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TAGnotes Tue 14 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 75

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Date: Wed Dec 15, 1999 4:58am
Subject: TAGnotes Tues 14 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 75

The Auction Guild Notes for Tuesday 14 Dec 1999
We apologize for the miserable visual quality of the Meta Search Engine
Comparison Report. The limitations and peculiarities of OneList are
starting to become more visible. If you go to the site, and look at
message 2 of the Digest Vol 1 Number 74 14 Dec 1999, you will see the
report as it was supposed to appear in your individual messages. It
should be a little more comprehensible. Please feel free to email any
questions about it to ta-@t....
eBay has a long post on the announcement board about the new deadbeat
bidder policy, now called Non Paying Bidder (NPB) policy. We have
archived the post in its entirety on the TAGnotes Site in the files
1. Seller must wait 7 days from auction close date, before starting the
final value fee (FVF) refund process.
2. Seller must file a NPB alert with eBay sometime from day 7 to day 45
after the close of the auction.
3. eBay sends NPB and Seller email about NPB, and the clock starts on a
10 calendar day work it out period.
4. Seller files FVF refund request after 10 day work it out period, but
before 60 days from end of auction has elapsed.
5. eBay sends NPB warning to deadbeat. Deadbeat must get three NPBs
from 3 different sellers before 30 day suspension. A fourth warning
garners an indefinite suspension. eBay might decide to suspend sooner
based on deadbeats record.
6. eBay has added more reasons why seller can request a FVF refund.
7. They expect to have the policy in place by the end of December.

eBay has sued Bidders Edge for continuing to search the eBay site.
Bidders Edge came in a fairly weak third in our Meta Search Engine
report, reporting less than 50% of the listings that AuctionWatch
reported. Is AW next? Number 2 in the report Auction Ferret, claims they
have signed an agreement with eBay, as has number 4 AuctionRover.
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Amazon Auction continues to be haunted by slow updates (sold
items 4 days behind, feedback doesn't post for up to 24 hours after
being left, listings don't show up for hours or even days etc). In
addition, there is no action against deadbeat bidders, and no NARU's
either. Are things going very wrong on 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 has added Merchant Auctions for the large scale
commercial enterprise. To qualify sellers need to have either a Yahoo
store or be signed up for order manager. The order manager, is a
toolbox that includes a logo branded charge card capable checkout.
The order manager service costs $29.95 a month. Cost for the online
merchant account - Bank One charges a $250 setup fee for new
merchant accounts (charged only if your application is accepted), plus a
monthly service fee of $45. Per transaction they charge 30 cents plus a
percentage depending on the type of card (see their terms for details).
Yahoo! charges nothing extra for the actual online processing; it is
included in the regular monthly fees. The minimum term of the merchant
contract is 6 months
Approx 1,335,000 auctions currently listed.
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Golds Auction has an extensive posting on their board. They have
partially transferred over to the new servers, and will require a two
hour shutdown Bulk lister is in beta test and should be ready in approx
two weeks. They will be launching new categories in the next two weeks,
and are soliciting suggestions. They have increased their advertising
campaign, more online banners, internet newsletter ads, opt in email
campaign, and some print ads.

Free basic listings through 31 Dec 1999.
Approx 11052 auctions listed now, and 242686 Auctions since 6/20/99
Their auction numbers have been following a downward trend.
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The Competitive Enterprise Institute is looking into joining OAUA
in the fight against the State Auction Boards attempts to force
online auction sellers to become licensed auctioneers.

There is a very interesting article on Online Sales, and Taxation
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