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EcommerceBytes Editors & Writers

Editor & Publisher

David Steiner is President of Steiner Associates LLC, publisher of EcommerceBytes.com and the EveryPlaceISell.com merchant directory. David, a former television producer, handles business development and advertising for EcommerceBytes. You can reach him at dsteiner@ecommercebytes.com

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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Contributing Editors

David A. Utter is a freelance writer based in Lexington, KY. He has covered technology topics from search to security to online business and has been quoted in places like ZDNet and BusinessWeek. He considers his appearance on NPR's "All Things Considered" with long-time host Robert Siegel a delightful highlight. Send your tips to media@davidautter.com and find him on Twitter @davidautter and on LinkedIn.

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Greg Holden is EcommerceBytes Contributing Editor. He is a journalist and the author of many books, including "Starting an Online Business For Dummies," "Go Google: 20 Ways to Reach More Customers and Build Revenue with Google Business Tools," and several books about eBay, including "How to Do Everything with Your eBay Business," second edition, and "Secrets of the eBay Millionaires," both published by Osborne-McGraw Hill. Find out more on Greg's website, which includes his blog, a list of his books, and his fiction and biographical writing.

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Julia Wilkinson is the author of "The eBay Price Guide" (No Starch Press, 2006) and "eBay Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks" (Wiley, 2004-6). Her free "Yard Salers" newsletter is at available at YardSalers.net where you will also find her latest ebook, Flip It Again.

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Kenneth Corbin is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. He has written on politics, technology and other subjects since 2007, most recently as the Washington correspondent for InternetNews.com, covering Congress, the White House, the FCC and other regulatory affairs. He can be found on LinkedIn here.

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Michele Alice is EcommerceBytes Update Contributing Editor. Michele is a freelance writer in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. She collects books, science fiction memorabilia and more! Email her at makalice @ adelphia.net eBay ID: Malice9

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Contributing Reporters
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Ann Castle has been a manager and logistics expert for companies large and small and has a successful eBay business. She enjoys helping everyone achieve their goals and her greatest desire is to live in a world where everybody wins.

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Adam J. Epstein is the President & COO of adMarketplace. adMarketplace Keywords (http://www.ampkeywords.com) formerly known as eBay Keywords, is a PPC Management service open to all advertisers that tracks conversions and optimizes its advertiser's campaigns across thousands of contextually-targeted websites and search engines each day with no fees or minimum spend requirements.

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Andy Geldman is a freelance ecommerce and IT consultant, and webmaster of Web Retailer, a guide to eBay software and services Andy lives in London, England and can be emailed at andy.geldman @ salubritas.com

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Allison Hartsoe is the founder of Internet Business Skills (http://www.internetbusinessskills.com). Internet Business Skills is the only company providing inventory-based analytical intelligence to eBay sellers in order to reduce fees. IBS enables eBay PowerSellers to reduce their eBay listing and marketing fees by 20-50 percent while increasing their staying power as an eBay PowerSeller. Before founding Internet Business Skills, Allison worked both as the Director of Business Development for Vericept Corporation, a security start-up, and served as the Executive Director for the Colorado chapter of the Front Range Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. In 1996 in San Francisco, Allison co-founded iSyndicate, a marketplace for digital content. iSyndicate grew to 230 employees with 6 domestic offices and 3 international before being acquired by a competitor in August 2001. While at iSyndicate, Allison led the International Team where she opened iSyndicate's first European office in London, and later struck a 50/50 joint venture with media powerhouse Bertelsmann. Allison has appeared on programs such as CNN Europe, CNBC Europe, NPR's Real Computing, and spoken at Internet Content West and Internet World 2000. Outside work, Allison is equally determined; she climbed Mt. Kiliminjaro and biked across the USA.

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Alan Mendelson is "money reporter" for KCAL-TV and KFWB Radio in Los Angeles. His Web site, http://www.moredeals.com, features articles on collecting and hard assets. These articles are sprinkled in two sections of the site - MONEY TIPS and MONEY ALERTS and are updated twice a week. You can read more of the "personal finance information" and "best buys shopping tips" on moredeals.com.

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Alex Permijo resides in Chicago, Illinois, and is an avid collector and seller of sports cards and memorabilia (eBay ID al_in_chitown). He is active in the eBay community providing information to novice collectors with participation on the eBay Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Fan Shop board where his article on commonly forged cards has been tacked to the board for use as a reference guide. He is the founder and publisher of the Sports Memorabilia Auction Concerns and Knowledge blog, aka S.M.A.C.K. (http://auctionwarnings.blogspot.com), which uncovers and reports possible fraudulent sellers of sports cards on eBay. Alex also moderates The Smack Zone Sport Lounge (http://www.thesmackzone.com), a site dedicated to sports, memorabilia collecting, and uncovering fraudulent sellers sports related items.

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Andrew Turner has been collecting militaria for many years, especially US Army WWII memorabilia. In addition to writing for a Kansas City area newspaper, Turner works for Manion's International Auction House, a 30 plus year old company specializing in military collectibles. Manion's traditional auction (http://www.manions.com) operates on a consignment basis with the seller sending items to their facility where Manion's staff handles all aspects of the sale, from photography to shipping. Manion's auction services also include a List it Yourself auction option (http://auctions.manions.com), which was started at the request of customers wanting to access Manion's militaria-focused customer base, but with the ability to list items on their own. Andrew Turner can be reached by email at manions_auction@yahoo.com.

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Barbara Crews has been an online presence and has been writing about collecting as well as contributing to price guides since 1995. She has been a Guide on About.com since 1997, and has been featured on collectibles shows and profiled in magazines specializing in antiques and collectibles. Contact Barbara via email barbcrews (at) gmail (dot) com, Twitter, and through her About.com website.

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Brian Cohen has been an active member of the eBay community since May 1998. He currently trades under the member name Bidofthis.com. His first AuctionBytes article was published in May 2002. Brian can be contacted through his website at http://www.bidofthis.com where he always has a "little Bid of This and little Bid of That."

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Brad and Debra Schepp have written about cutting-edge technologies for more than 20 years. Their most recent book is eBay PowerSeller Million Dollar Ideas: Innovative Strategies to Make Your eBay Sales Soar, published by McGraw-Hill. The 2nd edition of eBay PowerSeller Secrets will be published November 27, and be available through retailers such as Amazon. Visit Brad and Deb's website at http://www.bradanddeb.com.

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Barbara Ling has been an online entrepreneur for years and teaches business owners and collector enthusiasts how to increase profits via the Internet. Her general site is at http://www.barbaraling.com/collectibles and her sample collectors' passion site is http://www.barbaraling.com/starwars.

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Brian Lawe is the CEO of MyStoreCredit, Inc., the parent company of MyStoreRewards.com (http://www.mystorerewards.com) and MyStoreMaps.com (http://www.mystoremaps.com). MyStoreRewards.com helps sellers create and run their own customizable reward program for eBay and off-eBay sales. The program received PayPal's "Most Innovative Application of the Year" in 2006.

