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TAGnotes Fri 17 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 77

From:   <tagn-@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Date: Sat Dec 18, 1999 2:19am
Subject: TAGnotes Fri 17 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 77

The Auction Guild Notes for Friday 17 Dec 1999
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eBay has purchased Blackthorne, a producer of auction management tool
software, particularly Auction Assistant. This will give eBay the   
ability to offer branded management tools. Now all they have to do is
buy Honesty.Com,and they will be able to add counter and image hosting
facilities, and bidder tools.

eBay conducted its regularly scheduled maintenance from 0100 to 0500 PT
on Friday morning, and are also doing an UnRegularly scheduled   
maintenance from 0100-0500 PT Sat 18 Dec 99. eBay will extend all   
auctions originally scheduled to end between 0100 and 0600 PT by 24   
hours. This is the first of several major database changes to allow   
for growth and scalability. They are separating the customer account
data from the rest of the database. These changes might cause some   
unexpected performance issues, so they will have additional staff on
duty just in case. We really feel that eBay is being a bit blind to   
its sellers needs, given this weekend is probably the last chance of
someone buying a gift, and getting it in time for christmas.   Could
they have not delayed this update until next week?

The following is synopsized from the announcement board, we have not
tried these tools, so the claims for them being new and improved, are   
eBays, not TAGs. The new Mister Lister bulk listing feature is
available. Designed to help experienced sellers who list 50 or more
items a day, Mister Lister can save the seller some time. Three new
features of this version:
1. An easier to use software application, Mister Lister Composer,
creates and sends collections of many items.
2. Has support for new listing features like Gallery, Gift icon,
Shipping and Payment options not available in the old version.
3. A more user-friendly design for the Online Reviewer pages, preview,
edit,and start collections of auctions.
For details go to http://pages.ebay.com/services/buyandsell/mr.html
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Amazon Auction 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 We continue to get reports from our subscribers, that
they are having more success with Yahoo auctions all the time.   One of
Yahoos biggest problems was deadbeat bidders. The ability of sellers to
set parameters or outright ban buyers, seems to have mitigated this
problem to a more acceptable degree. One of TAGs staff, has started to
sell on Yahoo, on a small scale, and so far results have been very
encouraging. Items that   didn't sell on eBay are bringing the reserve
plus, and so far payment for the items sold is being sent promptly.   We
still feel this site has the best features, most flexibility and most
user friendliness, which is a pretty good trick since they don't have
much if any customer service. Approx 1,343,540 auctions currently
listed. http://auctions.yahoo.com/auction/
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Golds Auction 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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The OAUA continues to discuss the issues of licensing online auction
users, and their continued contact with North Carolina legislatures are
netting encouraging answers. New Hampshire is the next target, and NH is
holding a meeting 10 Jan 2000, so get those emails, calls and letters
sent! We hope Tennessee is next on the list. There are   already
tangible results from YOUR efforts, we are on the frontier of online
sales, and are the ones who will set the laws for the future. Join the
OAUA, and help set tomorrows internet law TODAY!
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Honesty.Com has added a pricing tool to their auction users toolbox. The
Honesty Price-Finder(tm), uses search criteria, and determines the high,
low and average price for a given item. For bidders, the   
Price-Finder(tm) gives a price range for an item and helps measure its
availability over a 30-day period. For the seller, the Price-Finder
helps   place your item in its appropriate category and gives you an
idea of   its potential value. http://www.honesty.com
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