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.
Fraudsters Go Phishing on eBay
This is an excellent post on how scammers are using the eBay system to commit fraud, technically outside of eBay. Being aware of various fraud techniques can help you avoid falling for them yourself. http://digbig.com/4csxh
Search Engine for Brands
If you've ever been frustrated trying to find the official Website of a particular brand, check out VisioBrand. Chris Sherman reviews this search engine in his excellent newsletter Search Day. "VisioBrand is a comprehensive directory of major global brands, organized by category, and presented in a highly visual, easy to use format." Read the full review online. http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3486551
AuctionBytes News Feed Available
AuctionBytes publishes news articles daily to our Web site and sends them out via email several times a week. If you have a Website or Blog, you can put our headlines on your site. Go to the middle of this page and learn how: http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/pages/link
Here's an example of Lon Strickler's Blog on autograph collecting. He added the AuctionBytes Newsflash newsfeed (along with Google AdWords) in the left-hand column. http://www.stricklerstars.com
Here are two more Blogs with the AuctionBytes feed: http://ebayaudio.blogspot.com http://www.knarf.ca
Health Insurance: Cover the Uninsured Week
The "Cover the Uninsured Week" Website has some great resources for people researching health insurance. http://covertheuninsuredweek.org/individuals Includes "Guides to Finding Health Insurance Coverage in Your State" http://covertheuninsuredweek.org/stateguides
The Case for eBay Stores
eBay's latest "Chatter" newsletter contains an article about why it believes eBay Stores still provides value even after the fee hike. http://pages.ebay.com/community/chatter/2005march/stores.html
Appraiser Sohmers Guests on Mickey Dolenz Radio Show
Gary Sohmers, the "King of Pop Culture" and appraiser on the PBS program "The Antiques Roadshow" will be a guest on The Mickey Dolenz Radio Show (WCBS FM 101.1, New York City) on March 17 at 7:30 a.m. http://www.wcbsfm.com/personalities/dolenz_micky.php
Talking Sites Adds Audio to eBay Auctions
TalkingSites.com is a new audio service for eBay auction sellers. http://www.talkingsites.net
About the author:
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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