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Barb Shaughnessy as been employed as the E-Store Manager by Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties since 01/05. High value donated merchandise is sold on Amazon, eBay, and Half.com. The Goodwill mission is to train, support and challenge individuals to overcome employment barriers and achieve self-sufficiency through work. The agency eBay userID is: goodwill_industries_of_san_francisco. See www.sfgoodwill.org for more information. Shop.Bid.Donate.Make a Difference.

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Barbara Weltman is an attorney, prolific author with such titles as "J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business," and trusted professional advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She is also the publisher of "Idea of the Day(R)" and monthly e-newsletter "Big Ideas for Small Business(R)" at http://www.barbaraweltman.com and host of "Build Your Business" radio. Follow her on Twitter: @BarbaraWeltman.

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Christine Bailey has been an active member of the eBay community since 1999 (thetickletrunk). She is from Canada and is a trading assistant, a member of Voices and the Volunteer/Mentoring program on eBay.

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Chris Cameron is co-founder and CEO of eBay research service SmartCollector (http://www.smartcollector.com) and collects limited-edition Lionel O gauge toy trains. Chris is also a partner with Sloan Ventures, an early-stage venture development company. In 1995, Chris co-founded Paramount Technologies, Inc., a highly successful software company selected as an Inc. 500 fastest growing company.

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Cathy Harned is a veteran newspaper reporter and freelance writer. She sells vintage postcards both on her website (http://www.vintagepostcards.org) and on eBay, where she is vintage_postcards. She blogs about antique postcards at http://vintage-postcards.blogspot.com. She and her husband also maintain two stores at Delcampe: http://www.delcampe.com/stores/vintagepostcards and http://www.delcampe.com/stores/postcardpiggy. She has a master's degree in historic preservation and is a certified architectural historian. She and her husband, Randy Stewart, are avid collectors of Canadiana; many of the postcards at their website illustrate Northern Ontario history and are used to teach history and the built environment in Canadian schools.

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Chris Malta is Founder and CEO of Worldwide Brands, whose product-sourcing materials are used by eBay University. Worldwide Brands' new OneSource product eliminates the hard part of locating Distributors - the company's full-time research staff is dedicated exclusively to tracking down and verifying real Wholesale Suppliers, and with every product search, OneSource also returns basic market research results that can help identify which products are worth pursuing. Chris Malta is also co-host of The Entrepreneur Magazine E-Biz and Product Sourcing Radio Shows, Product Sourcing Editor for The eBay Radio Show, and a best-selling EBiz Author. http://www.worldwidebrands.com

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Craig Stark is a full-time online bookseller and former Editor of The Bookologist, a newsletter from the publisher of AuctionBytes.



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Debrah A. DiCenso is the daughter of two avid collectors and helped in the family antiques and collectibles store as a teenager. Debrah has become an eBay addict (buyer and seller) using the screen name of her parents' store - 2nd Hand Roze. Debrah has been writing poetry since the age of ten and has written two children's books, The Great Andy Zucchini and Ewelizah The Little Lamb, which are being illustrated. Her dream is to hit the lottery, buy massive acreage and fulfill all her obsessions by running a Victorian B & B with an antique shop on the premises and a shelter for wayward animals.

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Delinda Burger is a stay-at-home mother of three, eBay powerseller and co-founder of an online auction management system as well as, Online Auction Training and Consulting, L.L.C. a company devoted to teaching others to sell online auctions. Delinda is a freelance writer and co-author of " The Online Auction Sellers Manual " She was presented an auction business success award in 2000 and has been featured in over a dozen publications. Feel free to email her at Delinda2 @ cox.net.

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Debbie Gordon is Founder and CEO of Snappy Auctions, the award winning franchisor of eBay Drop-Off stores and licensor of B2B liquidation and asset disposition solutions. Snappy Auctions has locations throughout the USA and in Japan. More information and franchise information is available at http://www.snappyauctions.com.

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Dan Horowitz, J.D. is founder of NJAUCTION.COM, an auction consulting company that also offers eclectic shopping to its customers. Dan may be reached at dsh872 @ cs.com.

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Daniel Nissanoff is the author of FutureShop: How the New Auction Culture Will Revolutionize the Way We Buy, Sell and Get the Things We Really Want (Penguin Press, 2006). You can read his blog at http://www.futureshopbook.com.

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Dave Saltman is a writer, editor, and online producer. He has written for newspapers, a wire service and online publications including The Washington Post, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, America Online, CitySearch.com and LandandFarm.com. He has been a freelance contributor to the Harvard Education Letter since 2010, where he writes the award-winning "Tech Talk" column. Dave holds a B.A. from Clark University, an M.B.A. from Marymount University, and a teaching credential from California State University, Northridge. He tutors with California's public library-based literacy programs for adults and youth.

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David Yaskulka is CEO of Blueberry Boutique, the leading shirt and tie auction seller (http://www.blueberryboutique.net), and is principal of Blueberry Consulting, providing ecommerce marketing and strategic philanthropy services (http://www.blueberryconsulting.com). David also serves as Marketing Chair of the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (http://www.gopesa.org), is quoted widely in the media, and is featured in five books. Previously, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for PR and ad agencies and leading nonprofit organizations. His favorite sales on eBay have benefited the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Disabled Online Users Association, the Organic Exchange and other worthy charities. You can contact him at david (at) blueberryboutique (dot) net.

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David Hakala (eBay ID davidhakala) is a well-known technology journalist, marketing advisor, hunter-gatherer, herpetologist, and alligator wrestler. Disgruntled with public middle schools, he started an eBay business in April 2002 in order to give his 13 year-old son a useful education.

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Elad Darmon is founder of ezBay.co.il, a site that educates eBay sellers in Israel, and is an enthusiastic buyer and professional eBay seller from Israel. Elad conducts weekly eBay courses and seminars as well as free online video tutorials in Hebrew about how to buy and sell on eBay.

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Edward Tomchin is a 68-year-old retired litigation paralegal who specialized in database creation and management for large cases. He also writes and takes a lot of photos, some of which have even been published. Upon retiring in 1998 he was introduced to eBay by a friend and has been hooked ever since supplementing his retirement income. You can reach him via email at dogwood7 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Elaine Gross Russell (eBay ID: ellysan) is a partner in Sangraal Books (http://www.sangraal-books.com), which has specialized in antiquarian books, vintage magazines, prints and ephemera since 1973. She is a former writer/editor for Rolling Stone magazine, and a contributor to AB Bookman's Weekly. Her expertise in vintage magazines served as the catalyst for the new Antique Trader Vintage Magazines Price Guide (http://digbig.com/4fhnc), which she co-authored with writer/ husband Richard Russell (author of the best-selling Antique Trader Book Collector's Price Guide). In her spare time, she also does public relations for Rinkya Inc. (http://www.rinkya.com), a deputy shopping service for Japanese online auctions and stores. Email Elaine (elaine @ sangraal-books.com) with questions about vintage magazines.

