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EB-Update Issue #277 - December 19, 2010.

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From the Editor

This year's holiday shopping season is better than expected, and shipping carriers will have their busiest days this week leading up to Christmas day - we've got the stats to prove it, along with information about AuctionBytes Sellers Choice Awards, a tip on how is acting more like eBay these days, and more - in the last editorial of the year!

To Market, to Market, with Help from PrestoStore

AuctionBytes continues its review of ecommerce solutions for online sellers with a look at PrestoStore, which launched in 2002 and is based in Wisconsin. Co-founder Ryan Jones tells AuctionBytes Contributing Editor Greg Holden the site is easy to use and drives millions of shoppers to its thousands of storeowners.

I've Set Up My Facebook Fan Page - What Now?

In the last issue, we showed you some of the potential benefits of setting up a Facebook page for your business. Today, we show you some of the things you need to set up on your Facebook page to welcome visitors and gather a following - from creating a Welcome Tab to generating interest among your followers.

Five Things Merchants Should Know About Mobile Commerce

With smartphones and mobile devices everywhere, growth in mobile shopping is exploding. Jason Taylor of Usablenet provides some basic information that sellers should know to keep up with this trend and the principles to keep in mind in developing a mobile commerce strategy.

EveryPlaceISell Merchant Profile: Bob's Neat Books

Bob Willey sells on a number of websites, including his own site at In today's EveryPlaceISell merchant profile, he shares how he got started selling online and describes the biggest challenge he faces on his own website.

Collector's Corner: Beads

Glass, shell, diamonds and seeds - the sheer number of different kinds of beads makes collecting them affordable at just about any income level. Michele Alice reviews the basics and includes links where you can learn more about this fun (and fashionable) area of collecting.

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

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