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.
Tradeitoff.com (list auctions, buy, sell and swap items as well as listing want ads) http://www.tradeitoff.com
RSS Feeds of eBay Hot Items
Market Gizmos has created RSS feeds of eBay Hot Items and Featured items. (Don't know what an RSS feed is? Read this now: http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y204/m08/abu0124/s04).
How Buyers Use eBay
eBay has published a report on buyer behavior on its Seller Central portal. The report includes statistics on the number of unique visitors to eBay.com per month; visit patters by day of week and category; and typical traffic paths (how buyers navigate the site). NOTE: this is a PDF file: http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/buyers.pdf
PaperBackSwap.com has developed a website where members from all over the U.S. can trade books for free. When another member requests one of your books, you mail it to them. You pay the postage, but then another member returns the favor when you request a book and they mail it to you. The books are always free because all club members are willing to trade their books with other members. http://www.paperbackswap.com
GlobalAuctionGuide has launched a blog about auctions at http://globalauctionblog.com. The company also said it has a new affiliate program where auction attendees can earn $50 the next time they attend a live auction in person. http://www.globalauctionguide.com/pr
The 2005 Small Business Resource Guide CD-ROM
The IRS has the latest Small Business Resource Guide CD-ROM for 2005 with a new look and enhanced navigation features. The free interactive CD includes all of the business tax forms, instructions and publications along with all of the new tax law changes for 2005. In addition, the CD provides a wide variety of web links to various government agencies, business associations and IRS organizations. To request a copy of this CD online, visit the SB/SE website or call the IRS toll-free number on 1-800-829-3676. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=101169,00.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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