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.
New England Antiquing News
New England Antiquing News wrote in to tell me about their site that has been online since early January. The site presents links to Antiquing news and events, which includes not only from-the-press news, but events from Historic Villages, Historic Houses, auctions, shows, etc. http://www.antiquing.com/antiques/news-service.htm
''eBay on TV'' Demo
Time Warner Cable is testing "eBay on TV," a way to bid on auctions while sitting on the couch watching the television (http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y05/m05/i20/s01). You can see a video demo of the service online. http://www.biap.com/html/ebay.html
Blog of the Month
Julia Wilkinson, Author of "Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks," has started a blog about her eBay adventures. http://blogs.gowholesale.com/julia_wilkinson/index.php
TurboTax Focus Group $50
Intuit is looking for eBay sellers who currently use TurboTax, or who have thought about using TurboTax for their eBay business. They are giving $50 for about an hour of your time "you'll have the opportunity to give us valuable feedback on how TurboTax can best serve your eBay business tax needs." Email Intuit_Testing@hotmail.com
UPS Small-Business Contest
UPS is looking for the most innovative, "out-of-the-box" U.S. small businesses to tell their stories. To participate, eligible small businesses must submit a 500-word essay to UPS describing how they are the most innovative. Winners will be selected by a panel of expert small-business judges who will award prizes including $10,000 in cash or UPS package delivery services, a new HP computer with UPS shipping tools included, and $5,000 worth of UPS' consulting services. http://pressroom.ups.com/smallbiz
ChannelAdvisor Launches Affiliate Referral Program
ChannelAdvisor launched a new Affiliate Referral Program. Affiliate partners are compensated for referring customers to ChannelAdvisor via unique links on their website. Upon registration and approval, affiliates are assigned an affiliate ID, which will allow access to the new Affiliate Information Center. The Center contains various banners, descriptive text, and logos that affiliates can use on their website to promote ChannelAdvisor. http://www.channeladvisor.com/partners/affiliate_partners.asp
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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 email@example.com.
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