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TAGnotes Mon 31 Jan 2000 Vol 2 Number 20 Issue 102

From:   <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Tue Feb 1, 2000 4:20am
Subject: TAGnotes Mon 31 Jan 2000 Vol 2 Number 20 Issue 102

The Auction Guild Notes for Monday 31 Jan 2000
OneList and eGroups are merging. This should be relatively transparent
to our subscribers, but you will notice a few changes, primarily a name
change. Some feature changes are also planned, one of which will be the
ability to search individual messages, of particular use in TAGnotes OAI
Chat. We will let you know if there are any changes of concern to our
users, or you can subscribe to the merger list on ONElist.
The Online Auction Industry links to Auction Houses and Auction Service
Providers are on   http://www.auctionguild.com . Please visit and use
our affiliates links - http://www.tagnotes.com/generic.html
eBay is planning on switching to transaction only feedback during first
quarter 2000. An email to them asking when, elicited the following
QUOTE You are correct this transaction only feedback is to go into
effect fairly soon. The last I heard was mid February. You could check
the announcements board for the official word and further details.

Since it only took 4 days to receive a response, and the response
actually addressed the question asked, we would say this is an
improvement. We could have done without the paragraph that explained
how to access the announcement board.   We made up for it by suggesting
they subscribe to TAGnotes, because from their answer we felt they were
getting less information than what we can sometimes unearth!

End of auction notices are back on schedule.
Listings, currently approx 3.9 mil
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Yahoo Auction http://auctions.yahoo.com/html/features/features.html
Approx 1.67 million auctions currently running
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Amazon Auctions 10 cent listing fee until further notice. Many
features including the OneClick Payment System.
Customer service 24/7 Toll-free in U.S. and Canada:
(800)201-7575 http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/announcement-list/all-
Useful contact email addys can be found here
Listings, currently guesstimated at approximately 400,000
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Golds Auction is working on some improvements on the MyPage feature.
They are requesting users refrain from editing these pages until they
have completed their activities.
Approx 10563 auctions listed now, and 308650 Auctions since 6/20/99
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BidHit.Com has really given us cause to doubt their integrity. After
bidding on a few items that closed today, it turns out that two items we
should have won, we didn't, even though we had the high bid. What
BidHit did, was send emails a short time before the auctions ended,
saying, QUOTE I am writing this to inform you that there was an error
made on my part on the item you bid on. The price that was listed was
incorrect and we are unable to offer that item at that price, for this
reason we had to remove the item
from our auction. I apologize for this error and encourage you to bid
again in the future. ENDQUOTE

The email was dated 28 Jan 2000, but was received today (31Jan) and
when the headers were checked, were sent at 11:54:36 PT and hit our
ISP at 14:52:09 ET, the other sent 12:11:37PT and hit our ISP at
15:09:06ET. The auctions were up for 5 days, and ended today (31Jan)
at 13:00 PT It appears that since the items were not selling for what
BidHit wanted to get, they cancelled the auctions. So much for no
reserve auctions! We called them, and were told they made mistakes,
were sorry, but could not do anything about it. They said they had a
clause in their rules that basically allows them to do whatever they
want. We strongly recommended that they take a careful look at what NOT
following through with these auctions would cost them. They said they
had a clause in their rules that basically allows them to do whatever
they want. We also discovered that there is no record of closed
auctions, so you can not go back and see if you won the auction, or how
much it went for. You have to rely 100% on what they tell you, if you
had high bid, how much it was for etc. Not what we would consider a
safe scenario. For now, we are NOT recommending that you transact
business with this site. If you do, please proceed with GREAT caution,
and save auction pages showing all the information about the auction,
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