This and That: Online Auction Roundup
By Ina Steiner
Reminder: AuctionBytes does not endorse the products and services featured in the "This & That" column, which often features new Web sites. (Anyone can set up a Web site.) Fraud is becoming widespread in the online auction world, and you should think twice before giving private information or User IDs and passwords to any third party.
PayCodes - Coupons to Keep Your Customers Coming Back
Here's an interesting idea that allows sellers to give discounts to their PayPal-paying customers. For a $15/year flat fee, Paycodes allows its members to generate an unlimited number of discount codes that they can insert in their auction, storefront or eCommerce Web Site listings.
When a customer makes a purchase, they go to the PayCodes site, enter the item description, cost of the item, and the unique discount code they received, into the fields on the PayCodes home page. The customer is then redirected to the seller's PayPal Checkout page displaying the discounted amount.
PayCodes CEO and founder, Dean Hartmann, told AuctionBytes that no customer information is collected by PayCodes, and that all the information entered on the checkout page goes directly to PayPal.
A brand-new feature on the PayCodes site allows members to create printable coupons that can be included in packages that can be used by customers for future purchases.
Getting Ship-Shape with eBay Labeling
Writer and eBayer Beth Cox writes an interesting article about using eBay's shipping center to print out labels for her orders.
Topix.net for Local News
Topix.net is a new search engine. You can enter a zip code and find local news.
Phishing Scams Targeted
Associated Press wrote a good story about hoax emails on Friday, it's nice to see this problem getting mainstream attention.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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