EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 146 - July 10, 2005 - ISSN 1528-6703     6 of 8

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.



I've never heard of this auction site, but they said they are now capping seller fees at $9.95/month.


Shipwire Gets Free Shipping Insurance from DSI, a discount shipping service operated by LOC Global LLC, launched enhanced services for eBay sellers. As part of a relationship with DSI Insurance, a leading provider of discounted shipping insurance, eBay sellers can now print a shipping label from the Shipwire Web site, complete with U.S. Postal Service postage and DSI parcel insurance, on a plain sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper. The first $100 insurance is free to customers.


Beware of Art Dealer Scam

An art dealer says an elaborate fraud is being perpetrated against fine art and antique dealers and possibly collectors. A Russian (ostensibly) has been emailing dealers offering them a long list of paintings for sale and claims to be the owner of an antiques shop in Moscow. He says he is selling the paintings on behalf of a Russian diplomat. "This con artist is quite convincing and will produce photographs of the paintings, letters of recommendation from the Director of the "State Russian Museum", and scans of documents he claims he is preparing for Russian customs in order to release the paintings for your inspection and approval. He will ask you to send a bank draft or Western Union wire transfer of some sum in order for the work your are interested in to clear customs. ...In reality he is downloading photographs from various gallery websites, pretending he owns the paintings shown, and then offering them for sale."


eBiz Directory of ''Online Sales Specialists''

eBay Powerseller Dana Motley has launched a new site that contains a directory of online sales specialists. "eBiz Specialists are independent registered members of the i-eBiz directory who provide sales, shopping, consulting, coaching, public speaking and training services to the public. Most services advertised on this site are contracted for a fee or percentage of the cost or sale of item(s) and are negotiated by each Specialist."


A new site has launched for reporting online auction fraudsters, but like other such services, I'm not sure how the site owner can be 100 percent certain of who is telling the truth in a dispute.


Moving Company Helps Customers Sell Online

North American Van Lines (NAVL) has created the New American Garage Sale Kit. "This easy-to-use resource includes expert tips for navigating online auctions and local classifieds, as well as how-to's and pricing guides for traditional garage sales. "



More and more people are accessing the Internet from their portable devices. A service from Smartworlds called iShop helps users comparison shop from thier cell phone, smartphone or Pocket PC.


WIW2U Launches Own Marketplace

Online antiques and collectibles resource site has launched a new service called The Security Exchange. "All objects listed in The Security Exchange have already been scrutinized through the wiw2u online appraisal system and item information has been viewed by an expert in that field." (Remember, these are ONLINE appraisals.)


Answers to Last Week's AuctionBytes Trivia Questions

Who is Sabine Ehrenfeld?

A) Woman who sold ad space on her stomach on eBay

B)'s "All about the O" spokesmodel

C) The creator of the first online auction site

D) PayPal's very first customer

Answer: B

Who was eBay's first president?

A) Jeff Housenbold

B) Jeff Skoll

C) Jeff Jordan

D) Jeff Bezos

E) Jeff Bridges

Answer: B

Which of the following auctions has NOT bid on and won?

A) Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich

B} Abe Lincoln French Fry

C) Haunted Walking Cane

D) Texas-shaped Tortilla

Answer: D

How much does Yahoo Auctions charge sellers?

A) They charge listing and commission fees

B) Listings are free but they charge commissions

C) Listings cost money but there are no commission fees

D) There are no listing or commission fees

Answer: D

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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