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EB-Update Issue #272 - October 10, 2010.

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From the Editor

We've just wrapped up a big industry news week. eBay made a major holiday marketing campaign announcement and is running a new 1-cent listing promotion - for fixed-price listings. Online auction site underwent a corporate restructuring, and multichannel listing platform Infopia was sold to a company called Versata. AuctionBytes Editor Ina Steiner lays it all out for you in today's editorial, and lets you know where you can find us on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with ecommerce news.

Tips for eBay Sellers from a Hollywood Prop Master

Ever wonder where the producers of AMC's Mad Men get the vintage period pieces for the 1960's set? AuctionBytes Contributing Editor Greg Holden went right to the source and spoke to Hollywood Property Master Scott Buckwald, who's worked on the sets of hit TV shows and the big screen. In part one, Scott shared some behind-the-scenes stories (did you know an eBay seller played a part in creating Mad Men character Betty Draper's wardrobe?). In today's installment, Scott shares some tips on what eBay and online sellers can do to attract professional buyers.

Collectors Launch Scribblemonger Book Selling Site

Ron Holl and Scot Kamins, longtime friends and fellow collectors, created and launched Scribblemonger last year, an online site for booksellers. So far Scribblemonger has attracted 225 booksellers, garnered mostly through word of mouth. Ron Holl explains why booksellers asked a pair of collectors to launch a book-selling site when there are already many ways to sell books online.

EveryPlaceISell Merchant Profile:

Julian and Faye Brogi run a home-based business selling books and handcrafted Asian-Inspired wood furniture and accessories, which Julian makes in his workshop. Julian and Faye sell on a number of marketplaces and on their own websites and explain how they got started and the pros and cons of each online channel. They also reveal what it's like to run a husband-and-wife business and share some tips on how to make it work.

AuctionBytes This and That Roundup: Ecommerce Resources

CollectorDASH for collectors; New eBay and Amazon tools; Use the Apple iPhone to find antique shops - all this and MORE in our This and That column!

Collector's Corner: Shot Glasses

Shot glasses are highly collectible, from the modern souvenirs to the pre-Prohibition advertising glasses that are hard to find today. Michele Alice reviews this interesting niche and points to some fun and interesting websites to learn even more.

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.