make Changes to Running Auctions
Let's Make a Deal
Diplomacy 101: Answer Dumb Questions
Keep Out Deadbeat Bidders
Avoid Buyer Scams
Working with Photos
Keep Your Item from Looking Pathetic
Master Close-up Photography
Construct an Auction Photo Studio
Get Photos into Your Computer
Doctor Your Photos
Protect Your Copyright
Host Your Own Photos
Make Clickable Thumbnails
Customize Pop-up Image Windows
Construct an Interactive Photo Album
Show a 360-Degree View of Your Item
Create a Photo Collage
Create a Good Gallery Photo
Completing Transactions
Keep Track of Items You've Sold
Send Payment Instructions
Protect Yourself While Accepting Payments
Ship Cheaply Without Waiting in Line
Sell and Ship Internationally
Damage Control Before and After You Ship
Deal with Stragglers, Deadbeats, and Returns
Issue a Refund
Running a Business on eBay
Introduction
PowerSellers and the Role of Numbers on eBay
Open an eBay Store
Find a Market
Streamline Listings with Turbo Lister
Boost Sales with Rebates, Incentives, and Discounts
Streamline Payment Instructions
Use an Off-eBay Checkout System
Obtain Sales Records
Make Money by Linking to eBay
Advertise Your eBay Listings
Accept PayPal Payments from Your Own Site
Process PayPal Payments Automatically
The eBay API
Introduction
How the eBay API Works
Getting Started
Using the Scripts in This Chapter
Climb Out of the Sandbox
Authenticate Users
Search eBay Listings
Create a Split-Pane Search Tool
Receive Search Results via RSS
Create Custom-Formatted eBay Search Results with the REST API
Search with PHP 5 and a Web Services Interface to the XML API
Retrieve Details About a Listing
Automatically Keep Track of Auctions You've Won
Track Items in Your Watching List
Automatically Keep Track of Items You've Sold
Submit an Auction Listing
List Your Entire Inventory on eBay
Automate Auction Revisions
Spellcheck All Your Listings
Automatically Relist Unsuccessful Listings
Send Automatic Emails to High Bidders
Leave Feedback with the API
Negative Feedback Bidder Alert
Negative Feedback Notification
Automatic Reciprocal Feedback
Make a Feedback Search Tool
Queue API Calls
Cache Listing Data to Improve API Efficiency
Index