Synopses & Reviews
Whatever you call it--an online auction house, the world's largest flea market, or a vast social experiment--no metaphor completely describes the huge trading community that is eBay. Underneath it all, eBay is also a computer program and a complex socio-economic system, requiring experience, finesse, and the right tools to master.
eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition has been completely revised and updated to make use of an array of new tools and features, as well as to reflect the changes in the eBay API, eBay's policies, and general practices of its increasingly sophisticated users. In all, the new edition of eBay Hacks sports 30 brand-new hacks plus dozens of hacks that have been expanded, deepened, or otherwise completely rewritten.
eBay Hacks shows you how to become a more efficient buyer and seller with clever tricks and shortcuts that will surprise even the most experienced eBayers. The book's wide range of topics covers all aspects of using eBay, such as advanced searching techniques, sniping tools, selling strategies, photography tips, and even research techniques for PowerSellers. But eBay Hacks doesn't just cover the basics; you'll learn how to write scripts to automate tedious tasks, take better photos, and tap into the eBay API to develop your own custom tools. Unlike any other book, eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition also provides insight into the social aspects of the eBay community, with diplomatic tools to help to get what you want with the least hassle and risk of negative feedback.
This bestseller supplies you with the tools you need to master eBay, whether as a buyer or seller, casual surfer or serious collector, novice or seasoned expert. With this guide, you will become a savvy power user who trades smarter and safer, makes more money, enjoys successes, and has fun doing it.
About the Author
David A. Karp is the author of twelve power-user books, including the bestselling Windows Annoyances series of books and O'Reilly's eBay Hacks. David's books are available in ten languages, and can be found under the short legs of tables around the world.
David is the founder of Annoyances.org, one of the most respected and popular computer help sites on the Interwebs. He writes for PC Magazine, but they're curiously reluctant to publish photos of his bicycle. Notable recognition has come from PC Computing, W
Table of Contents
Copyright; Credits; About the Author; Contributors; Best eBay Pop-Culture References; Acknowledgments; Preface; Origins; What This Book Is
and Isn't; Hacking a Dynamic System; Practical Matters; Getting Started with the Code in This Book; Using Code Examples; How This Book Is Organized; How to Use This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; How to Contact Us; Safari Enabled; Got a Hack?; Chapter 1: Diplomacy and Feedback; 1.1 Hacks 19; 1 Appraise an eBayer's Reputation; 2 Use Prefabricated Feedback; 3 Avoid Negative Feedback; 4 Receive Feedback Notifications; 5 Reply and Follow Up to Feedback; 6 Withhold Feedback; 7 Remove Unwanted Feedback; 8 Improve Your Trustworthiness Quickly; 9 What to Do When Your Email Doesn't Get Through; Chapter 2: Searching; 2.1 Hacks 1024; 10 Focus Your Searches with eBay's Advanced Search Syntax; 11 Control Fuzzy Searches; 12 Jump In and Out of Categories While Searching; 13 Tweak Search URLs; 14 Find Similar Items; 15 Search for Selected Text; 16 Open Search Results in a New Window; 17 Decipher Title Acronyms; 18 Search by Seller; 19 Search Internationally; 20 Save Your Searches; 21 Create a Search Robot; 22 Find Items by Shadowing; 23 Keep Tabs on eBay with the eBay Toolbar; 24 Post a Want Ad; Chapter 3: Bidding; 3.1 Hacks 2541; 25 Sniff Out Dishonest Sellers; 26 Snipe It Manually; 27 Snipe It Automatically; 28 Snipe It