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TAGnotes Thur 20 Jan 2000 Vol 2 Number 12 Issue 95

From:   <tagn-@theauctionguild.com>
Date: Fri Jan 21, 2000 0:34am
Subject: TAGnotes Thur 20 Jan 2000 Vol 2 Number 12 Issue 95

The Auction Guild Notes for Thursday 20 Jan 2000
Please don't forget to let your friends and associates in the Online   
Auction Industry know about TAGnotes and TAGnotesOAIchat.
eBay will introduce in the next week or so (no date given) a new sign in
feature that allows you to enter your User ID and password only once   
during your browser session.   

They are also pushing their Great Collections auctions, pointing out
that all   dealers offer a 30-day guarantee that the item is as
described as well as a   five-year guarantee of authenticity. They
mention the ability for sellers to market their wares through great
collections, either as a dealer or consignee. TAG advises caution when
dealing with Great Collections, as the feedback of   both Butterfield
and Butterfield, (73 tot - 50pos 17neutral not good, and 6 negatives),   
and of some of the sellers has been less than stellar, with too   many
profiles showing negative feedback.   We have also observed that   
shipping and handling costs are sometimes excessive. Please insure you   
carefully review feedback profiles, and know all your shipping and
handling   costs up front BEFORE bidding on any item.   

There are new categories coming within the next 30 days. Preview them
at: http://pages.ebay.com/community/news/cat-preview.html

This is the third and final phase of the category rollout, which began   
in Fall 1999.   They added the first phase of categories in October, the
second phase of categories in December and will finish up the final   
phase with additions and changes to all of the categories within the
30 days.   Any suggestions for future category enhancements, email the
category guy, bri-@e....   

Regularly scheduled maintenance will take place Fri 21 Jan 2000 from
0100 to 0500.   http://www2.ebay.com/aw/announce.shtml Listings
currently approx 3.9 mil
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Amazon Auctions   Customer service 24/7   Toll-free in U.S. and Canada:
happenings/102-2649290-9020037 Useful contact email addys can be found
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Yahoo Auction Free online classifieds, use as auction links to reach
more potential bidders. http://edit.classifieds.yahoo.com/51/login? Lots
of great information here. http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/auct/aglos
http://auctions.yahoo.com/html/features/features.html Approx 1.56
million auctions currently running   http://auctions.yahoo.com/
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Boxlot.Com approximately 100,000 listings (hard to determine, because
the   numbers shown don't indicate if they are items or listings, but
regardless, once you get in and count actual listings, appear to run
about 50% of those   claimed) and a steady pursuit of a larger audience.
They run contests, promotions, have links to lots of other sites, Main
Street Markets, and a   Media Store, Chat boards articles, info boards,
and lots of crosslinks to everything. They do online banner and link
advertising, but the bidders   just don't seem to be there.   What does
a site need to do to capture the selling and buying public?   
Suggestions?   FEES - no listing or insert fees,   stamp insert fees
free until 10 April 2000.   No buyers premium. Sellers are charged a
commission based on the final sale price for each successful auction.
The commission rate for single-item auctions is 5% of the final selling
price up to   $50.00, and 2.5% for any amount above $50.00. The
commission for multiple item auctions is based upon the lowest
successful bid times the total   amount of items sold.
http://www.boxlot.com/services.html http://www.boxlot.com/
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Golds Auction   http://www.goldsauction.com/apps/viewAnnouncements.html
Features: Free basic listings through 31 Jan 2000.   Approx 10145
auctions listed now, and 293157 Auctions since 6/20/99   
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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
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