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TAGnotes Wed 1 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 67

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Date: Thu Dec 2, 1999 3:31am
Subject: TAGnotes Wed 1 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 67

The Auction Guild Notes for Wednesday 1 Dec 1999
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The Online Auction Users Association (OAUA) put out a press release
http://oaua.auctionusers.org/press/announce.shtml about the State
Auctioneers licensing issue. They plan on starting a letter writing
campaign. Now would be a good time to join, both the organization and
the discussion.

Remember to drop your state legislators a note or make a call, and find
out what your state is doing on this issue, and register your opinion.
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eBay had a problem with the personal shopper tool for approximate 3
hours today. It did not save new search criteria, so if you added any
info between 0500 PT and 1000 PT, you will probably need to go back
and redo it.

There is an apology of sorts for the last two outages, as both were
hardware related. Though happy with the performance of the backup
system, they are trying to fix the problems to prevent re-occurrences.

Decembers issue of eBay life is out
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Amazon 10cent listings until 31Dec99, free crosslinks to books or
retail items, Pro merchant discounts, bulk lister tool, zShops, One
Click payment options, Gift list giveaways , 24/7 customer service
Toll-free in U.S.and Canada: (800)201-7575
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Yahoo Auctions Sports memorabilia; Rock and Roll memorabilia;
Arts and Craft Paintings; Modern, Bakelite and Costume Jewelry,
Hutch Holiday Gala - all coming up on LiveBid Dec 2nd and 4th.
Approx 1,335,000 auctions currently listed.
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Golds Auction has extended FREE basic listings through 31 Dec 1999.
A glitch in the feedback system required the removal of all the
transferred feedback files. If you want your feedback transfer
reinstated, either email feed-@g...    or use this link
Approx 12808 auctions listed now, and 227426 Auctions since 6/20/99
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Auction Rover put out a press release about their formal agreement with
EBay. They have permission to include eBay auctions in the Auction
Rover search, so long as it is presented as a separate tab, and not
co-mingled with other auctions. No indication as to what they had to
give up in order to get the agreement (lentil soup anyone?).

They have also added auction manager tools to their site where you can
do auction tracking, customizable templates, cross auction posting, and
one click relists. It is free.
They also have a free sellers kit with auctionrover logo items.
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InternetAuctionSecrets Newsletter Vol 1 Number 5 is now available. This
issue has Y2K cautions, and other top 10 tips; How to take part in eBay
O Rama Auctions; A review of the Popula auction site; An article by
Charles Wu of ManageAuctions.Com (see TAGnotes Vol 1 Number 66) on
online email merging services and how to use them for online auctions;
An article on shipping terms; and a letter of highly questionable value
that is obviously by a shiller/stalker/flamer who recently made herself
infamous on AuctionWatch, on how NOT to sell on eBay.

This months issue has a more attractive appearance, is in an easier to
read font, and even had an idea or two that we old online auction
mossies raised an eyebrow at. Other than the shill bidding letter,
which we feel would have been better left out, a good solid well
presented issue. This newsletter is available by paid subscription at
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Auction Watch gets a great big gold star for reversing their recent
policy on deleting any discussion thread about someone they feel is a
competitor. As discussed here in a previous issue, we felt they made
themselves ridiculous by doing this, in addition to seemingly violating
their own mission and philosophy. Today in a thread started by someone
who appears to have questionable credentials as a legitimate poster,
registered 16 Nov and anon) instead of shutting it down, Rodrigo came
to the thread and presented AWs side in a reasoned way, and has let the
sites users discuss the issues
involved. Even though there appear to be a couple of other questionable
posters (anons with two posts each), there has been a good discussion,
with various views presented in the kind of debate that makes AW so
valuable. We really hope this is the start of AW getting back to its
basic philosophy of being an unbiased site. That, after all, is what
has made it the successful site it is.
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