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Kovel's bid, buy, and sell online : basic auction information and tricks of the trade
Kovel, Ralph M.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Three Rivers Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
142 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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HF5478 .K68 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Computer Books
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Become an expert in Bidding, buying, and selling online with the ultimate guide to Internet collecting. From the basic information you need to sell your items in an online auction to making online buys at great prices, experts Ralph and Terry Kovel are right on top of the hottest trends. Kovels' Bid, Buy, and Sell Online offers all the expertise you need for buying or selling anything in this worldwide virtual bazaar. This guide covers it all! * How to register on a variety of online sites * How to search for what you want * How to write an ad to attract the most attention * How to use photographs * How to avoid fakes and forgeries * And much more . . . Complete with a chart comparing the fees, rules, and practices of the three major auction sites, as well as diaries of both a buyer and a seller, the book also provides the Kovels' list of sites (constantly updated at to guide you through the fast-growing auction opportunities on the Web.

Author Notes

Ralph Kovel has authored more than 75 books & currently write a nationally syndicated newspaper column, a monthly column in "House Beautiful", & a subscription-only national newsletter, "Kovels on Antiques & Collectibles". The Kovels' Web site ( was recently named one of the "Best of the Web" by "Forbes" magazine.

(Publisher Provided) Antiques writer Ralph M. Kovel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 20, 1920. He attended Ohio State University and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a food broker, owned a salad-dressing company, owned a shrimp farm in the Bahamas, and became a vice president at Sara Lee.

Together, he and his wife Terry H. Kovel have written almost 100 guides to antiques and collectibles including Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price List, Kovels' American Silver Marks, Kovels' Bottles Price List, and Kovels' Bid, Buy and Sell Online. They have also written a nationally syndicated column since 1955 and published a monthly newsletter entitled Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles. He died due to complications of a broken hip on August 28, 2008 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

From the veteran antique-guide authors and syndicated columnists comes this everything-you-need-to-know introduction to the world of Internet auctions. The authors start right at the beginning: if you don't know what a Web page is, or how to navigate on the Internet, or even how to get on the Internet in the first place, this is absolutely the book for you. But readers with a slightly higher level of expertise will also find the handbook very useful: the authors provide a comprehensive guide to buying and selling online, introducing us to some of the popular auction Web sites and offering up plenty of good advice and helpful hints (their tips on searching a Web site for a particular kind of item are particularly good). The book concentrates on three popular sites--eBay,, and Yahoo--and concludes with a comparison of the sites, ranking them according to various criteria (ease of retracting a bid, fees for listing an item for sale, ability to cancel an auction). An excellent guide to Internet auctioneering from the most knowledgeable experts in the business. --David Pitt

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Part 1 Guide for Computer Neophytesp. 13
Screens and Pagesp. 15
Buttons and Underlined Words on Your Internet Browserp. 15
What's at the Top of the Screen?p. 16
Where Am I?p. 17
Internet Browser Termsp. 17
Part 2 Buying on the Internetp. 21
Let's Tour an Internet Auction Sitep. 24
Getting to an Internet Auctionp. 24
Registration to Buy or Sellp. 28
Eyes in the Back of Your Headp. 31
Searching an Online Auction for the Thing You Want to Buyp. 32
Search Resultsp. 35
Is It What You Want to Buy?p. 36
Photographsp. 38
How Will You Pay?p. 38
Checking "Comments" (Feedback)p. 38
Automatic Biddingp. 39
Reserve Pricesp. 40
Bidding Strategiesp. 42
Auction Extensionp. 43
You Are the Successful Bidderp. 44
Payment Methodsp. 45
Escrow Servicesp. 47
More on Returnsp. 48
Risksp. 50
Filing a Claim for a Broken Itemp. 51
Fraudp. 52
Buyers Beware!p. 55
Cyber-Shillsp. 58
A Few More Words of Warningp. 59
A Buyer's Diaryp. 60
Part 3 Selling on the Internetp. 65
Who Sells on the Internet?p. 67
Preparing to Sell Onlinep. 67
Choosing an Auction Sitep. 68
How to List Your Item at Auctionp. 68
Bad Description vs. Good Descriptionp. 77
Minimum Bidsp. 79
Reserve Pricesp. 79
How to Include a Photograph with Your Listingp. 80
Selling on a Large Auction Web Site Like eBay or Amazonp. 81
Auction Feesp. 85
What to Do After the Salep. 88
What Not to Do If You're Selling Onlinep. 89
Feedbackp. 92
What to Sellp. 93
Fraud Problems for Sellersp. 95
Tax Consequencesp. 98
A Seller's Diaryp. 100
Part 4 Online Hotlinep. 111
Online Record Breakersp. 113
One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasurep. 115
Online Auction Talesp. 115
Online Auction Sample Pricesp. 118
Comparison of Three Auction Sitesp. 121
Glossaryp. 127
Kovels' List of Helpful Web Sites for Collectorsp. 131
Notesp. 139
Indexp. 140