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Edith Reynolds is a former newspaper and magazine writer. She and her husband Dan own an antiquarian bookstore, The John Bale Book Company in Waterbury, CT. For the past 10 years, they have specialized in early Americana and rare bindings. They are members of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers of America Association), ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) and OAUA (Online Auction Users Association). Edith manages online sales. In addition to their bookstore, they sell on eBay and at book fairs. They will launch American Booksellers in January, an e-fulfillment center for online booksellers. Visit their Web sites, http://www.johnbalebooks.com and http://www.sellusyourbooks.com. eBay ID: BALEBOOKS

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E. S. James is a writer and member of the eBay community. She is an active seller dealing mainly in art, antiques and books. She can be reached by email at elise @ aglimpseofthepast.net. eBay ID: aglimpseofthepast.net.


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Elisabeth Townsend is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine, travel, and feature writing, and photography. She took her writing, editing, and photographing skills into the freelance journalism world after 13 years of business experience including corporate communications.

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Franco Moccia runs an online auction business at http://www.bananasmart.com. His new book Online Auction Action is now available on his Site.

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Franci Neale has been a member of the AuctionBytes Forum since its beginning and sells books, fabric and other items on eBay, Amazon, Alibris and her own site. She is skilled at organization and enjoys being helpful. Prior to her present assignment to this forum, Miss Neale was Miss America whose talent was song and dance, and she later became known as the fabulous Cyd Cherise. Today she is a reclusive saint who only leaves her computer on Ground Hog Day.

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Frank Sutherland is a part-time seller and full-time dad who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife and two boys. Along with selling video games and other items under the eBay id knarfdotca, Frank posts articles to his eBay Blog http://www.Knarf.ca and recently launched http://www.TownSquareMarket.com, a site devoted to the Sellers at Canada Town Square. His latest internet venture is http://www.fatfingers.ca where you can search for misspelled titles on eBay.ca. Frank can be reached at knarf @ knarf.ca

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G Patton Hughes (aka: neomax) is editor of the OAUA Newsletter. He has been writing and consulting in the online auction industry since 1996 and is credited with publishing the first online auction trade e-zine, AuctionLand Online Report. In late 1997, Hughes signed on with Auction Universe (AU) and later auctions.com, the newspaper industry's entry into the online auction field. Among his duties was penning a consumer column entitled the online auctioneer in 1997-98. While at AU, he also was instrumental in supporting early efforts of now established auction service companies such as honesty.com, OTWA.com and auctionwatch.com. Prior to his arrival in the online auction scene, Hughes background included newspaper writing and editing, custom market research, television program syndication as well as ad agency experience in media and marketing, where as media director, he was the agency's "marketing guru." A computer enthusiast since 1980, Hughes maintains several Internet site! s including his home base, http://www.neomax.com.

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Helen Ledgewood (auction ID: taxter2) spent nine years serving in the United States Air Force. She is now a stay-at-home mom living in the Mojave Desert with her family. Helen sells a variety of items and ephemera, including Railroad Timetables. Email her at hking1 @ earthlink.net.

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Hartriono Sastrowardoyo is a freelance writer and stringer for a weekly newspaper. His eBay ID is "thesigninsheet".

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Jen Muehlbauer is a freelance writer and author of two O'Reilly books.

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Jan Perry is a freelance writer currently living in Northern Kentucky. She has authored a web site review column for The Cincinnati Post for the past 10 years (http://www.perrypostings.com) along with features on everything from rock climbing in Red River Gorge to her wild ride in a Red Baron biplane. She's been an eBay member, buying and selling, since 1997 and a collector of many things just about all of her 56 years. She's in the process of selling a collection/accumulation of more than half-a-million new, used and antique buttons through eBay. She has written an as yet unpublished mystery book and is currently working on her first novel.

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Jim Crawford is a stay-at-home father, entrepreneur and Internet Marketing Consultant. He likes to think of himself as a "creative resource." Jim spends a considerable amount of time reading publications and researching Web sites in both the collecting and marketing industries, and enjoys networking with leaders in both. His Web site, The Collector's Marketing Resource Center, provides information about Web site design and marketing for the highly competitive antiques and collecting industry. Stop in for a free consultation http://www.CrawfordDirect.com. If you have a question about marketing your Web site, email him at jim @ crawforddirect.com

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Janelle Elms is an eBay University instructor, author of numerous books about eBay (including the Best-Selling "eBay Your Business"), and creator and teacher of the highly successful eBay 101 and 102 classes taught nationwide. A Silver PowerSeller on eBay, Janelle specializes in coaching individuals and companies how to build successful eBay businesses and maximize their profits. Janelle has trained more than 70, 000 people in eBay sales, marketing, customer service, and customer retention strategies. You can visit Janelle and learn more about eBay at her eBay store at http://www.janelleelms.com.

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Joel Elad (pictured on the right) co-authored two books: "eBay Your Business," and "How to Sell Anything on Amazon." By day, he's the operations and training manager at Net2Auction.com, an eBay Trading Post network of 47 locations in Southern California. By night, he is a Silver Powerseller on eBay, a Voices community member, and a certified Educational Specialist trained by eBay. He is the lead eBay instructor for the Learning Annex in New York and Los Angeles, and a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and Smartbiz.com. He trades on eBay with his personal User ID elad_best_com and his work ID net2auction. Michael Bellomo holds a JD/MBA and has written 16 books in various non-fiction fields, including technology, business operations, and "mass market" science. Michael is Joel Elad's co-author for "eBay Your Business" and "How to Sell Anything on Amazon." His latest book is "The Stem Cell Divide," a thrilling look into the kaleidoscope of scientific wonder, religious dogma, and the hype machine surrounding the field of stem cell science research.

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Jan Ferrigan is a freelance writer specializing in environmental and green living topics. Jan holds a Masters of Science in wildlife biology and has twelve years experience working in natural resource management and conservation biology. Jan is a casual eBay buyer and seller. Visit Jan's website at http://www.greenwordswriting.com or her blog at http://www.takesaplanet.com

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Jo Graeber has been auctioning online since 1996 and loves to go to local auctions as well. Jo is a retired newspaper writer/display ad creator and creates local crossword puzzles. She is currently working on several ebooks to sell online.

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Jeff Gawronski is the founder & CEO of Yak About It. This online marketplace features inventions exclusively from independent entrepreneurs and is considered the launching pad for new and unknown inventions. Mr. Gawronski has conducted teaching seminars at major advertising firms and offers consulting and paid-search services to entrepreneurs. Mr. Gawronski's latest venture Dorm Co (www.DormCo.com) is a college dorm supply superstore set to launch on March 1, 2010. You can email Jeff at jeff@yakaboutit.com.

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Julie Hauserman is a freelance reporter and veteran journalist.

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Jamie Magee has been using Macintosh computers since 1984 and is available for Macintosh Support and Consultation as well as Website Strategy and Management at http://www.themacguy.com

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Joshua Platt is a freelance writer who lives in Westerville, Ohio. A contributing editor for Autograph Collector magazine, he has authored "Auction Action," a monthly column covering autograph auctions, for more than three years. Email him at jrplatt2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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Jennifer Van Iderstyne is the Internet Marketing Director of Search Slingshot, an online marketing company based out of Albany, New York. Search Slingshot specializes in SEO Consulting & SEO reporting, while helping businesses to develop Internet marketing strategies. Jennifer has been working in SEO since 2006 and has managed highly successful SEO campaigns for small businesses and large corporations in a multitude of industries.

