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TAGnotes Tue 6 Mar 2001 Vol 3 Number 32 Issue 293

The Auction Guild Notes for Tue 6 Mar 2001
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On 5 Mar at 23:29:59 PT ebaY posted that the site was down
from 22:21 PT through 22:47 PT.
For information and links to request refunds on ebaY go to

ebaY has made some changes to the Buy It Now (BIN) feature.
They will not all be fully functional for a few days until ebaY makes
all the changes. Sellers are now required to have a minimum feedback
of at least 10 or be ID verified. Buyers still need to have a credit
card number on file or be ID verified to buy using BIN. The BIN price
will remain on a listing with a reserve price until the reserve price
has been met, after which it will disappear. For non-reserve auctions,
the BIN will continue to disappear after the first bid has been placed.
BIN will not be available for items in the mature audience section. ebaY
plans to add BIN to ebaY Motors and ebaY’s international sites in the
next few months.

Pink Quote of the Day When asked about an auction that was ended
early by a seller and sold off ebaY, Katy@ebaY Mar-06-01 at
21:28:45 PT said, "Yes, you can end an auction and sell of[f] of
eBay. In a shop, for example? We only ask that you not utilize eBay
features or contacts from that auction to make the sale without
offering an eBay bidder the protections of the auction format." And at
22:24:52 PT "eBay could help in identifying the individual when
requested by law enforcement or court order. We could not do that
if it is an off-site sale." And those 'ebaY protections' amount to a
sum total of $175 dollars in insurance after a $25. deductible, and
a court order will elicit ebaY's assistance no matter where the sale
originated from.

Title search approx 2 hrs, Title and Description search approx 8 hrs
ebaY search indexing lag times

For workarounds to ebaY's email system and attempt at exclusive
agency go to http://www.auctionguild.com/generic.html?pid=50

ebaY Contact Information, analog mail and email addresses and
phone numbers, regular and toll free, refund info and insider
trading info go to http://www.auctionguild.com/generic.html?pid=17

Approx 5.3 mil auctions inflated by approx 6% due to double
category listings yielding 4.98 mil auctions
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Amazon Auctions, zShops and Marketplace -
The link to leave feedback for bidders continues to be missing
from zShops.

Announcements board
Amazon User chat board

Amazon live telephone customer service 16 hours a day Toll-free
in U.S. and Canada: (800)201-7575
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Yahoo Auction http://user.auctions.yahoo.com/html/guidelines.html

Yahoo announcement board

Yahoo site map.

Yahoo Contact Information

Current Auctions approx 425,387 calculated formula total,
This total is based on all auctions accessible from Yahoo search.
4% bid rate on items ending in next 24 hours.
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BidBay has closed down their newly acquired chat site Auction Diner.
Auction Diner is scheduled to reopen on 1 April after revision by
the new owner.
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Ruby Lane, a site that offers several services including storefronts
is revising its charges effective 1 April.
Listing Fee: 25 cents per item
Maintenance Fee: Up to 60 items in your shop: $15
60 or more items in your shop: 25 cents per item
Calculated and charged on the 1st of every month
First month's Maintenance Fee is waived.

There is also a somewhat complicated schedule of credits and points
to offset some of the costs of the shops. These include loyalty rewards,
charter shop status, referral credits, and pre-pay discounts.
For current shop owners, you can go to this link for details
All others will need to contact Ruby Lane directly
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Free Image Hosting

Free Site for Storefront and Customer List

Free Auction Management Tools
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Online Auction Users Association Chat Schedule
Thursday, March 8, 9 p.m. EST - Chat with Scot Wingo from
GoTo Auctions
Thursday, March 15, 9 p.m. EST - Topic - Chat with OAUA
President Jen Hassler hosted by Gail
Monday, March 19, 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. EST - Trivia Night with
Trivia Master Steve
Thursday, March 22, 9 p.m. EST - Chat with eDeal
(rescheduled from February)
Thursday, March 29, 9 p.m. EST - Chat with Joe Force from
Bargin and Haggle. com (tentative, waiting for confirmation)
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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Online Auction & Trading Site Co-op
Interested in an OAT Site Co-op?
Interested in getting involved?
Information on co-ops -
Ideas for co-ops continue to develop
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