eBay Hacks

Tips & Tools for Bidding, Buying, and Selling
 
 
O'Reilly (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 2. Juni 2005
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  • 463 Seiten
 
E-Book | PDF mit Adobe DRM | Systemvoraussetzungen
978-0-596-15444-8 (ISBN)
 
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 willl 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.
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978-0-596-15444-8 (9780596154448)
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  • Intro
  • Contents
  • 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
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Perl
  • Using Code Examples
  • How This Book Is Organized
  • Hacks for All
  • Hacks for Buyers
  • Hacks for Sellers
  • Hacks for Developers
  • How to Use This Book
  • Conventions Used in This Book
  • How to Contact Us
  • Safari Enabled
  • Got a Hack?
  • Diplomacy and Feedback
  • Leaving Feedback
  • Appraise an eBayer's Reputation
  • Digging Deeper
  • Search for Specific Comments
  • Distill Negative and Neutral Comments
  • See Also
  • Use Prefabricated Feedback
  • Feedback for Multiple Auctions
  • Right-Click-o-Rama
  • Feedback for International Users
  • See Also
  • Avoid Negative Feedback
  • Etiquette and Netiquette
  • See Also
  • Receive Feedback Notifications
  • Reply and Follow Up to Feedback
  • First Reply to Feedback
  • Follow Up to Feedback
  • Withhold Feedback
  • Who Goes First
  • If There's Doubt
  • Just in Case
  • Remove Unwanted Feedback
  • Mutual Feedback Withdrawal
  • SquareTrade
  • Improve Your Trustworthiness Quickly
  • Newbie Buyers
  • Newbie Sellers
  • ID Verify
  • Negative Feedback
  • What to Do When Your Email Doesn't Get Through
  • See Also
  • Searching
  • Focus Your Searches with eBay's Advanced Search Syntax
  • Excluding Unwanted Results
  • Save Time and Typing with Wildcards
  • Performing OR Searches
  • Looking for Phrases
  • Control Fuzzy Searches
  • Search, Literally
  • Punctuation
  • Jump In and Out of Categories While Searching
  • Search Within a Category
  • Categorize Your Search
  • Bookmark a Category
  • See Also
  • Tweak Search URLs
  • Auction/Listing Pages
  • Feedback/Member Profile pages
  • Search Results and Category Listings
  • View a Seller's Other Items
  • Find Similar Items
  • How It Works
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Search for Selected Text
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Open Search Results in a New Window
  • The Hack
  • How It Works
  • Hacking the Hack
  • The Greasemonkey Approach
  • See Also
  • Decipher Title Acronyms
  • Interpreting Condition
  • Look It Up
  • Search by Seller
  • View Seller's Other Items
  • Expand Your Search
  • eBay Stores
  • The Obvious
  • See Also
  • Search Internationally
  • Expanding Your Search
  • Making Sure the Seller Will Ship to You
  • Viewing Foreign Categories
  • Excluding Foreign Items
  • Save Your Searches
  • Favorite Searches
  • Quick and Dirty
  • A Little Spit and Polish
  • See Also
  • Create a Search Robot
  • Constructing the Robot
  • The Code
  • How It Works
  • Running the Hack
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Find Items by Shadowing
  • Prevent Bidders from Shadowing You
  • Keep Tabs on eBay with the eBay Toolbar
  • Post a Want Ad
  • Bidding
  • Proxy Bidding
  • Sniff Out Dishonest Sellers
  • If It Sounds Too Good to Be True . . .
  • The Inflated Shipping Scam
  • Quick to Unload?
  • There's Less Than Meets the Eye
  • Hostile Takeover
  • Taking Matters into Your Own Hands
  • Snipe It Manually
  • With Seconds to Spare . . .
  • Contingency Plans
  • See Also
  • Snipe It Automatically
  • The Catch
  • Put eSnipe on Your Toolbar
  • Alternatives to eSnipe
  • See Also
  • Snipe It Conditionally
  • Contingency Sniping
  • Keep Track of Auctions Outside of eBay
  • Using eBay's Tracking Tools
  • If You Want It Done Right . . .
  • The Link
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Take Advantage of Bid Increments
  • Outbidding the High Bidder
  • Taking It One Step Further
  • Manipulate Buy It Now Auctions
  • Start with the Obvious
  • Undercut the Buy It Now Feature
  • Let's Make a Deal
  • See Also
  • Retract Your Bid Without Retracting Your Bid
  • By the Book
  • Getting Help from the Seller
  • Getting Out of Your Obligation
  • Send Payment Quickly and Safely
  • PayPal
  • Credit Cards
  • BidPay
  • See Also
  • Pay PayPal's Seller Fees
  • A Little Light Math
