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TAGnotes Thur 22 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 93 Issue 175

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Fri Jun 23, 2000 3:47am
Subject: TAGnotes Thur 22 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 93 Issue 175

The Auction Guild Notes for Thursday 22 June 2000
The WATCH feature survey preliminary results are on the website at
We will have more in depth results in the following week.
If you have any information, ideas or suggestions please
email us at tagn-@t...
eBay is conducting regularly scheduled maintenance and will be
unavailable on Fri morning, 23 June between 01:00 PT and 05:00 PT .
This will cause search updates to be 12 to 15 hours behind on Friday
and Saturday following scheduled maintenance.

eBay has more information about their upcoming Pic Hosting service
on the announcement board. The test phase of the Picture Services
will start in late June in two categories, Antiques & Art and
Pottery & Glass. They hope to make Picture Services available in all
categories and through Mister Lister later this year.

To use this service, you will be required to download their
disrupt the software of third party software developers, so
you should check that your programs work after they launch the
pic hosting.

During the TEST phase 2 pictures per listing is FREE. If you opt to
add up to 4 more pictures it costs 50 cents. To display pictures
in a slide show format costs $1.00. There is no fee schedule posted
for after the test phase yet. You may still continue to use your
current PIC hosting service, as eBays service is optional. For a
preview of the Picture Services go to:

TAG is NOT recommending you use this service for the following
ActiveX programs actually imbed in and change info on your hard
drive, so research and understand the implications before loading.
Java Applets can cause computers to lock up, particularly
problematical with Apple computers and Netscape Navigator.
If your pics are on eBay, it makes it harder to move your auctions
around to other sites, something we HIGHLY recommend you do.
eBay has lied about cookies and tracking by Doubleclick through
their banner ads, we don't know how they will manipulate these
ActiveX controls to track your site usage.
They have not disclosed the costs upfront. If you load a large
number of pics on eBay, they can set their prices after the fact,
and the labor involved of you reloading the pics elsewhere might
unduly influence you to pay the fees.
One must assume the customer service they offer for pic hosting
will be no better than the other service support they offer,
and that is generally very poor.

eBay is hosting the sale of the Honus Wagner T206
baseball card 5 Jul to 15 Jul. Robert Edward Auctions(REA)
is the auction house managing this auction. The terms
and conditions of this auction are unique, and bidders
must agree to the auction house's terms and conditions
in addition to eBay's, despite the fact that they violate
some of eBays long standing rules. All bids will be placed
by REA, a 15% buyers premium will apply, $100,000 escrow
must be placed prior to bidding, etc. For more information
on the Terms and Conditions of the Honus Wagner T206 Item
go to http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/mastronet/

Approx 4.53 million current listing
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Yahoo Auctions basic information
Last known count as of 13:00 21 Jun 1.95 mil
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Amazon Auctions has now added works of art to their $1.00
auctions through Greg Mannings Auctions. Bids start at $1.
no reserve. 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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TIAS.Com an Online Antiques and Collectible site, one of the oldest
on the net, also hosts a site for Kovels http://www.kovels.com/
The Kovel site is full of great information for identifying items,
and gives a starting place for valuing items too. TIAS has approx
400 shops associated with it, with 230,000 items listed. It is
linked with eBay through the Antique Malls, and is well known for
top notch customer service. http://www.tias.com
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Million Auction March plans are in the works. With a start of 1Sep
this event hopes to kick off activities that will create viable
alternatives to eBay on more user friendly sites.
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Auction Opinion new auction business chat board, hosted by one
of the most erudite, thoughtful and articulate member of the OAI
chat board scene.
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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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this list, please email us at tagn-@t...
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