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TAGnotes Wed 15 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 76

From:   <tagn-@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Date: Wed Dec 15, 1999 10:44pm
Subject: TAGnotes Wed 15 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 76

The Auction Guild Notes for Wednesday 15 Dec 1999
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There is also a long message on the feedback system, archived on the
TAGnotes site for future reference. The plan is to implement these
during first quarter 2000.
1. ALL feedback will be transaction feedback only.
2. ALL feedback from permanently suspended NARU (not a registered user)
will remain in your User feedback profile as is.
3. The User feedback profile will include a 6 month bid retraction
4. User feedback profiles that are made private by the User will have
the word private in stead of the feedback number next to their User ID
5. eBay will establish and post clear guidelines for exceptional
situations where eBay will remove comments   from a User feedback
profile. Details      

eBay will hold a Q&A session on the Discuss eBay's Newest Features Board
on Thurs 16 Dec 1999 at 11:00 PST to address questions or email   

Though we are very critical of the new deadbeat bidder policy, feel   it
transfers the majority of the burden to the seller, we think these   
feedback changes are of great value and long overdue.
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Amazon Auction handles deadbeat bidders by issuing the seller a refund
when requested by the seller, and usually within hours of the request,
and simply sending the deadbeat an email that states that the buyer has
broken a legal contract. And that the sellers depend upon honesty and a
promise   that all will go as planned.   We have yet to see a copy of
this email, so if anyone has a copy, please send it to us, or add it to
the files section   of the TAGnotes site.   There is no set of specifics
that we could find   as to when and/or if Amazon will suspend a deadbeat
bidder, so they must   do it at their own discretion depending on the
circumstances.   According to the "dos and don'ts" board   QUOTE The
community environment thrives when buyers and sellers know they can rely
on the success of their   transactions. Backing out of a completed
Auction or zShops listing, or failing to deliver items, violates the
Participation Agreement. Only post listings and make purchases that you
can honor. Reneging on a purchase or sale is prohibited.   ENDQUOTE

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 on the other hand provides the seller tools with which to
limit who can bid on the sellers auctions. They do not involve
themselves in the procedure at all. This makes their transaction
feedback only system one of the most critical systems in the industry.
They too remove users at their own discretion. QUOTE   Yahoo! Auctions
relies on the integrity   of its users to honor their commitments. If
you offer an item for sale and a   winning bid is made, or if you bid
for an item and you win, you are obligated to complete the transaction.
You cannot retract a bid unless there are   exceptional circumstances.
You cannot bid in such a way that is   manipulative: for example you
cannot "bid up" the highest bid in an auction so as to make other
bidders retract their offers, and then rebid at a small increment above
the remaining high bidder. If you place an item for sale, or place a
bid, you are certifying that you have the legal right to sell or buy
that item. ENDQUOTE

Approx 1,343,540 auctions currently listed.   
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Golds Auction is giving their support folks some time off over the
holidays, so there will be times that there is no one staffing the live
support boards. Fri 24 Dec 6:00 pm EST until Sun 26 Dec 9:30 am EST Fri
31 Dec 6:00 pm EST until Sat 1 Jan 6:00 pm EST

Free basic listings through 31 Dec 1999.
Approx 9879 auctions listed now, and 247763 Auctions since 6/20/99 Their
auction numbers continue to follow a downward trend.
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And just as we were about to put TAGnotes to bed, this very encouraging
addition to the eBay announcement board!!! QUOTE We are pleased to
inform you that the North Carolina Auctioneers   Commission has voted
unanimously to temporarily defer any further proposed action to impose
licensing requirements on sellers who use Internet trading sites and has
referred the matter for study to the existing Joint Select Committee on
Information Technology of the North Carolina General Assembly. eBay has
had the opportunity to provide a number of North Carolina state
officials with comprehensive information regarding the complex range of
issues that arise in connection with the application of existing laws
and standards to   the Internet. eBay is looking forward to continuing
its cooperation with the Joint Select Committee as it considers these
We would also like to thank you all, our community members, for the   
healthy discussion and active participation on this issue. ENDQUOTE Of
course they totally failed to mention the MAJOR role played in this   by
the OAUA in researching and mobilizing action on this issue! Join the
OAUA, and help set tomorrows internet law TODAY!
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