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EB-Update Issue #275 - November 21, 2010.

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Holiday shopping is here in full force. Black Friday is just days away, followed by Cyber Monday, and Green Monday - find out what it means to online sellers and what they're doing to attract shoppers. And, a reminder that new IRS reporting requirements go into effect for tax-year 2011.

AuctionBytes Ten Holiday Shipping Tips for Online Sellers

To online sellers, holiday shopping means holiday shipping. AuctionBytes interviewed sellers, online postage providers, fulfillment houses and shipping supply companies to come up with ten holiday shipping tips, from basic to advanced, that will help you be more efficient and differentiate yourself from the pack!

Guest Column: Setting up Your Yahoo Store

Before you set up an online store, it's wise to do some strategic thinking about your business. In today's Guest Column, Scott Smigler of Exclusive Concepts advises readers to answer the question, "What values will I offer to persuade shoppers to buy from me?" followed by advice on how to get started launching an ecommerce site on the Yahoo Stores platform, with a list of resources to learn more.

EveryPlaceISell Merchant Profile: Dolls and Lace

Finding your product niche is important for any online business, but you also need to differentiate yourself from other sites.'s Jim and Susan Robison have been selling antique dolls since 1988, first through their mail order business, and then moving their business online. They discovered that diversification within their niche helped in lean times when supplies tend to do better than higher-dollar items. Jim and Susan share this and other lessons in today's EveryPlaceISell Merchant Profile.

Collector's Corner: Vintage Home Sewing Machines

Featherweight is more than a boxing term - it's the name of a highly prized collectible sewing machine. Even if you don't sew, you'll want to read about vintage sewing machines to make sure you don't overlook a hidden gem when trolling for treasures.

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.