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EB-Update Issue #278 - January 09, 2011.

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From the Editor

It's only January, and already we've seen the launch of a new auction site and a new selling tool. You nominated your top marketplaces, now it's time to rate the top 16 venues in the 2011 Sellers Choice Awards - hurry, results will be published in the next issue! Read today's editorial for more industry news and information.


Will Dwolla's 25-Cent Payment Processing Fees Attract Online Merchants?

Online merchants are always looking for ways to cut costs, and with payment processing fees cutting into profit margins, they're bound to take notice of a new player in the space. Dwolla was launched by two 20-somethings to make it easy to send money over social networking sites, but it also offers online merchants an option for collecting payments for goods - for only 25 cents per transaction!


Two Photo Tools for Online Merchants - Eye-Fi and TinEye

AuctionBytes Contributing Editor Greg Holden uncovers two tools that every online merchant should consider using. Eye-Fi lets you send photos from your camera to your photo-hosting site - no cables or time required, and TinEye helps solve the problem of photo theft!


Using Twitter To Monitor Your Online Business Reputation

You may be overdosing on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, but Mark O'Neill says there is an important reason you should be paying attention to them. In today's column, Mark explains why online merchants should set up a Twitter account to help monitor their online business reputation.


EveryPlaceISell Merchant Profile: Pack Secure Shipping Supplies

Mary Bliss first began selling online in 1999 to earn extra money to buy things for her children. Now she runs a full-time online business with four employees selling packaging, shipping, moving and janitorial materials and machinery. She reveals which services she uses to run her business and some of the pros and cons of each.


Collector's Corner: Postage Stamps - What's New for 2011

Sick of rummaging for one- and two-cent stamps when the post office raises postage rates? Michele Alice explains why that's a thing of the past in today's column where she looks at the new USPS policy on Forever stamps and what it means for collectors.


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.