EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1182 - December 28, 2005     1 of 4

Dawn of the eBay Deadbeats: New Book Uncovers Online Auction Treachery

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Two brothers have published a book of "true tales of treachery, lies and fraud" from eBay. "Dawn of the eBay Deadbeats" contains stories written by eBay buyers and sellers. From stories of disappointing purchases to out-and-out fraud, the book is a manual of what can go wrong when buying and selling on auction sites.

Brothers Stephen and Edward Klink co-wrote the book, illustrated by Clay Butler. The idea for the book sprung from a website Stephen Klink had created. A New Jersey police office, he founded - a site that aims to help people avoid auction scams - after he himself was ripped off online.

The stories - some entertaining, others disturbing - were submitted by visitors to eBayersThatSuck. While the authors say they interviewed people by phone, email and in person to learn more, they say they did not independently verify what people told them.

The book costs $12.95 and is for sale on Amazon, on the eBayersThatSuck website (, and of course, on eBay (

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to

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