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Jan Zimmerman owns Watermelon Mountain Web Marketing (http://www.watermelonweb.com), a division of Sandia Consulting Group, in Albuquerque. Her companies have provided marketing consulting, Web site management, content development, and strategic Web promotion to businesses of all sizes and types since 1994. She is the author of the just-published book, Web Marketing for Dummies (Wiley), as well as many other books about business and technology.

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Kevin Tyerman has been selling on eBay since January 1998. Prior to that Kevin, an auctioneer, had a small real-time auction business based in Sydney Australia. Kevin now resides in Albury, Australia - a regional country city.

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Kelvin Cook is a blogger who lives and writes in San Diego, CA, where he collects and sells military collectibles, toys, tee shirts and books. He maintains the Online Seller Tips Blog at http://onlinesellertips.blogspot.com, a blog devoted to tips, tricks and tools for the eBay, Yahoo, Amazon and iOffer online seller. His eBay store is found online at http://stores.ebay.com/Fitzgeralds-Collectibles and he uses the eBay ID: Fitzgerald0_0. Email him at Fitzinator at gmail dot com.

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Kathy Greer, a former investigative reporter, for the past fifteen years has been the Senior Editor of "UnRavel the Gavel" (www.thegavel.net), a newspaper covering the New England auction scene.

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Kim Pierce has enjoyed collecting and selling paper ephemera on and off line for several years, starting back in the 70's with sports cards, comics and magazines. He has also promoted and operated a number of small collector shows. His love of wheeling & dealing in both online and offline auctions has brought him to his most recent interest, Specialty Auctions. Kim owns and operates The Auction Blue Book & Information Exchange Web Site at http://abbie.8k.com, where sellers can enter their Web site and auction info in a FREE online database to attract more buyers.

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Kristin (Kris) Mattera is a marketing and creative professional based in Boston, Massachusetts who is equal parts design, account management, and strategy. She has been active on social media for over seven years. Her experience includes being on both the client and agency side, for companies ranging from start-ups to global enterprises, in roles from creative to client services. Kris combines her passion for design, technology, marketing know-how and yoga practices to come up with unique holistic solutions for client challenges. As a social media addict, she has designed and launched her fair share of Facebook fan pages, and has also served as community and content manager, driving awareness and revenue. She can be found on LinkedIn here.

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Karen Thompson has been a full time eBay seller for over 2 years specializing in bringing art to the wider marketplace. Karen's sheep "Molly" is her faithful companion. She says her lifestyle is "rustic" rather than "rural", and she prefers to be called "colourful" rather than "eccentric". Karen takes her work very seriously and herself not at all! Her auction User ID is karen @ paddyscottage.freeserve.co.uk

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As a child, Katharine Swan always knew she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Discouraged by well-intentioned adults who tried to make her see "reality," she lost her way for a while. Her dream was finally realized after she earned her B.A. in English and got a job as a technical writer, which she left a year later to pursue a career as a freelancer. Her passion for writing is rivaled only by her love of 1950s dolls and other antique collectibles. To find out more about Katharine Swan, her work and her hobbies, please visit http://www.katharineswan.com.

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Kim Thoreson is a freelance writer

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Lou DiDona was founder of BeerAuctions.com and is a full-time Internet Sales and Marketing professional. He has been selling online since 1997 and has 26 years of experience in Americana collectibles, specializing in Breweriana advertising and Beer Cans. Lou is also involved in auction site design and consultation. He resides in Pennsylvannia, loves music, fishing and winter sports, and is a part time Disc Jockey on the weekends. eBay ID beer_auctions; email: info @ beerauctions.com; eBay Store: http://digbig.com/4bebd

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Liz Flugel is a self-described eBay junkie who usually buys, but due to limited space in her home, is now trying her hand at selling. She is an avid collector of Dept 56 New England Village, Belleek and flow blue (mostly polychrome). Liz operates a small home-based crafting business out of her home as well as working fulltime for the State of Washington welfare dept. Liz and her husband raise registered Belgian horses on a farm in rural northeast Washington state. Liz has a distinct impression of what's right and what's wrong (the problem of being an only child AND a Libra) and tends to be like a "bulldog with a bone" when she discovers injustices. Liz can be reached at lflugel @ plix.com.

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Lissa McGrath is the author of three eBay books, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to eBay" 2nd Edition (Alpha, 2010); "The Pocket Idiot's Guide to eBay Motors" (Alpha, 2008); and "20 Questions To Ask Before Selling On eBay" (Career Press, 2006). She is also the editor of eight other eBay books. You can reach Lissa directly at lissa (at) lissamcgrath (dot) com or through her website http://www.lissamcgrath.com.

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Lu Paletta is a partner in Bid-N-Pack, LLC, a full-service online ecommerce business http://www.bid-n-pack.com. In addition to consignment auctions, B-N-P reps consumer electronic items, sells business overstock and closeout inventories. BNP also conducts fundraising for non-profit organizations via online fundraisers. Lu has over 20 years in the consumer electronics industry. An autograph collector and history buff, she is the author of three books on the American presidency and political process. She is a regular contributor to political newsletters, has conducted radio commentary on elections and is a frequent guest speaker to civic groups and schools on American history.

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Lorrie Semler, ISA CAPP, AM, CES, is an appraiser of antiques and general residential contents. To gain first hand experience of the marketplace, she conducts estate sales, sells in online fixed-price stores, and on eBay. Lorrie is a Certified Member of the International Society of Appraisers, and an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers. She is a licensed Texas auctioneer, a member of the Texas and National Auctioneers Associations, and holds the Certified Estate Specialist designation from the Auction Marketing Institute. Lorrie is happy to answer appraisal theory-related questions in future articles but will not respond to what's-it-worth questions. Email her at appraiser @ valuereview.com. Visit her Web site at http://www.ValueReview.com.

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Linda S. Mills is a freelance writer with a background in the education and non-profit sectors. Her articles, essays and short fiction have appeared in local newspapers, magazines and various online venues. She enjoys lending an authentic, creative voice to everyday topics. You can find her writing at Constant-Content.com

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Lisa Suttora is an ecommerce expert and founder of WhatDoISell.com. Since 2004, Lisa has specialized in helping online entrepreneurs master the marketing and product sourcing skills they need to build unique, thriving businesses in today's top online marketplaces. WhatDoISell is one of 34 eBay Certified Providers worldwide. An author and nationally known speaker with more than 15 years of online and offline retail merchandising experience, Lisa brings a fresh approach to the topic of what to sell and how to sell it. Enjoy more business building tips and strategies for marketing your online business at http://whatdoisell.com/tips, keep your finger on the pulse of today's hot trends with the free Hot Trend Alerts newsletter, and visit Lisa's blog at lisasuttora.com.

