EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1609 - August 28, 2007     1 of 3

Owner of WhaBam Auction Site Files for Bankruptcy

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Open Source Systems Inc., formerly known as Open Source Storage Inc. (OSS), filed for bankruptcy on July 3, 2007. The company owned and operated the WhaBam online auction site that launched in late 2005. WhaBam had changed its name to StuffPals in 2006, and certain pages of the website now redirect to ""

The identity of the domain registrants for and are now hidden through a proxy service called Domain Discreet.

WhaBam was launched by Eren Niazi in August of 2005. Sellers on WhaBam could choose between a subscription fee ($49.95/month with no other fees and unlimited item listings) or a 1 percent commission fee (with a maximum of $25 per item). The online auction site described itself as a little eBay, a pinch of Craigslist and a splash of MySpace for a "new kind of community-oriented bidding."

Niazi's company, OSS, provided high-end server and storage solutions for online content providers.

Note from the Editor: The publisher of is a creditor of OSS.

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