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Starting an eBay business for dummies

Author: Marsha Collier
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., ©2007.
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Explains how to use eBay to start an online business, discussing product acquisition, auction management tools, shipping options, legal issues, and record-keeping.
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Collier, Marsha.
Starting an eBay business for dummies.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Pub., ©2007
(OCoLC)141380272
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marsha Collier
ISBN: 9780470230312 0470230312 9780470279007 0470279001
OCLC Number: 271020517
Notes: Previous edition: 2004.
Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 362 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
About this book --
What you're not to read --
Foolish assumptions --
How this book is organized --
Icons used in this book --
Where to go from here --
1. Launching your business on eBay --
Getting down to bidness (er, business) --
Deciding what to sell --
Getting what it takes to sell --
Making your auctions run more smoothly --
2. The finer points of eBay selling --
Finding where to sell your stuff --
Fixed-price sales on eBay --
Types of eBay auctions --
Running your auction --
Listing violations --
3. Cool eBay tools --
My eBay --
The about me page --
eBay seller services --
4. Safe selling equals profitable sales --
Is what you want to sell legal? --
Trading violations --
Taking action : what to do when someone breaks the rules --
5. Expanding sales with an eBay store --
Online stores galore --
Your eBay store name --
Setting up shop --
Running your store --
Dressing up your listings --
Making a sale --
pt. II. Setting up shop --
6. Finding merchandise to up your profits --
Dollar stores --
Discount club stores --
Garage sales --
Going-out-of-business sales --
Auctions --
Goodwill, Salvation Army, and resale shops --
Freebies --
Salvage : liquidation items, unclaimed freight, and returns --
True wholesale merchandise --
Resale items on eBay --
Consignment selling --
7. Pricing your items to sell --
The easy way : eBay search --
Useful publications --
Online sources of information --
Authentication services --
8. Establishing a base of operations : your Web site --
Free Web space, a good place to start --
Paying for your Web space --
What's in a Web site name : naming your baby --
Registering your domain name (before someone else takes it) --
Marketing your Web site (more visitors = more business). pt. III. Business is business, time to get serious --
9. Software built for online auctions --
Considering tasks for automation --
Managing your business with online resources and software --
10. Dollars and sense : budgeting and marketing your sales --
Listing your items --
eBay's optional listing features --
eBay's cut of the action --
11. Setting up listings that sell --
Writing winning text --
Your eBay photo studio --
Taking good pictures --
Using a scanner --
Image-editing software --
A home for your images --
HTML and you --
12. Providing excellent customer service --
Meeting your customers --
Communicating with your customers --
13. Working your PayPal account and collecting your money --
It doesn't get any simpler : money orders --
Pay me when you get this : cash on delivery --
The check's in the mail : personal checks --
Hold this for me : escrow service --
I take plastic : credit cards --
14. Shipping your items : sending them fast and saving money --
Finding the perfect shipping carrier : the big four --
Protecting packages with Universal Parcel Insurance Coverage --
pt. IV. Your eBay back office --
15. Getting legal : understanding taxes and licenses --
Types of businesses --
Taking care of regulatory details --
16. Savvy record keeping, keeping the tax man at bay --
Keeping the books : basics that get you started --
Records Uncle Sam may want to see --
Bookkeeping software --
QuickBooks : making bookkeeping uncomplicated --
17. Building an eBay back office --
The warehouse : organizing your space --
Inventory : keeping track of what you have and where you keep it --
The shipping department : packin' it up --
The mail room : sendin' it out.
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: Marsha Collier.
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Explains how to use eBay to start an online business, discussing product acquisition, auction management tools, shipping options, legal issues, and record-keeping.

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