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Michael A. Banks is the author of The eBay Survival Guide: How to Make Money and Avoid Losing Your Shirt (No Starch Press, 2005. ISBN: 1-59327-063-1). He has written 39 books and more than 3,000 magazine articles and short stories. A full-time freelance writer and editor since 1983, Banks has written for most major computer magazines, and has served as a Contributing Editor for such publications as Windows Magazine, Computer Shopper, Connect Magazine, and others. He began writing about computing for Popular Computing in 1981. In addition to writing for the computer press, Banks has contributed to a diverse range of magazines, including Writer's Digest, Science Digest, Analog Science Fiction, Cavalier, Grit, Visual Merchandising, Starlog, Modern People, Good Housekeeping, and many other special- and general-interest publications. His work has been reprinted in Japan and South America, and he has written features and columns for magazines in Japan and England. His latest book is How to Become a Full-Time Freelance Writer, published by The Writer Books. http://michaelabanks.com

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Mike Batsimm has wasted the last fifteen years of his life involved in tax preparation, research, and planning, including ten years in public accounting firms. He now prepares tax returns as a side job. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and has a Masters degree in Taxation from Bentley College.

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Mary Cook is a UK -based freelance writer and editor. A Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist, she makes regular pilgrimages to the sect's head temple in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Japan. In addition to sake cups, she collects treen and deeply unfashionable "cottagey" brass and copper vintage items. You can find her latest collection of poetry, Collywobblers - Perverse Verse for Guys and Ghouls, on Inkspotter Publishing.

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Mike Frigerio is a well known author in the area of collectibles, rock, and wrestling and has consulted on several book and film projects. An experienced photographer and writer, his work has been published internationally in over 30 magazines. He has traveled all over the Americas in search of collectible toys and created several trends, including the Nightmare Before Christmas collector's craze. Mike has built an internationally known collectible toy company at The Vintage Toy Depot.

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Michael Hanna is retired from law enforcement and lives with his wife, Heidi, on Florida's Gulf Coast. They have been operating a graphics business and two eBay sites for five years, specializing in rare, hard-to-find and unusual items. On the leading edge of the baby boomers, Mike has a world view of online auctions and believes the opportunities for retirees to move to the location of their choice and use leisure time to make money have dramatically increased. Email him at mike @ policedetectives.com

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Michele Johnson has proven to be very successful in establishing and keeping a happy clientele, as evidenced by her perfect feedback record on eBay and Epier under username petalsoflife. She also operates several Web sites: http://www.petalsoflife.com, http://www.womensday.com, and http://www.michelejanine.com.

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Mark Lewis is a teacher and freelance writer.

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Martin Loughlin is a big fan and collector of Bond, both in print and on film. He has written many articles on different subjects for several different web sites. The closest he has got to playing Bond is wearing a tuxedo as best man for his friend's wedding.

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Mike Marino can be contacted at orioles35 @ aol.com. He is registered at eBay under the same name, where he specializes in sports memorabilia, namely baseball and football trading cards.

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Mike Martyka is the owner of SolidColorNeckties.com, which he operates with his wife Darlene. After working almost 30 years in corporate management, he began selling neckties and collectibles online mainly through eBay in 1998. He has had several different user names on eBay including PLS which he took to powerseller status and a feedback rating of over 27,000. Over the past 8 years, he has sold everything from Barbie dolls, books and magnetic bracelets to his brother's car and boat on eBay. His current active name on eBay is Solidcolorneckties and his web site can be found at http://www.solidcolorneckties.com.

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Mark O'Neill is Managing Editor of the popular tech blog, MakeUseOf.com. He is a Scotsman, now living the ex-pat life in Wurzburg, Germany. You can also find him on MarkO'Neill.org.

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Michelle Waldorf is the Founder of eSeller Street, provider of pay-as-you-go eBay Market Research, and an active Silver PowerSeller. eSeller Street helps eBay sellers improve their sales through seller and product sales research. Sellers use research on other sellers, http://www.esellerstreet.com/sellerexample.htm, to learn the best sales strategies without trial and error. Ninety days of licensed eBay US statistics is available now, and eBay UK is soon to be released. For more information, visit http://www.esellerstreet.com.

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Miss Terri Seller is a pseudonym for our writer, who chooses to remain shrouded in mystery.

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Nikki Ballard is Contributing News Editor for AuctionBytes NewsFlash. She is a freelance writer/editor and sometimes professional quilter. In Celebration of Community was her report on the first eBay Live! convention for the CollectingChannel. More recently, she was the onsite coordinating editor for AB's coverage of eBay Live! 2005 in San Jose. She is the chat host and coordinator for The Clarion Foundation author chat series. Nikki has shown quilts in the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, the American Quilters' Society show in Paducah, KY, and many southern California shows. She collects quilts, fabric, sewing items, penguins, old books on writing technique, items relating to Personal FX: the Collectibles Show, and John Burkiana. She presently lives in southern California. E-mail her at: quiltersartifacts @ yahoo.com.

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Nancy L. Hix authored three books related to online auctions, the latest being The Business Guide to Selling Through Internet Auctions. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and trade journals and she has been a contributing writer for Vendio (formerly AuctionWatch) and The Online Trader's Web Alliance (OTWA).

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Nancy Prockter is an award-winning artist, a silversmith and goldsmith specializing in jewelry. A chronically bad back led her to selling on eBay. Nancy now sells online fulltime, selling everything from sporting equipment to collectibles and antiques. Nancy (User ID: NMPsilver @ aol.com) has earned 1,100 positive feedbacks on eBay over the past 3 years.

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Nick Sevino is a pseudonym for an eBay PowerSeller who wishes to remain anonymous. In "Ask Nick," he will answer questions about buying and selling on eBay. Send questions to nick@auctionbytes.com

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Neil Bartlett is the publisher of The Auction Hot List Newsletter (http://www.auctionhotlist.com). He has been involved in the online auction scene for over 5 years and in the computer industry for more than 20 years. He developed the Auction Hot List Newsletter and companion auction site to help both beginning and advanced auction sellers increase their skills and profits. Neil can be reached at: webmaster @ ebsdiscounts.com

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Phil Dunn is a marketing and advertising writer and consultant for Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Pitney Bowes and IKON. Phil co-authored "The 7 Essential Steps to Successful eBay Marketing" (McGraw-Hill, July 2005) with Amy Balsbaugh and Janelle Elms. See their book at http://digbig.com/4dhwf, and see Phil's blog at http://ebay-marketing.blogspot.com.

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Phil Dunn is a marketing and advertising writer and consultant for Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Pitney Bowes and IKON. Amy Balsbaugh runs a lucrative eBay antiques and collectibles business, and has been a member of eBay's PowerSeller program since its inception. Phil and Amy co-authored "The 7 Essential Steps to Successful eBay Marketing" (McGraw-Hill, July 2005). See their Blog at http://ebay-marketing.blogspot.com, and their book at http://digbig.com/4dhwf.

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Pinguino Kolb is a freelance writer.

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Peter Kent and Jill Finlayson are co-authors of "How to Make Money Online with eBay, Yahoo! & Google." This article is reprinted from Chapter 22, "Google AdWords and Other Pay Per Click Programs," with permission from the publisher. (c) Copyright 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. You can find the book on Amazon (http://digbig.com/4mbgx).

