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TAGnotes Sat 4 Mar 2000 Vol 2 Number 37 Issue 119

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Sun Mar 5, 2000 0:35am
Subject: TAGnotes Sat 4 Mar 2000 Vol 2 Number 37 Issue 119

The Auction Guild Notes for Saturday 4 Mar 2000
http://www.auctionguild.com for links to Online Auction Industry
Auction Houses and Service Providers.
eBay will soon launch the smart search feature. Find the working
prototype at: http://pages.ebay.com/search/items/search-new.html

They are adding a function to the listing page, to check for proper
format on the listing form pic blocks. This feature will check URLs
entered for Gallery and Picture images. If the format is invalid,
eBay will provide advice to fix the problem. This should help reduce
errors when listing with images, as eBay feels 1 of 10 image URLs are
incorrect. This will not change the layout of the listing form, and
have no impact on Mister Lister users. When a URL is in an invalid
format, you will receive an online error message when you try to move
to the preview page. This feature checks that the following URL
formatting rules are followed: Begins with http://; Contains a file
name; Does not contains spaces;Does not contain eBay domain names as
ebay.com, ebay.aol.com,or ebay.co.uk; Does not contain HTML tags;
(FOR GALLERY ONLY: Does not contain the suffix .gif (NOTE: GIF FILES

eBay has implemented the long awaited Feedback Forum changes:
1. Transaction feedback only, between the seller and high bidder in
a successfully completed auction, non-transactional feedback is no
longer allowed. The system automatically matches sellers, buyers, and
transaction numbers. New leave feedback pages are at:
2. eBay staff can't receive transactional feedback, so there will no
longer be a feedback rating next to their User IDs, @ebay.com email
addresses only.
3. Feedback from permanently suspended users (NARU) will not be
converted to neutral, but kept unchanged as part of the feedback
4. User feedback files will have a 6-month bid retraction history
displayed in each user's feedback profile.
5. There will no longer be a 60-day time limit for leaving
transactional feedback. Users can leave feedback as long as the item
remains on the database, which should be for at least 60 days, but
possibly longer.
6. eBay has established and posted guidelines for exceptional
situations where eBay will remove comments from a user's feedback
profile on the site. eBay will follow them strictly to resolve
feedback removal requests. New Feedback Removal policy at:
7. They were not able to complete the development for users who elect
to make their feedback profile private, and replace the feedback
rating with the word "private". This feature may be released at a
future date. These new policies do not effect past feedback

Listings, currently approx 4.28 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, including pic hosting, for buyers and sellers.
Questions? Find answers in their auction help section
Approx 1.75 million auctions currently running
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Amazon Auction Account and Community Guide
-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.
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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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 9423 auctions listed now, and 349195 Auctions since 6/20/99
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321Gone, a really well laid out site, with an original, attractive
format, easy to navigate and no listing or final value fees.
16688 members, 2546 listings, but only 3 or 4 bids.
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Cyrbid Auctions, a small, higher end niche antique and collectible
site. There are currently approx. 87 listings, with 56 of them with
at least one bid. This site carries a full fee schedule comparable to
eBays http://www.cyrbid.com/infocenter/helpdocs/fees.htm
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InternetAuctionSecrets has their March issue available. Along with
their regular monthly feature Top 10 Tips, this issue
has articles on evaluating an items worth, sellers guilt, eBays
new advertising rule, the finish of the real life auction article
from the Feb issue, and an article on where to find items, with
links to sites that will save you enough money to easily pay
for a years subscription to this newsletter. A well laid out,
easily readable. monthly PDFzine for auction users.
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OAUA has their March issue of their newsletter out. Membership is up
to 1200, site hits 27,000 in February, and buyers clicking on seller
auction logos to check the sellers member status, at 6,000 hits.
This issue has articles on international selling tips, and choosing
keywords. http://www.auctionusers.org/newsletter/
Membership is still free!
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