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.
Online Auction Site QXL Holds Free Listing Promotion in UK
QXL UK is holding a 2-week Free Listing promotion on its site. The promotion begins September 11 and runs through September 24. There will be no listing fees for auctions listed during the promotion, but commission fees ("success fees") do apply. See Web site for details and restrictions. http://www.qxl.co.uk/contents/uk/auction/freelisting/freelisting.htm
eBay Feedback Tool
If you've ever waded through pages and pages of feedback, because you wanted to read some of the negative and neutral feedback left for an eBay user, here's a great site! Toolhaus has created a tool that extracts all negative and neutral feedback ratings and displays them for easy viewing. Many eBayers have long asked for this feature so they could easily review potential warning signs rather than slogging through pages of feedback to find the negs.
Here's the best part: it's free! You CAN make a PayPal donation if you find the tool useful. (Knowing the the owner of the site, the donation will go toward server costs and building his comic book collection.) http://www.toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs
Sports Memorabilia Site
Someone told me about a new site for sports memorabilia. "Ed Kranepool (played for the Mets in the 60's & 70's) started a memorabilia auction business where they only sell items from past players/performers or their families." http://www.memorabiliaroadshow.net
Latest eBay Sell Through Rates
Do lower sell-through rates on eBay mean that home-based online sellers are doomed? There is a great discussion going on now in the AuctionBytes forums: http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=10633
Review of Collectibles Site
Jim Crawford, moderator of the AuctionBytes Online Marketing Forum (http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=15), has written about a new collectibles-oriented site, you can find the article here: http://crawforddirect.com/collectibles.htm
Knarf Introduces Fatfingers for Canada
Knarf has created a Canadian version of Fatfingers, a service that allows you to search eBay for keyword spelling errors and search terms. http://www.Fatfingers.ca
An eBay seller in the UK has created an eBay counter, I haven't tried it yet: http://davesbookshop.co.uk/counters
Appraisals in Illinois
Our friend Gary Sohmers will be appearing in Wilmette, Illinois on Saturday Sept. 18 at Plaza Del Lago Mall, doing an appraisal session of Collectibles and Antiques for Charity. It is only $5 for a Verbal appraisal from Gary and the people from Pace Auction Gallery of Des Plaines. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. http://www.plazadelago.com/events_frame.html
Going From Geek to Auctioneer
Another friend, Wayne Tuiskula, got written up in the Boston Globe! Wayne transitioned from "Software Quality Assurance" to Auctioneer. Kudos. http://bostonworks.boston.com/globe/transitions/archives/082904.shtml
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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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