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EB-Update Issue #139 - March 20, 2005.

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eBay Private Auctions: Survey Results Show What's Behind Closed Doors

It seems more eBay sellers are turning to Private Auctions, but are their motives pure? Read the results of a survey of AuctionBytes readers conducted last month. The results may surprise you.

Small-Town Fundraisers Learn Lessons in Selling on eBay

In the pioneering tradition of their forefathers and mothers, a mid-Western town took on a challenge to work together to better their community. The town of Atkinson, Nebraska, conducted a fundraiser by listing donated items on eBay. Learn about the challenges they faced in this 21st century version of a barn-raising event.

Commentary: Charging eBay Handling Fees, Legitimate or Lies?

Michael Banks takes a controversial stand on the topic of handling charges. While mail-order companies have long tacked on Shipping & Handling charges to their items, Michael questions this practice on eBay. Read about it and then visit our forums to weigh in on the issue.

Linking to Your eBay Auctions

There are several ways for eBay sellers to display their listings on their own unique page. Brian Cohen takes a look at About Me pages, RSS feeds and eBay's Merchant Kit and explains which one may help you create your own auction web page.

This and That: Online Auction Roundup

Trying to get some publicity for your eBay business? Invite a local reporter to be your helper for a day! Read some publicity hound tips in our This & That column!

Collector's Corner: Miniature Books

In today's Collector's Corner column, Editor Michele Alice takes a look at the history of miniature books. Who can resist these tiny tomes, with everything from great literature to Cracker Jack inserts. Read on, and find out if you are a "microbibliophile"!

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.