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EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 48 - September 29, 2001 - ISSN 1528-6703     1 of 7

From the Editor

By Ina Steiner

September 29, 2001

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Many of you probably know some pretty interesting history about the early years of eBay and online selling. I just learned something interesting myself this week. The creator of the first sniping program emailed me in response to my article last week about sniping tools http://www.auctionbytes.com/Email_Newsletter/47/47.html#snipe. Dave Eccles created Cricket Jr. back in 1997, and wanted me to know about his sniping tool. Here's part of his letter:

"Cricket Jr. Sniped for the first time in mid December 1997 (9 second Snipe) and was introduced to the Ebay community on December 30, 1997. Cricket Jr was the first Snipe tool ever offered and was an immediate hit with the bidders that found the auction."

Mr. Eccles went on to discuss the state of sniping and his experiences in dealing with the auction sites. You can learn more at his Web site. http://www.cricketsniper.com

If you have experience using Cricket or any of the other tools mentioned in the last issue, be sure and post in the forums http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/viewtopic.php?topic=51&for um=7&4 um=7&4.

AuctionBytes is in the process of moving to a new bigger server. Changes will be occurring over the next week. Some servers may be slower than others to propagate the new IP, so we'll be running two sites concurrently to try and eliminate any downtime. If you do have problems accessing our Site, email David at dsteiner@auctionbytes.com and let us know.

Thanks for reading,

Ina Steiner, Editor email: ina@auctionbytes.com

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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