EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 143 - May 22, 2005 - ISSN 1528-6703     1 of 7

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Louisiana is the latest state to try and regulate eBay consignment sellers, according to an article from the Associated Press published on Friday ( Apparently the Louisiana Auctioneers Licensing Board has been sending subpoenas to eBay trading assistants, ordering them to produce proof of an auctioneer's license. States that appear to be active in enforcing existing laws or creating new laws include California, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. In Ohio, SB99, a bill that exempts eBay sellers from state regulation, passed thanks to vocal eBay sellers.

Some of the concern from legislators stems from the problem of stolen goods being fenced online. There has been a distinct increase in the number of newspaper articles about eBay and stolen and counterfeit goods over the past several years. Add this problem to the list of challenges honest sellers face in their daily businesses. If you have opinions about how your own state should be regulating eBay sellers, if at all, get involved now.

In case you missed it, we published an article last month about how to comply with such regulations ( We'll do our best to cover new developments here and in the AuctionBytes Newsflash newsletter.

Is this a sign that antiques and collectibles shoppers are returning to their roots? All reports from the recent Brimfield antiques show were that sales were some of the best in recent years. Merchants and show coordinators at the largest outdoor antique show in New England were pleased with the turnout and with sales. I hope you are having fantastic sales as well!

In today's issue, small-business expert Barbara Weltman talks about whether you should incorporate your business. Phil Dunn and Amy Balsbaugh discuss marketing through the use of email newsletters. Mark O'Neill discusses the perils of bid cancelling, and Michele Alice rounds up uncommonly common collectibles.

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

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