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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1727 - February 14, 2008 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 2

Tornado-Damaged Bargainland Warehouse Now Victim of Fire

By Ina Steiner
February 14, 2008

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On February 11, 2008, a fire destroyed what was left of Bargainland's Memphis warehouse - six days after it had been struck by a tornado. No injuries were sustained. The fire was a double blow to Bargainland, whose 200,000 square foot facility was being recovered after last week's tornadoes that ravaged the Southeastern states. The cause of the fire appears to be a rubber mat that accidentally became ignited as the recovery crew cleared rubble from the tornado damage.

The destroyed warehouse is one of three Bargainland facilities in the US, with other facilities in Utah and Mississippi. The company has been able to immediately locate a new warehouse and will be moving all operations to the new location. Merchandise will be assessed and moved as soon as fire officials determine it is safe to clear the damaged warehouse.

Bargainland, a former eBay Powerseller, now sells exclusively on Bidtopia. Bargainland customers who have paid for items but have not received them can contact customer service via live chat at http://service.bargainland.net. The company said once the claim is verified, customers will be fully reimbursed.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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