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Dillon007
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eBay Books
13 Oct 2005
Can anyone tell me if this is a good book worth the buying,
Creative eBay Selling? Or any good ones out there.

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Andy
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Re: Taking eBay to the next level.
16 Oct 2005
Hi Dillon,

There are lots of books on eBay out there, and they cover a wide range from the "for dummies" style to relatively advanced. Confusingly, the books that claim to be for sellers or experienced eBayers often contain a lot of basic information too.

I read Scot Wingo's eBay Strategies book and eBay Hacks recently.

I liked eBay Strategies, but it is a book for serious eBay retailers and it repeats itself. It has some good ideas for increasing product sales by focusing on analysis and experimentation. You could easily read it in five-minute snatches because it always recaps on what has been said before, or skim all the way through in a couple of hours. It is really just about new item retailing, so I doubt there would be anything of interest for consignment sellers or antique/collectible traders.

eBay Hacks is a strange book, ranging from very basic tutorials to true hacks and the eBay API. Again, it can be skimmed in a couple of hours and most people should find a couple of useful tips. I wouldn't recommend reading it from cover to cover.

Anyone else read a good eBay book recently?

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duncan
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Re: Taking eBay to the next level.
8 Nov 2005
I was given the Ebay bible by a friend and felt that was pretty good - I learnt some but wish I had it when starting out!
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Andy
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Re: eBay Books
23 Jan 2006
Ina Steiner, the editor of AuctionBytes, has a good book out on marketplace analysis: "Turn eBay Data into Dollars" is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Here's a chapter list:

PART I: THE JOYS AND PITFALLS OF EBAY DATA
Chapter 1: What is eBay Data
Chapter 2: What eBay Data Can and Can’t Tell You

PART II: USING EBAY DATA TOOLS
Chapter 3: eBay Data Mining Basics
Chapter 4: Serving Up Data with Andale Research Tools
Chapter 5: Taking the Guesswork out of eBay Selling with Terapeak
Chapter 6: Digging Into Data with DeepAnalysis
Chapter 7: Tracking Where Your Shoppers Are Coming From

PART III: PUTTING EBAY DATA TO WORK
Chapter 8: Basic Listing Strategies: Make More Money on Every Transaction
Chapter 9: Advanced Listing Strategies: Grow Your Business
Chapter 10: Marketing Strategies: Market Like a PowerSeller
Chapter 11: Staying One Step Ahead of the Competition

PART IV: APPENDICES
App A: Data Analysis Using Auction-Management Services
App B: Data Tools: Contact Information
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FutureShop
23 Jan 2006
This is a new book which lays out theories about how eBay is effecting our culture and economy. The author also looks into "The eBay Ecosystem" of companies providing services and software to facilitate a better experience of eBay — like Andale and PayPal.

FutureShop is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

I asked the author if the book covers eBay software and services:

Dan Nissanoff wrote:

As it relates to software and services for eBay resellers, over half the book is dedicated to what I refer to as "The eBay Ecosystem", the world of companies providing services and software to facilitate a more valuable experience on the eBay platform. FutureShop is not a technical book, a how-to book or a directory. It is a mega-trends book that lays out theories about how eBay is effecting our culture and economy. The central thesis of the book is that facilitators (companies that make it easier to use eBay) are making the site more accessible and as a result more liquid. So much so, that the platform is approaching a tipping point where it will soon become mainstream and change the world of consumer behavior not just online but offline as well.

FutureShop explains the coming of a second generation of eBay ecosystem companies that will have enormous opportunities in the near future (Paypal and Andale, for example, were first generation ebay ecosystem companies- many of the companies listed and reviewed on The Auction Software Review are second generation ebay ecosystem companies). The book explores using the tools many of these companies provide and the data they deliver to help you leverage the new "auction culture" and benefit from the power of this new phenomenon.

I haven't read it yet but it sounds interesting and I will definitely take a look when I get time.
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Re: eBay Books
23 Jan 2006
I just finished reading "eBay To The Max" by Ron Mansfield. It dwells on being a Trading Post owner, Trading Assistant and Powerseller. Information is somewhat basic but at same time it trigured some thought process that helped me. I figured if it gets me to think about something that increases my business then it was worth the money.