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Paul Lundy is Chief Marketing Officer of Marketworks, a multi-channel ecommerce software solutions provider. Paul's experience acquiring and managing customer and partner relationships provides Marketworks with key leadership in the area of sales and marketing. Paul spent much of his career with McCann-Erickson Advertising on The Coca-Cola Company account in the U.S., France and London, England and Asia. For more information on Marketworks, visit http://ww2.marketworks.com.

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Patricia A. Michaels (Pat) has been writing on the Internet for over six years. She is currently the manager of the online auction site for Goodwill Industries of Lane County, OR http://shopgoodwill.com. She is also the editor and Webmaster for the environment and nature site, Green Nature http://greennature.com. You can reach her by email at editor @ greennature.com

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Philippe Danjean is a 31-year-old consultant and trainer in IT and E-business who operates FrenchToys. Having collected art and collectibles for years, he offers items with delivery in more than 35 countries. Philippe attended eBay Live 2005 in San Jose, and eBay Live 2006 in Milano. Philippe has been featured in various articles in French publications including Le Monde, Les Echos and Liberation. Philippe also offers e-business services in consulting and training to individuals, universities and corporations as well as for council in France. Visit Phillipe Danjean on http://www.frenchtoys.fr or email him at frenchtoys @ gmail.com.

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Rachelle Conroy has been selling on ebay for 4 years. She loves anything shabby chic, especially vintage linens. Vintage costume jewelry is also a passion, especially anything designed by Elsa Schiaparelli. Rachelle's ebay id is Truesmom and she would love to hear from other shabby chic enthusiasts: 2001c @ sensible-net.com

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Ron McCoy is a retired public school teacher and a freelance writer. A collector who specializes in McCoy Pottery, he has an extensive collection of over 300 pieces. He maintains an Internet website called CollectingBuzz.Com, an informational site for all collectors offering feature articles, an active online community (message board and chat), and a free monthly email newsletter on antiques & collecting. Email Ron at: ron @ collectingbuzz.com

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Ron Mansfield is an eBay seller consultant, instructor, and freelance writer (http://www.ronmansfield.com). His books have been published in eighteen countries, in more than a dozen languages, with over two-million copies in print. He has recently finished writing eBay to the Max to the Max (http://www.ronmansfield.com/ebay_to_the_max.htm) for Que Publishing, which discusses these topics and many others in detail. It is on store shelves worldwide. You can order it today from Amazon as well (http://digbig.com/4gatd). He is currently writing a book about eBay stores, due out later this year. In his spare time he enjoys restoring, buying, and selling collectible electronics (http://www.childhoodradios.com/page/page/334445.htm) from the fifties and sixties.

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Rebecca L. Shapiro is the Artist and Creative Director for Pig and Panda. Rebecca is a studio art graduate from Smith College in Northampton, MA and studied at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX. She has enjoyed over 20 group and solo painting exhibitions since 1999 and has works hanging in private and public collections in Massachusetts and Oregon. In addition to illustration and painting, Rebecca has worked with beads and fibers for more than 20 years and loves texture, form and color. She has taught painting, drawing, jewelry and knitting classes to children and adults and loves sharing her experiments, successes and surprises! Find her eBay store at http://www.pigandpanda.com.

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Renee Visalli (eBay User ID ellisbelle1) is the owner of Ellis Belle Vintage Greeting Card Creations, which features greeting cards based on vintage images of dogs and cats and can be visited at http://www.ellisbelle.com. She collects antique prints and postcards of dogs and cats, as well as postcards with holiday and patriotic themes. Renee grew up in Maine and is currently living in Turin, Italy, home of the 2006 Winter Olympics. She may be contacted at info@ellisbelle.com.

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Ralf VonSosen is the vice president of marketing for Infopia, a leading provider of multi-channel online selling solutions. With the industry's most complete eCommerce platform, Infopia enables businesses to fully execute the online inventory-to-cash cycle. http://www.infopia.com

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Randy Smythe had built his company, GlacierBayDVD, into one of the most recognizable brands on eBay and then suddenly in January of 2006 he shut the business down. "Failure is not one of my favorite teachers," he says, "but the lessons learned are worth their weight in gold." Today, he writes about selling online and shares those lessons with other online sellers at his blog: MyBlogUtopia http://myblogutopia.com

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Stephen E. Blenus, P.E. is a professional engineer in Connecticut who has had a love of collecting and nostalgia since the age of seven. He began selling on eBay when it was still new, with less than 100,000 items and frequent outages, now Ancient History. He loves every part of the Internet auction experience. He has two collectibles Web sites where you can search for some of your childhood memories at http://www.tias.com/stores/stev and http://www.stevescollectibles.com

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Susanne Jones is a Canadian writer and editor who has spent the past 20 years as a newspaper journalist and a passionate collector of antique toys. She and her husband Brian, a painter, have amassed nearly 3,000 toys, some acquired on eBay. These days, the collecting couple is busily restoring a 1957 turquoise Nash Metropolitan hardtop (imagine an escapee from a 1950s bumper-car ride at an amusement park). They are also avidly hunting down rustic knick-knacks and garden paraphernalia for their latest obsession...an 1880s house in a small town in a four-season resort area, far from the ultra-competitive race of Toronto. You may email Susanne (eBay ID: nikitababy) at susannej @ netcom.ca. Brian, on the other hand, has yet to figure out how to log on to their laptop

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Stella Kleiman is the founder and CEO of FoundValue(http://www.foundvalue.com), a leading national network of independent eSpecialists who sell merchandise online for individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Stella is an expert on what sells online and has written a book called, "The FoundValue Guide to What Sells Online: Finding Value in Everyday Things,"an excerpt of which can be found here. Prior to starting FoundValue, Stella was Vice President, Business Development for Excite Network properties including excite.com, Blue Mountain Arts and Webshots.

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Skip McGrath is the author of eBay to Amazon , Making the transition from selling on eBay to selling on Amazon, and publisher of The Online Sellers News for eBay and Amazon sellers.

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Steve Weber is author of "The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site." He also writes about online bookselling at his "Selling Books" blog: http://www.weberbooks.com/selling/selling.htm

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Sheryl Westleigh is an artist based in Maine who creates unique sculpture and jewelry designs in polymer clay and mixed media. She is owner of Noadi's Art Orginal Sculpture and Jewelry and sells on Etsy, eCrater and Artfire.com.

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Trevor Ginn is principal at Internet consultancy VendLab and also runs his own online eCommerce business - Hello Baby. Previously Trevor worked as Head of Consulting at Auctioning4u, the UK's largest eBay drop off shop. Trevor's eBay blog, eBay, ecommerce, life can be found at http://www.trevorginn.com.

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Tim Gilberg is a powerseller on eBay (User ID: sellitcheapnow) and Liquidation.com (Usser ID: netbiz). His Web sites are http://www.auctionmoneymakers.com and http://www.ap8.com. He can be reached at timg @ auctionmoneymakers.com.

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Tabbatha Lawe is founder and President of MyStoreCredit.com, a service that helps eBay sellers foster repeat business by designing cross-sell opportunities with every sale. You can reach Tabbatha at tab @ mystorecredit.com.

