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TAGnotes Wed 21 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 92 Issue 174

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Thu Jun 22, 2000 3:01am
Subject: TAGnotes Wed 21 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 92 Issue 174

The Auction Guild Notes for Wednesday 21 June 2000
TAGs will post the WATCH feature survey preliminary results
on the website by 23 June. We will have more in depth results
in the following week. www.theauctionguild.com
If you have any information, ideas or suggestions please
email us at tagn-@t...
eBay's credit card server was down from 03:11:56 to 04:27:10 PT
on 16 Jun. This prevented placing credit cards on file and updates
on credit card information. Search on eBay Motors was unavailable
on 16 Jun at about 10:50 PT and was reported up at 11:22:33 PT.
There was also a problem affecting a major provider of bandwidth,
Above Net reported at 15:45:17 on 16 Jun. This was reported fixed
at 12:18:53 on 17 Jun. On 18 Jun 11:03:21 Billpoint became
problematical, with slowness and intermittent unavailability. At
20:12:46 eBay reported that the problems had been resolved at
18:00PT. On the 19th at 12:35:27 PT eBay reported network site
access problems. This was reported cleared by around 13:00 PT.
If any of these problems caused a negative impact on your auctions
we suggest you email bill-@e... for a refund.

eBay UK free listings ends 4 Jul 2000. For more information on
the new fee structure go to
Questions or queries relating to the listing fees or anything else
email to uksup-@e...

Community Benefit Alliance, LLC recently built a Mach 5 race
car on behalf of the Child Safety Network (CSN), an organization
dedicated to promoting child safety and protection issues across
the country. You can bid on the fully functioning Mach 5 race
car prototype on www.ebaymotors.com. The auction begins
19 June and ends 29 June. To bid on the Mach 5, go to

The eBay Wireless functions was unavailable due to system
maintenance requirements from 00:00 PT through 03:00 PT
on 21 June. This had no effect on the remainder of the eBay site.

eBay has Theme Pages accessible from the home page at
www.ebay.com under the Browse by Theme heading.
Theme Pages demonstrate the variety of merchandise available
for sale on eBay, and might provide ideas to sellers for
categories to concentrate on. http://pages.ebay.com/themes.html

eBay has decided to revise their proposed changes to the Jewelry
section, due to complaints about the changes from eBay users.
They have decided to only make changes in Gemstones,
Watches, Supplies and Men's Jewelry in August, 2000.
To see the revised changes, go to

eBay is changing the Bid History page. They changed the header
information and color scheme, and now show the Bid History,
Bid Retraction and Cancellation History in tables.
The Sat 24 June eBay University classes in San Diego, California
have been filled. Depending on the result of this pilot program,
eBay may expand this to other regions of the country.

eBay has addressed shill bidding on the announcement board due
to the negative publicity in the NY Times and other media venues.
Shill bidding is, bidding on ones own or a friends item for the
purpose of inflating the price, while pretending to be a legitimate
bidder. This practice is a violation of the eBay User Agreement.
Although shill bidding on eBay occurs in only a small fraction of
listings, eBay says they are very concerned with it as it undermines
trust among users. They want users to understand shill bidding,
why eBay prohibits it and what can happen if you are caught shill
bidding. For more info go to
TAG's take on this is that eBay acts in only the most minimal
way to stop shillers. When a shill bidder is reported, a cursory
investigation is done, and unless the reporter can spend hundreds
of hours proving each case, and presenting it to eBay on a silver
platter, eBay will likely find the accusations unfounded. eBay
profits from shill bidding in the short run, and it costs them
money to investigate something that they don't want to find.
TAG feels eBay should hire an independent outside agency to
investigate shill bidding.

Approx 4.4 million current listing
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Yahoo Auctions has redone their front page, and some of the site
design in general, but it is not an improvement. The old home page
had more information and easier access to site functions than the new.
The changes are very unimpressive, in fact TAG gives Yahoo a strong
two thumbs down on these changes. They have also opted to make the
number of listings they have on the site a secret.
Last Known as of 13:00 21 Jun 1.95 mil
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Amazon Auctions Don't forget that Pro Merchant Subscription
Accounts increase on or about 1 Jul 2000 from $9.99 to $39.99.
Only Pro merchant account holders will be able to list in zShops.
To cancel your account so you don't get charged for the next month,
Click on Your Account, then find Your Auctions and zShops
Settings under Your Account Settings and Preferences. There,
you will find a link for canceling your subscription. If you cancel
your subscription and wish to enroll again, you will incur the full
set-up charge again.

Amazon has added books on tape to their $1.00 auctions, along
with a category of bump and dent music CDs. All $1. Auctions
can be accessed from the auction home page.

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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ToBuyTwo.Com, is a new niche auction site for buying and selling
new and used children's clothing and accessories. Designed for
families with multiples, all interested in children's clothing etc are
welcome. This site has a few innovative features, such as letting
the seller set the bid increment, second category for $1., reverse
auction option, etc. The User agreement is 10 items long – not
even half a page in length, a refreshing change. Though listings are
currently free, through 30 June, there is a somewhat complex
fee schedule at http://www.tobuytwo.com/help/fee_schedule.cfm
Currently approx 161 items for sale
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BigTelly.Com a UK based audio visual equipment company, has
added an auction component to their web site. This is very new
but a few items have been offered and sold at a considerable
saving to the buyer. If you are in the UK and looking for some
high end AV equipment, check this auction site.
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AuctionWatch has added to their auction management tools
· Send a pre-set, customizable message to winning bidders that
has your shipping and payment instructions.
· Automatically collects the winning bidder's response to your
notification, and tracks when each bidder has responded.
· Prints packing slips and invoices for each auction.
· Access AuctionWatch.com's strategic partners, which provide
shipment tracking, online postage, electronic payment acceptance,
and shipping insurance.
· Send feedback to the winning bidder with one-click.
· Track the history for closed auctions.
Unlimited use of the Post Sale Management tool is free for now.
Go to the Auction Manger control panel, and click on the numbers
next to each of your closed auctions. The email address of the
winning bidder is automatically imported for all auctions still
accessible on each auction site. How to guide is at

Universal Seach now includes image thumbnails and an image
gallery feature. They display images for all auctions launched
through AuctionWatch.com, or that use the AuctionWatch.com
image hosting service. Select your viewing options from the
Display Mode drop-down menu on the Universal Search page.
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PayPal is offering a 25 cent reimbursement on all eBay listings
When you upgrade or sign up for a PayPal Premier/Business
Account, and activate Automatic Daily Updating for eBay auctions.
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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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If you would like an Auction House or Service Provider added to
this list, please email us at tagn-@t...
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