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EB-Update Issue #297 - October 23, 2011.

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Yahoo is up for grabs, which could have implications for ecommerce - Alibaba, Microsoft and Google are all rumored to be eyeing the search engine giant. eBay third-quarter earnings down, to go - is Marketplaces really showing signs of a turnaround? You may be in trouble on eBay - did you know 45% of the value of items sold on the site come from Top Rated Sellers? Read today's editorial to learn more!

Making Sales While Riding the Bonanza Auction Train

While Bonanza doesn't have an auction format, resourceful users who long for a fun, social shopping experience have created their own format on the marketplace. Julia Wilkinson takes us on a tour of a Bonanza Auction Train and explains how buyers and sellers are using the format not only to showcase their wares and make some sales, but to make friends as well.

Five Things Online Merchants Should Know about Selling on Amazon

What are the five key things you should know about selling on Diane Buzzeo, CEO of Ability Commerce, explains why Amazon should be a part of every online retailer's business model and provides tips on winning the Buy Box.

eBay Collector Turns to Amazon to Power Online Toy Store

Jay Langston turned his hobby into a business - sells Star Wars toys and much more using a number of Amazon services. Jay says Fulfillment by Amazon is helping him grow his business, and he's hoping to grow sales on his own Amazon Webstore-powered website where he says sales are more profitable.

Ecommerce Bits and Bytes: Taxes, PayPal, Product Sourcing

Today's Ecommerce Bits & Bytes column takes a look at a few small-business resources covering taxes, PayPal and product-sourcing.

Collectors Corner: Raggedy Ann and Andy

Before there were iPhone apps and video games, children played with dolls - and Raggedy Ann and Andy are among the best known to Baby Boomers and their parents. Michele Alice tells us about the birth of Raggedy Anne and what makes her collectible today.

EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

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