EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 268 - August 08, 2010 - ISSN 1528-6703     1 of 7

From the Editor

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We have some exciting news - we have upgraded the AuctionBytes forum software so it's now easier to join the discussions taking place on the AuctionBytes forums. It's easy to register, and it has some nice community features (friends, groups and photo albums, for example) that we look forward to exploring.

You can find the new forum here, and you can continue to use your existing User Name and Password. (If you forgot your User Name or Password, use the forgot password form.)

Every day, you'll find a dedicated thread to each AuctionBytes Newsflash news articles on the Ecommerce News section so you can discuss industry news and trends with your colleagues. For example, here's a thread on the shopping cart test being conducted by eBay UK. Other areas are devoted to online selling and collectibles.

We've moved over the old forum with all of the existing content, so it will look familiar. But with more focus on multi-channel selling these days, we welcome your suggestions on making the AuctionBytes forum even more relevant to your business.

A big thank you to the volunteer moderators and longtime participants who welcome new visitors and help each other out. I hope you'll bookmark the forums and come out of lurking status to join in with questions, answers and comments!

We've got an interesting lineup in today's newsletter, including a profile of multi-channel seller Nanette Thorell of Enchanted Hen Productions, who has a creative approach to marketing her ostrich eggshell jewelry; a look at a mail forwarding service that may be an option for offering international shipping; an interview with Atomic Mall's founder on the viability of online auctions; and a collector's look at Boy Scout memorabilia as the organization celebrates its 100-year anniversary. In addition, Greg Holden takes a look at GoECart, an online shopping cart for "serious" online merchants, and as usual, we wrap up with our Letters from Readers.

Thanks for reading!

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

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