• Business, Economics & Law

      The Ebay Book

      Essential Tips for Buying and Selling On Ebay.co.uk

      by David Belbin

      eBay is the world's largest marketplace, and a worldwide phenomenon! Since the first edition of The eBay Book in June 2004, both the number of people using eBay, and the number of amazing stories of their experiences, have continued to grow at an amazing rate.In the last year alone, over 1 million new users signed up to eBay.co.uk, and the total number of users hit the 10 million mark in February 2005. In fact, people in the UK spend more time on eBay than on any other website, making it the most popular brand name on the internet. It has over 3 million items for sale in its auctions at any one time, and among these are every type of collectable and consumer goods imaginable.eBay provides a simple and amazingly effective way for anybody to auction items that they want to sell - whether they are antiques, books, computers, sports equipment, vinyl records, DVDs, clothing, jewellery, celebrity memorabilia or in fact almost anything - and allows potential buyers to browse and bid on this vast catalogue from the comfort of their own homes.In this fully revised and updated edition of The eBay Book, David Belbin, a long time eBayer, explains how eBay.co.uk works, and how to get the most out of it, whether you are a buyer or a seller. He takes you through the key features of the site, step-by-step, advising on the tactics you can employ when bidding and selling, and explains how to minimise the fees you pay and just why your feedback rating is so important. He also explores the best ways to pay for goods and what to do if your transactions go wrong. This hugely readable book also contains a wealth of case studies, which draw on the knowledge and experience of a wide variety of eBayers, each with their own view of the eBay phenomenon.For newcomers, this is an indispensable guide, which will show you the tools of the trade and give you the confidence to join the vast eBay community. For those who already know the basics, it is a short-cut to the advanced features of eBay, with the author's tips and tricks always close to hand.

    • Politics & government

      Iain Dale's Guide to Political Blogging in the Uk

      by Iain Dale

      - Articles by thirty leading bloggers and commentators- Profiles of more than fifty leading blogs- A directory of 1,200 political blogs- The best 500 political blogs in the UK- The best 100 Conservative, Labour and LibDem blogs

    • E-commerce: business aspects

      The Ebay Business Handbook

      How Anyone Can Build a Business and Make Big Money On Ebay.co.uk

      by Robert Pugh

      Anyone can buy and sell on eBay. But how many people actually make serious money from eBay? How many people make enough give up the day job and run an eBay business full time? Robert Pugh has done just that and in this fully updated and revised third edition of his eBay Business Handbook he reveals the secrets of his success.Robert covers everything you need to know; from the eBay basics through to the creation and management of your own business. It gives you the information you need to use eBay to its full potential, to maximise returns and develop a robust online business.This book has been written for anyone who has ever considered the idea of being their own boss. Whether you want to supplement an existing income or you want a complete change in lifestyle, this book is for you - giving you the confidence and knowledge you need to make that step.Unlike many other eBay guides, this handbook is based on the personal experiences of an established Power Seller. Everything is covered; from the practical concerns of international sales to the purchase of packing materials. With a fresh, common sense approach to selling, the book includes many hints, tips and personal recommendations that can be applied to all of your eBay activities.One of the most valuable sections is the one dedicated to finding stock to sell. Where traders obtain their stock is a closely guarded secret and often finding where to buy can be quite daunting. This guide tells you where to look, how to buy from different sources and, perhaps the most interesting of all, how to use eBay as a source of goods.Discover how the author went from zero to over 25,000 positive feedbacks (and counting). From the very first LP record to the family car, he has sold items into almost every corner of the globe and taken every form of payment known to man. Anybody can do this, just follow the simple steps in this guide, dedicate the time, and soon you too could be living the eBay dream.

