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.
Underbid Online Marketplace
Announcement of brand-new site. http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20051005/bs_prweb/prweb292341_6
New Tool for eBay Searches
This new search tool for eBay uses the latest AJAX technology (the same technology that Google Maps employs). Features include live search suggestions (very cool), variable price and time controls, and a visual presentation of items that lets you look at dozens of items at once and compare. http://the-winning-bid.com
Automatic Feedback Generator
File under possibly useful but certainly amusing. http://thesurrealist.co.uk/feedback
A range of auction seller tools are available on this homegrown site with a focus on auction fee calculators for eBay sites worldwide. http://www.auctionfeecalculator.com
Report on Using Effective Keywords in Paid Search
If you use Yahoo Search Marketing or Google Adwords to market your website, you know the importance of choosing good keywords. Chris Sherman, Associate Editor of SearchEngineWatch, wrote a review of a guide to selecting keywords. Sherman recommends downloading WordTracker's Keyword Research Guide, a PDF file available at no charge. Read Sherman's review. http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3549996
PropertyRoom Opens Auction Site to Non-Police Sellers
PropertyRoom.com is now allowing merchants to sell on its site. Previously the online-auction site had focused on law enforcement agencies that wanted to auction stolen or forfeited goods. PropertyRoom requires sellers' names and contact information to be transparent to the bidder and conducts a credit check and background check on each seller. http://www.propertyroom.com
Post Office Tests Hold-For-Pickup Service
"Businesses that want to make sure you get the package they send have a new option. The Postal Service is testing a new delivery option in which large or valuable items would be held at local post offices for pickup rather than left at people's homes." Read more in this FoxTV article. http://www.kfoxtv.com/money/5037222/detail.html
Bid4Assets Seller Newsletter
Bid4Assets published its September newsletter for sellers, available online. http://www.bid4assets.com/Sept05Newsletter
Home Office from Heck
Thanks to MarketingSherpa for this link. http://www.offices2share.com/contest
New England Stamp Collectors
The 50th annual WALPEX philatelic show will be held on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd at the Minuteman Science-Technology High School in Lexington, Massachusetts. http://www.nefed.org/waltham/walpex2005.htm
Atlantique City Antiques & Collectibles Show
The Association of Collecting Clubs (ACC), in partnership with the Atlantique City Show management, will be representing over 200 collecting clubs and societies at the Atlantique City Antiques & Collectibles Show October 15-16, 2005, at booth #1991. The Atlantique City Show is the world's largest indoor antique & collectibles show. http://www.atlantiquecity.com
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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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