EcommerceBytes-Update #235 - March 15, 2009 ISSN 1528-6703

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1) From the Editor

Read the AuctionBytes editorial to catch up on important news for
online sellers, including news of regulation that would limit
online auctions in the state of Kentucky, and a great new feature
of called Tweet Deals! Plus, you won't want
to miss the news coming out of eBay's Analyst Day held on


2) eBay Reveals News and Strategy at Analyst Day

eBay delivered a broad overview of its business to analysts on
Wednesday and gave them a 3-year outlook on its eBay, PayPal and
Skype businesses. Will eBay be going back to its roots, or does
it plan to become a shopping portal? Get the scoop along with
some news coming out of eBay's Analyst Day and links to more
in-depth reporting.


3) eBay Considers PayPal Loyalty Program

eBay surveyed users on a new PayPal Loyalty Program that gives
top buyers special features and benefits, including enhanced
buyer protection, enhanced customer support and even a
members-only event featuring new products, speakers and
discounts. While we shouldn't jump to conclusions over a survey,
it gives insight into eBay's current thinking.


4) Print Ads Still Make an Impression for Online Sellers

Should online sellers consider advertising in print publications?
Greg Holden digs into this issue to find out if and when it makes
sense to expand your marketing program to the offline world.


5) First Item Sold Online: Montgomery Ward Telephoto Lens

Do you remember the first item you ever sold online? Let us know
by sending an email to and we may publish
your story. Today we hear from Juli who took a chance on a
yard-sale castoff and discovered the thrill of being on the
receiving end of snipe-bidding on eBay!


6) Collector's Corner: Collectible Cookbooks/Cook Books

You don't have to like cooking in order to enjoy cookery books!
Older cookbooks provide great entertainment value and can provide
a peek into the world of yesterday's culture - even fashion can
be observed through the photos and illustrations of the
homemakers they were designed to serve. Michele Alice takes a
look what cookbook collectors are seeking and what you should be
looking for at yard sales in today's Collector's Corner.


7) EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters from Readers

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them.
From feedback to payment services, from increased fees to posting
policies, EcommerceBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your

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