EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 141 - April 17, 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.

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eBay Town Hall Meeting on Trust & Safety

Bill Cobb, President of eBay North America, and Rob Chesnut, Vice President of Trust & Safety, are taking part in an online audio "Town Hall" event on Thursday, April 21 from 4:30- 5:30pm PDT. Cobb and Chesnut will provide an update and will answer questions on the topic of Trust & Safety. eBay members can submit questions before or during the event. (The transcript from Bill Cobb's March 31 Town Hall event is now available in PDF format - scroll down on the same page.) http://www.ebay.com/townhall

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PayPal Settlement

The Website for the PayPal class-action lawsuit settlement has new dates for expecting payments. (Remember not to fall for phishing scams related to this lawsuit.) http://www.settlement4onlinepayments.com

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UPS Awards eBay Small Businesses

UPS profiled three eBay sellers identified through a contest sponsored by UPS that invited small businesses to share stories of how they capitalized on the opportunities, and overcame some of the challenges, of doing business on eBay. A full-time mom who started her own consignment business, a dealer of mannequins and a man who sells model aircraft to customers in Singapore and the United Kingdom, are profiled and serve as examples of how UPS facilitates business on eBay. http://www.pressroom.ups.com/pressreleases/current/0,1088,4537,00.html

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Yahoo Offers Free Business Web Sites

This Search Day article by Chris Sherman explains Yahoo's new offering for small businesses. The new program is available to any U.S. business that has a physical presence and serves a local area. Yahoo is specifically targeting the estimated 50 percent of businesses in the U.S. that do not have a web site. http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3497286

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Gary Sohmers' Pop Culture Show in New Hampshire

Our good friend Gary Sohmers is holding his Pop Culture show April 30 at St. Stan's Hall in Nashua, New Hampshire. http://www.allcollectors.com

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Kovel's Advertising Collectibles Price List

Ralph and Terry Kovel began collecting of advertising memorabilia in the 1950s. The latest edition of their book "Kovel's Advertising Collectibles Price List" is now available. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375720804/auctionbytescom

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IRS Invites Taxpayers to Apply for Taxpayer Panel

The Internal Revenue Service is inviting civic-minded individuals to help improve the nation's tax agency by applying to be members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The panel provides a forum for citizens from each state to make suggestions regarding IRS decision making. To qualify as a TAP member, applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able to commit 300 to 500 hours during the year to the panel. In addition, they must be current with their tax obligations and pass a criminal background check. See more at the following Website. http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=137465,00.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 ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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