EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 88 - February 02, 2003 - ISSN 1528-6703     5 of 7

This and That: Online Auction Roundup

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ePier Doubles Membership, Offers Fee-Free Days

The CEO of ePier said membership on the auction site has doubled in the past year, and the number of listings has tripled. James Kim said ePier's performance has been rock solid, with uptime of over 99%. Kim communicated the news in a letter sent to ePier's 42,000+ members yesterday. He thanked them for their support and vowed to continue his efforts to create the best marketplace. Kim also announced that ePier would hold 4 days of no listing fees and no final value fees for sellers, from February 1-4.


Rubber Stamps Crossword-Puzzle

It's been a while since we've had a new online crossword puzzle, but this one was worth the wait! The topic of this crossword is "Rubber Stamps" and was submitted by Karen Catalioto. Karen enjoys collecting many Shih Tzu dog and Persian / Tuxedo cats rubber stamps, as well as seasonal and 1970s rubber stamps.

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ChannelAdvisor Asks Users to Adhere to Image-Hosting

PolicyChannelAdvisor sent an email to customers requesting that, as is its policy, customers only use images stored in the ChannelAdvisor image library for auction listings. The company is hoping to avoid further restricting its image-hosting policies. If you have questions, send an email to


''All My Life for Sale'' Chronicles Adventures of an eBayer

Remember the guy who sold all his possessions on eBay? Surprise, now he's written a book. John Freyer sold all of his possessions on eBay, then visited his onetime possessions in their new homes. ""All My Life for Sale" is the extraordinary record of this project: part autobiography, part travelogue, and part cultural commentary, it offers a meditation on what the objects we surround ourselves with actually mean to us, and what happens when we set them free."


iOffer Launches Storefronts is creating some buzz about its service and recently launched a storefront offering. iOffer is a trading community that allows you to buy and sell, just like you would in real life. "If you've ever been to a garage sale, collectible show or flea market, then you already know how to buy or sell on iOffer." The site sprung out of last year. They introduced Storefronts last month.


Xuppa Auctions Looking for Sellers

Xuppa Auctions is looking for auction sellers. The director of the site, Jason Friedman, wrote to explain that their original focus was directed towards selling Xuppa Inc.'s own inventory through an auction format. Now they want to "develop Xuppa's auction community into a venue that offers everyday sellers the benefits that eBay and Yahoo used to provide so well."


Bidfields Guide to Selling at Online Auctions

Bidfields put together some useful links for auction sellers as part of its "Guide to Selling at Online Auctions" Learning Center:


The Powerseller Report Holds Special Promotion

"The Powerseller Report" is having a special promotion. This Web site for aspiring eBay PowerSellers shows members how other PowerSellers are succeeding in business. The subscription price of $27.95 for 3 months is being lowered to $17.95, for a limited time. See for details. The Powerseller Report also announced that its interview of Donald Peters ( is now available to all visitors. "Hear how an average guy who was having troubles landing a job in the crowded IT market was able to turn a product he didn't own into a swift career change." The interview is a 43 minute streaming audio file (Real Audio required) found on the home page.

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

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