Don't Get Burned on eBay
How to Avoid Scams and Escape Bad Deals
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2006
Pages: 176

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, 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.

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Not Getting Burned

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(Review first written for the User Group, Durham University Computing Society.)

The first thing to notice about this book is that it is heavily Americo-centric. It is about, and some of the features differ

from So some of it - particularly some of the payment and shipping advice - is less than useful to the UK reader. However, some of it is extremely useful, and generalising the advice to apply to yourself is always good.

The book uses friendly and approachable prose, appropriate to the subject matter. It's very common-sensical, and it's hard for the technically savvy reader to believe that there really are people who need some of the advice - but it's clear that there are people being burned by these issues, and actually, when there's an awful lot of

common sense needed, even the most pragmatic of us can miss things.

This book advises people as both buyers and sellers, which also provides a useful insight into the "other side" for everyone. It also provides a handy glossary for the confused.

I'd like to think that most CompSoccers are too tech savvy and sensible to need this book - but it would make an excellent Christmas present for nervous mothers, grandfathers and friends.

Which being so, a 5/10 for it - 3/10 for usefulness to techies, but a good 7/10 for the general reader.

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