EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 140 - April 03, 2005 - ISSN 1528-6703     5 of 7

This and That: Online Auction Roundup

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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.


eBay Testing Blackthorne Selling Tool

Blackthorne is the next-generation of Seller's Assistant, a desktop application developed by eBay subsidiary, Blackthorne Software. Only Seller's Assistant subscribers will be able to download and test Blackthorne pre-release beta software.


eBay Expands Education Specialist Training to Canada

eBay has expanded its Education Specialist training program to Canadians. The program provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary to teach the Selling Basics course to others. This program includes an easy to follow course, an instructor guide and student materials. It also gives access to the eBay Education Specialist directory where you can publish your training events so students can find your courses by location. The course costs C$185 for the first year.


Overstock Auctions Redesigns Message Board

Overstock Auctions launched a new version of its message boards in late February. You can find sections on various topics as well as areas moderated by Holly MacDonald-Korth,Overstock Auctions' VP, and Patrick Byrne, Overstock's CEO.


Another frustrated eBayer has created a site to tell his story. creater Peter wrote, "my hope is to give people a way to tell the story they couldnt tell with regular feedback and in the process get some of the losers on Ebay booted."


Is Norton Blocking Your Internet Marketing Efforts?

We've been hearing more about ad-blocking programs causing users to be unable to view certain parts of some websites. You may be unaware that programs like Norton can even do that, without your knowledge. If websites look strange to you, this may be why. Here's an article about the problem.


Virtual Iris Launches Irisize for eBay

Virtual Iris said it just launched a new picture service that works with eBay. Right now, the service is free and they are looking for testers. "Anyone with a digital camera can add a bunch of very neat features to their eBay photos, including zoom, measure, color change, menus, hot-spots and 3D rotation." If you want information, click "Help" at the top right of the irisize page.


Email-Marketing Resource

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Constant Contact, an email marketing service, have launched a new email marketing resource available through the SBA's Online Small Business Training Network. Designed specifically for small business owners and entrepreneurs, this new email marketing resource is now available online.


O'Reilly Releases ''PC Annoyances, Second Edition''

"PC World" expert Steve Bass feels the pain of the billions of users who get totally aggravated with their PCs (and the same billions who email him with their annoyances) and he's here to cure it with his revised and expanded "PC Annoyances, Second Edition" (O'Reilly, US $19.95).

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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

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