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TAGnotes Sat 3 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 85 Issue 167

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Sun Jun 4, 2000 3:03am
Subject: TAGnotes Sat 3 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 85 Issue 167

The Auction Guild Notes for Saturday 3 June 2000
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Don't forget TAG is ending the eBay WATCH feature survey
tommorow 4 June. If you want to participate NOW is the time.
eBay recently sent the latest edition of the eBay Insider newsletter,
based on Notification Preferences. The eBay Insider has an Opt Out
link that you can click if you do not wish to receive future editions
of the newsletter. Though the link feature was working, the reply
feature was not. Recipients who tried to reply to the message would
have received an undeliverable mail response. This problem was
fixed today. If you do not want to receive future editions of the
eBay Insider, you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of
the eBay Insider email or by going to the eBay Notification
Preferences page at
TAG recommends that all eBay users review their SPAM
settings to insure they are set the way you want them.

eBay has a long post on the announcement board about their
advertising banners. Over the last several months they have
gradually increased the frequency and placement of various
advertisements on eBay. They feel their increased investment in
technology and customer support infrastructure and efforts to
bring more people to the eBay marketplace justify their using
advertising to increase revenue. They feel that additional
advertisement sales are the best way to raise revenue at this time.
They also mention that they could increase fees. eBay says
that links to co-brand partners can appear on the Seller Item
Pages on the co-branded sites such as eBay Motors, but they will
not place ads on active Sellers Item pages of eBay.com.

They claim that they are trying to find ads that don't directly
compete with eBay seller products and also that the ads will be
arbitrarily generated, not directed. This has only been partially
fixed on the site. They also claim that the Double-Click cookies
that determined the type of ad you would view is NOT included in
the cookie. Comments by participants on the chat boards who are
knowledgeable about cookies, say the doubleclick cookies still use
tracking. eBay says that they will continue to try other
advertisements to generate the revenue they claim is needed to
support the infrastructure for eBay's growing community. If you have
any input about the advertising or suggestions email sugg-@e...
and include Quality Support in the subject line.
There is an amusing parody of this post on AW at

As of 14:00 PT search was running approx 4 hours behind.

Interesting Statistics on eBay
A search for
andale yields 42,138 current auctions
auctionrover 493, auction rover 693
billpoint 650,017
paypal 1,527,841

Listings, approx 4.92 mil current
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Yahoo Auctions There have been reports of intermittent
slowness on the site during the last few days.
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 1.94 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;

Listings based on a combination of actual counts in 13 of 19
categories and extrapolated counts in 6 of 19 categories
as of 3 June 916,277
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Golds Auction is dealing with a problem that has caused a furor
amongst Golds users on the AuctionWatch.Com (AW)site. AW
does not include Golds in its so called Universal Search meta
search engine. They want Golds to pay for the right to be included
in the Meta Search, even though AW has eBay, Yahoo, Amazon
and an undisclosed number of other OAI Auction Houses searched
by their search engine at no charge to the OAI Auction House.

To celebrate their one year anniversary, Golds has extended their
free basic listings through the month of June.
Approx 10,428 Current Auctions
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Andale.Com has revamped their site and launched version 2 of
their online auction management tools. Some other things they
are doing is 2-17 June offering a shipping rebate to all your buyers.
Every buyer that purchases from a participating Andale merchant
will get a rebate for shipping (up to $3.20). Unless you remove
it, your ads will highlight the fact that shipping is free on each
ad, this is at no additional cost to the seller.

Features in 2.0
* ExpressPay Checkout: turn the automatic buyer's notification
emails on/off, accept all forms of payment (Billpoint, Paypal,
MC, VISA, Amex, Disc., MO/Cashiers, personal check, etc)
process credit cards online or offline, and calculate the
final price automatically (with handling, insurance, and Dutch
* New Professional Ads templates individual sections (shipping,
taxes, payment, policies), navigation bar; icons, special offer
graphics, winning bidder instructions, etc.
* Powered up Post-Sale printable invoices, security for credit
card payments, customized checkout, and an EmailManager
for different types of emails to buyers (visit checkout reminder,
shipping address request, manual invoice, and more).
* Active Reminders & Team Manager with to-do list
on the start page. Andale will use the list to remind you to
collect payment from your buyers, ship your items, and more.
You can create your own to-do items for yourself or other members
of your team to complete.
* Team Listing Challenge Get 2 friends to sign up for Andale
(new members). List as many items during the 1st week of the
challenge as you can. In the 2nd week you'll each get as many free
listings as your team sold the first week. If each of you each sold
100 items in the 1st week, you will each get 300 free listings the
2nd week. Teams must be submitted by 6 June, challenge starts 7 June.
* Find a Merchant is a section designed to help buyers find
Andale merchants and complete their sales with Andale merchants.
* Auction Advisor Members will get their own dedicated Auction
Advisor. More than just an account representative, Auction Advisors
will help you grow your business.
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GoToAuctions.Com (formerly AuctionRover.Com) is going to
be down for maintenance on Tues 6 June between 0400 and

The first four winners of the $500 sweepstakes are
posted on the site. The contest ends 4 June at 11:59 AM ET

AR/GoToAuctions is having a listing refund day on 14 June. Listing
fees will be refunded on eBay only, up to $2.00. All auctions must
post on 14 June but MAY be done in advance to post on that day.
This offer runs from 12 AM to 11:59 ET on 14 June.
Refund will be paid to your PayPal account within 4 to 6 weeks.
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