    • Investment & securities

      Stephen Eckett On Online Investing

      200 Essential Q&as for the Internet Investor

      by Stephen Eckett

      In Stephen Eckett's bi-weekly column for Investors Chronicle he answers readers' questions about internet investing. Often they are problems which are driving readers mad, but which can be solved very simply. This book is a collection of the most useful Q&As from the last 2 years, updated to take account of new web sites and changing technology.The content covers a wide variety of issues including:- how to import web data into a spreadsheet - quick ways to copy text from a web page - using more than one ISP - minimising connection charges - speeding up browsing - improving download speeds - IE shortcuts & add-ons - keyboard shortcuts - lost files - safe ways to save data - printing charts from web pages - newsgroups and BBs - where to get free software - using stock screeners - using stop losses - email newsletters - tip sites - monitoring fund prices - base values for CGT calculations - market data sources (price & volume, real-time & historic) - company data sources - earnings estimates - directors dealings - best sites for online charts - use of Excel for portfolio management - day trading and DAT with level II quotes - trading US markets - ADRs - trading European markets - warrants & options - spread betting - shorting - CFDsThis could well be the most useful book of the year! As well as providing hundreds of practical tips, shortcuts, and recommendations, it has a comprehensive listing of the websites which Stephen Eckett finds most useful in his own trading and investing.

    • Internet guides & online services

      The Ebay Book

      Essential Tips for Buying and Selling On Ebay.co.uk

      by David. Belbin

      eBay is a phenomenon! - 50 million users worldwide, and growing rapidly in the UK.;This is the first UK book on eBay. It is a guide to eBay.co.uk, not to the American site. The author is an experienced UK trader who knows the pitfalls and tricks for profitable buying and selling. The book provides everything that tens of thousands of new eBayers need to get started.;From the INTRODUCTION: "1995 was the year that I, like many people, discovered the internet. A friend and I discussed ways to make money out of it. We agreed that online auctions were a really promising area. We even spent some time discussing how you might go about setting them up. It all got a bit complicated and I had books to write, so we never followed through. Pierre Omidyar had the idea and did something about it. eBay, the business he set up in his living room in September 1995, has, at the time of writing, nearly 50 million registered users. You can buy anything from cars to concert tickets, collectable dolls to computers.;I started using eBay for a melancholy reason. In 1999, a friend died suddenly. Don's widow asked me to sell his record collection for her. It included a large number of rarities. I quickly found out what these might be worth, but knew I'd never get anything like their true value from a dealer. So I went to eBay. I'd checked out eBay over the previous few months, but had been too timid to buy or sell anything. Now, however, I had a real reason to begin. To test the water, I auctioned a CD from my own collection: a rare boxed single that the Record Collector price guide said was worth GBP40. I gave it a high starting price of GBP20, the lowest price I would accept. Aweek later, it sold for GBP30. I posted it to France, throwing in free insurance, just in case anything went wrong. Two days later I received my first feedback: 'Very pleasant seller, beautiful item and carefully packed AA++'. More than half of Don's records sold, bringing in prices not too far off the guide price.;I found I had a new hobby, using my unmetered internet connection to endlessly browse eBay when I should have been working on my latest novel. I quickly got a green star alongside my eBay ID. This showed I had more than ten positive feedback comments and no negatives. I sold occasionally, often accepting cash dollars to fund my purchases from the US (this was in the days before Paypal, a money transfer system that's discussed at length in this book). In the last three years I've become a frequent eBay user, buying and selling books, DVDs and comics as well as music items. Last year I got my blue star for 50 plus positive feedback. I've only attended one auction in my life, but I've followed thousands of virtual ones. I've been ripped off, made mistakes and learnt what kinds of auctions to avoid. I still have a 100‰ feedback record, the strongest test of an eBayer (as serious hobbyists call themselves). I still get a thrill those times at the end of an auction when last minute bidders are suddenly outbid and try to get one more bid in before the curtain falls.'.;The book you're reading arose out of a holiday conversation with one of the publishers, an old friend who is a financial whiz but knew very little about eBay. The idea of this book is to give readers the basics of buying and selling on eBay with plenty of tips, practical information and case histories. Equally importantly, it will tell you what to avoid and how to check out suspected cheats - both sellers and buyers, for the internet has given new life to many of the oldest frauds in the book.;This book will also give you the basics of how to run an eBay business, because once you start selling stuff on the net, you're in business, even if it's only in a very small way. Who knows, you might find dealing on eBay much more profitable than you expect. Or you could find it's a great way to track down rare items you didn't know anybody else was interested in. Soon you may find yourself selling spare stuff from the attic to grateful collectors who trust the way you've graded them because they've read your feedback. The possibilities are endless.;You read a lot of negative stuff about trading on the net, but I have to say that the vast majority of eBayers I've 'met' have been great to deal with. I aim to give you the confidence to become one of those eBayers, whatever it is you choose to buy or sell." 'I've only attended one auction in my life, but I've followed thousands of virtual ones.' 'Once you start selling, you're in business, even if only in a very small way.' 'I knew I'd never get their true value from a dealer. So I went to eBay."

