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TAGnotes Mon 26 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 94 Issue 176

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Tue Jun 27, 2000 2:43pm
Subject: TAGnotes Mon 26 Jun 2000 Vol 2 Number 94 Issue 176

The Auction Guild Notes for Monday 26 June 2000
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eBay reported a complete outage at 21:31:46 PT on 24 Jun that they
say occurred at 20:09 PT. Their secondary server took over and
service was reported as back up at 20:43 PT. On 23 June 09:00 PT
eBay reported problems with the UK site, and then at 14:50 PT
on the 24th reported the problems were fixed as of 11:20:00 PT,
on 23 Jun. There are also problems with the Australian site
with the search feature, reported at 20:05PT on 25 Jun. This is
due to a domain name service change that should finish propagating
across the net within the next 24 hours. On 26 Jun the Billpoint
registration, create invoice, and accept invoice functions were
unavailable from approximately 06:34 PT to 07:20 PT. This was
reported fixed by eBay at 07:40 PT. If you feel your auctions
were negatively impacted by any of these problems we highly
recommend you contact bill-@e... and request a refund.

As evidence of the new direction eBay is headed in, their Home
Page no longer contains a single reference to AUCTIONS. The
only place the word auction appears is on the Heritage
Numismatic Auction logo.

eBay introduced Instant Purchase today 26 Jun. Instant Purchase
is a listing option that allows US buyers to pay US sellers
immediately after an item ends. Sellers select the Instant
Purchase option on the eBay Sell Your Item form and enter
shipping, handling, insurance and sales tax information.
When the item ends, a Pay Now button will appear in the
top section of the View Item page. Buyers need to click
on this button and enter their payment information to pay for
the item. Billpoint will automatically calculate the final cost
and let you know when the buyer has paid. In cases where Instant
Purchase is not usable by the seller, sellers can still use Billpoint
by creating a Billpoint invoice specifying final charges to the
buyer after the item ends. For more information go to
Buyers can pay using either by credit card or electronic check.
For buyer information about Billpoint, go to

Approx 4.04 million current listing
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Yahoo Auctions basic information http://www.auctionguild.com/
Go to OAI Site Basic Details from left side toolbar.
Last known count as of 13:00 21 Jun 1.95 mil
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Amazon Auctions
Sellers guide http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/help/list-an-item
Buyers guide   http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/ts/help/

Listings based on a combination of actual counts
in 12 of 19 categories and extrapolated counts in 7 of 19 categories
as of 26 June currently approx 873327 listings
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BidBay.Com Auction has added a 99cent category. All basic
listings are free through July 2000. They are running a contest
beginning the week of 26 June 2000, and continuing through
the week of 25 Dec 2000. Each week BidBay.com will give
away a 1million dollar account credit on BidBay.com. In
addition each winning bidder will receive $1,000 in cash
and 25 BidBay bucks. For details on the contest go to
They also run a daily contest where one bidder, one seller, and
one referrer of a new member gets selected for a $100. cash prize.
This contest runs from 12:00 AM PT 10 May through 12:00
midnight PT 9 Aug, 2000. http://www2.bidbay.com/contest/rules.cfm
BidBay claims to have 23,340 auctions currently running.
Unfortunately there appear to be few bids in the randomly selected
categories we checked. http://www.bidbay.com
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AuctionTalk.Com the newest of the OAI service providers is now
open for business. They have auction information on analog and
online auctions, chat, pic hosting, counters, search for analog and
online auctions, articles, stock quotes and news. AT is a part of
USAWeb.com, a resource for analog and online 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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