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AuctionBytes Blog
Covering auctions, collectibles and marketplace selling.

AuctionBytes Blog The AuctionBytes Blog has been giving a voice to online merchants since its launch in 2005. Named one of the world's top 30 blogs in 2008 by "Blogging Heroes." Weigh in with your thoughts on the joys and pitfalls of selling online.
Mon Aug 25 2014 14:25:44

Dealer Gets $3.2 Million Bid for Comic on eBay

By: Ina Steiner
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Collectibles dealer Darren Adams sold a comic book on eBay that ended with a bid of $3.2 million dollars. The previous record for the most expensive comic book was set in 2011 when another copy of Action Comics #1, also with a 9.0 grade, but off-white pages sold for $2,161,000.

The Action Comics #1 comic book hit newsstands in 1938 for 10 cents and marked Superman's historic debut, giving birth to the multi-billion dollar global franchise of today. You can view the ended auction on the eBay website.



The auction was not run-of-the-mill - eBay gave it prominent placement through an ad ... Read More
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Thu Aug 21 2014 21:27:04

So How About Those PayPal Rumors?

By: Ina Steiner
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PayPal was the subject of two noteworthy rumors this week, both addressed in Friday's Newsflash:

Alibaba's 11 Main Addresses Rumor It May Ban PayPal - link to EcommerceBytes article
With a rumor that Alibaba's U.S. marketplace might no longer support PayPal payments, 11 Main responds.

Do Sellers Care If eBay Spins off PayPal? - link to EcommerceBytes article
A rumor circulated Thursday that eBay was considering plans to spinoff PayPal as early as next year. What do sellers think of the possibility?

The two stories are actually connected and get to the heart of this question: would PayPal do better if not tied to eBay by ... Read More
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Mon Aug 18 2014 21:13:45

Is eBay's Cross-Border Push Putting Antiques Dealers at Risk?

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is putting in place a number of programs both here and abroad to increase the ease with which foreign shoppers can purchase items from U.S. sellers on eBay.com. But sellers feel such programs don't always allow them full control over where their items may end up in the world. For sellers of antiques and vintage goods, this can be particularly problematic.

Many sellers are by now familiar with the eBay Global Shipping Program, which in some cases sellers were enrolled without realizing it when they accepted eBay's User Agreement updates. And in the Fall Seller Release announced last week, ... Read More
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Sat Aug 16 2014 06:34:54

eBay Buyers Can't Withdraw Negative Feedback

By: Ina Steiner
 
Did you know you can't withdraw negative feedback you've left for a seller on eBay? It's not a new policy, but may be news to some readers. It's certainly worth another look in light of eBay's new defect policy where one negative feedback can tip the scales against a seller.

Longtime reader Philip Cohen sent me an email after running into this policy.

For the first time ever I, very recently, gave a seller a neutral feedback, for reasons I thought justifiable at the time, but with the thought that I could revise it later; the seller came back to me and ... Read More
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Wed Aug 13 2014 16:33:43

Sellers of Vintage Goods Are Angry over Latest Etsy Test

By: Ina Steiner
 
Some sellers who use Etsy to list vintage items are furious after discovering the marketplace is running a test in which it removed "vintage" from its Browse pull-down menu.

The move may be a squandered opportunity, as it comes just as some eBay sellers - particularly in antiques, vintage and collectibles - are looking for an additional or alternative venue due to the new return policy eBay is imposing. eBay is requiring all sellers, unless they offer a no-return policy,  to use its managed returns process (also known as Hassle Free Returns), particularly unpopular among sellers of unique ... Read More
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Mon Aug 11 2014 15:01:03

eBay Helps Chinese Sellers Flood Site with Fake Old Things

By: Ina Steiner
 
The term "new vintage" grates on the nerves of collectors and sellers, and not just because it's an oxymoron. Items that are manufactured to look like vintage goods makes it more difficult to sell the "real thing." And it's a major problem online, especially on online marketplaces.




Above: The Atlantic showed this image of a real vintage item on eBay alongside a fake old item.

So it came as a big surprise to read in the Atlantic that eBay was in effect helping Chinese manufacturers flood its marketplace with fake old things. Adrienne LaFrance, Senior Associate Editor at The Atlantic, said eBay Marketplaces President ... Read More
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Wed Aug 6 2014 12:34:15

Thanks for the Memories, Everyday and Big

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
Passages. Birthdays, weddings, graduations; these are the events we tend to document with our cameras. (And, increasingly, now with social media like Facebook, kids headed off to the first day of school).

But it's the everyday moments that can be the most special, and that really make up the substance of our lives: heading to the pool with a group of friends, a good dinner with the family, a trip to the Plaza to buy one of those soft ice cream cones in which they somehow get the little bits of chocolate mixed. Throwing up on a hitchhiker because ... Read More
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