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Mon Jan 7 2008 22:01:03

LiveAuctioneers Sees Growth in eBay Live Auctions

By: Ina Steiner

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On April 1, LiveAuctioneers will launch a web-based inventory management system (as opposed to software that must be downloaded). The company helps "real life" auction houses webcast their auction events on eBay's Live Auction service. Now its auctioneer clients will be able to add inventory remotely - wherever the inventory is, such as an individual's home (in the case of an estate auction).

Julian Ellison of LiveAuctioneers.com confirms that things are going very well in the antiques and collectibles business (see our coverage of the recent TIAS report). Julian told me growth is coming from international bidding (in part helped by the US dollar), though I couldn't pin him down on the actual growth rate for international sales. He also said business & industrial and real estate categories are growing as well. (National Auctioneers Association issued a report in October stating residential real estate auctions continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of the live auction industry.)

Apparently eBay has never integrated Live Auctions on international sites, something they may be looking to do. Julian said the ASP (average selling prices) on Live Auctions is far higher than on the regular platform (note - obviously this would vary by category). I wonder if international expansion of Live Auctions was just low on eBay's priority list, or if there may be regulatory hurdles? I believe France in particular is very protective of its auctioneers - though by Julian's account, eBay Live Auctions would be a boon to them.

You can hear Julian Ellison yourself in this recent public radio interview. At the end he talks about the audio-video capability they've added, and an amusing tale of bidding fever - an extreme example of how opening real-life bidding to Internet bidding can boost prices.




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by: Lee

Tue Jan 8 09:11:07 2008

Goantiqueslive has no live auctions - and they aren't even licensed to hold live auctions by the State of Ohio, where they have their place of business.

Yet, they hold "live auctions", and charge a buyer's premium, on Ebay's Live Auctions.

Why does Ebay (and this has been pointed out and complained about many times over the years) tolerate this fraud?  Oh, right - because of the fees generated from the 10's of thousands of sales every year.

I can only wonder how much more fraud is being done on the Live Auctions part of Ebay - with Ebay a knowing and profiting conspirator.

Lee

LiveAuctioneers Sees Growth in eBay Live Auctions   LiveAuctioneers Sees Growth in eBay Live Auctions

by: MIke

Tue Jan 15 00:20:45 2008

goantiqueslive it seems now  has a seller who Ive run into before whose account was CLOSED, he was selling  "olde world" imported garden junk, now Im seeing the same garden benches, "victorian" greyhound dog, "northwind" bench etc listed on "live" auctions by goantiqueslive. They even use the SAME desc this "olde world" seller was using, this in part; "Our buyer has been fascinated with old world statuary for years and has collected American and European antique statuary from prominent places across the globe and has reproduced ( from some original antique molds) the finest of old world statuary we have ever seen! These that we are offering, are some of the finest and most extensive examples of old world reproductions in the cast stone market today"
The "live" auction pages describe the items as ANTIQUES but in fine print in mentions way at the bottom "reproduction" see;


ANTIQUE ARCHITECTURAL CAMILLE GARDEN BENCH #1958606
Estimate: US $600.00 - US $850.00


LOVELY ANTIQUE ARCHITECTURAL CHERUB WALL PLAQUE#1958615
Estimate: US $550.00 - US $800.00
Absentee Bids: 1 bid

Read way down where it then says;

Year:POST 1990
Country:USA
Location:High Point, North Carolina
Because this piece was displayed in the elements, he shows typical signs of weathering that gives this reproduction piece distinguishing characteristics unlike any others available in the market today.

I also noticed they seem to have a LOT of these round "terra cotta" lion heads supposedly from a building facade in  France and "estimate" $90 each, they have listed those for at least 2 years.

LiveAuctioneers Sees Growth in eBay Live Auctions   LiveAuctioneers Sees Growth in eBay Live Auctions

by: Mike

Tue Jan 15 00:45:07 2008

The aforementioned Ebay seller whose account was closed was;

packratantiquesinc

In NC

packratantiquesinc ( 4138 [Feedback score is 1,000 to 4,999] ) Not a registered user

Just before the acct was closed, these appear;

READ THE NEGS: Rude & retaliatory; 7 month transaction with no resolution. RUN! Buyer:
cvbca ( 41

No Reserve Auction Seller Left Ebay Right After I Won The Bid And Ignored Me Buyer:
v2hamil ( 54

Now the SAME goods he was selling every week are appearing in numbers on Ebay thru the goantiqueslive seller account.





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