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TAGnotes Thu 7 Dec 2000 Vol 2 Number 170 Issue 252

The Auction Guild Notes for Wed 7 Dec 2000
SMOOTHSALE PRESENTS a special offer for TAGnotes
subscribers. Sign up as a SmoothSale Merchant and use this
special TAG link and receive a $10.00 bonus.
For more details http://www.smoothsale.com/incentiveTerms.html
This offer is good now through 31 December.
The main TAG email server is down as our ISP decided to change
the architecture of their site. If you need to contact us please use
ta-@gisco.net temporarily. We will let you know as soon as
normal service to tagn-@theauctionguild.com has been restored.

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ebaY users reported on 6 Dec at 04:48:58 that they could not get
into ebaY and had been having problems since approx 04:00 PT.
This seemed to affect many but not all areas, and was patch work,
not regional. At 08:42 Dennis M.D. from ebaY customer support
acknowledged that one of ebaYs vendors was having a firewall
problem preventing access. At 08:49:31 ebaY posted that users
could not access their site. At 08:47 users reported the site came
back up in all areas. At 10:31:36 PT ebaY posted that the previously
reported problems were fixed as of 09:00 PT. The site appeared to
run well on 7 Dec. Regularly scheduled maintenance is from
from 01:00 PT to 03:00 PT on Fri 8 Dec.

Users are reporting that Billpoint is intermittently leaving the
shipping off invoices. Make sure you check your invoices with
your customers to insure they know what shipping will cost, if it
gets left off the invoice.

TAG strongly recommends that anyone who feels their auctions were
negatively impacted by any of these problems apply for credit. Request
listing, special feature and Final Value Fees. Go to 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
TAG can't emphasize enough that sellers should not take NO for an
answer. In the face of inconsistency on ebaYs part, persistence pays.

Item Watch reminder emails are once again available.   If you place
an item on the Watch feature, ebaY will automatically send you a
reminder email 36 hours before the ending time to remind you that
the item you are watching is about to close soon.
Adjust your preferences for this and other services at

Buy It Now now has an icon on Category Listings pages.
For more information on Buy It Now, go to
BIN icons will appear for those items that were listed after 12:00 PT
7 Dec. BIN icons also appear on all category listing pages.

Billpoint and Visa have extended the Free Visa and $1-Off
promotions through 15 December. Use your Visa card to make a
purchase through Billpoint, and get $1 off that purchase. Billpoint
will waive all of the processing fees for payments received by sellers
when buyers use a Visa card. For details go to
Free Visa for Billpoint Sellers:
$1-Off Visa for Billpoint Buyers:

ebaY has launched a new Category Index Page for Clothing &
Accessories at http://pages.ebay.com/catindex/clothing.html
ebaY will make the changes in January 2001.

New categories include Boys Clothing; Girls Clothing; Teens, School
Uniforms and more. Additionally, some existing Clothing &
Accessories categories have been renamed. For comments and
suggestions email online-@ebay.com

ebaY is planning changes in the Everything Else: Personal Care
Categories in January 2001, including Health, Nutrition; Personal
Grooming; Fragrances: men; Fragrances: women; Makeup and more.
Some existing Household categories such as Baby Items, Foodstuff,
Garden Items, Home Furnishings, Pet Supplies, and Tools are moving
to the Home & Garden category. To view all categories listed in
Home & Garden, go to http://pages.ebay.com/catindex/home.html
For comments and suggestions email online-@ebay.com
For a list of current ebaY categories and their corresponding
category numbers, go to

ebaY has slightly increased the restriction on the Selling Tab within
My ebaY from 300-items to 600 items. This limit was placed to
reduce the load on their back-end databases in order to keep the system
running. Depending on the stress it places on the system they may have
to reduce the limit once again if it causes problems. In late Feb, ebaY
is redesigning My ebaY by adding pagination to the My ebaY tabs,
including the "Items I'm Selling" tab. When the My ebaY redesign is
complete, sellers will once again be able to retrieve the entire list of
items they have for sale through the My ebaY selling tab.

