Description : In Buy It Now, Michele White examines eBay and its emphasis on community and social norms, revealing the cultural assumptions about gender, race, and sexuality that are reinforced throughout the site. She shows how instructional texts, rule systems, and advertisements "configure the user," allowing eBay to indicate how the site is supposed to function while also upholding particular values and practices. White details how eBay reinforces stereotypes about gender and sexuality, looking, for example, at descriptions included in wedding dress listings, and how eBay directs individuals to the "Adult Only" part of the website when they use the search terms "gay" and "lesbian." She discloses the ways that eBay promises a caring community but its "Black Americana" category reproduces racism by allowing sellers' narratives that excuse and romanticize slavery and insult African Americans. White also looks at how participants challenge eBay's categories, rules, and values, examining widely used strategies of resistance by sellers and buyers in the lesbian and gay interest listings. By analyzing the organizational and cultural logics present in eBay, White emphasizes how other Internet settings, including craigslist, are not as transparent, community-oriented, and empowering as they claim. She proposes methods for researching and reconceptualizing new media sites.
Description : 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.
Description : Offers a practical guide to buying, selling, and bidding on auctions online, covering the latest eBay formats, screens, and etiquette and offering advice on how to navigate the Web site, put items up for sale, and set up a business.
Description : eBay has changed the way the world shops. Here’s your chance to get in on this retail phenomenon—it’s simple and inexpensive to get started. All you need is a computer and a product (or service) people want, and you’re well on your way to reaching eBay’s hundreds of millions of customers. You can sell almost anything on eBay, from the familiar to the exotic. And you can do it any time of the day or night, making this a great business to start part time. Newly revised and updated with the latest eBay tools and features, this book puts you on the fast track to your own eBay business. You’ll learn: • Hot tips for attracting interested customers and high bids • The latest online marketing strategies • The most profitable items to sell online • How to spot trends and discover the next hot items • Insider secrets from successful eBay entrepreneurs • The vital keys to eBay success • How to use eBay’s ProStores, Trading Assistants, Trading Posts and more to put you a step ahead of your competition More than 750,000 people make a living on eBay. Use this step-by-step guide, and you could become the next eBay PowerSeller!
Description : America’s official eBay Ambassador shares his humor, know-how, and matchless eBay expertise in this newly revised edition of the authoritative guide geared to both the beginning bidder and seller, as well as the professional entrepreneur. Whether it’s just a desire to make some extra money, buy the latest set of golf clubs, or start a new business, people around the world "do it eBay." With a community of more than one hundred five million people around the world every day, eBay is the World’s Online Marketplace. In this definitive resource, ultimate eBay insider Jim Griffith—A.K.A. Griff—tells you everything you need to know to become a successful buyers and seller and to navigate the changes and improvements being introduced to the eBay website in 2004-2005. In this indispensable manual—authorized by eBay and featuring the very latest formats, screen shots, protocols, and etiquette—the eBay Guru of online auctions provides a comprehensive blueprint for: Navigating the Web site and new eBay features Placing a bid Putting items up for sale Starting and running your own successful eBay business Plus: Changes and additions to eBay procedures and policies Tricks of the trade from successful eBay buyers and sellers Strategies for safe, secure, hassle-free eBay buying and selling Tips and shortcuts for even the most technologically challenged Case studies and success stories of people whose lives have been changed by eBay Whether you’re a first-time user or an online pro, The Official eBay ® Bible is the only guide you need to shop and sell with the best of them.
Description : Vintage clothing has never been more chic, with everyone from celebrity trendsetters to style-conscious professionals searching for wearable treasures from the past. Virtual Vintage is the first and only guide that helps both the novice and the fashion connoisseur evaluate and confidently participate in the thriving vintage marketplace that exists online. No other book explains how to get it, sell it, fix it, or wear it with flair. Authors Linda Lindroth and Deborah Newell Tornello equip readers from head to toe with • more than 100 chic sites—rated and evaluated • instructions on contacting sellers • smart strategies for bidding in online auctions • advice about evaluating the size, quality, and colors of a garment • tips for cleaning and repairing vintage items Whether you’re looking for a 1960s Rudi Gernreich knit, Gucci hipster trousers, a Claire McCardell for Townley shirtwaist, or a Chanel suit in pink wool with black patent-leather trim, Virtual Vintage will help you build a unique and sensational wardrobe.
Description : Bid to Win on eBay takes an in-depth look at strategies for bidding in eBay online auctions. Competitive bidding tactics are explored that help the reader competitively position in eBay auctions. Strategic bidding enhances the enjoyment of buying on eBay and helps the reader remain aware and alert leading to a safer and more enjoyable experience with eBay auctions.