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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed Feb 13 2013 08:43:55

EcommerceBytes Publishes 3000th Issue of Newsflash

By: Ina and David Steiner

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We're not generally into celebrating milestones, but this one seemed like it was worth mentioning. Today, February 13, 2012, EcommerceBytes published the 3,000th issue of Newsflash.

Twelve years ago on January 21, 2001, EcommerceBytes published the first issue of Newsflash for online sellers; the first article in the first Newsflash newsletter was about an eBay outage. At the time, EcommerceBytes, formerly called AuctionBytes, had been publishing its Update newsletter for over a year, when it recognized the need for a newsletter that objectively reported daily news for online merchants and marketplace sellers. Both newsletters are now sent to nearly 50,000 subscribers and the site receives over five million page views monthly.

In 2001, when social networking referred to mingling at cocktail parties, EcommerceBytes covered not only eBay auctions, but Yahoo and Amazon auction sites as well. That year, eBay's major enhancement to search was adding the ability to sort search results by ending date and price. In 2002, Newsflash covered eBay's first eBay Live user conference. We blogged the event at a time when you still had to explain what a blog was.

Over the years, EcommerceBytes Newsflash covered the evolving ecommerce industry from its early days when sending checks for online purchases was the norm to today, when consumers are using mobile phones to shop and pay for purchases. EcommerceBytes was present when eBay argued before the Supreme Court in an intellectual property dispute over patents, and in Delaware when Craigslist and eBay aired their dirty laundry in a corporate governance trial.

EcommerceBytes has broken major stories of importance to online merchants and has been featured in John Battelle's "The Search," Adam Cohen's "The Perfect Store," Daniel Nissanoff's "FutureShop" and Michael Banks' "Blogging Heroes."

The NewsFlash newsletter archives on EcommerceBytes going back to 2001 offer a timeline of the ecommerce industry, made all the more important when you realize that many of the articles published 14 years ago by other publications are no longer available.

Three thousand issues is a lot of miles logged, and sometimes you have to look up from your work to appreciate where the journey has taken you. The industry doesn't remotely resemble the landscape we saw when we started, and we're proud that many of the readers who took the time to discover us over a decade ago are still readers today. Our aim is to give online merchants a world-class resource; one that is trustworthy, responsible, objective and transparent. We hope that we're achieving those goals, and continue to improve over the next 3,000 issues.




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This user has validated their user name. by: Anonymous Annie

Wed Feb 13 09:22:21 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Ina and David (and, of course, Julia and the rest of the staff, the regular writers and contributors.)

You're my go-to source for unvarnished information... my pressure-relief valve... my inspiration... and an invaluable source of knowledge. Thanks for everything you do!

Here's to 3000 more issues! Good luck always! <3

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This user has validated their user name. by: Al G

Wed Feb 13 09:24:55 2013

Congrats!

Always nice to have a canary in the coal mine.

Figuratively speaking of course.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Wed Feb 13 09:38:11 2013

Thank YOU for all you do. I always have to stop & check the ''Newsflash'' when it pops up.

So many sellers rely on your site for information vital to running their business.

Some venues are no longer forthcoming about changes or problems occurring within the site. Sellers are left out in the cold to figure out what is going on. EcommerceBytes is an invaluable clearing-house for info that participants can sort out and make decisions that best suit their business.

Also, many small sellers do not have a face-to-face network where they meet or get to know other sellers in their community.  In the competitive atmosphere that some categories have, many sellers in a given geographic area are hesitant to network face-to-face.

You provide the best alternative to that. With avatars we can gripe, complain, b!tch about venues or ask opinions and advice - globally. In the distant past this would be done around a table at a coffee house perhaps.

You provide the ''virtual coffee house'' with most of us sitting alone, in front of a laptop or computer with our coffee or tea - communicating with others - networking!

So here's an Attaboy & Attagirl!!!  Keep up the great work!

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by: Duke This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 13 09:58:00 2013

Congratulations!!  Thank you so much for all of your hard work, looking forward to the next 3,000+++ issues of Newsflash.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Wed Feb 13 10:43:41 2013

Congratulations, that is one terrific milestone and it should be celebrated.  

I firmly believe that the news you bring us is extremely worthwhile.  For me personally it has helped me stay informed on very important topic.  And bring things to my attention that I've had no idea were happening.

This website and the service it provides us is extremely valuable and I for one am VERY grateful for your hard work.

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This user has validated their user name. by: permacrisis

Wed Feb 13 10:45:56 2013

There shouldn't  BE 3000 more issues:

You two now know everything you need to know to build us an honest auction venue.

Get cracking!

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Wed Feb 13 10:58:47 2013

Congratulations Ina and David! I'm always thankful that I sign up for your e-mail "Newsflashes" since many of the information you report on would never have been known to me otherwise.

I join with the others who have already stated that here's hoping for another 3,000 issues!