Conditionally; 29 Keep Track of Auctions Outside of eBay; 30 Take Advantage of Bid Increments; 31 Manipulate Buy It Now Auctions; 32 Retract Your Bid Without Retracting Your Bid; 33 Send Payment Quickly and Safely; 34 Pay PayPal's Seller Fees; 35 Use PayPal Without Depleting Your PayPal Balance; 36 Access eBay from a Cell Phone or PDA; 37 Smooth Out International Transactions; 38 Save Money on Shipping; 39 Estimate Transit Times; 40 Deal with Disappointment: Getting Refunds; 41 File a Dispute; Chapter 4: Selling; 4.1 Hacks 4269; 42 What's It Worth?; 43 Create a Listing; 44 To Bundle or Not to Bundle; 45 Reserve Judgment; 46 The Strategy of Listing Upgrades; 47 Use Keywords Effectively; 48 Schedule Your Listing for Optimal Exposure; 49 Track Your Exposure; 50 Master Expectation Management; 51 Sell a Broken VCR on eBay; 52 Format the Description with HTML; 53 Prepare Your Listings with a Web Page Editor; 54 Clarify Your Payment and Shipping Terms; 55 Customize Auction Page Backgrounds; 56 Frame Your Listings; 57 Override eBay's Fonts and Styles; 58 Use Media in Your Listings; 59 Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Listing; 60 Advertise Your Other Listings in Your Description; 61 Allow Visitors to Search Through Your Listings; 62 Put a Floating Contact Link in Your Listings; 63 Make Good Use of the About Me Page; 64 Customize the Checkout Process; 65 Make Changes to Running Auctions; 66 Let's Make a Deal; 67 Diplomacy 101: Answer Dumb Questions; 68 Keep Out Deadbeat Bidders; 69 Avoid Buyer Scams; Chapter 5: Working with Photos; 5.1 Hacks 7082; 70 Keep Your Item from Looking Pathetic; 71 Master Close-up Photography; 72 Construct an Auction Photo Studio; 73 Get Photos into Your Computer; 74 Doctor Your Photos; 75 Protect Your Copyright; 76 Host Your Own Photos; 77 Make Clickable Thumbnails; 78 Customize Pop-up Image Windows; 79 Construct an Interactive Photo Album; 80 Show a 360-Degree View of Your Item; 81 Create a Photo Collage; 82 Create a Good Gallery Photo; Chapter 6: Completing Transactions; 6.1 Hacks 8390; 83 Keep Track of Items You've Sold; 84 Send Payment Instructions; 85 Protect Yourself While Accepting Payments; 6.5 Personal and Business Checks; 86 Ship Cheaply Without Waiting in Line; 87 Sell and Ship Internationally; 88 Damage Control Before and After You Ship; 89 Deal with Stragglers, Deadbeats, and Returns; 90 Issue a Refund; Chapter 7: Running a Business on eBay; 7.1 Hacks 91101; 91 Open an eBay Store; 92 Find a Market; 93 Streamline Listings with Turbo Lister; 94 Boost Sales with Rebates, Incentives, and Discounts; 95 Streamline Payment Instructions; 96 Use an Off-eBay Checkout System; 97 Obtain Sales Records; 98 Make Money by Linking to eBay; 99 Advertise Your eBay Listings; 100 Accept PayPal Payments from Your Own Site; 101 Process PayPal Payments Automatically; Chapter 8: The eBay API; 8.1 Hacks 102125; 102 Climb Out of the Sandbox; 103 Authenticate Users; 104 Search eBay Listings; 105 Create a Split-Pane Search Tool; 106 Receive Search Results via RSS; 107 Create Custom-Formatted eBay Search Results with the REST API; 108 Search with PHP 5 and a Web Services Interface to the XML API; 109 Retrieve Details About a Listing; 110 Automatically Keep Track of Auctions You've Won; 111 Track Items in Your Watching List; 112 Automatically Keep Track of Items You've Sold; 113 Submit an Auction Listing; 114 List Your Entire Inventory on eBay; 115 Automate Auction Revisions; 116 Spellcheck All Your Listings; 117 Automatically Relist Unsuccessful Listings; 118 Send Automatic Emails to High Bidders; 119 Leave Feedback with the API; 120 Negative Feedback Bidder Alert; 121 Negative Feedback Notification; 122 Automatic Reciprocal Feedback; 123 Make a Feedback Search Tool; 124 Queue API Calls; 125 Cache Listing Data to Improve API Efficiency; Colophon;