    • Business, Economics & Law

      The Ebay Business Handbook

      How Anyone Can Build a Business and Make Money On Ebay.co.uk

      by Robert Pugh

      In this new book top Powerseller Robert Pugh covers everything you need to know about succeeding on eBay; from the very first act of choosing your eBay user name through to the creation and management of your own business.eBay is very easy to use, to sell on eBay is not complicated and requires no sales experience. However, to use eBay to it's full potential, to maximise returns and develop a robust online business, does require an understanding of sales, marketing, and business processes.This book has been written for anyone who has ever considered the idea of owning their own business and being their own boss. Whether you want to supplement an existing income, or you want a complete change in life, this book is for you - giving you the confidence and knowledge you need to make that step. Written in plain English, this guide does not require the reader to have a grasp of complex industry jargon, all that is required is a desire to succeed and an open mind.Unlike other eBay guides, this handbook is based on the personal experiences of an established Powerseller. Everything from the practical concerns of international sales to the purchase of packing materials is covered here. With a fresh, common sense approach to selling, the book includes many hints, tips, and personal recommendations that can be applied to all of your eBay activities making this book essential reading for both experienced and non-experienced eBayers alike.Perhaps one of the most valuable sections is the one dedicated to finding stock to sell. Where traders obtain their stock is a closely guarded secret and often finding where to buy can be quite daunting. This guide will inform the reader where to look, how to buy from different sources and, the most interesting of all, how to use eBay as a source of goods.This book cannot cover every aspect of selling on eBay, there just is not enough space, it will however show how the author went from zero to 9000+ feedbacks in just two years, and still growing. From the very first LP record to the family car he has sold items into almost every corner of the globe, taken every form of payment known to man, and personally packed a huge variety of items. Anybody can do this, just follow the steps in this guide, dedicate the time, and soon you too could be living the eBay dream.

    • Internet guides & online services

      How to Have a Baby On Ebay

      Your One-stop Shopping Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

      by Wiz Wharton

      Research suggests that parents now spend in the region of ?ú50,000 on their children in the first five years of their lives, ?ú7,000 of it in the first 12 months alone! When Wiz Wharton found out she was pregnant in 2005, she was living in rented accommodation in London with no regular income. Determined to provide her baby with everything he might need but knowing she'd have to do it at a fraction of the normal cost, she found her solution on eBay, the world's largest online auction site.With the sort of military precision only reserved for the truly obsessed or the truly pregnant, Wiz compiled a file of everything she was going to need, from maternity wear, to nursery equipment, via sterilisers, nappies and toys. What she discovered was that with a little bit of research, some streetwise bidding tactics and patience you can pick up all you need in next-to-new condition for far, far less than normal retail prices; "I eventually managed to buy all of my son's items from 0 to way beyond 3, including all my maternity items, for about ?ú500", she writes.Some of Wiz's online triumphs have included:- A ?ú200 cot for ?ú11.50.- A ?ú400 designer buggy for ?ú200.- A ?ú175 one-off maternity dress for ?ú15.All brand new, boxed and delivered.In this unique book, Wiz tells other mums-to-be and their partners how to save themselves literally thousands of pounds by doing what she did, and have fun in the process. The first part of the book reproduces and builds upon her own detailed product research, telling parents what equipment they are going to need and - just as importantly - what they won't. The eighteen Buyer's Guides are the most comprehensive and up-to-date research of their kind, and invaluable for parents lost in the confusion of what to buy, when and for how much.The second part of the book offers a detailed explanation of how eBay works, with step-by-step instructions for readers new to the site, plus advanced tips and tricks for those who already have some experience. With humour and insight, Wiz reveals the mistakes she made, and shows how her techniques improved to the point where she could be confident of winning items that had previously eluded her. Basic errors are highlighted, myths exposed, and 'golden rules' stressed. There is even a section on how to avoid the much-publicised eBay scams.The final section of the book instructs parents in the 'selling' side of eBay. Wiz tells you how to turn the products that you have bought back into hard cash by listing them either in an eBay auction or in a Buy It Now sale. Threaded through the narrative is her desire not only to help other parents achieve what she did, but also to encourage the principles of recyclingWhether you are a mother-to-be, a father, or just know someone about to have a baby, 'How to Have a Baby on eBay' is an invaluable, money-saving, planet-friendly guide.

