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E-auction Insider: How to Get the Most Out of Your Online Auction Experience Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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While it doesn't share any real inside information about Internet auction sites, such as might be gleaned from the leader of such a site, The e-Auction Insider has a lot to say about buying and selling online. Authors Dave Taylor and Susan M. Cooney (Taylor runs iTrack.com, the auction-monitoring site) give advice on getting the best price for an item that you're selling and dealing with shark-like, last-second bidders--also known as snipers--when you're buying. They also detail how to contact the other parties in your transactions and the proper use of escrow services. Although a sizable section is devoted to each of the main general-interest auction sites--eBay, Amazon.com, and Yahoo! Auctions--the emphasis falls solidly on eBay. Readers might wish for more coverage of variants on the auction theme, such as Priceline.com.

The book concludes with a directory of general- and special-interest auction sites that includes everything from Robynsegg.com (stickers, rubber stamps, and other scrapbook goods) to RockAuction.com (guitars, amplifiers, lighting equipment, and so on). It describes each site--with more substance than you usually find in directories of sites--and reports on registration rules, as well as any fees that apply to buyers or sellers. Some of what this book contains is common sense, but a lot of it will prove new and worthwhile to many readers. --David Wall

Topics covered: Buying and selling, safely and profitably, on Internet auction sites. How to list items; search for auctions; bid; monitor bid competitions; use escrow services to reduce your chance of being defrauded; and the specifics of auctions on eBay, Amazon.com, and Yahoo! Auctions.

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Whether you're looking for art and antiques, computers and electronics, or even a house, browsing online auction sites can be both fun and educational.

But so many auction sites and items - hundreds of new items are added every second - getting the right item for the right price or selling your own merchandise for the best price can be quite a challenge. With The e-Auction Insider, you will learn insightful strategies and secrets for getting the most out of bidding, buying, and selling online.

Packed with Insider Tips, this revealing reference explains how auction sites work, how to navigate sites to find the items you want, how and when to bid, how to complete transactions, how to understand privacy and security issues, and much more. You'll also get a listing of 50 of the best auction sites, including both general interest and specialized sites. No matter what you level of experience, the tips in this book will make you a savvy player in the exciting world of online auctions.


*Information on reserve auctions and automatic bidding *How to use site search systems to find and track the items you want *Ways to enhance your own listing when offering items in an auction *Things to know before you start to bid or list an item for sale *How to protect yourself in high-ticket auctions and understand third-party escrow services *How to use various bidder/seller feedback systems and features on eBay, Amazon.com, Yahoo!, and FairMarket auction sites *Listings of useful Web sites and organizations

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill (1 January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072125772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072125771
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 2 cm
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