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TAGnotes Fri 4 May 2001 Vol 3 Number 55 Issue 316

The Auction Guild Notes for Fri 4 May 2001
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ebaY performed scheduled maintenance on 4 May from 0100 PT
until 0300 PT. There were a couple of problems reported by users
with accessing auctions and My ebaY when the site came back up
after maintenance. These were short lived and the site functioned
well for the balance of the day barring the ongoing ebaY problems found
here http://www.auctionguild.com/generic.html?pid=32

ebaY is eliminating certain kinds of memorabilia. They are claiming
that what they are forbidding from the site are items that promote
hatred, violence or racism. ebaY is now prohibiting items even if they
are of historical significance, and are also banning items associated
with notorious murderers.
For example these items will be banned and removed if listed:
**Items that bear symbols of the Nazis and the Nazi SS, including
authentic German WWII memorabilia
**Items that bear symbols of the KKK or other hate groups
**Crime scene photographs
**Morgue and autopsy photographs
**Letters and artwork from notorious murderers
**T-shirts bearing the likeness of a notorious murderer
**Copies of hate/racism/violence propaganda materials
**Electric chairs and related capital punishment items
Examples of items that say may still be listed:
**German coins and stamps from the 1930s and 1940s, regardless
of markings
**German WWII memorabilia that doesn't bear Nazi or SS markings;
**Most historical books and movies about WWII or Nazi Germany,
even if Nazi symbols appear on the item
**War documentaries or documentary photos portraying victims of
war or violence
**Items of historical importance associated with acts of violence
against public figures. These bans take effect on 17 May. At that
point, all listings that include the prohibited items listed above may
be ended. For more info go to
For a news article about this go to
TAG finds ebaY censorship reprehensible, and the very short notice
that may well put several sellers out of business or greatly damage
their businesses, even worse.

ebaY has a warning notice on the MAB about the fact that a bid is a
a legally binding contract to purchase the item from the seller. Every
bid on ebaY is binding unless the item is listed in a category under the
non-binding bid exceptions at
or the transaction is prohibited by law or by ebaY's User Agreement.
ebaY states that bid retractions can seriously compromise the integrity
of a listing. Mistakes sometimes happen and there are legitimate reasons
for retracting a bid on occasion. However, frequent bid retractions are
not acceptable. ebaY says they will thoroughly investigate bid
retractions and abuse of this feature may result in action against the
buyer, up to the suspension of the buyers ebaY account. In TAG's opinion
ebaY will continue to do nothing about this problem even though, as we
have suggested in the past, a solution to this problem is simple.

ebaY University classes are scheduled for Salt Lake City, UT 5-6 May,
Minneapolis, MN 19-20 May; Cincinnati, OH 2-3 June; San Diego, CA
9-10 June; and New Orleans, LA 23-24 June.
Reports from TAG subscribers say that the classes are geared for
beginners, but it is also fun to meet some of the ebaY personnel.
The bags of goodies that ebaY gives out varies from class to class
but in general includes a T-Shirt, pen, note pad and sometimes
the ebaY for dummies book. Refreshments also vary from class
to class. At every class that TAG has had a report on, there is at
least one piece of information put out by the instructors that ebaY
scrambles for a couple of days after the class, trying to quash.

Overstock.Com is going to be selling on ebaY. The online liquidator
has auctions on ebaY and is planning on listing thousands more. The
company buys excess inventory from manufacturers and sells it at
a discount. For an article on this go to

For sellers who feel they have not had their refunds or other situations
dealt with to your satisfaction, you can file reports with
The Attorney General of California and also in your home state
The Better Business Bureau
The Federal Trade Commission
The Office of Consumer Affair, US Department of Commerce
send email to - Caff-@doc.gov
The FBI's Internet Fraud Units
National Fraud Information Center
eComplaints http://www.ecomplaints.com/

Announcement Board Marketing - (MAB)
Announcement Board Status (SAB)

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

ebaY auction count approx 5.07 mil inflated by at least 6% yielding
an actual listing count of approx 4.77 mil auctions. On 4 may 2000 ebaY
had approx 4.32mil
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Amazon Auctions, zShops and Marketplace continues to have ongoing
problems, the latest being Amazon payments are intermittently not
working for all venues: auction, zshop and marketplace leading to
customer complaints, lost sales, and seller frustration.

Amazon Outage Policy -

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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PayPal sellers will not be held liable for chargebacks due to fraud,
including payments made with stolen credit cards and false claims of
non-shipment, when they do the following:
*The seller has a Verified U.S. Business or Premier Account.
*The seller ships to the buyer's confirmed address. This is the address
the credit card company has on file for the customer of record provided
by PayPal
*The seller can provide proof-of-shipment which can be tracked online.
This document must show that you shipped to the
buyer's Confirmed Address. PayPal will NOT accept a certificate
of mailing, which TAG recommended in the last issue of TAGnotes.
The only option for first class shipping is to insure the item.
*The seller accepted a single payment from one PayPal account for a
*The seller shipped to a domestic (U.S.) buyer at a U.S. address.
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Online Auction Users Association
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
Go to http://www.auctionpie.com
They host live chats every Sunday night at 8:00PM EST

Vintage Items Co-Op info can be found at
http://www.ali-baba.org./ and
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