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TAGnotes Fri 4 Feb 2000 Vol 2 Number 23 Issue 105

From:   <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Sat Feb 5, 2000 4:33am
Subject: TAGnotes Fri 4 Feb 2000 Vol 2 Number 23 Issue 105

The Auction Guild Notes for Friday 4 Feb 2000
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 has implemented the third and final phase of category changes. Some
of these changes may have delayed finding your auctions via search

There is a warning about SPAM and protecting your information.   These
warnings can never be emphasized too much – QUOTE   Do not give out your
credit card information! eBay will never request your credit card
information via e-mail or   through a “pop up” screen or window on our
site. 2. Do not give out your password!   ENDQUOTE They also recommend
changing your password on a regular basis, also   a good idea!

eBay is rolling out a test of the watch feature in the next few days.   
To try it go to any item page,   and find on the item page a link that
says “Watch this item.”   Click on the graphic, and a link to that item
will be saved in the “Watching” tab of your My eBay page .   You might
see the “Watch this item” link on some item pages and not on others,
but   at the end of the rollout, the link will be available on all
pages. My eBay link   http://pages.ebay.com/services/myebay/myebay.html

They are also implementing the one time sign in feature over the next   
few days.   Some pages may not yet have the sign in feature available,   
but all will once feature is fully implemented, they hope by Sunday.   
It is also causing slowness, but eBay says it is limited to the   
discussion board areas, and the view item page is not yet working with
this feature.   To Use click on the “Sign In” link at the top right-hand
corner of   every eBay page or under most User ID and password entry
boxes. When you sign in for the first time, you can specify which
actions you’d   like to sign in only once for.   After you sign in, you
won’t need to enter your User ID and password for those actions again,
while your browser   window is still open. You can sign out, or just
close your browser window or eBay will automatically sign you out after
no eBay activity for 20   minutes.   They have moved User ID and
password entry boxes on the sell   your item form from the bottom to the
top of the page as part of the change.   Cookies are used to make the
sign in feature work.

eBay has added a new sell item page
http://pages.ebay.com/sell/index.html This is a live page so you can
submit items using this page. Transitioning in 30-60 days. If you prefer
the current sell item page, it will remain   as a link on the new page.

A caution to buyers about payment systems is also on the announcement
board. eBay asks that should someone decide not to use an online payment
service,   you respect that decision and not penalize him or her for it.
They also   remind buyers that it is up to the sellers to select their
own payment   options and by bidding on an item, the buyer agrees to the
terms. It is   the bidder’s responsibility to make sure that payment
terms are clearly understood *up front.* Questions about a seller’s
terms and conditions, should be resolved prior to placing a bid.
http://www2.ebay.com/aw/announce.shtml Listings, currently approx 4.09

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation of eBay
for possible anti competitive activities.   If you have input the DOJ
can be contacted at – antit-@u....   Mr. Klein is current point of
contact Anti Trust Division Home Page   http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/
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Yahoo Auction http://auctions.yahoo.com/html/features/features.html
Approx 1.7 million auctions currently running   
http://auctions.yahoo.com/ * * * * * Amazon Auctions OneClick Amazon.Com
payment service to .25 cents   per sale plus 2.5% of the transaction
value. 10 cent listing fee until   further notice.   Customer service
24/7   Toll-free in U.S. and Canada:   (800)201-7575
happenings/102-2649290-9020037 Useful contact email addys can be found
/002-4941393-2365054   Listings, currently guesstimated at approximately
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Golds Auction has extended free basic listings through February.
http://www.goldsauction.com/apps/viewAnnouncements.html Approx 10001
auctions listed now, and 313315 Auctions since 6/20/99   
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Honesty.Com has redone their web page.   The site now loads very   
slowly for us.   They have also formed an alliance with PayPal, which   
we question the wisdom of, as PayPal is not bonded or insured in any   
way that we have been able to find.   We were invited to ask for more
information by PayPal, and when we asked for financial references,   or
other information that would provide us with a way to gain some   
confidence in them, we never received a response.   www.honesty.com
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