I recently had the opportunity to read the book: eBay for dummies. This is the 9th Edition of this book, and as you can imagine the eBay marketplace is in constant flux.
I started using eBay about 12 years ago. At first it was a great place to buy and sell unique items. Over time it changed for the worse. It is now full of cheap items from China and is a bad place for sellers.
I stopped using eBay 3 years ago and vowed to never use it again. But...I slowly started selling/buying a few things here and there. For now, it's still one of the only places you can reach a wide audience. But the costs and the fraudulent activity keep me from doing anything more substantial with eBay.
I was excited to see if this book offered anything new for a seasoned eBay user. It did - there was one page that addressed the new eBay html codes for inserting photos into your listing. That alone was worth reading the entire book. The rest of the book was a review for me but would be good for anyone starting out into eBay.
A couple notes of caution for newbies to eBay - the book - like every other eBay Forum - recommends ungodly customer service. I recommend you follow the golden rule and treat others as you wish to be treated, but the customer is not king. And there are so many scammers on eBay just looking to take your money, that I suggest you be careful in your interactions with customers. EBay is notorious for siding with the buyer regardless of the situation and things can get ugly fast. There is no magic bullet for making money on eBay and unless you are involved in a large wholesale business, there is not a lot of profit (when you factor in your time, shipping, eBay fees, and cost of acquisition.) But it's still better than most garage sales for unloading things in your house.
Also - there is an error in the book regarding the Paypal tax reporting laws. The book states that Paypal reports earnings to the IRS if you reach $20,000 in sales or 200 transactions. That is wrong. They only report if if you have BOTH not either.
I would recommend it to anyone getting started, but if you are a seasoned eBay-er most of the book will be review.
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