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by: FREDDY This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 13 11:05:41 2013

Congrats... Look forward to your Newsflash....

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by: Sierra This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 13 14:02:48 2013

Congratulations on your 3,000th issue!  

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by: Quicksilver Messenger This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Feb 13 14:18:21 2013

Congratulation everyone! I would be lost in the sea of IM, if it weren't for you!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly

Wed Feb 13 14:34:07 2013

Congratulations on your Achievement. Your site is a bastion of Free Speech in shark infested eCommerce seas.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Feb 13 14:37:19 2013

Thank you, we appreciate your coverage and all that you do for the down trodden eBay sellers.

From time to time someone here will comment that there are a lot of negative people complaining about eBay.

That may be because this is one of the few forums that sellers can actually vent and tell the truth about eBay as they see it.  Try doing that on the eBay discussion boards and you'll either have your thread pulled or you'll be bit*h slapped.....oops, I meant pink slapped.  Same thing though.

I am glad that you are here as a sellers' advocate.

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This user has validated their user name. by: monkey

Wed Feb 13 14:41:46 2013

That is a fantastic milestone! We all owe a great deal to you.

I often think about all the work you put in to this site ... researching articles, moderating forums, interviewing key people in the industry.

Even the artwork you create at the top of the page is quite inspired and I appreciate the effort.

And while I'm at it, thanks to all of you fellow posters on these forums. I have learned a prodigious amount from fellow buyers and sellers.

Of course we all wouldn't be here without Ina and David.

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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww

Wed Feb 13 16:00:24 2013

Wow! Congrats, Ina and David! You guys are the hardest-working couple I know. :-) Thanks for all you do! - Julia

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by: Massachusets Howler This user has validated their user name.

Wed Feb 13 16:58:46 2013

Thank you Ina and David (and Julia). If it were not for YOU we would have little hope.
Thanks for your support.
Mass Howler

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This user has validated their user name. by: Nan

Wed Feb 13 17:05:29 2013

Congratulations Ina and David!  This IS my go-to industry newsletter, the one I have subscribed to for the longest time, and the one I always open and peruse as soon as it arrives. Many thanks for keeping it real!  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Wed Feb 13 17:43:10 2013

Congratulations from me too. This is one of the few sites that has not yet barred me from commenting; it’s amazing how many of the mere “media release regurgitators” don't want to know the ugly truth about eBafia—always hoping for some advertising income from them, I suppose ...

eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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This user has validated their user name. by: Lido_Shuffle

Wed Feb 13 17:56:25 2013

Congratulations!

And THANK YOU so much to Ina and David for all the work you have done to make EcommerceBytes such a success!

Your NewsFlash and blog updates are the second most anticipated items of my inbox.

Also, a great big thanks to Ina, Julia, David S., et. al., for such great coverage of things that actually matter to us!

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Wed Feb 13 18:25:59 2013

Congratulations Ina and David on your 3000th issue! I always look forward to your Newsflashes and know this is the only site to get the real truth. EcommerceBytes has helped me so much over the years with great articles and informative issues. Thank you so much!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Wed Feb 13 18:40:28 2013

The Steiners are a prime example of an ethically run business, and I thank them for the professionalism, persistence, and tenacity they've demonstrated to bring their readers the most accurate and up to date industry information available as a well as a platform for participants to expose example after example of corporate greed.

As journalists -- something that the business media isn't anymore -- they've maintained a code of journalistic ethics in spite of the retaliation they've endured from the sleazeballs at ebafia.

The Steiners have wielded the enormous amount of influence they have judiciously and objectively.

Without this site, it probably would have taken many sellers a lot longer to figure out the Ugly New Face of ebafia as personified by The Ho.

Without this site, long time readers and participants might never have learned about the bribes and blackmail ebafia engages in in order to get what they want.

Without this site, we might never have learned what Griff, RBH, and the other incognito ebafia employees and paid trolls really think about us.

Without this site, sellers would have few other highly visible platforms to expose the corrupt and illegal practices ebafia and PreyPal engage in daily.

Ecommercebytes.com is an indispensable site for all online sellers.

If I have a criticism it is some major issues reported are here are seldom followed up.

Ina and David, maybe in your 'spare' time you could write a book documenting (1) the complete betrayal and systematic exploitation of their customers ebafia has engaged in the last eleven years (2) exposing their questionable financials and sweetheart stock option deals (3) ebafia and PreyPal criminal conduct (4) how ebafia promotes and encourages buyer fraud to enhance their bottom line and (5) how ebafia promotes and encourages seller fraud (shill bidding, rampant product misrepresentation, etc.) to enhance their bottom line.

The more light of truth that's shone under the slimy rocks where ebafia management, Bod, Pierre, and their stock options lives, the sooner ebafia will have to become more seller friendly or die.

Thank you, Ina and David and all your contributors!

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