Live Sale for Animation Art, Hollywood, Rock & Roll on ebaY
Great Collections Live Auctions at 11:00 PT on 9 Dec. They will
sell over 600 lots of vintage and contemporary Animation Art from
major studios and films. They will also sell Hollywood props,
costumes, autographs, signed guitars, Disneyana, Comic Art, Pop
Art and other things. For a preview go to

ebaY has expanded the categories to which counters may now be
added for Real Estate, Sports, Toys, BeanBag Plush, Everything Else.
for info about counters go to

5.7 Mil auctions, less the number increase for double category listings.
* * * * *
Yahoo Auctions is running a contest for the US only, whereby each
time you use PayDirect between now and 11 Feb 01, You get
a chance to win a cash prize. There are 20 $100 winners daily,
1 weekly $1,000, 1 monthly $10,000 and 1grand prize $30,000

Yahoo Pay Direct can be used anywhere on the net to send and
receive money in the US. It is currently free, but may charge fees
in the future. There are also plans to make it available
PayDirect Contact info
8AM-6PM PT 7 days a week 408-731-3335
3400 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95051
Yahoo site map.
Current Auctions approx 2.83 Mil actual count
* * * * *
Amazon Amazon
If a seller is listing more than 40 items a month on the Amazon
Marketplace, they can save money by signing up for the pro
merchant subscription at
as pro merchants are not charged the 99 cent fee per item.

* * * * *
Golds Auction has received a letter of intent to purchase from
DutchBid.Com. Erik Rosenberg, owner of the Biloxi Miss based
site launched in Sep 00 is buying the 50,000 names on Golds customer
list, the name, trademark, and domain addy. TAG sent an email to
DutchBid today to try to get some answers as to how the transfer
of accounts, feedback and credit balances will go. We got an
immediate response to say that the details have not all been
worked out yet, so they can't say exactly when the transfer will happen,
but if you want to start trading on DutchBid now, register and use your
Golds account information. If you do not want to reregister, they will
transfer all accounts and User Ids, including feedback and credit
* * * * *
SmoothSale is offering a shipping reimbursement program through
29 December. Seller are reimbursed up to $3.20 when the seller offers a
buyer free shipping, or a shipping credit of up to $3.20,up to 50
transactions. As a bonus, SmoothSale will give every seller
5 priority stamps worth $3.20 each just for signing up. To receive the
reimbursement, the sale must be made while the seller is online live
through their SmoothSale Instant Selling Chat. To sign up go to

SmoothSale is free through midnight 31 Dec 2000. After 1 Jan,
according to the site info, there will be no listing fees, a
flat fee of $30. per month (will probably be waived for the near
future)and a 2% transaction fee (or 1.5% for charter merchant members)
of the total final invoiced amount of each item,
merchandise or service sold via the SmoothSale Service. You can sign on
as a charter selleruntil midnight 31 Dec 00. TAG made an error in the
report on 5 Dec as to charter memberships. A charter member may be
charged a listing or flat fee, but will only pay a 1.5% commission.
Though SmoothSale is not planning on charging a listing or flat rate in
the immediate future, they may opt to do so at some future date.
SmoothSale also has a referral program. For every SS seller who
uses you as a referral SS will pay you $10.
To sign up for SmoothSale
* * * * *
Exchange Path accounts are now required to have a credit card
registered as a security measure, or they will suspend the account.
You can get the account reopened by calling 800-987-2675
(answer machine that says thank you for calling customer
support but does not identify as EP)
Other phone numbers NOT CHECKED 717-506-2205
Sean McGinn risk management voice mail 914-390-9205
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United States Post Office rates are going up on 7 Jan 2001. First
class is going from 33 to 34 cents and Priority on a 2 pound package
from $3.20 to $3.95.
If you would like an Auction House or Service Provider added to
this list, please email us at tag@theauctionguild.com
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