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.
OTWA/AuctionBytes Classified Advertising Program
The Online Traders Web Alliance (OTWA) and AuctionBytes have partnered to offer classified advertisements that will appear on both websites for one special low rate and increase exposure for users of both sites. For $25, participants will receive a one-year classified ad on the OTWA Community Marketplace, and a one-year AuctionBytes Buyers Market ad. Users can advertise their auction listings, storefronts, businesses or individual items in the advertisements. The combined retail value of these classifieds exceeds $100. http://www.otwa.com/o/partners/auctionbytes/cap.html
One Reader to Receive a Set of Collectibles Books
Name three writers who wrote for AuctionBytes newsletters in 1999, besides myself. (Hint: We archive all our articles on our site...) Send the names to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will have a chance to receive a complete set of the 2005 Antiques titles by Judith Miller published by Dorling Kindersley (worth more than £200). Titles include: Antiques Price Guide 06, Collectable Price Guide '06, Furniture, Buy Keep or Sell and Art Deco. (The publisher will send the books anywhere in the world.) For information, tips, trends and special offers, and to subscribe to Judith's free monthly newsletter, log on to: http://www.dk.com/judithmiller
New Auction Sites & Services
OZtion Australian online-auction site. http://www.oztion.com.au
K'nubi Online Marketplace Management http://www.knubi.com
New eBay Search Engine http://the-winning-bid.com
UK eBay-sniping service OnBidder http://www.onbidder.com
eBay Radio Adds Sunday Program to Schedule
wsRadio announced that eBay Radio with host Jim Griffith (Griff) is adding a Sunday show in addition to their regular Tuesday broadcast. http://www.wsRadio.com/ebayradio
New Trend? Minipreneurs
A reader sent me a link to a newsletter that talked about the rising trend of the small-scale entrepreneur, which it calls the minipreneur. http://www.trendwatching.com/newsletter/newsletter.html
USPS Charges Higher Fees for Credit-Card Funded Online Postage
USPS apparently began charging online-postage vendors a higher fee for processing transactions funded with credit cards in June. As a result, online-postage vendors are requesting high-volume customers using low-margin postal services to change the way they fund their postage purchases.
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 email@example.com.
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