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TAGnotes Mon 20 Aug 2001 Vol 3 Number 90 Issue 351

The Auction Guild Notes for Mon 20 Aug 2001
$Buck98 on eBay. No reserve. $1.98 opening bid auctions.
ENDS 21 Aug http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/$buck98/
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On 15Aug at 08:28:29 PT users reported Mister Lister down and the
community boards down.   The boards were back at 08:35:00 PT, and no
further reports of problems were forthcoming.   At 19:34:40 PT users
reported the site slow.   

On 16 Aug 07:49:43 PT users reported cgi5 html errors, with about one
third of the attempts to verify a revised auction on cgi5 glitching out.
At 09:37:58 PT, the VerifyUpdateItem module was throwing HTML error
messages. At 20:15:34 PT users again reported cgi5 problems. At
22:47:40 PT ebaY was throwing “item contained no data" errors.

17 Aug 06:33:25 PT users reported that cgi5 was still throwing HTML
read errors on the VerifyUpdateItem module, as it had the day before.

On 18Aug 12:10:52 PT a few users reported flashing banner ads
reappearing on the search listing pages. This does not appear to be
widespread at present.

In general, excepting the un-repaired ongoing problems, ebaY ran well
through 20 Aug.

TO REQUEST REFUNDS from ebaY go to
Don’t take no for an answer; keep requesting until you get them

The endless problems with ebaY picture services continue. Decline the
ActiveX control if asked and choose to opt to not use ebaY picture
services. Bypass the process altogether by going to
This takes you to a listing page that skips over the ebaY image hosting.
Another route you can try is
Another alternative is to simply ignore the java program/ActiveX
request and leave the window open while listing. You should be able to
list items, though the applet is neither accepted nor denied. Once your
listing is completed, deny the java program/ActiveX and close that
window. A method of bypassing ALL the chronic relist problems on ebaY
is to download the Opera browser at http://www.opera.com. Do all your
relists using the Opera browser.

Though MANY users are having problems listing, relisting and revising on
ebaY, the one group most negatively impacted is WebTV users. We
regularly hear from subscribers about the ongoing reoccurring
impossibility of listing, relisting and revising on ebaY. Try emailing
me-@ebay.com and pie-@ebay.com with your comments. Some things to
try, are to use third party service providers such as
http://www.vrane.com, or http://www.baypal.com - both WebTV friendly or
ebaY's own Mister Lister (free downloadable bulk lister), so you don't
have to list directly on ebaY.

ebaY is holding a back to school contest. For all info go to

ebaY says they are going to be purchasing Fast Search technology to
improve their search engines. For press release, go to
The Fast Search site is at   http://www.fastsearch.com

ebaY is changing their Antiques & Art area. EbaY will gather all
Antiques & Art categories together. ebaY will add some new categories
such as Decorative Arts. Each of the main Art categories will now have
subcategories for Antique and Contemporary works, and each of those will
include additional breakouts.   ebaY will add a new category for
Self-Representing Artists. Proposed changes may be viewed at
Send comments and feedback before the end of August to

ebaY is also changing the Movies categories.
**ebaY will differentiate between vintage and contemporary
**Reproductions will be broken out in the "Lobby Cards" and "Posters"
**ebaY will separate "Props" and "Wardrobe" under memorabilia
**ebaY will create subcategories under both "Television" and "Theater"
**The "General", "Celebrity", and "Hollywood" categories will be
combined into "Other Memorabilia";
**Genres will be added as subcategories to "Laserdisc" and "Television"
in the "Video, Film" category.
For an outline of the proposed changes go to
Send your feedback prior to the end of August to mov-@ebay.com

ebaY is selling a collection of Folk Art on ebaY Premier from 16 Aug
until 25. The items include works by Bill Traylor, Leroy Almon,
Thornton Dial, Harry Lieberman, Clementine Hunter, and Nellie Mae Rowe.
View at http://www.ebaypremier.com/

Community overview board –
ebaY news board - http://pages.ebay.com/community/news/index.html

ebaY categories with the category number

ebaY contact information including analog mail and email addresses and
phone numbers, regular and toll free, refund info and insider trading
info etc can be found at

5.67 mil auctions inflated approx 6% by double category netting approx
5.33 mil auctions. On 18 Aug 2000 ebaY had approx 4.98 mil auctions
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Amazon Auctions, zShops and Marketplace
On 16 Aug Amazon did maintenance on the seller platforms to fix listing
and display problems. During the maintenance periods there could be
problems with
- Bulk, Book and Inventory loaders intermittently unavailable
- Uploaded files may be delayed in processing
- Listings may remain in "opening soon" longer than expected
- Storefronts and listings may update more slowly than expected
- Intermittent delays during the maintenance

Amazon partner Prospero Technologies did maintenance to the boards on
Sat 18 Aug from 05:00 to 06:00 ET. There are some concerns amongst users
that logging onto the Prospero boards is interfering with the users
Amazon account due to resource management across the two sites. On
Amazon, you can log in but not log out of the Prospero boards, though
you can go through Prosperos site and log in and out from there.
Announcement Board

User to User boards

Circuit City stores will sell consumer electronics items through
Amazon.com, with purchases ready for immediate pickup at Circuit City
stores nationwide.   The expanded selection and in-store pickup will
launch in November. Where both Amazon.com and Circuit City offer the
same electronics products, customers will have a choice between
traditional Amazon.com shipping options or immediate pickup from Circuit
City stores. Items offered by Circuit City that are not offered in the
Amazon.com Electronics store will be available exclusively for in-store
pickup; merchandise offered by Amazon.com that is not available at
Circuit City will be delivered exclusively from Amazon.com.

An Amazon user has started an Amazon Usenet Newsgroup to deal with
Amazon seller issues. Interested parties will have to ask their ISPs to
pick it up. It is called

Amazon live telephone customer service 16 hours a day
Toll-free in U.S. and Canada: (800)201-7575
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Yahoo Auctions is doing an auction user survey. Since the grave errors
that caused a complete collapse of their auction site in January, this
appears to be the first attempt to find out what the OAI/OTI is
thinking. In TAG's view, it is a positive step that they are at least
asking, but it is very little and VERY late. We wonder if Yahoo has
learned any lessons, or if they are so arrogant that they are still
convinced that they know best. TAG strongly recommends that all our
subscribers complete the survey.
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through the use of artificial intelligence and the posting of products
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and auction networks. This is something different, and worth a test
drive to see if it will work for you. To learn more or to sign up for
your free month now, go to
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Online Auction Users Association elections are fast approaching VOTE!!!

OAUA has put together discount packages for their members for auction
management services.    http://www.auctionusers.org/discounts-am.shtml

OAUA has posted a forum for their upcoming Annual Meeting and Board
Elections. Make a difference in the OAI/OTI, join, and participate

Interested in volunteering and serving the Online Auction Community?
Check out http://www.auctionusers.org/volunteerop.shtml
Thur 23 Aug 7 - 8 p.m. EST - OAUA Board Meeting
Thur 23 Aug 9 p.m. EST - OAUA Chat - Topic - OAUA Question and Answer
– Host - Karen
Thur 30 Aug 7 - 8 p.m. EST - OAUA Board Meeting
Thur 30 Aug - 9 p.m. EST - OAUA Chat - Topic - Chat with Ruby Lane -
Host Karen
Thur 6 Sep - OAUA Annual General Meeting, more information to follow
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