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 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.
PayPal Users' Email Addresses Compromised?
It has been reported on message boards that the emails of users who have opted out of PayPal mailings are being compromised through a third-party service. You can read a post here http://www.neowin.net/comments.php?id=26801&category=main and the original post at http://www.msfn.org/comments.php?shownews=11572
At this point it doesn't seem like there's anything users can do. As we learn more, we'll cover it in Newsflash.
ClassifiedBuyers.com Adds Bulk Uploader
ClassifiedBuyers.com said it has given its classifieds marketplace a makeover. In addition, it added a bulk upload program for sellers who want to list a lot of items. Listings are exported so they show up on Froogle. http://classifiedbuyers.com
LoudFrog Revamps Marketplace
LoudFrog has been around for 4 years but has ramped up its service over the last 6 months, according to founder Razhick Ouma. The site offers monthly pricing plans with no commission fees. http://www.loudfrog.com/help_service_plans.aspx
Brand New Site: FleaVenders.com
FleaVenders.com is an online auction site with a flea market theme. The founder said the site was born out of the love of flea markets and yard sales, and the thrill of finding a good bargain. It was also founded as an alternative to eBay. There is no charge to register, sellers can list auctions and classified listings, as well as opening an e-BOOTH Store. http://www.fleavenders.com
OnlineAuction.com is another new site. It charges sellers an $8 monthly fee, with no individual listing or final value fees. http://www.onlineauction.com
SellersVoice Adds Audio to eBay Auctions
SellersVoice is a new audio service for eBay auction sellers. The founder said "We have seen some bids increase by up to 306% by adding audio." http://www.sellersvoice.com
Antiques Roadshow Summer Tour
Antiques Roadshow has published its schedule of taping for the next season:
- June 18, 2005 Providence, Rhode Island
- June 25, 2005 Tampa, Florida
- July 16, 2005 Houston, Texas
- July 30, 2005 Bismarck, North Dakota
- August 13, 2005 Los Angeles, California
Victims identified in Plant City homicide
Note: one of our readers asks that you contact Plant City police if you know anything that might help them solve the murder of the couple in this article, who sold cars online at www.carsearch4u.net:
"Victims identified in Plant City homicide," BayNews9.com, 1/16/05 http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2005/1/16/68304.html
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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 email@example.com.
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