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TAGnotes Wed 7 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 87 Issue 169

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Thu Jun 8, 2000 3:01am
Subject: TAGnotes Wed 7 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 87 Issue 169

The Auction Guild Notes for Wednesday 7 June 2000
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eBay continues to have directed linked ads on their site. We still
await news on our queries about this issue. We are also hearing
totally unconfirmed rumors that they are planning rate increases.

The FBI is investigating Shill Bidding on eBay. This was
precipitated by the publicity on the possible Diebenkorn painting
that was shill bid on by its owner. If anyone has information they
want to share with the FBI on shill bidding on eBay you can contact
the Sacramento Office of the FBI at 4500 Orange Grove Ave,
Sacramento, CA 95841-4205   916-481-9110 Normal hours are
08:15 to 17:00PT Mon – Fri.

eBay launched the new listings pages 6 Jun with gallery and gallery
preview mode, and top ten regions for regional filtering. They had
to take the pages down on 7 Jun due to glitches and bugs, and they
will re-launch the pages when they have resolved the problems. In
the interim, they are back to the old Listing Pages.

Local Trading additions and changes in Home Furnishings and
Tickets categories can be found at
These are slated to go into effect in June.

eBay launched changes to the Browse menu today, 7 Jun. The changes
are to the sub-navigation under the word Browse. For info about the
changes go to http://pages.ebay.com/help/basics/IApreview_page.html

To facilitate what eBay believes will be an increase in Global
Trading, changes to Search Results and Listings pages will be
implemented within the next few days. This will take a week
or so. The Listings pages will be changing sometime later this year.
These changes include:
* English-only items will appear in Listings and Search Results
pages. eBay Japan items that are listed in English will appear also.
* Items listed in countries outside the United States will appear
in the Search Results and Listings pages only if those sellers
specify that they are willing to ship to the US. Items listed in
different currencies will appear on search results pages if the
seller is willing to ship to the US.
* The Currency format will appear in Listings and Search Results
pages as US Dollars $, Australian Dollars AU$, British Pounds GBP,
German Marks DM, Japanese Yen JPY.
* The Date format will appear as MM-DD in Listings pages. This new
date format, MM-DD (i.e., Dec-02) already appears on Item pages.
When you list an item for sale, you can specify the countries you are
willing to ship to.

Listings, approx 4.62 mil current
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Yahoo Auctions What we believed to be an official Yahoo Auctions
chat forum in the Yahoo clubs section has turned out to be just
another little chat club started by three people. From what we gather
anyone can start such a club, and censor posts and or members to
suit their own tastes and whims. We were surprised to see this in
a club marked official, but it appears that anyone can describe their
club as such without any verification from Yahoo.
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 appears to be well on its way to losing it's person
to person auctions as it appears they desire. The increase in
price for pro-merchant accounts from $9.99 to $39.99 has finally
driven some of their most loyal supporters away, as all the changes
they have made were directed to give advantage to merchant to
consumer 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 celebrating their one year anniversary.   They
have Free basic listings for the month of June, a Member Referral
Bonus Program where any new member signing up at
GoldsAuction.com using a currently registered member's ID as a
referral will receive a $10.00 credit to their seller account. The
referring member will receive a $5.00 credit to their seller account
as well. Optional Auction Enhancement Incentive is still available
to sellers. For every auction that is an increment of 250
(ex: Auction#484250, 484500, 484750, 485000, etc) the auction will
automatically be listed as a BOLD listing for free.
For every auction that is an increment of 500 (ex: Auction #484500,
485000, etc), that auction will also be automatically listed as a
Featured Category, at no charge, in addition to the Free
BOLD listing. For every auction that is an increment of 1,000
(ex:Auction #485000, #486000, etc) that auction in addition to
being listed in BOLD and Featured Category, will become
a Featured Auction for free.
Approx 10,279 Current Auctions 224 with bids
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OldAndSold.Com has added a new category to the auctions called
Collectibles/Not So Old, But Sold. They have added Proxy Bidding
and a Picture Gallery, which rotates pictures frequently. This
gives all items the opportunity to be showcased in a fair manner.
Auto Relist has also been a welcomed addition. All services are
Free as the site works at development and there is also a contest
for anyone who lists as item. They welcome users' suggestions
and utilize them to make the site user friendly for all.
Currently 474 listings 39 items with bids and 698 registered users
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OAUA keep current on the Banner ad issues and other issues
important to OAI users. JOIN the OAUA today.
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