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TAGnotes Thu 14 Dec 2000 Vol 2 Number 173 Issue 255

The Auction Guild Notes for Thu 14 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.
Charter membership closes 31 December at 23:59 PT.
Lock in 1.5% commission rates.
The main TAG email server has been partially restored. We can now
receive email at ta-@theauctionguild.com If you sent email to the
tag or tagnotes email addys from 5-11 December, we did not receive it,
so please resend it.

Support TAGnotes - get two of your friends or associates to subscribe.
If you have any comments, questions, information, ideas or
suggestions please email us at ta-@theauctionguild.com
ebaY posted on 14 Dec at 15:54:19 they will be taking theBillpoint
system down for maintenance on Friday, 15 Dec between
01:00 PST to 01:30 PST.   ebaY will be down for regularly scheduled
maintenance on Fri 15 Dec from 01:00 PT to 03:00 PT

Barring the dozen non functioning or disabled features on ebaY
noted in the last issue of TAGnotes, ebaY ran well on 13 and 14 Dec.

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.

Is a free listing day coming? Last year ebaY held a surprise free
listing day on 20 Dec. In TAG's opinion, ebaY does this to raise their
4th quarter metrics, giving it a number boost that lasts through what
would otherwise be a slump during the holidays. There is every reason
to believe that ebaY will do the same this year. If you like to
participate in these events, you might want to consider preparing for an
event, that if it happens, will do so with very little advance notice.

ebaY is trying out a pilot version of a Pre-approve Bidder tool. This
tool gives sellers the ability to allow only pre-approved buyers the
opportunity to bid on items registered through the Pre-approve
Bidder tool. Currently there is no fee associated with using this
feature. As a seller, you may use this tool for any item that you
prefer, enable or deactivate the feature anytime during the listing,
add or remove users from the pre-approved list, set up guidelines
to pre-qualify bidders to ensure only serious users will bid.
TAG speculates ebaY will encourage this to be used on higher end
auctions, and might allow ebaY to tie this to a buyers premium.

Make a purchase on ebaY through 31 Dec and 100 winning buyers
will have all of their ebaY holiday purchases paid for. The winners
also receive a $100 eBay gift card. The sellers to those buyers will
also receive a $100 gift card. For more info go to

5.89 Mil auctions less the number increase for double category listings.
This number has remained static in the time period covered by the last
three issues of TAGnotes.
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Yahoo Auctions US only Pay Direct contest runs through 11 Feb 01.

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 2.96 Mil formula indexed count
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Amazon Amazon users are reporting better sales this week. The
Amazon Marketplace continues to get good reviews from Sellers as
an effective method of selling on Amazon. Those sellers with large
inventories who use the monthly price package appear to be able
to utilize Amazon more effectively than smaller sellers.
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SmoothSale (SS) is offering a shipping reimbursement program
through 29 December. To sign up go to
SmoothSale has introduced their SmoothPoints program. Merchants
will be able to use these points to offset costs of using SmoothSale.
Points will be awarded to a selection of Merchants who are online, by
crediting their accounts with SmoothPoints. These will be awarded for a
variety of reasons, currently when SS reaches a landmark. If you are
chosen, SS will display an alert on your SmoothDealer letting you know
that more SmoothPoints have been credited to your account.   Points can
be viewed from your merchant services page.
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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