EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 134 - January 09, 2005 - ISSN 1528-6703     4 of 6

This and That: Online Auction Roundup

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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 has become widespread in the online auction world, and you should think twice before giving private information or User IDs and passwords to any third party.

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eBay Introduces Tool for QuickBook Accounting Users

eBay introduced Accounting Assistant, a tool to export your eBay data to QuickBooks, an accounting program used by many small businesses. There is no charge for Accounting Assistant users who are eBay Stores Sellers and subscribers of Selling Manager, Selling Manager Pro, Seller's Assistant Basic or Seller's Assistant Pro. (You do have to pay for QuickBooks.) eBay's tool works with QuickBooks Pro, Premier, or Enterprise editions 2002, 2003, 2004, or 2005.

Users should note that this is a beta version, be very careful. If you have been an eBay seller, you know one glitch can wreak havoc. Make sure the program exports data correctly and back up your data frequently. http://pages.ebay.com/accountingassistant

FYI: Here is a review of QuickBooks from March 2004 from PC Magazine (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1537495,00.asp) to give a flavor of what QuickBooks offers. Obviously you should check the QuickBooks site to see what new versions and pricing plans are in place this year. http://digbig.com/4cjdq

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Refunds due customers for not-so-Express Mail

Refunds due customers for not-so-Express Mail
By Jeanne Ridgway, Courier-Post, 1/1/05
http://www.courierpostonline.com/news/southjersey/m010105f.htm

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Consumer World

Interesting website founded by Edgar Dworsky, who has been a consumer advocate and consumer educator for the past 27 years. It's a guide with "over 2000 of the most useful consumer resources." http://consumerworld.org


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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 ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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