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.
FastLister Tool for Listing Media Items
From the developers of BidRobot comes an eBay listing tool for books, CDs and DVDs. FastLister is still in beta (test) mode, and developer Chuck Eglinton said he's adding more features. Eglinton claims you can use FastLister.com to immediately list your Books, CDs and DVDs at eBay in 10 seconds or less. http://www.FastLister.com
eBay Live 2005 Conference
eBay will open up registration to its fourth eBay Live conference on March 4, 2005, the cost is $75 for early registration: http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y05/m02/i03/s04 According to Knarf's Blog, this year's event, being held in June in San Jose, will include tours of the eBay campus and an eBay staff talent show (AuctionBytes will definitely be taking photos at this conference!) http://www.knarf.ca/archives/000562.html
Motley Fool Interviews eBay CEO
The Motley Fool, a website for stock investors, said it landed a radio interview with eBay CEO Meg Whitman. The Motley Fool Radio Show on NPR will air the segment this weekend. http://www.fool.com/News/mft/2005/mft05020429.htm
Post Office Still Searching Media Mail Packages
This article is about the privacy concerns of mailers. "Media Mail searches raise privacy concerns: Media Mail, a cheap way to mail books, is the focus of USPS security checks," By Joanna Lin, Daily Trojan http://digbig.com/4cpgb
Online Directory of Offline Auctions: AuctionZip.com
AuctionZip.com says it has the largest database of "live auctions" (on-site auctions with auctioneers, as opposed to online auctions) in the nation. Steve Johnson of AuctionZip said they currently have over 3,200 auctions listed by 1,800 auctioneers and had approximately 100,000 unique visitors to the site last month. The site has been online a little longer than a year (it officially launched January 1, 2004) and generates revenue through paid advertising on the sides of the pages. http://www.auctionzip.com
eBay Sporting Goods Shows Off New Features
To show how eBay has changed over its 10-year history, take a look at this page on the site called the "Sporting Goods Selling Zone": http://pages.ebay.com/sellsportinggoods
A pricing tool from Terapeak called "Sporting Goods Price Researcher." A directory of Trading Assistants who will sell your items for you. The PGA Trade-in Network, where you can "Trade in your golf clubs at a pro shop near you." A link to DallasGolf where you can "Buy a new set of golf clubs and get credit for your trade in."
A link to TradeInBikes.com, where you can "Find the value of your bike, then trade it in at an www.tradeinbikes.com."
DOUA on eBay Radio
Marjie Smith will appear as a guest on eBay Radio on February 8 at 3pm EST. Marjie will talk to host Jim "Griff" Griffith about the latest news on the Disabled Online Users Association (DOUA). eBay Radio is a weekly radio program airing on Tuesdays from 11am - 1pm PST, and all shows are archived on the site. http://www.wsradio.com/ebayradio
New eBay Books
Here are two new eBay books that caught my eye this week.
"eBay Your Business: Maximize Profits and Get Results," by Janelle Elms, Michael Bellomo, and Joel Elad Publisher (Osborne/McGraw-Hill)
Blurb: "The book illustrates how businesses can expand their operations to eBay. Intended for readers within established businesses, big or small, who are interested in growing sales and finding new avenues for the company, this book explains how to integrate eBay into any organization's infrastructure sales, marketing, accounting, inventory, and order fulfillment and even how to reduce operating costs by purchasing equipment and supplies from eBay." http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0072257113/auctionbytescom
"Building Your eBay Traffic the Smart Way," by Joseph T. Sinclair Publisher (Amacom)
Blurb: "Using the power of datafeeds (a simple technology that lets you feed information about your product to other online retailers), you'll instantly put your merchandise in front of millions more people who are ready to buy. Couple that astonishing leap with the author's proven tips for dynamic marketing, advertising, photography, business management, and more, and you'll see a truly huge boost in your online visibility - not ot mention your bottom line results." http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814472699/auctionbytescom
Rummaging eBay Blog
Here's another Blog about eBay, this one focused on the strange and unusual auctions found there: http://www.rummaging.org
If you want more information about auction-related blogs, read this article http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y204/m08/abu0124/s04
Of Interest to Stamp Collectors
The Sun-Sentinel ran an article of possible interest to stamp collectors, "Digital color postmarks create new collectibles," by Richard Carr, January 30, 2005. http://digbig.com/4cnsn
''The Power of All of Us'' eBay Contest
eBay received almost 3,000 submissions for its contest it ran in conjunction with the launch of its advertising campaign, "The Power of All of Us." eBay announcedd the winners last week. http://pages.ebay.com/thepowerofallofus/contestwinners
uShip Sets up Categories for Shipping
uShip, an online marketplace for shipping and moving, has introduced broad shipping categories that allow members to better target their shipment to movers and carriers who specialize in delivering those items. Shippers choose the appropriate category to list their items. Once listed, these items are viewed by drivers, with different specialties, from all over the country. New shipping categories include: Vehicles and Boats, Special Care items (Piano's, Art, Antiques, etc.), Livestock and Agriculture, People and Pets, Commercial Freight, General Goods, Labor Help, Office Moves, and Household Moves. http://www.uship.com
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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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