    • Reference works

      Ebay Q&a

      200 of the Most Asked Questions About Ebay.co.uk

      by Robert Pugh

      New from the best-selling author of The eBay Business Handbook200 of the most asked eBay questions answered by top eBay PowerSeller Robert Pugh - including:- How can I be sure that an item is not a fake?- How do I know that I can trust the seller?- Does the timing of my bid really make a difference?- Are there certain types of item I should avoid selling?- Is it possible to sell my house on eBay?- When is the best time to end an auction?- What should I include in my returns policy?- What start price should I set when I list an item?- How can I entice more visitors to my auctions?- Does the style of my listing impact on its success?- How can I encourage a bidding war for my items?- What should I do if I have received a faulty product?- My seller is no longer registered; what should I do?- How should I record my business activities on eBay?- When should I register my eBay business with the taxman?and many more...all answered in the author's friendly and approachable style.Robert shares his wealth of eBay knowledge to give you the answers you need to take your eBay trading to the next level.Compiled from the questions regularly sent to Robert by readers of his weekly eBay email bulletin, this is a must read for all eBayers.

    • Internet guides & online services

      The Uk Trader's Bible

      The Complete Guide to Trading the Uk Stock Market

      by Dominic Connolly

      This is the only comprehensive UK-published guide to short-term trading, combining detailed reference information with the author's advice on strategy and tactics. Every serious trader in the UK needs this book - not a nice-to-have, but a must-have!The 10 key things you will learn:- Detailed description of the different trading platforms (SEAQ, SETS, SETSmm, SEATS Plus) on the London Stock Exchange.- How to deal inside the spread in market making stocks and get the best price.- How auctions work on the London Stock Exchange platforms.- The importance of direct market access for active traders.- The secrets of programme trading, index arbitrage and block deals.- How the cash, futures, lending and derivatives markets interact.- The secrets and risks of short selling.- Which directors' deals to follow and which are irrelevant.- How to make money from takeover situations.- Secret strategies from an established and successful trader.

    • Entrepreneurship

      The Ebay Business Handbook

      How Anyone Can Build a Business and Make Money On Ebay

      by Robert Pugh

      Beat the recession with an eBay businessAnyone can buy and sell on eBay, that's one of the great things about it and one of the reasons it has become such a success and a regular part of so many people's lives. But how many people actually make serious money from eBay? How many people can generate significant revenue or give up the day job and run an eBay business full time? Robert Pugh has done just that and in this fully updated and revised edition of his eBay Business Handbook he reveals the secrets of his success.Robert covers everything you need to know about succeeding on eBay; from the basics such as choosing your eBay user ID through to the creation and management of your own business. It includes details on sales, marketing and business processes and gives you the information you need to use eBay to its full potential, to maximise returns and develop a robust online business.This book has been written for anyone who has ever considered the idea of owning their own business and being their own boss. Whether you want to supplement an existing income - potentially invaluable right now - or you want a complete change in life, this book is for you, giving you the confidence and knowledge you need to make that step. Written in plain English, this guide does not require the reader to have a grasp of complex computer or business jargon; all that is required is a desire to succeed and an open mind.Unlike other eBay guides, this handbook is based on the personal experiences of an established PowerSeller. Everything from the practical concerns of international sales to the purchase of packing materials is covered here. With a fresh, common sense approach to selling, the book includes many hints, tips and personal recommendations that can be applied to all of your eBay activities, making this book essential reading for both experienced and non-experienced eBayers alike.Perhaps one of the most valuable sections is the one dedicated to finding stock to sell. Where traders obtain their stock is a closely guarded secret and often finding where to buy can be quite daunting. This guide will tell you where to look, how to buy from different sources and, the most interesting of all, how to use eBay as a source of goods.Discover how the author went from zero to over 17,000 positive feedbacks (and growing). From the very first LP record to the family car he has sold items into almost every corner of the globe, taken every form of payment known to man, and personally packed a huge range of items. Anybody can do this, just follow the steps in this guide, dedicate the time, and soon you too could be living the eBay dream.

