EBay for Dummies
links right below the navigation bar.
    A search box that helps you find items by title keywords as well as a link to eBay’s Advanced Search page.
    A list of links to the most popular auction categories.
    A link box that takes you directly to a drop-down menu of a complete listing of top-level categories, a direct link to eBay Motors and eBay Stores.
    Links to eBay’s Deals of the Day, featured items, fun stuff such as charity auctions, and information about what else is moving on eBay.
    Figure 3-1: The home page, your jumping-off point for fun, profit, and values.

    Do not adjust your computer monitor. You’re not going crazy. Today you may notice that a link that was on the eBay home page a minute ago is gone. That’s normal. The links on the eBay home page change often to reflect what’s going on — not just on the site, but in the world as well.
    Sign In, Please
    Sign In is possibly the most powerful of all the links on the eBay pages, and it should be your first stop if you plan on doing any business on the site (see Figure 3-2).
    Figure 3-2: The eBay Sign In page.

    If you use the link to go to the Sign In page and then sign in, you don’t have to enter your user ID again that day. You can set your preferences to take you directly to your My eBay page after Sign In; It’s essential for every eBay user. (See Chapter 4 for info on My eBay.)
    You can search for items on eBay without signing in, but what fun is that? If you haven’t registered with eBay, you’re pretty much out of luck if you find a great deal on a lamp that’s just what you’ve been looking for — and the auction closes in 5 minutes!
    If you’re the only one who uses your computer, be sure to select the box that says Keep Me Signed in For Today. This way, you’re always signed in to eBay every time you go to the site during the next 24 hours. The Sign In process places a cookie (a technical thingy — see Chapter 15 for details) on your computer that remains a part of your computer for the rest of the day. If you don’t select the box, you will be signed in only while your browser is open. After you close your browser the cookie expires, and you have to sign in again.
    Here’s how to get to the eBay Sign In page and sign in:
    1. Click the Sign In link at the top of any eBay page.
    At the bottom of the new page that appears is a Secure Sign In page. The logo indicates that your personal information is even more secure than usual. (See Chapter 2 for details about SSL.)
    2. Enter your user ID and password.
    3. Select the Sign Me In for Today box if you’re not at a public computer.
    You’re now signed in to eBay and can travel and transact on the site with ease. You can enter your My eBay page by clicking the My eBay link that appears in the navigation bar. (See Chapter 4 for more on My eBay.)
    This Bar Never Closes
    As mentioned, the navigation bar is at the top of the eBay home page and lists five eBay links that take you directly to different eBay areas. Using the navigation bar is kind of like doing one-stop clicking. You can find this bar at the top of every page you visit on eBay. No matter where you are on the site, when you click one of the five links you go straight to a related page.
    Below the navigation bar is the Sign In/Sign Out link. This link, which toggles between Sign In and Sign Out depending on your sign-in status, is important, and I remind you about it throughout this book.
    Think of links as expressways to specific destinations. Click a link just once, and the next thing you know, you’re right where you want to be. You don’t even have to answer that proverbial annoying question, “When are we gonna get there?” from the noisy kids in the backseat.
    Here, without further ado, are the five navigation-bar boxes and where they take you:
    Buy: Takes you to the page that lists Featured Items (see Chapter 6), all the main eBay categories, as well as links to popular stores and eBay promotions that vary from time to

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