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TAGnotes Mon 15 May 2000 Vol 2 Number 75 Issue 157

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Tue May 16, 2000 1:54am
Subject: TAGnotes Mon 15 May 2000 Vol 2 Number 75 Issue 157

The Auction Guild Notes for Monday 15 May 2000
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Go to our website at http://www.auctionguild.com and click on the
banner ads and sign up for some of the services offered.
eBay is increasing sponsorships, advertising and strategic
partnerships which they feel will bring more buyers and sellers
to eBay, to build what eBays calls a more vibrant marketplace
and to help finance continued investments for building eBay.
Over the next several weeks there will be more ads on eBay,
including Search Results pages. eBay claims that many of these
new advertisers will complement the services that are currently
available to the community. These will include ISPs, shipping
services and products, and even in-house ads highlighting
buying and selling tips.

If this link is an indication of the kind of ad eBay is going
to run, TAG wonders who it is that will benefit besides eBay.
In this example the link takes you to Krause's Magazine on
collectibles and has links to Krause classifieds on these type
of items, AND a link to a non-eBay auction house. Since sellers
are prohibited from having these types of links, it begs the
question as to why eBay is allowing them. At least they are
not on the sellers pages …YET.

There is a rumor circulating that a decision in eBays suit against
BiddersEdge is imminent. TAG was contacted today by a reporter
on the meta search issue, so maybe there is some validity to the
rumor. We will report the info as soon as it becomes available.

Don't forget to participate in the eBay WATCH feature survey.

Listings, approx 4.11 mil current
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Yahoo Auctions Post your views about changes or glitches at
Keep track of What's New at Yahoo Auctions
To see the base information and latest offers use
this link – http://www.auctionguild.com/generic.html;
Approx 1.95 million auctions currently running
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Amazon Auctions To see the base information and latest offers
use this link http://www.auctionguild.com/generic.html;
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FairMarket.Com is running a sweepstakes on 20 auction sites
including MSN, Excite, and Lycos from Mon 15 May to 9 June.
Users are entered into the sweepstakes each time they bid on an
item with a maximum of 25 entries per person per day. One winner
will be selected each weekday to win $10,000. For more information
and official rules go to
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Andale.Com is running a listing fee refund day tomorrow, 16 May.
12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. PT. They will refund up to 50 cents an
auction on eBay, and ten cents on Amazon, with a total cap of $600.
All auctions that end in a sale, are subject to eBay's normal Final
Value Fees (FVF), and Andale's FVF also. If you are still in your
2-week free trial period at Andale, you won't pay either marketplace
or Andale fees. This promotion is open to everyone, and new
referrals will be paid according to the rules. Check the site for
all the rules restrictions and fees.   http://www.andale.com
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AuctionRover.Com has experienced some unexpected growing
pains since their purchase by GoTo.Com. They are working very
hard to combat site slowness, and function problems. In a recent
email from the CEO in response to problem reports we received
from TAG subscribers, here are some of the key points addressed.
1. The short answer to the performance problems is that they have
been swamped with new users since the goto acquisition. Everything
doubled overnight and they're working hard to catch up to that surge.
2. They are planning on making the changes to make the site faster
and more convenient to use (such as methods to create new auctions
from the last finished auction), but are freezing new features
for a little while and focusing on performance issues. TAG
applauds their emphasis on site performance first, before they
add new features.
3. There is something about the netscape browsers that dramatically
slows down their system. If you have IE5 available, it might help to
use it during the short term, until AR can fix the performance
4. They have ordered LARGE amounts of equipment, and once they
get it delivered and installed a dramatic improvement will hopefully
TAG appreciates ARs quick response to our queries and their upfront
answers. If you have experiences with AR or any other management
tool you would like to share with TAG, please email us. We will add
your comments to our OAI online tool report.
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AuctionDiner.Com benefit ends 29 May join the participants
who are donating funds and putting up auctions. For more
information and links to the auctions go to
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Stamps.Com has bought iShip.Com and they are now one company.
As part of this transition, the iShip Personal Shipper service will no
longer be available, effective 17 May. You will need to print or copy
any data, including your Address Book records that you want to save.
The iShip Price It, Track It and Sell It services will still be
available for a limited time at http://www.iship.com.

Stamps.com Personal Mailroom available is available at
http://www.stamps.com/mailroom. If you are interested in opening
a Stamps.Com account, please use the link on the TAG site so we can
earn the commission, and you can take advantage of the special free
postage offers. http://www.auctionguild.com/generic.html;$sessionid
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There is an article on ZDnet about Fraud on eBay. The facts sound
distorted and sensationalized to TAG. You can add your own
comments on the ZDnet site.
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