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TAGnotes Thurs 10 Feb 2000 Vol 2 Number 26 Issue 108

From:   <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Fri Feb 11, 2000 1:27am
Subject: TAGnotes Thurs 10 Feb 2000 Vol 2 Number 26 Issue 108

The Auction Guild Notes for Thursday 10 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 on our sites at
http://www.tagnotes.com/generic.html and http://www.auctionguild.com
Help TAGnotes grow, spread the word and invite one or two of your
Online Auction using family, friends and associates to sign up today.
eBay, after five months of promises, has FINALLY restored the
notification preferences page!!! This page allows you to indicate what
types of emails and other notifications you want to receive from eBay.
TAG highly recommends you check the page to insure that your settings
are as you wish them to be. The marketing moratorium that eBay put in
place after the furor over the Yankee Clipper SPAM, followed by the eBay
magazine SPAM, will remain in effect until March 5, 2000.

They also made the following changes:
* Implemented a more reliable method of keeping track of preferences.
* Reset the default preferences for all options so that they are
* Revised and expanded the contact choices.
Set your preferences by going to the Notification Preferences page at:

eBay is launching new online support board utilizing threaded board
technology from RemarQ Communities, Inc. This new area will be called
Community Help and is scheduled to go live late next week. They are
keeping all their existing chat boards at this time, such as The Discuss
New Features Board and the user eBay Q & A. eBay staff will participate
in Community Help, but will have both eBay members and staff to provide
support to members. They will also launch several other “threaded”
discussion boards. These boards will allow eBay members to start their
own discussions or join in existing discussions, organized by topic.
This threaded format will allow members the ability to search for
follow the commentary of other members and review archived discussions.

Registration was not working for approximately 15 minutes today.

eBay will be down for regularly scheduled maintenance. The system will
be unavailable on Fri morning, 11 Feb between 01:00 PT and 05:00 PT.
Listings, currently approx 3.99 mil

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating eBay for possible
anti competitive activities.   If you have input contact DOJ at
antit-@u.... Mr. Klein is the current point of contact
Anti Trust Division Home Page http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/
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Yahoo Auction offers an Advanced Search syntax. Using the syntax allows
better tailoring of search results, without having to visit the Search
Options page. It also allows you to use features not currently offered
on the auction search option page
There are 4 types of query syntax available: Required and Prohibited
Search Words, Document Section Restrictions, Phrase Matching, and
Wildcard Matching For full instructions on use of Advanced Search go to

Yahoo Auctions are free, no listing or final value fees. The most
seller options in the industry. Easy listing form, good auction tools
for buyers and sellers. Questions? Find answers in their auction help
section http://help.yahoo.com/help/auctions/
Approx 1.74 million auctions currently running
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Amazon Auctions OneClick Amazon.Com payment service to .25 cents
per sale plus 2.5% of the transaction value.
Electronics and Toys on the Penny Auctions. 10 cent listing fee until
further notice. Customer service 24/7 Toll-free in U.S. and Canada:
Listings, currently guesstimated at approximately 400,000
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Golds Auction has extended free basic listings through Feb. They are
also still giving away free listing enhancement features for landmark
Approx 10441 auctions listed now, and 321175 Auctions since 6/20/99
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Honesty.Com got back to us about their alliance with PayPal, and eBay
owned Blackthorne . Honesty has been working for quite a while to
develop a partnership with Blackthorne, and judging by some of the posts
on the OAI chat boards, the Honesty counters will be a big improvement
over the ones used in the past. As far as PayPal goes, Honesty is
judging by their interactions with the folks at PayPal, which they feel
very confident about. TAG still thinks users of PayPal should err on the
side of caution, and use PayPal, but DO NOT leave anything more than a
small balance in your PayPal account EVER.
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OAUA has their Feb newsletter out. They have been in existence since
Sep99 and have reached the 1,000 mark for registered members. There are
some tips on train collectibles and pottery, for seller and buyer, a
short review of ethics, and some changes to OAUA policy and bylaws.
Members receive the newsletter via email.
Membership is still FREE, and the organization volunteer run. First
annual meeting is scheduled for Sep 2000. Have a voice that is heard
and listened to by the OAI. Join today!
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