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.
USPS Shipping Labels With Customs Forms Now Online
Beginning November 2, 2005, the U.S. Postal Service will offer customers the ability to pay postage and print Global Priority Mail (GPM) and Global Airmail Parcel Post (GAPP) labels online through the Click-N-Ship Web site at usps.com/clicknship. http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/bulletin/2005/html/pb22166/kit_txt_001.html
Window Book Shipping Software New Release
Window Book announced the fall 2005 release of its shipping software, Postal Package Partner (PPP). The new version of PPP has been updated and includes four new features: secure access control management, additional consolidator support, Priority Mail drop ship data import, and improved export control. Window Book software is geared to mid- to high-volume shippers (a rough rule of thumb is 35 packages/week). http://www.windowbook.com
UK Auction Site CQout Profiled in eBuyer
The UK auction site CQout was profiled in the recent issue of eBuyer magazine in an article called, "Is this the next eBay: Snap up a bargain with the superb CQout." CQout has put a PDF version of the article on its website. NOTE: this is a link to a PDF file. http://www.cqout.co.uk/press/CQout%20eBuyer%20article%20Nov%2005.pdf
Selling Tools for Mining Amazon
Greg Holden wrote about tools for sellers on Amazon last week (http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y205/m10/abu0153/s02) He was told about three other tools that might be of interest to readers.
eBay Pixel Advertising
"eBay Pixel Page, www.ebaypixelpage.com, is the eBay Search Engine Alternative offering Per Pixel Advertising for eBay Sellers and related businesses for only 20 cents per pixel, or $20 per 10x10 pixel block." I've never heard of Pixel Advertising, and I don't know if it works. I think you have to see this site to understand it. http://www.ebaypixelpage.com
"BiddingBuddies is the only social network exclusively for eBay members." http://www.biddingbuddies.com
eBay Seller Blogs
I like to point to interesting online-auction blogs, here are two:
aytozon - Comparison shop across Amazon and eBay
You can see search results from Amazon and eBay side-by-side on aytozon.com. I did a search for McCoy Vase, one item came up, I did another search for Little Mermaid, and plenty of items came up. Personally I'd rather search the two sites separately. Here's what Amazon's blog had to say: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2005/10/aytozon_compari.html
Former PayPal Exec Runs Video Contest
Simply Fired is launching an online video contest entitled, "Get Fired, Get Filmed, Get Famous" in conjunction with YouTube. The contest challenges anyone to submit a short video about getting fired. Simply Fired is a sister site of Simply Hired, a search engine for jobs cofounded by former PayPal employee Dave McClure and the new home of "PayPal Damon" from the PayPal boards. http://www.simplyfired.com
O'Reilly Podcasts for Geeks
If you like being up on leading-edge technology, tune into O'Reilly's podcasts. Includes interviews with CEOs of high-tech companies. http://www.oreillynet.com/future
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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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