  • Let PayPal Do It
  • Use PayPal Without Depleting Your PayPal Balance
  • Paying Without Using Your Balance
  • Access eBay from a Cell Phone or PDA
  • Let eBay Know You're on the Road
  • Send a PayPal Payment from the Road
  • Smooth Out International Transactions
  • View Auctions on Your Native eBay
  • Enter the Babel Fish
  • Paying and Shipping over Great Distances
  • Save Money on Shipping
  • A Little Knowledge Can Be Dangerous
  • Excuse Me While I Take Over
  • Estimate Transit Times
  • Get Transit Times
  • Search for Local Listings
  • Deal with Disappointment: Getting Refunds
  • Diplomacy Tactics
  • Sending Things Back
  • If All Else Fails . . .
  • File a Dispute
  • Sleuthing Tools at Your Disposal
  • Selling
  • What's It Worth?
  • Investigate the Market
  • The Empty Restaurant
  • Create a Listing
  • To Bundle or Not to Bundle
  • Leveraging Dutch Auctions
  • Multiple Listings of Identical Items
  • See Also
  • Reserve Judgment
  • The Strategy of Listing Upgrades
  • Statistics and Research
  • Off-Site Research
  • Upgrade Analysis
  • See Also
  • Use Keywords Effectively
  • Title Don'ts
  • Make Space with a Subtitle
  • The Description
  • Item Specifics
  • Schedule Your Listing for Optimal Exposure
  • Choosing a Duration
  • The Best Day to End Your Listing
  • Choosing a Start Time
  • A Little Research Goes a Long Way
  • Track Your Exposure
  • Where Is an Item?
  • Count Traffic
  • Analyze Your Own Traffic
  • Watch the Watchers
  • Master Expectation Management
  • Sell a Broken VCR on eBay
  • A Case in Point
  • Why Bother?
  • Format the Description with HTML
  • Rapid HTML Primer
  • HTML Quick Reference
  • Images
  • Links
  • Tables
  • Prepare Your Listings with a Web Page Editor
  • Fixing Broken Images
  • Unclogging Microsoft Pages
  • Clarify Your Payment and Shipping Terms
  • Getting into the Heads of Your Customers
  • The Solution
  • Jump to the Description
  • Customize Auction Page Backgrounds
  • Frame Your Listings
  • The Table
  • The Images
  • Putting It Together
  • Override eBay's Fonts and Styles
  • Override Other Sellers' Hacks
  • See Also
  • Use Media in Your Listings
  • Video Killed the Radio Star
  • Some Call It Elevator Music
  • Put a Shipping Cost Calculator in Your Listing
  • eBay's Calculated Shipping
  • Third-Party Shipping Calculators
  • Pre-Filling Calculator Forms
  • Advertise Your Other Listings in Your Description
  • Specific Product Links
  • Cross-Promotion
  • Java-Based Galleries
  • Advertise Your Listings Elsewhere
  • Allow Visitors to Search Through Your Listings
  • The Code
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Put a Floating Contact Link in Your Listings
  • The Code
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Make Good Use of the About Me Page
  • Just Say No to Templates
  • Referencing the About Me Page
  • Customize the Checkout Process
  • Checkout Options
  • Disabling PayPal
  • Other Settings That Affect Checkout
  • Payment Instructions
  • Make Changes to Running Auctions
  • Sneaking in Changes
  • Ending Your Listing in the Last 12 Hours
  • Let's Make a Deal
  • Diplomacy 101: Answer Dumb Questions
  • Keep Out Deadbeat Bidders
  • An Ounce of Prevention
  • Being Proactive Behind the Scenes
  • Canceling Bids and Blocking Bidders
  • Avoid Buyer Scams
  • Check Out Your Customers
  • Working with Photos
  • Keep Your Item from Looking Pathetic
  • Background
  • Composition
  • Photographing Collections
  • Lighting
  • Master Close-up Photography
  • Construct an Auction Photo Studio
  • Backdrop
  • Lighting
  • The Whole Megillah
  • Get Photos into Your Computer
  • Downloading Images into Your PC
  • Preparing Images for eBay
  • Image File Formats
  • Doctor Your Photos
  • Image Editors
  • Tools
  • Protect Your Copyright
  • Protecting Your Image
  • Disabling Right-Click
  • Other Ways to Protect Your Copyright
  • Reporting Image Thieves
  • Host Your Own Photos
  • Sending Photos to the Server
  • Filename Requirements
  • Placing Photos in Your Listings
  • The Preview Photo
  • Make Clickable Thumbnails
  • Preparing the Images
  • Putting Thumbnails in Your Listings
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Customize Pop-up Image Windows
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • How It Works
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Construct an Interactive Photo Album
  • The Code
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Show a 360-Degree View of Your Item
  • Taking the Photos