    • Investment & securities
      October 2012

      You Say Tomayto

      Contrarian Investing in Bitesize Pieces

      by Alastair Mundy

      Although many people consider bloody-mindedness and stubbornness as being perfect qualifications for a contrarian investor, the approach is in fact a little different than that. Yes, it requires one to act against the crowd. However, it is futile to do so without good reason. A naïve contrarian investor pops into a pub looking for a fight and is delighted if his first opponent is Lennox Lewis. A more seasoned contrarian looks to fight only little old ladies. But looking for the right opponent in a local pub is far from straightforward - little old ladies can sometimes be veteran jujitsu champions - and detecting the easier battles in the stock market is similarly challenging. At first blush, many stocks are attractive and other appealing stocks may initially look like dogs. There is no trustworthy shortcut to separate the dogs from the delightful. The long cut is the implementation of much hard work. Hard work as in understanding a company's business model, why other investors hate it, what positive factors they might have missed, how its balance sheet and cash flow interact, and whether its valuation is sufficiently attractive. None of that is rocket science perhaps, but that does not make it easy. The bull arguments are often well hidden and can only be discovered through meticulous work, a sceptical mindset, and deep thought. In this collection of his writings, top fund manager Alastair Mundy takes a contrarian look at a host of topics and issues, providing a range of ideas and approaches and encouraging investors to think hard about their approach to investment. This book should be essential reading for any investor - contrarian or otherwise.

    • Computer games: strategy guides
      July 2013

      More than a game

      The computer game as fictional form

      by Barry Atkins

      The first academic work dedicated to the study of computer games in terms of the stories they tell and the manner of their telling. Applies practices of reading texts from literary and cultural studies to consider the computer game as an emerging mode of contemporary storytelling in an accessible, readable manner. Contains detailed discussion of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade: 'Tomb Raider', 'Half-Life', 'Close Combat' and 'Sim City'. Recognises the excitement and pleasure that has made the computer game such a massive global phenomenon.

    • Computer games: strategy guides
      July 2013

      More than a game

      The computer game as fictional form

      by Barry Atkins

      The first academic work dedicated to the study of computer games in terms of the stories they tell and the manner of their telling. Applies practices of reading texts from literary and cultural studies to consider the computer game as an emerging mode of contemporary storytelling in an accessible, readable manner. Contains detailed discussion of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade: 'Tomb Raider', 'Half-Life', 'Close Combat' and 'Sim City'. Recognises the excitement and pleasure that has made the computer game such a massive global phenomenon.

    • Computer games: strategy guides
      July 2012

      More than a game

      The computer game as fictional form

      by Barry Atkins

    • Business, Economics & Law
      July 2017

      Land Mobile

      by Various

      Land Mobile magazine is a monthly magazine which covers the full breadth of wireless technologies and services used for business and public service applications. Communications which are land-based and wireless, fixed or mobile, are what we are about. And that would include optical links for comparison with microwave and just occasionally the odd marine and aeronautical systems. You will also find supporting articles such as training, legal aspects, blue-sky thinking and spectrum regulation.

    • Digital lifestyle
      March 2018

      TETRA Today

      by Various

      TETRA Today is the only publication exclusively dedicated to TETRA digital trunked radio. It aims to inspire and inform the TETRA community. Launched in 2010, this publication provides technical advice, authoritative editorial and commentary spanning all areas of TETRA from articles on training to case studies showing how TETRA is being deployed in real-life safety organizations.