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Tom Shaughnessy has worked in the electronics industry since the early 1980s and received degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Montana and Electronics Engineering Technology from Casper College. He co-founded (1986) and is Vice-President of PowerCET Corporation, which provides consulting and training services in support of the power and electronics industries. Tom travels extensively throughout the U.S. as part of the consulting and training activities of PowerCET Corporation and he always takes a camera along on trips. Pictures are used extensively in reports and select pictures are used in training classes and material. Tom and his wife Barbara won a photo contest in Napa valley, and Tom has written regularly for various power related magazines and co-authored a book on power quality. As an avid online shopper Tom finds the photos submitted in support of product sales a frequent disappointment. Too often pictures are too dark, poorly focused and lacking in detail. Images imported from manufacturer Web sites are poor substitutes for quality photos of the real objects.

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Wayne Tuiskula has been an antique and collectibles dealer for over 20 years and a licensed auctioneer. He runs Central Mass. Auctions Inc. in Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds the (GPPA) Graduate Personal Property Appraiser designation from the National Auctioneers Association. Email Wayne at info@centralmassauctions.com.

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Yisroel (Izzy) Goodman owns Complete Computer Services Inc. and sells electronics and ink cartridges online. His Web site http://www.ccs-digital.com contains articles about creating web sites, using HTML and ASP, obtaining a merchant account, payment service ratings, and avoiding fraud. His informed opinions are based on his own experience and from reading about others' experiences with payment services as well as discussions with users, representatives of the services and experts in the field. (Note: He is not affiliated in any way, directly or indirectly, with any payment service.) He can be reached by email at izy@ygoodman.com.

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Collectors Corner Writer

Beth Kagel is an avid collector of antiques. Her business is dedicated to selling high quality antiques for others on the Internet. Her company takes all the worry and frustration out of online auctions. For more information regarding her services, please contact her at bkagel @ earthlink.net. Beth also hosts the Vintage Camera section of the AuctionBytes Discussion Forums, so feel free to ask her any questions!

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Bill Mancino owns and operates Hourglass Antiques & Collectibles with his wife Evelyn. They offer porcelain, pottery, art glass, depression glass, prints, costume & fine estate jewelry, dinnerware, ephemera, toys, perfume bottles, books, kitchenware, linens, barbershop items, and more. Bill has been collecting for over 25 years. He was a sales associate for NCR beginning in 1965 and had a 15-year career with Digital Equipment Corp. until he retired in 1991. Bill started his Barberiana collection about 12 years ago with a focus on 19th century straight razors, primarily with fancy handles or artistic blades. He does not use a straight razor for shaving, although many collectors do! You can visit Hourglass Antiques and read their blog at http://antiquesandsuch.blogspot.com

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Chuck Conley, a member of the Train Collectors Association, is Digital Equipment early retiree. He has had an interest in Lionel trains since he got his first set at the age of 10. Put on the "back burner" for many years, his hobby was rekindled about ten years ago when he and his wife Esther began attending auctions in the MetroWest Boston area and sometimes found very desirable trains. Although he admits that some of the new trains are impressive, he still favors the postwar variety, including his first Lionel. Chuck and Esther live in Framingham, Massachusetts, and often work together putting things on eBay (not just trains). Their eBay ID is "nepacer". Feel free to write him at nepacer @ aol.com.

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Chiquita Prestwood and her husband Dewey have collected McCoy pottery for over 20 years. They have over 2,000 pieces, some of which have been featured in recent books. Chiquita writes a column for NM Express newsletter http://members.aol.com/nmxpress and has appeared on the "Martha Stewart Living" television program. Email her at McQuita @ aol.com. eBay ID: McQuita

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Diana Hefti has been a collector and hoarder her entire life. Fortunately, her husband Larry is also a collector and not only understands, but contributes to the collectible clutter in their home. Diana's current collecting passions are buttons, and children's illustrated dog and horse books. She is an aspiring writer, with articles on collectibles appearing in the World Collector's Net on-line magazine and the British Web site 50 Connect. Diana is also the editor of the Washington State Button Society's Button Bulletin. Some of her other interests include selling on eBay (eBay ID: heftifam), maintaining her Web site (Diana's Buttons at http://www.dianasbuttons.com), training and showing her Australian shepherd dogs (http://www.gleneyaussies.net), and of course, her family.

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Deb Cowden has discovered the best way to avoid housecleaning is to rent spaces at antique malls and run auctions on eBay. This allows her to have clutter that has a sense of purpose. By day she is a corporate accounting manager, by night she is a freelance writer, bowling ball sculptress and cunning shopper-gatherer. Her eBay ID is " debracadabra" and her goal in life (this minute) is to get the ladder out of her bedroom and return it to the rightful owner. The ladder came in to help paint the walls and has served as a wonderful nightstand ever since. She keeps an odd assortment of dogs and cats to share the blame for the clutter. Feel free to write to her (hoodoowoman @ msn.com)-especially if you have an extra ladder!

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Douglas St. Denny is an American now living in Bordeaux, France, with his French wife and three bilingual daughters. He has been involved in camera collecting since 1977, and is past president of the American Photographic Historical Society, based in New York City. He edited three consecutive editions of the "Blue Book Price Guide to Collectable Cameras" and is the author of "Cameras of the People's Republic of China" and co-author with Michael Pritchard of Christies Auctions, London of "Spy Cameras" You can take a look at some exerpts from "Spy Cameras" and read an older interview with him at: http://www.indexstock.com/pages/stdenny.htm Douglas conceived of Camprice.com, the Online Camera Price Guide in 1999 while living in Hong Kong. The Camprice database holds more than 23,500 cameras, all available to subscribers for an annual subscription of $29.95. "AuctionBytes" subscribers qualify for 18 months subscription instead of 12 simply by mentioning that they receive the "AuctionBytes" newsletter when they sign-up. http://www.camprice.com You can reach him with your camera related questions at: auctionbytes @ camprice.com or on ICQ at: 31063255 on Yahoo Instant Messenger at: hasselblad.rm and on AOL Instant Messenger under the screen name : dougstdenny His eBay nickname is www.camprice.com.

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David Espino has been collecting vintage Redline Hot Wheels since 1994, when he re-discovered his original childhood collection. Dave has turned his hobby of collecting vintage Hot Wheels cars into a business - besides collecting, he also buys and sells these toy treasures. Dave's Hot Wheels website can be found at: www.Cash4Redlines.com

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Diana Lucas (auction ID: dianasdolls) has been collecting all kinds of dolls for over twelve years and has specialized in Madame Alexander dolls for the last eight. She sells on eBay as a stay-at-home mom for her two children, William and Katherine. Her Web site, focusing on dolls and related items, (http://www.dianasdollsandbooks.com) is currently a work in progress. Email: lucasfamily @ foxinternet.net.

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David Rudd is Director of Art & Collectable Examination at Cycleback (http://www.cycleback.com) in Seattle and is author of the books "Authentication and Forgery Detection of Prints and Antique Photographs" and "Guide to Identifying Early Photographs: a Pocket Manual." He is a member of the International Directory of Photography Historians, Association of Art Historians and the International Association of Paper Historians.

