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EB-Update Issue #298 - November 06, 2011.

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There's nothing like a snow storm to get consumers thinking about the holidays, and with Halloween over, we're ready for holiday shopping here in the Northeast! The season's biggest shopping days are not far off - Black Friday is only two and a half weeks away - and online marketplaces have kicked into holiday shopping mode. Today's editorial shows you how to find out how readers expect to fare this holiday shopping season, and lots more news. As Prices Fall, Buyers Come to Marketplace

Most consumers are familiar with eBay style auctions and fixed-price marketplaces. In today's column, Greg Holden talks to Elliot Moskow about his reverse-auction website, Pricefalls. With 2 million listings, the company is gaining ground, and Moskow explains which product categories do well on the site. Pricefalls demonstrates Dutch auctions in action and shares its model with EcommerceBytes readers.

Kicking the Tires of eBay's New Shopping Cart - Exclusive!

The intrepid Julia Wilkinson takes on eBay's new shopping cart to learn what it's like from a buyer's perspective. She analyzes the pros and cons of various features and describes how these may impact eBay sellers. Julia's experience as an online merchant, shopper and as a prolific author stands her in good stead as she takes the shopping cart for a spin and reviews one of eBay's most important features to launch in many years.

Collectors Corner: John Deere Collectibles

The John Deere tractor is a symbol of American agriculture that has a special place in the heart of collectors. And from tractors to baseball caps, company service pins to children's toys, there are plenty of items to interest the farmer in all of us, as Michele Alice explains.

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.