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Mon Aug 13 2012 10:06:08

Auctiva Turns 14 with iPad Giveaway: What Was Your First Tool?

By: Julia Wilkinson

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Can you believe Auctiva is turning 14? They're celebrating the anniversary with a 3rd generation iPad giveaway Facebook promotion, and other prizes including one free year of Auctiva Pro-Plan service, and $100 credit added to your Auctiva account. (Winner must have or create an Auctiva account to claim the $100 Auctiva credit prize). The promotion is open until Aug. 31.

This announcement made us here at EcommerceBytes marvel at this milestone -- that it's been so long since this service has been around, and wonder what was the very first tool eBay and other online sellers used. (Remembering that 14 years ago, there weren't a whole lot of alternative selling venues besides eBay)!

Ina's guess was that for many people, it was the Honesty counters. (Founder Scott Samuel sold Honesty to Andale in 2000). This made us remember that in 2006, Vendio Acquired a majority stake in Andale, and in 2012 Alibaba acquired Vendio. It's enough to make your head spin.

But do you remember your very first online selling tool? Was it the Honesty Counter? I remember the counter, and choosing the different number style for it. I have fond memories of Sellathon, but I stopped using it when they lost the ability to show where listing watchers were located.

What was your very first tool, or what do you first remember using to help your online selling? Post a comment here or on the EcommerceBytes Forums!




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This user has validated their user name. by: David Steiner

Mon Aug 13 14:03:52 2012

AuctionSubmit. Great little free eBay lister. Don't ever recall having a problem with them.

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Mon Aug 13 16:29:47 2012

David...interesting about AuctionSubmit..looks like they're still around.

I do remember the auction counters..that probably was the first tool I used..then later I found Sellathon and used to love the way you could see in what country people were watching your auctions from. I really miss that feature; it went bye-bye at some point, I think due to privacy reasons/eBay wasn't giving out that data anymore. (If anyone knows of a tool  that does that, let me know!) ;)

My memory is that along with the location of the watcher, it showed their ip address..but I don't see why just showing what country some watcher was in *without* an ip address would be a privacy problem.  

Auctiva Turns 14 with iPad Giveaway: What Was Your First Tool?   Auctiva Turns 14 with iPad Giveaway: What Was Your First Tool?

by: AngelaTC This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 14 11:12:12 2012

Honesty Counters were the first. Also  was a beta tester for, and religiously used, their listing tool too.  My favorite tool was from Liveperson.  It allowed you to embed chats in your auction, but the fun part of that was a little bell that rang when somebody looked at one of your listing.  I remember cooking dinner, and happily hearing my PC ringing almost constantly.



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