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TAGnotes Tue 22 Aug 2000 Vol 2 Number 124 Issue 206

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Wed Aug 23, 2000 1:14am
Subject: TAGnotes Tue 22 Aug 2000 Vol 2 Number 124 Issue 206

The Auction Guild Notes for Tuesday 22 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 is now offering picture services on all of their country sites.
Users in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and the UK
can try the test phase of pic services on their respective country
sites in two categories, Antiques & Art and Pottery & Glass. eBay
hopes to have pic services available in all categories and through
Mister Lister on all country sites later this year.

The test phase of the program is free for up to 2 pictures per
listing. You can add up to 4 more pictures for a fee or display
your pictures in a slide show format for a fee. Prices are on the
Sell Your Item form for each different country site. You may
continue to use your current pic hosting service, or any pic hosting
service you like. Pic hosting may disrupt third party software, so
to be absolutely sure, you should check that your program works when
they launch it.

TAG does not recommend using eBay pic services because you are
required to download an ActiveX program to utilize it. No other
pic host requires this most invasive of tracking devices to use
their services, and until eBay uses an alternative method to bring
you these services, we give pic services a thumbs down.

eBay's picture services, will be down on Tues 22Aug from 00:00
(midnight) to 00:30 PT for system maintenance work. This
downtime will not affect the viewing of items currently listed.
Sellers will not be able to submit images during the scheduled

eBay is planning messages drawing attention to the Computers and
Musical Instruments categories. This is the first step in a new
promotional campaign, eBay on eBay. They are going to feature
different categories and areas every two weeks.

eBay is making changes to billing. The account status page
allows users to view current or past invoices on-line. The two
new fields added to the top of the account status detail page
now shows a member's past due status and total amount past
due. If an account is current the past due balance will be zero.
There will now be pagination of the detail section. The account
detail section will now paginate after every 200 entries
Payment Coupon - Members billed in US dollars will now have their
invoice number printed on the payment coupon instead of their eBay
account number. When making payment by check or money order
include a payment coupon and write your invoice number on
your check or money order. To print a payment coupon go to:

My eBay - Two new links have been added under the account tab
within My eBay. The new links are to view your account status,
or show your last invoice. The account status link takes a members
directly to the Account status login page and my last invoice will
display a member's most recent eBay invoice.

Approx 4.67 million current listing
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Yahoo Auctions
Basic site information http://www.auctionguild.com
Go to OAI Site Basic Details from left side toolbar.
Current extrapolated listing count 1.94 mil
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Amazon Auctions - The Amazon site has instituted its new tabbed
navigation system. This system is based on your past interests and
purchases, and can be customized to a degree to suit your tastes. It
also has a rating system of past purchases to add more criteria, so
the site can predict more accurate recommendations for future
purchases. The front page has a directory of all the sections of the
site, so you can add favorites (but not tabs) for the portions you are
interested in. The Tabs offered appear to be based on past purchases.
The section that appears to get the shortest shrift with the new
system is Z-Shops, which can not even be added to your
favorites list, so can be accessed only by clicking on the left
hand side toolbar. Z-Shops do not even show up as a tab if you
have purchased from Z-Shops in the past. For the most part,
unless someone has used auctions in the past, they will not show
up in a prominent way. Z-Shops does not show up unless it is
actively sought.

Amazon has also added its own charge card through the Next card
system. They reward points for dollars spent, and you receive gift
certificates based on the points you earn.

Basic site information http://www.auctionguild.com
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's online auctions DinerAuctions.Com is now posting
links to sellers auctions on their AuctionDiner.Com site. In
addition to OAI chat, Auction Diner also has free email.
http://www.dinerauction.com http://www.auctiondiner.com
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Auction.Com, formerly Auction Universe has announced that
they will cease operations on 31 Aug 2000. All open auction
activity will end on 30 Aug at 12:00 Noon EDT. Bidding
activity can continue until this time. Members may list new
auctions until Wednesday at 12:00 Noon EDT, 23 Aug. No
new listings will be accepted after that. If you have an account
balance, you will receive a refund. Sellers who are currently
active will not owe any sales transaction fees for any auctions
that successfully close after Wed 12:00 Noon EDT, 23 Aug.
Auctions.com will continue to maintain Customer Service
support via email. They can be contacted at
Serv-@a... http://www.auctionuniverse.com/
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OAUA Is holding a live chat on 5 Sep at 21:00 (9PM) ET, with
Bobby Beeman - Toyranch, one of the main organizers of the
Million Auction March, and a leader in the OAI. eBay recently
flew him out to their offices for a meeting with Meg Whitman,
Jeff Skoll and all the top folks at eBay, and he provided them with
input on user issues. This chat is accessible via the Java chat room
at www.auctionusers.org/chat/   The room it will happen in will be
called Million Auction March and will not be set up until the day
of the chat. To learn more about OAUA live chat and upcoming
events go to http://www.auctionusers.org/chat.shtml

The OAUA is celebrating their 1 year anniversary starting 1 Sep.
Celebrations are planned with contest and prizes, so keep your eye
on the OAUA web site for details. Some contests are already posted
in the August OAUA newsletter available at -

Keep current on issues important to OAI users. Be part
of setting the industry standard for excellence. Board elections
are taking place in Sep, read about the candidates and keep up
to date on the agenda and issues to be voted on at -
JOIN the OAUA today. http://www.oaua.com
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Two of TAG's favorite sites are mentioned in this PC
World Article - TIAS.Com and Old and Sold. Both are good
places to seek antiques and collectibles.
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this list, please email us at tagn-@t...
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