EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 152 - October 09, 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.

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Underbid Online Marketplace

Announcement of brand-new site. http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20051005/bs_prweb/prweb292341_6

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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

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Automatic Feedback Generator

File under possibly useful but certainly amusing. http://thesurrealist.co.uk/feedback

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eBay Calculators

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

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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

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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

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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

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Bid4Assets Seller Newsletter

Bid4Assets published its September newsletter for sellers, available online. http://www.bid4assets.com/Sept05Newsletter

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Home Office from Heck

Thanks to MarketingSherpa for this link. http://www.offices2share.com/contest

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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

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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


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 ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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