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TAGnotes Tue 20 Feb 2001 Vol 3 Number 25 Issue 286

The Auction Guild Notes for Tue 20 Feb 2001
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On 19 Feb users reported another day of problems on ebaY. Starting
at 06:35:41 PT, users reported intermittent and reoccurring problems
with search page returns being garbled, search down, site slowness,
auction pages not opening, completed search not working and other
access problems. These problems appeared to clear up to some degree
at approx 11:20:19 PT. At 17:57:50 PT the problems returned with the
site slow, a short lived crash at 18:00:03 PT, and then intermittent
problems with cgi6 down, Mister Lister down, list and relist down,
and search down or slow. The site mostly recovered at approx
19:30:59 PT with search and My ebaY slow and intermittently not
accessible until approx 20:42:38 PT.

On 20 Feb ebaY posted at 00:54:13 PT that completed search was
down. It was restored at 01:08:46 PT.

To REQUEST REFUNDS for auctions negatively impacted by these
problems go to http://www.auctionguild.com/generic.html?pid=33

*PINK Quote if the Day* When asked why the outages from the last
couple of days had NOT been posted on the AB?
Katy@ebaY Feb-19-01
"As far as I know, the last outage was posted, but I have been off the
last two days so you might want to write into Support. I know there were
some problems accessing specific pages intermittently, but
they always went through for me with a second try." AND "I did
not see evidence of an outage - which would keep all users out - but
I did have to try more than once on some pages at times. This is
annoying, but by the time something like that can be found and
announced it is usually gone."
To review the ebaY OUTAGES from 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 14, 16, 17, and
18 February go to http://www.auctionguild.com/

ebaY Contact Information, analog mail and email addresses and
phone numbers, regular and toll free.

Approx 5.18 Mil auctions inflated by approx 6% due to double
category listings yielding 4.87 mil auctions
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Yahoo Auction still has not responded to questions about their
refund policy. http://user.auctions.yahoo.com/html/guidelines.html

Yahoo announcement board

Yahoo site map.

Yahoo Contact Information

Current Auctions approx 414,727 calculated formula total, a drop of
2.42 mil auctions since the high of 2.83 mil on 9 Jan, an 86% loss.
Last free relisting for 14 day auctions ends 22 Feb.
This total is based on all auctions accessible from Yahoo search.
Auctions ending within 24 hours show a 3% bid rate.
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Amazon Auctions, zShops and Marketplace
Amazon.com has extended the implementation of changes to Auctions,
zShops and Marketplace to late February.

Amazon Seller Announcements board

Amazon live telephone customer service 16 hours a day Toll-free
in U.S. and Canada: (800)201-7575
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OAI Sites we have been hearing the most about lately. They all appear
to be gaining listings, but bid rates remain around 1% for all of them.
Some sellers are having more success with bid rates in the 12% range.
BidBay http://www.bidbay.com
BidVille http://www.bidville.com
ePier http://www.epier.com
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eHammer has backed down on their fee increases.
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Fairmarket has bought into ebaYs API in a deal to go into effect in the
second quarter. FairMarkets clients can list items for auction on
ebaY's site. FairMarket charges customers to host their auction sites
and charges a percentage fee on transactions conducted through them. For
transactions on ebaY, FairMarket will add on a percentage fee on top of
ebaY's listing and final value fees.
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SmoothSale is taking down their servers for routine maintenance
on Wednesday 21 Feb 18:00 PT.
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Andale is planning on adding stores for their customers. Cost
for an Andale store- no set up fee, no monthly rent, up to 2.95% final
value fee for items that sell. To view a description of the service go
to http://presstours.andale.com/stores/
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Online Auction Related Newsletters
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Online Auction Users Association

OAUA has added a new way to add their logo to your auctions called
AutoLogo. AutoLogo will add the member logo to ebaY auction
listings. Any member will be able to use it. No knowledge of HTML
is needed to use this feature.

OAUA live chat http://www.auctionusers.org/chat.shtml

Interested in volunteering and serving the Online Auction Community?
Check out http://www.auctionusers.org/volunteerop.shtml
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