  • Preparing the Images
  • The Code
  • How It Works
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Create a Photo Collage
  • Photoshop Shortcuts
  • Create a Good Gallery Photo
  • Completing Transactions
  • Keep Track of Items You've Sold
  • My eBay
  • Building the Tracking System
  • How to Use It
  • Automation
  • Send Payment Instructions
  • Customize eBay Notifications
  • Customizing the Notification Email
  • Protect Yourself While Accepting Payments
  • PayPal
  • Personal and Business Checks
  • Money Orders and Cashier's Checks
  • Western Union Money Order
  • Credit Cards
  • See Also
  • Ship Cheaply Without Waiting in Line
  • Courier Notes
  • Shipping on the Cheap
  • Sell and Ship Internationally
  • Accepting International Payments
  • Shipping to Other Countries
  • Denied Parties
  • Expectation Management
  • Damage Control Before and After You Ship
  • After the Fact
  • Fine Print
  • Deal with Stragglers, Deadbeats, and Returns
  • Report an Unpaid Item
  • Concerning Feedback
  • Final Value Fee Credits
  • Issue a Refund
  • Relisting and Other Options
  • Silver Lining Clause
  • Running a Business on eBay
  • PowerSellers and the Role of Numbers on eBay
  • Staying Connected to the eBay Community
  • Open an eBay Store
  • How Customers Will Find You
  • Alternatives
  • Find a Market
  • Find Out What's Hot
  • Now What?
  • Become a Trading Assistant
  • Streamline Listings with Turbo Lister
  • Setting Up Turbo Lister
  • Creating Listings
  • Uploading Listings
  • Using Folders
  • Seller's Assistant Pro
  • Boost Sales with Rebates, Incentives, and Discounts
  • Offer Anything Points
  • Offer Shipping Discounts
  • PayPal Buyer Credit
  • Streamline Payment Instructions
  • The Simple Approach
  • The Hacker's Approach
  • The Business Approach
  • Use an Off-eBay Checkout System
  • Accepting Credit Card Payments
  • How to Use It
  • Checkout Providers
  • Obtain Sales Records
  • Quick and Dirty Spreadsheet Import
  • Sales Reports & Sales Reports Plus
  • Step Up to Selling Manager
  • Alternatives
  • Make Money by Linking to eBay
  • Creating Links with Commission Junction
  • Hacking the Links
  • A Simplified Search Box
  • See Also
  • Advertise Your eBay Listings
  • The Editor Kit
  • Hacking the Editor Kit
  • The Merchant Kit
  • Advertise Your eBay Store
  • Accept PayPal Payments from Your Own Site
  • Just a Link
  • The Form
  • Shopping Cart
  • See Also
  • Process PayPal Payments Automatically
  • Setting Up IPN
  • The Code
  • Hacking the Hack
  • See Also
  • The eBay API
  • How the eBay API Works
  • Getting Started
  • Using the Scripts in This Chapter
  • ebay.pl
  • config.pl
  • Why Perl?
  • Climb Out of the Sandbox
  • Certification
  • Certification Requirements
  • Validating Users
  • Authenticate Users
  • Search eBay Listings
  • A Simple Search
  • Performing a Search
  • Revising the Robot
  • Create a Split-Pane Search Tool
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • Receive Search Results via RSS
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • Create Custom-Formatted eBay Search Results with the REST API
  • Search with PHP 5 and a Web Services Interface to the XML API
  • Installation and Configuration
  • Searching
  • Retrieve Details About a Listing
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Automatically Keep Track of Auctions You've Won
  • Track Items in Your Watching List
  • See Also
  • Automatically Keep Track of Items You've Sold
  • Submit an Auction Listing
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • Hacking the Hack
  • See Also
  • List Your Entire Inventory on eBay
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Automate Auction Revisions
  • ReviseItem
  • AddToItemDescription
  • Let's Automate
  • Spellcheck All Your Listings
  • The Code
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Automatically Relist Unsuccessful Listings
  • Hacking the Hack
  • Send Automatic Emails to High Bidders
  • AuctionEndOfAuction Notifications
  • Leave Feedback with the API
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • See Also
  • Negative Feedback Bidder Alert
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • See Also
  • Negative Feedback Notification
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • See Also
  • Automatic Reciprocal Feedback
  • Make a Feedback Search Tool
  • The Code
  • Running the Hack
  • Queue API Calls
  • Cache Listing Data to Improve API Efficiency
  • Index

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