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TAGnotes Wed 20 Sep 2000 Vol 2 Number 136 Issue 218

The Auction Guild Notes for Wednesday 20 Sep 2000
*******VOTE******* VOTE******* VOTE********
The Million Auction March wants to move you to VOTE.
List your items on V enues O ther T han E bay
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 have any comments, questions, information, ideas or
suggestions please email us at tagn-@theauctionguild.com
ebaY on 19 Sep, had another day of infrequent sporadic outages
and slowdowns. Particularly noticeable where the areas of listing,
opening item pages and posting on the boards, in addition to the
ongoing Mister Lister problems. ebaY went down completely at
22:17 PT. First warning of a problem came at 22:14 when problems
with reloads were noted on the ebaY chat boards, 3 minutes later
the site went down. ebaY posted at 22:39:45 that the eBay site was
unavailable and at 22:55:14 PT the info that ebaY was unavailable
from 22:17 PT to 22:50 PT due to a hardware failure.

On 20Sep users on the OAI boards again reported infrequent
sporadic problems. At 06:10:34 PT users has problems getting into
ebaY and had to come in through one of he back doors such as ebaY
UK or AOL. At 10:28:03 PT the Town Square boards went down
for approx 7 minutes. At 12:19 PT cookies started to not stick, and
reports of slow reloads started. At 17:53:39 PT My ebaY glitched
out for approx 5 minutes. 18:38:02 PT Listing stopped working
and by 18:44:53 PT the sellers list and My ebaY were not working.

ebaY will be down for non-regularly scheduled maintenance on Thurs
21 Sep, between 00:01 PT and 02:00 PT. This is supposed to replace
their regularly scheduled maintenance on Fri for this week only.
During tonight’s maintenance, they are attempting to make changes
to help fix the hardware issues that happened last night. ebaY is
extending auctions ending during this non regular maintenance for
24 hours. If you don't want to extend your auction, you may end the
item at http://cgi3.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?EndingMyAuction

Billpoint has changed their fees
Credit Card Transaction Fee (for a $15 sale) 0.00% + $0.35
Transaction Fee (for sales greater than $15) 2.50% + $0.35
Deposit - for funds to be deposited to the bank account of your
choice for an additional 0.50%
Electronic Check Transaction Fee- None Deposit Fee- None
Net Rate Transaction Fee 1.55% + $0.35 Deposit Fee 0.33%
Blended rate for credit card and electronic check -- average
selling price of $100, 2/3 of transactions by credit card, 1/3
electronic check.

Some searches are causing the- All items including Gallery preview -
to be the default search so that all thumbnails are included. This may
cause very slow downloading, so check the default setting when you do a
search so you only get the thumbnails when desired.

eBay will hold their latest session of ebaY University on Sat 23 Sep
and Sun 24 Sep in Los Angeles, California. For details go to

An article from Bloomberg reported on an ebaY presentation. ebaY
estimates it has 2 percent of the market for trading collectible items.
They expect Half.com to grow. Their potential market for ebaY
services will increase to $2 trillion in 2005 from $1.6 trillion today.
The market represents the total amount of goods and services that could
be bought and sold on its sites. ebaY plans to double the number of
international markets it has websites in by expanding into five more
countries by the end of next year. They expect to be in 25
countries at the end of 2005.

Approx 4.98 million current listing
160,000 auction discrepancy between ebaY and MedVed
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Yahoo Auctions
Basic site information http://www.auctionguild.com
Go to OAI Site Basic Details from left side toolbar.
Yahoo site map
13 Sep actual count 2.32 million. For all category counts for Yahoo
and eBay go to http://www.dtmagazine.com/auctioncounts.html
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Amazon Auctions continues to have problems with auctions posting,
with delays of over 8 hours noted. Call for fee refunds if your
auctions have been affected. Customer service 24/7 Toll-free in U.S.
and Canada: (800)201-7575
Basic site information http://www.auctionguild.com
Go to OAI Site Basic Details from left side toolbar.
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PayPal - TAG finally got to talk to the PayPal rep, and this is TAGs
take on what we discussed. The PayPal rep acknowledged
that PayPal made some mistakes in the initial way they reminded
users that they needed to upgrade their accounts. The way the three
upgrade boxes were presented was not well conceived. Our suggestion
that PayPal post a public apology was laughed at, but our points were
acknowledged as having merit. We have also seen posts on the OAI boards
that PayPal is letting users downgrade their account.

PayPal has not yet set criteria for what kind of seller is or is not a
business needing a premium or business account. We suggested
that they went about this process a bit backwards, that they should
have established criteria first, then users could measure themselves
against the criteria to see if they were required to upgrade. The
prime driver making the upgrade and resultant fees necessary is
charge card payments. The float scheme works up to a point, but
not when it comes to charge card fees. PayPal is considering
making it possible for users who want free accounts to accept only
PayPal to PayPal payments or bank to PayPal payments, and not
charge cards payments. They are not going to guarantee these types
of payments will always remain free, they made that mistake once
already, but they are working on doing this. They are also trying to
come up with some criteria based on number of transactions, amount
of transaction and type of transaction, to determine if someone needs
to upgrade or not. Phone 650-833-5460 http://www.paypal.com
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