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Don't Get Burned on Ebay: How to Avoid Scams and Escape Bad Dealsby Shauna Wright
Yikes! This book should be required reading for anyone who buys or sells on eBay. Author Shauna Wright delves into the details of Paypal, pros and cons of various shippers, scams to watch out for, and who to contact if you've fallen prey to a thief. But it isn't all gloom — her talent lies in mixing serious information with humor and wit. Don't be the dude who mails a $65 designer bra in an Enchilada Chicken box.
Synopses & Reviews
Lots of books tell you how to buy and sell on eBay. But what if something goes horribly awry? Do you have to chalk it up to a "lesson learned," lick your wounds and move on? Not a chance. Don't Get Burned on eBay offers relevant lessons based on real-life stories posted on eBay's Answer Center. With sharp, witty rhetoric, veteran eBay user Shauna Wright (co-founder of the popular web site WhoWouldBuyThat.com, shows eBay veterans and newcomers alike how to avoid those nasty scenarios, and how to pull themselves out of the muck if they've already fallen in.
Six entertaining (and hair-raising) chapters cover real problems that people have encountered with bidding, payment, shipping, packaging, dealing with other eBayers, and coping with the eBay system. This book is for anyone who's ever used eBay, because even veteran buyers and sellers often don't know the intricacies of eBay's and PayPal's rules. Don't Get Burned on eBay will leave you well-informed and better protected from potential pitfalls. The book's extensive glossary and numerous in-depth sidebars also make the book useful to people who haven't yet taken the plunge into eBay.
Book News Annotation:
Wright, whose career on eBay dates all the way back to 1997, gives hundreds of tips on bidding, payment, packaging, shipping, evil eBayers and scammers. She uncovers the truth about PayPal, money orders and cashiers' checks, describes the pitfalls of potentially embarrassing packaging, gives the pros and cons of the major shippers and details insurance issues, and offers clues you can use in sniffing out fakes. She is particularly careful in giving a full range of advice on the activities of scammers and how to prevent them from turning your successful enterprise into yet another contribution to the Nigerian economy. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This witty and chilling book presents real-life stories of eBay problems, with lessons on how to avoid or escape similar situations involving bidding, payment, shipping, packaging, dealing with other eBayers, and coping with the eBay system.
About the Author
Shauna Wright has been an avid eBay buyer and seller since 1997. She's aregular on eBay's Answer Center and co-founder of the award-winning siteWhoWouldBuyThat.com. Before becoming a writer, she was a privateinvestigator, a poker dealer, and a fragrance model (don't ask).
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Audience for This Book; Organization of This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; We'd Like to Hear from You; Safari Enabled; Credits; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Don't Get Burned on Bidding; 1.1 Don't Act Like A Newbie; 1.2 When Sellers Go Bad; Chapter 2: Don't Get Burned on Payment; 2.1 PayPal: Read the Fine Print; 2.2 Money Order Mayhem and Chaos with Cashier's Checks; 2.3 Personal Checks, Cash, and Others; Chapter 3: Don't Get Burned on Packaging; 3.1 Don't Use Inadequate Packaging; 3.2 Don't Use Odd or Potentially Embarrassing Packaging; 3.3 When to Take Special Precautions; Chapter 4: Don't Get Burned on Shipping; 4.1 Pros and Cons of the Major Shippers; 4.2 Insurance Issues; 4.3 Shipping and Handling; Chapter 5: Don't Get Burned by Other eBayers; 5.1 Save the Drama for Your Mama; 5.2 What's Your Preference?; 5.3 Beware of Fakes and Friends; Chapter 6: Don't Get Burned by Scammers; 6.1 When to Be Afraid of Your Email; 6.2 Web of Lies; 6.3 The Switcheroo Scam; Glossary; Colophon;
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