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TAGnotes Thu 25 Jan 2001 Vol 3 Number 13 Issue 274

The Auction Guild Notes for Thu 25 Jan 2001
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ebaY will be down for regularly scheduled maintenance from
01:00 PT to 03:00 PT on Fri 26 Jan. In an interesting twist, ebaY
forgot to post the announcement until TAG reminded them about
the lack of a notice anywhere on the site. The post was then
added to the home page and AB.

ebaY premier, is working with online retailers in the art world.
GUILD.com, Latinarte.com, and Onview.com are supposed to
participate on ebaY premier to add auctions to the current approx
1700 listings. Butterfields is currently in violation of ebaYs rules
on ebaY premier as it is selling alcohol in violation of the ebaY
premier user agreement.

Invoicing for the 15 Jan billing cycle was delayed this month so
ebaY could process outage credits. ebaY will send invoices
over the next three to five days. ebaY will charge users with a
credit card on file, two to three days after receipt of their invoice.

ebaY is proposing a change in the comics categories. To see the
proposed changes for discussion purposes, go to
ebaY will hold an online discussion on the Comics Chat Board on
29 Jan from 10:00 to 11:00 PT. Send comments to com-@ebay.com

ebaY is proposing a change in the jewelry categories. To see the
proposed changes for discussion purposes, go to
ebaY will hold an online discussion on the Jewelry Chat Board on
29 Jan at 09:00 PT. Send comments to jewe-@ebay.com

ebaY has added a new definition to auction interference. It now
includes emailing bidders in an open or ended auction to warn
them away from a seller or item. This regardless if the seller is
a known fraud or shiller, or if the items are patently fraudulent.
TAG feels that fraudulent auctions and sellers should be reported to
safeh-@ebay.com, or if ebaY refuses to deal with these issues,
to the OAUA, if the seller is a member, or to the FTC consumer fraud
division at http://www.ftc.gov   Complaint form is at
In fact, TAG recommends that whenever ebaY users feel that ebaY
has not provided the service paid for, and ebaY refuses to refund fees
you file a complaint with the FTC also.

ebaY Contact Information

Title search is currently running approx 4 hours behind, title and
description search is running approx 7 hours behind. To see a pattern
of lag times, demonstrating the time it takes from listing, to the item
showing up in search, go to

Completed search is now available with a 20 day history, though
there were again intermittent reports all day of completed search not

TAG continues to get reports that the ongoing ebaY problems are
still affecting users. To review the list go to
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Yahoo Auction
TAG recommends you check your Yahoo account
If you have questions about receiving outage credits you can call
Yahoo at (408) 530-5151 between 8am and 6pm Mon-Fri PT.

For those who use Yahoo's bulk uploader, you can still list auctions
for 14 days when using this utility, giving you 4 more days for
your listing fee that you don't get listing items individually.

Yahoo site map.

Yahoo Contact Information

Current Auctions approx 1.31 mil calculated formula total
a drop of 974,000 auctions since the fee announcement on
2 January. 24 Jan count approx 1.32 mil by
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Amazon Auction another article about changes
Register for Amazon.Com Payments go to
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AuxPal has changed its name to BidVille both the old and new
URLs work. BidVille has added a watchlist feature, and also placed
a $10. credit to every registered users account to be used to pay for
special features. http://www.bidville.com/newsletter/01.25.01.htm
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