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TAGnotes Sat 8 Jan 2000 Vol 2 Number 5 Issue 88

From:   <tagn-@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Date: Sun Jan 9, 2000 4:07am
Subject: TAGnotes Sat 8 Jan 2000 Vol 2 Number 5 Issue 88

The Auction Guild Notes for Saturday 8 Jan 2000
TAGnotesOAIchat, (The Auction Guild Online Auction Industry Chat). If
you are interested in participating or want more details, please email
us at ta-@t... or subscribe at:
eBay has launched a lawsuit against ReverseAuction for SPAM. In TAGs
opinion the largest spamming incident in the OAI came from eBay itself,
aimed at eBay users, it is hard to believe they could actually go blame
another company for doing what eBay felt perfectly comfortable doing.
In addition, they appear to have completely revamped the privacy policy,
and not given their users the requisite 30 day revue and comment period
as set out in the User Agreement Contract.

And though they have promised this page would be fixed, after four
months the preference selection page is still out of order
For a chart on how eBay shares and or exploits your personal information

eBay is selling more advertising space on the listing pages. Adding
banner links to the top of the pages, in addition to those on the
bottom. When eBay revamped the site design, we theorized that the
eventual goal was to make room for more advertising space. We see that
our theory was accurate. When this theory was put to eBay personnel,
the response was that eBay would NEVER place ads on individual auction
pages. So far they are sticking to that commitment. QUOTE As in the
past, eBay will not
display ads onto individual auction pages (the View Item pages). And we
will continue to evaluate our participation in and monitor the success
of this advertising program. ENDQUOTE

They say they are doing this advertising for altruistic reasons,
QUOTE We believe that this new arrangement will bring more people
to eBay-- bringing more unique items to eBay to help you find what you
are shopping for and bringing more bidders to help to make you more
successful when selling your items. ENDQUOTE an interesting take for
the company that needed "just a dollar" more from its users doing
reserve auctions.
The low of 2.345 mil was on 28 Dec. Currently approx 3.55 million
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Amazon Auction has Galaxy Quest memorabilia for sale
WJW/002-4941393-2365054 Features: 10 cent listing fees until further
notice, Pro Merchant special flat fee of $9.99, through 31 Jan 2000.
Free crosslinks to books or retail items, Pro merchant discounts, bulk
lister tool, zShops, One Click payment options, free image hosting, and
the best customer service in the online
auction industry 24/7 Toll-free in U.S. and Canada: (800)201-7575

Dead beat bidder policy and links
-2365054 Send email to backout-@a...
Useful contact email addys can be found here
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Yahoo Auction Features: No listing or final value fees on any auctions,
Watchlist, Auction Alerts personal shopper, Auction Booth, Blacklist,
Set bidder Parameters, Set type, duration and end times of auctions,
Custom end of auction notices, Auctions Express Bulk Loading tool,
Merchant Accounts Order Manager @ $30/Month, Yahoo Store with (pricey)
charge card merchant accounts, You set price on featured auction
services, etc. http://auctions.yahoo.com/html/features/features.html
TAG thinks Yahoo is the most seller friendly Online Auction House,
despite NO customer service. Approx 1.44 million auctions
currently running http://auctions.yahoo.com/auction/
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Golds Auction has extended Free basic listings through 31 Jan 2000.
Approx 9332 auctions listed now, and 277968 Auctions since 6/20/99
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Collectors Universe is a niche collectible only site. Offers free
auction listings with no final value fees. Has many resources for
valuing your collectibles, such as online price guides.
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AuctionWatch continues to have difficulties as to its role in online
auction industry. There has been a number of users suspended via
email rather than in public, as per TOS. There have been posts deleted
without reason or explanation. The community awaits the new TOS with
bated breath. http://www.auctionwatch.com/mesg/list.html
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If you would like an Auction House or Service Provider added to
this list, please email us at tagn-@t...
or TheAuction-@onelist.com.
If you have any info you would like to have added to this list,
email us at ta-@t... or