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EB-Update Issue #135 - January 23, 2005.

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eBay Drop-off Store Industry Survey Results

eBay drop-off stores promise to take the hassle out of selling unwanted items on eBay for consumers. But not a lot is known about how the stores are faring and whether it is a viable business model. Earlier this month we sent an invitation to 100 drop-off stores. Today, we reveal the results. What you learn may surprise you.

Image Hosting for eBay Sellers: A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

If you sell online, you likely rely on photos to help buyers evaluate your offerings. But storing those photos are not free. Mark O'Neill takes a look at some image-hosting services in today's column.

AuctionBytes Industry Profile: Rajesh Navar, Founder and CEO of LiveDeal

AuctionBytes is running a series of interviews with people who have had an impact in the online-auction industry in order to get their views on the current state of the auction world. In today's Industry Profile, we interview Rajesh Navar, founder and CEO of, "the Internet's leading marketplace for buying and selling goods locally." As an original member of the engineering and management teams at eBay and other successful Internet companies, Rajesh is a pioneer in the ecommerce space.

This and That: Online Auction Roundup

A serious PayPal security leak; Some new sites for you to check out; The Antiques Roadshow hits the road for summer - all this and MORE in our This and That column!

Collector's Corner: Yo-Yos

The yo-yo may bring back memories of childhood, but did you know this toy has been around for 3,000 years? Learn about the yo-yo, or "bandalore" as it was once called, and what makes it collectible, in today's Collector's Corner.

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters from Readers

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From feedback to payment services, from increased fees to posting policies, AuctionBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.