The book was published this month.

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Andy
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Re: eBay Books
24 Jan 2006
Thanks for the recommendation.

Here are the links for eBay to the Max : Be a Trading Post Owner, Trading Assistant & PowerSeller:

Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business
12 Feb 2006
Skip McGrath has a new book out - "How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business" - following the success of his self published consignment selling manual.

Links for Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Anybody read it yet?

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Re: eBay Books
28 Feb 2006
Hi Andy,
I was extremely interested to read the various comments regarding eBay Books. Whether How tos or the get rich Quick type they all seemed to miss something which has been on my mind for a long time now.
When the points made FutureShop are taken at face value, it seems to me that (with all due respect) the writer is stating the obvious. Insofar as the changing face of Auctions (eBay in particular) and of course on-line businesses generally, how can they NOT be affected. Was not the software industry changed by what Microsoft did? Derr !!!
What I am far more interested in, is the huge change and opening up of opportunity in just about every other commercial area, because of what eBay, unwittingly created.
You can name practically any product category, which is covered by eBay and imagine it as the principle stock inventory of a small to medium specialist business. With some training, (which eBay also provides) a person can become a business, with the potential to grow in direct proportion to their abilities and sales achievements.
OK I realise I am also stating the obvious. However, that is what is new. When before, did a single commercial entity have such an impact upon the entire economy of a nation? Indeed, not just one nation but as time goes on we may see several countries being impacted by the influence of eBay upon their small and medium business activities. The entire concept of Home-Based Businesses is being legitimised, not only as an option of working for an income, but in preference to holding an "ordinary" nine to five job.
My figures may be a little out here, but I seem to remember reading that some 740,000 people in the USA have full and/or part time jobs working with-in the eBay structure. The UK has an ever growing number too, so has Australia, also in relative proportion to the population. In any event, that is a staggering number of people and when you translate that into economic terms, it becomes even more phenomenal.
It is only fair to point out that by virtue of these thousands of people creating eBay based businesses, doesn't mean that it easier, or in some way guaranteed to succeed; simply because its eBay oriented. All the usual commercial aspects must be applied and indeed, the ability to research, be creative and extremely focused is if anything more demanding within the eBay structure than it may have been outside of it. It is competitive and very fast moving. I say this in case there are people reading what I have said and getting the wrong idea that it is like falling off a log. It isn't. Having said that, an eBay business is challenging and can be fun, if you do it properly. However as the saying goes until you are good and ready "don't give up your day job".
Paul Wade
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Jaade
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Re: eBay Books
26 Mar 2006
Hey Andy-

I have purchased a couple of Skip McGraths' books and think that they are great. The manuals purchased from his site are spendy but worth it.

He has a really neat website called the auction sellers resource. You can find him easily on eBay. Once at his "about me" page there is a link to his website. He offers a free newsletter among other things.

Anyway, to get back to the original subject, I think Skip's books offer valuable information. Having read almost every eBay book written (I'm serious) I can say that Skip's books offer something different.

Hope this helps someone.

Jaade

PS Skip's resources are how I found this site
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Andy
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Re: eBay Books
26 Mar 2006
Yes, Skip's manuals have an excellent reputation. His site (concidentally!) has the same initials as the Auction Software Review:

Auction Seller's Resource

He is currently doing The EBay Power Seller's Manual at $39.95, and The Wholesale Buying System for $77.00. Shipping is $5.90.

His consignment selling manual has been replaced by How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business, published by McGraw-Hill (see above).

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mountcomp
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Re: eBay Books
3 Jul 2006
Why buy a book on eBay when you can star in one? There is a new book on eBay part of the "Great Brand Stories" series due out later this year

You have until 10pm on 5th July to bid on cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6067380515

The winner of the auction will have a chapter of the book devoted to them!
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Andy
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Re: eBay Books
14 Aug 2006
Skip McGrath has another book out: "Titanium eBay: A Tactical Guide to Becoming a Millionaire PowerSeller," published by Alpha Books.

See it on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Skip "offers detailed tactical advice on how to grow to the immensely profitable Titanium PowerSeller level".

Anyone read it yet?
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