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TAGnotes Tue 28 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 82

From:   <tagn-@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Date: Wed Dec 29, 1999 1:15am
Subject: TAGnotes Tues 28 Dec 1999 Vol 1 Number 82

The Auction Guild Notes for Tuesday 28 Dec 1999
Wishing ALL our TAGnotes subscribers a Happy and Healthy New Year
eBay has had intermittent search problems over the past few days.
Though un-noted on the announcement boards, several subscribers have
reported in and confirmed our findings. When doing a search, you come
up with varied and inconsistent results. After reloading refreshing a
couple of times, it will usually work, but only if you persist.

At approx 1642 PT the site had some problems requiring rebooting of the
Standby server. No further information available.

After we filed a formal complaint with TRUSTe and BBBonline against
eBay for the October Joe Dimaggio SPAM and the later eBay Magazine
SPAM, eBay has once again changed it's excuse for spamming its users.
In a response to our complaint to TRUSTe, eBay said   QUOTE    At eBay,
users can select and change their preferences regarding what email they
receive. Our preferences page had a technical glitch in October and
failed to record preference changes. Therefore, one email may have been
sent out to users who had changed their preferences. It is unknown
whether a user had or had not opted out and is undeterminable whether
the preference was recorded. In our User Agreement and Privacy Policy we
do state that we do not guarantee our service, or that it will be
uninterrupted or error free. This is exactly such a case where we had a
technical problem. ENDQUOTE

This is a change from the message posted to the announcement board back
in October, where the claim was that the SPAM was information, and that
all eBay users had agreed to receive such SPAM when they signed up with
eBay (despite the opt out feature). Interesting how the story changes
based on who asks the question !!! It appears that this is as far as
TRUSTe is willing to pursue this matter, and we feel it throws the value
of an organization such as TRUSTe into a dubious light. We still have
not received any response from BBBOnline. There are Approx 2.345 million
listings currently on eBay.
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Amazon Auction 10 cent listings until 31Dec99, free crosslinks to books
or retail items, Pro merchant discounts, bulk lister tool, zShops, One
Click payment options, 24/7 customer service Toll-free in U.S. and
Canada: (800)201-7575
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Yahoo is offering a $25.00 credit towards auction features as a sign up
incentive for Merchant Auction Accounts, and the first month free (29.95
monthly fee). There are normaly no listing or final value fees on any
auctions. http://auctions.yahoo.com/html/123.html

For information on books and other branded gear
Approx 1.3 million auctions currently running
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Golds Auction has the new listing sub categories shown on their
announcement board, and welcome further input from users. These new
subcategories were added to the site today. Free basic listings through
31 Dec 1999. Approx 9322 auctions listed now, and 264851 Auctions since
6/20/99 Their auction numbers continue to follow a downward trend.
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