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EB-Update Issue #281 - February 20, 2011.

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PayPal will become bigger than eBay in the next 3 - 5 years, the company said recently - and on Thursday, eBay announced it would launch a new open platform business, combining the assets of eBay and PayPal. Ina Steiner puts this and other news in perspective in today's AuctionBytes editorial.

Ecommerce Strategy: Moving Up to a Merchant Account

Accepting credit cards can add legitimacy to your online business, and may save you on payment processing fees as well. Greg Holden discusses the ins and outs of moving to a merchant credit card account, along with tips on what you watch out for!

AuctionBytes Guide to Ecommerce Shopping Carts

Looking for a shopping cart to power your own website, but feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of options? AuctionBytes talked to the experts to get tips on evaluating shopping carts and interviewed founders of some of the most popular solutions on the market. Read on, and be sure to bookmark this guide for future reference!

Guest Column: Tax Strategy - Deducting the Cost of Equipment

Kevin Reeth, CEO and co-founder of, returns in his second Guest Column for AuctionBytes to explain the equipment deduction that can help you save money on your taxes!

EveryPlaceISell Merchant Profile: The Closet and Curio Shop Collection

Donna Bobeck runs The Closet and Curio Shop Collection selling vintage linens and costume jewelry. Donna share her story in today's merchant profile.

Collector's Corner: Copper Pots and Cookware

Nothing says "serious chef" more than a six-burner stove, a set of professional knives, and copper pots. New, high-end, heavy-weight copperware can be quite expensive - up to several hundred dollars each for the larger pots and pans. Collectors Corner Editor Michele Alice explains that secondary markets can offer collectors a host of opportunities for acquiring great pieces at low prices.

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. Read what your colleagues are saying about important industry issues!