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EB-Update Issue #261 - April 18, 2010.

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From the Editor

The past few weeks have seen enormous changes for eBay sellers. Take a look at some interesting data points in today's editorial that show eBay and Amazon traffic trends, and learn about an AuctionBytes survey to measure the effect on seller sales.

Flippity Online Shopping Tool Zeroes in on Local Deals

Flippity lets shoppers map local eBay listings so they can search for items in their own neighborhood. AuctionBytes columnist Greg Holden caught up with Flippity founder Romy Maxwell to learn more about his experiences in building a platform for Craigslist and eBay shoppers. You may be surprised at how well eBay listings and Google Maps go together!

TurnTo Helps Friends Share Online-Shopping Advice

TurnTo helps online shoppers ask friends for advice on their purchasing decisions. Lissa McGrath talks to TurnTo CEO to learn how he's pitching the service to online sellers as away to boost conversions.

Collector's Corner: Tonka Trucks

Part of the appeal of collecting is nostalgia. Michele Alice reports on the classic children's toy - the Tonka truck - and find that old toys are not mere child's play.

First Item Sold Online: An Appetite for Cookie Jars

Do you remember the first item you ever sold online? Let us know by sending an email to and we may publish your story. Today we hear from Belinda who struck gold with a pair of rare cookie jars!

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From feedback to payment services, from fees to posting policies, AuctionBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.