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TAGnotes Sat 2 Sep 2000 Vol 2 Number 128 Issue 210

From: The Auction Guild <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Sun Sep 3, 2000 2:44am
Subject: TAGnotes Sat 2 Sep 2000 Vol 2 Number 128 Issue 210

The Auction Guild Notes for Saturday 2 Sep 2000
MIRRORING TAGNOTES ON TOPICA. We have transferred the
subscription list, and will start sending one message a week through
Topica starting the week of 5 Sep. The first message will be a test
message, and we hope you will bear with us as we work out any
problems with this new list service. If you receive a message and
have a WEB only subscription, please let us know so that we can
fix it. If you are supposed to receive the email messages, and don't
get a Topica test message dated 5 Sep, please let us know also.
If you have any comments, questions, information, ideas or
suggestions please email us at tagn-@t...
eBay had a series of problems over the last 5 days, many of them
intermittentand ongoing. On 29Aug ebaY reported at 14:22:39PT
that it was down from 14:09 to 14:16 PT. Problems were reported
on the OAI boards until 14:17:41, and intermittent problems
surfaced at 17:49PT and continued to be noted through 18:00PT.
At 19:54PT intermittent problems started again, with users reporting
a range of problems with Mister Lister, pages not opening and reset
messages. These appeared to clear up by 20:31PT. On 30Aug ebaY
reported at 15:27:26 that the Feedback Forum was down from 14:13:18
until 15:15 PT. On 31Aug at 18:17 ebaY went down and they reported
the outage at 18:26:04 PT. ebaY reported themselves back up at
08:35PT but were not back up until 19:39 according to users postings
on the OAI boards. On 1 Sep at 09:59 intermittent problems started
again lasting until 10:22 on 1 Sep. On 2 Sep at 06:50:58 Search went
down. Problems continued to be reported until 07:29PT. ebaY
continued to have problems with relists during the day, and one user
suggested that relist worked better in Netscape rather than IE.

If you feel your auctions were negatively impacted by the
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
ebaY's phone system access number 1-888-749-3229

ebaY will hold another ebaY University on Sat 9Sep and Sun 10Sep,
in Seattle, Washington. For details go to:

ebaY is changing to the Daily Status Report in order for it to
work with the Watch feature. Daily Status Reports will remain
unavailable until the changes are made.

ebaY conducted regularly scheduled maintenance from
01:00 PT and 05:00 PT on 1Sep.

Approx 4.8 million current listing
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Yahoo Auctions is starting to put restrictions on the numbers of
auctions sellers may list. All sellers start out with the ability
to list up to a total of 1,000 auctions a month including relists.
If an item sells, the listing limit increases. Positive feedback left
also gets a higher limit increase. Yahoo is using this new system to
limit the numbers of non saleable merchandise on the site (such as
auctions that sell nothing and are just advertisements) but will
unfortunately also negatively impact legitimate sellers whose
inventory sells more slowly due to the lower number of buyers
on Yahoo. This will basically limit sellers to approximately
333 items a month on the low side, which might be many items
less than they have been currently listing. TAG's take on this is
that large volume sellers have a legitimate issue with Yahoo
over this, since they have revamped their selling methods to
suit the more limited market conditions at Yahoo. Yahoo should
revue on a case by case basis those large volume sellers who have
been using Yahoo right along, so they are not pushed into a one
size fits all box. This would be a much fairer scenario and allow
time for these sellers to adjust to these new rules without damaging
their ability to continue to sell on Yahoo.

Basic site information http://www.auctionguild.com
Go to OAI Site Basic Details from left side toolbar.
30 Aug actual count 2.3 million auctions with an additional 217693
in the Yahoo Business Marketplace. For all category counts for
Yahoo and eBay go to http://www.dtmagazine.com/auctioncounts.html
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Amazon Auctions - Amazon has joined forces with Toys R Us and
this article breaks down Amazons other partnerships and
investments. Toys R Us will pay Amazon a fixed annual fee, a fee
for each sale and a single digit share of revenue for each online
sale. http://www.smartmoney.com/smt/columns/

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
* * * * *
VoteAuction For those looking for a combination of Politics, Satire
and Auctions, auction your vote on this site. Votes are currently
selling for between $15. and $100. Voters in NY State are not
allowed to participate. http://www.voteauction.com
* * * * *
DisturbingAuction For a little more of what is weird and
sometimes funny in the OAI, see some of the strangest contributions
to the world of auctions. http://www.disturbingauctions.com
* * * * *
PayPal/X.Com have been making changes to payment system.
The latest change is the ability to pay directly with a verified bank
account rather than a charge card. If you use the Pay with a Bank
Account option, you earn 1% cash back on payments to an
X.com Business or Premier user for amounts up to $500.
TAG continues to encourage users to set up a Paypal account
in conjunction with an X.Com FDIC Bank account, and use the
two together. Move your funds from the PayPal account into your
FDIC insured X.Com account, and keep all your online transactions
separate from your analog ones.
* * * * *
OAUA VOTING is now taking place for board members. Members
go here http://www.auctionusers.org/vote/

For first anniversary celebrations go to
JOIN the OAUA today. http://www.oaua.com
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The Million Auction March wants to move you to VOTE.
For more information go to http://www.millionauctionmarch.com
New Auction Houses, Sales Venues and Service Providers are
joining daily. All are offering incentives and specials to the OAI.
* * * * *
If you would like an Auction House or Service Provider added to
this list, please email us at tagn-@t...
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