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TAGnotes Mon 28 Feb 2000 Vol 2 Number 34 Issue 116

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Tue Feb 29, 2000 4:31am
Subject: TAGnotes Mon 28 Feb 2000 Vol 2 Number 34 Issue 116

The Auction Guild Notes for Monday 28 Feb 2000
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eBay had listing problems from 19:13 to 20:01 PT on 27 Feb preventing
new listings. This was resolved and will be monitored for

eBay has implemented a three-month pilot program on on-line dispute
resolution. This pilot will be conducted by SquareTrade, an
independent on-line dispute resolution company, with a network of
150+ mediators for dispute resolution. SquareTrade will provide this
service to eBay users free of charge during the pilot. Both the buyer
and seller must agree to use SquareTrade in order for the dispute to
be mediated. During the pilot it will initially be available for
disputes involving items having a value in excess of $100. For more
information about SquareTrade and on-line dispute resolution, go to:

Listings, currently approx 4.04 mil
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Yahoo Auctions are free, no listing or final value fees. The most
seller options in the industry. 24/7 service. 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 1.84 million auctions currently running
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Amazon Auctions has developed a consolidated Account and
Community Guide http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/help/auction
-guide/002-1927516-4416260 This is a well laid out section
with useful information. Amazon also has 10 cent listing for
auctions and zShops, No Final Value Fees through Dec 2000 for
sellers using the one click payment system, WHEN a buyer pays
for an auction using One click. The oneclick charges for each item
sold are 2.5% plus 25 cents, AND increases the insurance coverage
on the item from $250. to $1,000.

In an attempt to gather some up to date Amazon Auction
statistics, such as number of current listings, number of registered
users, and percent of items sold, we wrote to Amazon. The response
was QUOTE - We do not provide detailed information about sales
figures or the number of listings on our site, as such figures are
proprietary information. However, you may always find how many
listings are within a particular category by clicking on
"Browse Categories" on either our Auctions or zShops sites, although
those numbers change constantly. –ENDQUOTE We tried once again
to get one of our crew to do a physical count, and after slogging
through categories and subcategories and sub sub categories, they
gave up. If anyone out there wants to tackle it and give us a number
we would appreciate it. The farthest anyone here has gotten is the
Art and Antiques section.

Customer service 24/7 Toll-free in U.S. and Canada: (800)201-7575
Listings, currently guesstimated at approximately 400,000
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eDeal.Com has an attractive auction site with approx 26309
auctions. A quick cross check of a couple of categories shows
there are approx 15% fewer auctions than those claimed on the
home page. Sports and Books, Movies and Music are the most
populated categories. Basic listings are free, final value fees(FVF)
are 5% up to $25, plus 2.5% from $25.01 up to $1,000 plus
1.25% of the balance greater than $1,000.01 US. Cars, Trucks,
Boats and Real Estate, FVF is set at a fixed rate of $25.00,
regardless of the closing bid or final price of item. They offer
auctions or interactive classified ads To encourage customer
loyalty and bring in new members, eDeal offers iPoints. These will
provide eDeal members with the opportunity to be part of the IPO
"President's List", if and when eDeal decides to proceed with an IPO,
those members will have the opportunity to buy shares of eDeal at the
IPO price. ipoints™ can also be redeemed for rewards or used in
special ipoints™ auctions. Each new edeal registrant automatically
receives 100 ipoints™. Buyer and the seller receive one ipoint™
for each U.S. dollar represented in the value of the winning bid, and
50 ipoints™ for each new user who registers using the original member’s
PIK number. They also offer pic hosting for your listings.
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Golds Auction free basic listings end midnight ET 15 March. They are
still giving away free listing enhancement features for landmark
auctions. http://www.goldsauction.com/apps/viewAnnouncements.html
Approx 9690 auctions listed now, and 344025 Auctions since 6/20/99
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Honesty.Com had a major meltdown, literally on the 28th. Their air
conditioning unit went down, and caused heat damage to their systems.
They are working to restore all systems, but due to the extent on the
damage may have to take statistical tracking offline until they are able
to obtain new equipment to replace what was lost. They will monitor
speed and response of their systems and adjust accordingly. New
equipment should arrive within the next several weeks with the goal of
improving performance and site stability.
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AuctionWatch has had several days of balky performance, with their
message boards going down and intermittent complaints about images
and counters appearing and disappearing. This was triggered by a move
to new quarters, and equipment upgrades. there are 5 to 15 minute
spots, where nothing, happens, can't get to the boards, pics and
counters don't show, then everything clears up and runs fine.
The winner of the $5,000 dollar contest should have an email from
AW sitting in their mail box now. AW will announce the winner
on Tues 29 Feb, a day later than originally announced.
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