    • Computing & IT
      September 2016

      Living a Laptop Lifestyle

      Reclaim Your Life by Making Money Online ( No Experience Required)

      by Greg Scott, Fiona Scott

      Follow the 'Five Essential Steps To Success' as you read an intriguing and compelling guide for creating your own online business. Each chapter is carefully composed to suit the budding entrepreneur; from the very basics of getting started, right through to creating your very own website, and making money online. Greg and Fiona Scott, share their own absorbing account of their online business, while discussing the many trials and pitfalls. They take you on an engrossing journey towards the lifestyle that they have become accustomed. Their story involves other well-esteemed entrepreneurs, who have all made a valuable contribution to their lives, plus they meticulously cover a full-range of essential topics, which are designed to take the potential entrepreneur towards their ultimate goal - living a life full of choice.

    • Digital lifestyle
      October 2009

      Digital Technologies of the Self

      by Editor(s): Yasmine Abbas and Fred Dervin

      Inspired by the “technologies of the self” theorized by Michel Foucault in the early 1980s, this volume investigates how contemporary individuals fashion their identity/identities using digital technologies such as ambient intelligent devices, social networking platforms and online communities (Facebook, CouchSurfing and craigslist), online gaming (SilkRoad Online, Oblivion and World of Warcraft), podcasts, etc. With high-speed internet access, ubiquitous computing and generous storage capacity, the opportunities for staging and transforming the self/selves have become nearly limitless.This book explores how technologies contribute to the expression, (co-)construction and enactment of identities. It examines these issues from various perspectives as it brings together insights from different disciplines – design, discourse analysis, philosophy and sociology.

    • Linguistics
      December 2015

      The Discourse of Tourism and National Heritage

      A Contrastive Study from a Cultural Perspective

      by Author(s): Claudia Elena Stoian

      The Discourse of Tourism and National Heritage: A Contrastive Study from a Cultural Perspective presents an in-depth research study in the field of online tourism promotion. It focuses on the national online promotion of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, on two different types of websites – institutional and commercial – from three countries, Romania, Spain and Great Britain. The book analyses the way in which each country combines various modes to create a virtual brochure with a promotional message from both institutional and commercial positions. In doing this, it studies the organization of the websites and their webpages, as well as the lexico-grammatical and visual features of their promotional messages. The theoretical framework used is Systemic Functional Linguistics (Halliday 1985, 1994; Kress and van Leeuwen 1996, 2006; Halliday and Matthiessen 2004). The results are compared in relation to the types of websites and to the countries in which they were produced. These are further interpreted from a cultural perspective, showing that the findings can be accounted for by cultural variability, in particular the dimension of context (Hall 1976, 1990, 2000).

    • Digital lifestyle
      January 2015

      I Am

      Remix Your Web Identity

      by Author(s): Paolo Sordi

      I Am: Remix Your Web Identity explores methods of designing and developing a personal website with RSS feeds that aggregate blog posts along with posts on social networks, such as Flickr, YouTube, Goodreads, Last.fm, and Delicious, in order to regain control and ownership (as well as authorship) of one’s identity in one consistent and customized location. The book provides a short overview of the evolution of digital identity and the transformation of personal websites from Geocities to blogs, and discusses the relevance of RSS as a technology that frees content from publishing source constraints. It also underlines the importance of open source in providing power and control over one’s image on the Web. Furthermore, it provides an extensive example of a full customization of WordPress through standard languages such as PHP, HTML5, and CSS3, which can be adapted to suit one’s own personal identity.I Am: Remix Your Web Identity highlights new ways of being a blogger. While the old personal website or blog is fragmented and distributed across a number of social networks, this often leads to limiting one’s identity to a “walled garden” experience. Open-source content management systems such as WordPress work as flexible platforms that can give back a certain degree of control and ownership over what one publishes and distributes across the Internet, aggregating content and updating the notion of “blogging.” There are many WordPress and CMS-related books, but, with I Am: Remix Your Web Identity, readers will become not just web designers or web developers, but “web authors.” They will learn how to use RSS, content management systems, PHP, HTML5, and CSS3 as powerful, flexible, and savvy tools to produce, remix, and manage their whole life in the Web 2.0 space.

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