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TAGnotes Fri 18 Aug 2000 Vol 2 Number 122 Issue 204

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Sat Aug 19, 2000 1:39am
Subject: TAGnotes Fri 18 Aug 2000 Vol 2 Number 122 Issue 204

The Auction Guild Notes for Friday 18 Aug 2000
OAI Sellers AND Buyers - Add diversity to the Online Auction
Industry - VOTE. For more information go to
If you have any information, ideas or suggestions please
email us at tagn-@t...
eBay went down at 1235 PT on 18Aug and appears to have come
back up at 12:47PT. This was not reported on the AB, but was
noted by users on the OAI boards. At 13:02:33 eBay posted that
they had a problem with intermittent site access with view item,
list an item and bid on an item from 12:33 PT to 12:42 PT due
to a hardware failure.

eBay reported on 16 Aug at 23:49:44 PT that description search is
current as of 17:38 PT on August 15th. They are trying to update the
indexing cycles for description search and will update it in
increments throughout the night. They hoped description search would
be current by Thursday morning, 17 Aug. TAG recommends
that you track when your auctions appear in description search and
if you feel your auctions were negatively impacted by these
problems request refunds from the form at
Send -
* The item number(s) of the ended auction(s)
* The specific fee(s) charged for them
* Your seller's email address or User ID
* The phrase, GIVE CREDIT in the Subject line
This can also be accessed from
If they deny credit DO NOT GIVE UP. Continue to send credit
requests, and also email supp-@e....

eBay was down for regularly scheduled maintenance between
01:00 PT and 05:00 PT. Since search has been running approx
24 to 30 hours behind the additional possible search delays might
cause an additional 12 to 15 hours delay on Friday and Saturday.

For eBay outage times 20 Jul - 11 Aug go to

eBay has once again revamped the Categories. They have added
an Antique Prints Category with sub-categories of General,
Architecture, Botanical, Costume, Natural History, Portrait and
Topographical to Antiques & Art. The new Musical Instrument
Categories consist of Books, Movies, Music: Musical Instruments:
Amplifiers to new subcategories under Percussion, String and
Woodwind. The Jewelry section has revisions in Gemstones,
Men's Jewelry and Wearable Timepieces Categories to see the
changes to Jewelry, Gemstones, go to the revised Category
Structure to http://pages.ebay.com/help/basics/cat_jewelry.html

eBay has also expanded the Tickets Category to Tickets, Experiences.
To see the changes go to the Tickets & Experiences Theme Page at

If you want to change the category of a current listing, go to
If you have more input or suggestions for categories go to

Approx 4.98 million current listing
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Yahoo Auctions appears to be suffering from more intermittent
outages. The latest series have appeared on and off since around
18:00 on 17Aug, and continued throughout the day today 18 Aug,
with the site working some of the time and not others. Problems
were noted today from about 0800PT through 10:46PT, and
then started again at approx 15:49PT, and were still unresolved
as of this printing.
Basic site information http://www.auctionguild.com
Go to OAI Site Basic Details from left side toolbar.
Current extrapolated listing count 1.93 mil
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Amazon Auctions at approx 13:45 PT all auctions disappeared
from seller accounts. A call by a user to Amazon confirmed that
they were aware of and were working on the problem. The auctions
continued to appear in the listings but not in the seller account
area. This problems was still being reported as unresolved as of this
printing, making it difficult for sellers to contact bidders on
completed auctions.   
Basic site information
Go to OAI Site Basic Details from left side toolbar.
Listings total 850254 (probably inflated by approx 2% due to listings
appearing in multiple category totals) 6 categories Extrapolated,
13 Actual, 11972 with bids    The bid numbers might be low because
they might not reflect take it auctions   http://www.amazon.com
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Auction Diner is now offering online auctions under their new site
DinerAuctions.Com. This auction site is a cooperative effort with
eDeal.Com, and mirrors all the auctions listed on eDeal.
DinerAuction receives FVFs on items sold via their site and also
on items listed and sold on their site, and even on items listed on
the DA site but sold on eDeal. There are no listing fees. The
site currently has 24426 listings, and all the eDeal tools, options
support and features are available on the Diner Auction site. TAG
finds the context of having many portals opening to the same site an
intriguing one, as different sites have different loyal users, all
who can pool their auctions for critical mass and benefit their
portal site. Auction Diner is now offering free email and pic
hosting. http://www.dinerauction.com http://www.auctiondiner.com
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OnlineAuction.Com a general person to person auction site has been
recommended to us by a TAGnotes subscriber. The site provides a
variety of options for seller and buyer. There is a secure user
program for $2.00 per month. This monthly credit card verification
allows Sellers to get their fees refunded if the sale is not
completed. Verified Sellers can limit their auctions to verified
buyers only, but this does not insure the sale will complete. The
site has both live support in a chat forum and a staff that takes
user input seriously. They provide free email, and a software
auction management/listing program. They have a background in analog
auctions have now merged with CD Micro a CD online auction house.
Listing fees
$0.25 to $9.99 = $0.25; $10.00 to $24.99 =$0.50;
$25.00 to $49.99 =$1.00; $50.00 and over =$2.00
No minimum / No reserve = $0.25, Real Estate Categories is $25.00
Optional features -
Each Additional Item Picture = $0.50 (host one at no charge)
Additional Category Listing = $0.50
Link to Your Website = $0.50
Penny Over Auction Listing = $2.00
Merchants Auction Listing = $2.00
Featured Auction Listing = $10.00

Final value Fees
For each $10 in sales FVF is $0.25
For each $100 in Sales, FVF is $2.50
For each $1000 in sales, FVF is $25.00
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NoBidding.Com offers a take it price format that allows an auction
to be automatically relisted if the deal does not relist. There are
no listing or final value fees. Currently 33,257 listings. Site
claims 132,741 items sold since Mar99.
Another interesting feature of this site is its link to the Feedback
site, a universal feedback tool. This site gives registered users a
chart that reflects all their feedback on every site they sell or buy
on, and a way to search all sites for feedback for a certain seller,
if they are registered or not. http://www.feedbacksite.com/
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OAUA Keep current on issues important to OAI users. Be part
of setting the industry standard for excellence. Board elections
taking place in Sep, read about the candidates.
JOIN the OAUA today. http://www.oaua.com
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