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John Kirsner has been collecting stamps since he was 5 years old. He still has his Minuteman Stamp album with his name on the inside front cover in crayon. John lives in Columbus, Ohio, is married to Lisa, and works as a healthcare attorney. eBay ID: JKLAW

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Juli Schwab has been a Breyer horse collector from an early age, her current tally is 250 models. Her goal is to own one of every mold ever made, a goal that will never be realized as long as Breyer Animal Creations is still producing. Juli is a first time writer for AuctionBytes.

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Karen Catalioto from Phoenix, Arizona, is "funcollector" on eBay.com and "Funcollector" on RubberStampAuction.com. She mainly buys on eBay and also supports buying from local merchants. She has been with eBay since June of 1999 and RubberStampAuction since June of 2002. She is an active member of the OAUA since January of 2000, as "funcollectorgirl." Check out her eBay About Me page: http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/funcollector.

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Lisa Cohen, owner of the Family Jewels Antiques and Collectibles for 17 years, opened her first bricks and mortar shop at the young age of 20. With an emphasis on vintage and antique jewelry and accessories dating from the 1800s through the mid-1900s, Lisa went "bricks to clicks" 3 years ago, building up her cyber business. Like her father before her, a travelling salesman in the schmata ("rag") business after WWII, Lisa has made it a point to offer a high level of personal customer service. Lisa loves the flexibility she has by having a home-based business, as well as the luxury of being able to be a single working mom with a passion for what she does. She has a 99.9% positive feedback record on eBay with the ID: famjewl and is an eBay Auction Trading Assistant. You can read more about Lisa and view her Virtual shops and current auctions at the following sites: Current Auctions: http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/famjewl TIAS Shop: http://www.tias.com/stores/fj AUCTIONWORKS: http://www.auctionworks.com/awstore/famjewl Web site: http://www.familyjewels.us (a work in progress) You can email Lisa at lisa @ familyjewels.us

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Linda Goucher has been collecting and studying antique quilts for about ten years. On a limited budget, she has often settled for a few quilt blocks, old fabric scraps or old quilts in need of repair. Persistence over the years has yielded a collection of roughly 30 quilts or tops and boxes of discarded fabric. Her library consists of roughly 40 books pertaining to old quilts. Many were the result of quilt documentation projects that occurred in the late 1980s or 1990s. She started selling on eBay last April under the name oldman*21771, but admits that her expertise in vintage fabrics comes more from bidding than listing.

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Louis Rouse lives in Tennessee with his wife Charlotte, who is the collector in the family (Fenton Silver Crest). In addition to selling on eBay, they offer their "finds" in malls and spend weekends at Tennnessee's largest indoor market at Sweetwater, Tennessee, where they offer an array of old pottery, glass, collectibles and new giftware. Louis maintains a Web site (http://theshowcase.freeservers.com) with an extensive list of glass and pottery links to help others in their research. You can email Louis at rousemar @ usit.net (auction id: rousemark).

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Lon Strickler owns Strickler's Sports and has been an active dealer of sports/entertainment/historical collectibles for over 20 years. His interests are vintage sports memorabilia, Baltimore/Maryland history and the American Civil War. He has contributed to the Maryland Historical Society, the Babe Ruth Museum and the National Museum of American History and has been privileged to consult on several films including Ken Burns "Baseball," "Gettysburg" and "The Natural". Lon is a member of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC), The Antiques and Collectibles Dealer Association (ACDA) and The American Philatelic Society (APS) and has authored several nationally published articles on Baltimore sports & social history. He currently writes a monthly autograph collector's newsletter at Tias.com, The AutoGram

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Marlene Earle has an extensive collection of antiques and all types of advertising memorabilia. She recently sold her antiques shop to focus on online auction selling. Email her at earleandmoore @ yahoo.com. eBay ID: cokeandmoore

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Natalie Elliott Larson writes about Roseville Pottery. She grew up in the antique business, but didn't start collecting Roseville until 1984, at which time she got seriously addicted. She is a 12-year consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics and a Senior Electric Engineer with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Northern California. She and her long-suffering husband have both 4-legged and winged "children" on their 3 acres.

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Orville Burg has been a collector of vintage glass since the early 1960s including Imperial Candlewick Ruby Stemware, Greentown Emerald Dewey EAPG and Bohemian/Bavarian Art Glass. He spent 2 weeks in Germany in 2004 researching glass at the Passau Glass Museum and other locations on the "Glasstrasse," The Glass Highway in Bavaria. He is the owner of B-C Antiques and Collectibles, http://www.RubyGlass.com, host site of "The Candlewick Stemware Reference Pages"; and PixClix Image Hosting Service, http://www.PixClix.com.

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Pam Fowler writes about Hull Pottery. Her obsession with Hull began innocently when she inherited a few pieces from her Mom. Pam enjoys hunting for Hull with her husband Marc and 3-year-old daughter Jessica. She can be found on eBay lurking in the eBay pottery chat room as "hullhog." eBay ID: Hullhog

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Reyne Haines founded auction site Just Glass http://www.justglass.com and is owner of Haines Galleries http://www.tias.com/RHA. She is author of The Auction Book, Guide to Online Auctions Vol I and II, both of which sold out. Reyne is also a regular appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow television program on PBS.

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Ray Tipton (ComicRay) is AuctionBytes.com's toy expert. He has written extensively about toys and previously owned his own shop. A long-time collector of toys and comics with a special interest in Pokemon and action figures, Ray is currently a reporter for Figures.com. He can be reached at comicray @ web-access.net. eBay ID: ComicRay

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Susan Crites (auction ID wvhistory@aol.com) has been collecting Lego sets since 1964. She has hundreds of thousands of pieces in her collection, ranging from very early pieces that read "Patent Pending" to the newest Lego sets. Susan has built a significant number of Lego sets.

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Toby Aulman is a "student of glass", who enjoys researching glass as much as he does hunting for and finding glass treasures. He collects late Victorian Era blue opalescent glass. His primary area of study is American pressed patterns from the last 100 years, with an emphasis on poorly documented patterns from the 1940's to 1970's http://www.PixClix.com/glassproject/. When not buying, selling, or studying glass he works from home as a Web Developer http://www.abzoid.com. Toby also moderates the AuctionBytes Glass Forum.

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Wilson (Win) H. Bent, Jr. learned to read from Superman comics and has been collecting off and on ever since. Raised in Ohio, he lived in Boston, New Jersey and California before settling in Austin, Texas. Email Win at collector @ haus.org. eBay ID: whbjr.


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Zander Kaufman (eBay User ID Dembones_usa) is a freelance writer from southwest Iowa. He has been published in numerous publications both in print and electronic from. In his spare time he collects Presidential Campaign memorabilia, Antiquated books and pulp-era Science Fiction. He may be contacted at zanderkaufman @ yahoo.com.

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Maggie the Auction Hound is the AuctionBytes.com mascot. She has sniffed out some excellent treasures at yard sales, and she basically runs the AuctionBytes.com offices. Maggie can be reached at maggie @ auctionbytes.com

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