EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 98 - July 13, 2003 - ISSN 1528-6703     5 of 8

This and That: Online Auction Roundup

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Reminder: AuctionBytes does not endorse the products and services featured in the "This & That" column, which often features new companies. Fraud is becoming widespread in the online auction world, and you should think twice before giving private information or User IDs and passwords to any third party.

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eBay Introduces New Item Page

As previously announced, eBay introduced a new design on the Item Page (the listing page, which you see if you click on an auction title) http://pages.ebay.com/viewitem/preview. Many sellers dislike the new format and cited several concerns: the page is too wide, and there is too much blank space. On some users' printers, the item number does not print out fully when printing in portrait mode, something eBay said it would fix in the coming weeks.

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New Auction Site Launches for Model Railroad Enthusiasts

Model Railroad Auctions is a new auction site dedicated exclusively to the Model Railroad enthusiast. Russell Cox of Cox Technology Associates (CTA) founded the site and said he has "no illusions about Model Railroad Auctions competing head on with the "Big" auction sites, however we have identified an area of specific interest that will benefit from features related to Model Railroading exclusively." The site offers free basic listings and free relists; has categories specific to the Model Railroad community; and sniping is eliminated with a dynamic auction ending time. Auctions are extended for 5 minutes each time a bid is placed in the closing 5 minutes of an auction. "Volume Sellers who will help us build a portfolio of auctions to attract new members should contact us about custom flat-fee billing plans," said Cox. http://www.mrrauctions.com

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How Vulnerable are You to Fraud?

Do you have a credit-card merchant account? Take a quiz to see how vulnerable you are to fraud. http://www.merchantriskcouncil.org/fraud.php

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Post a Whacky Item Pic; Win a Free Online Appraisal!

This week, we are running a contest in our forums. Post a picture and short description in our forums of the whackiest thing you've ever bought or sold online, and you'll have a chance to win a free appraisal from WhatsItWorthtoYou.com (http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com).

The deadline for posting your picture is Midnight (EST), Friday, July 25th. The winner will be announced in the next issue of AuctionBytes-Update. Post your picture at http://tinyurl.com/gsqy.

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Possible Postal Strike in Canada

Thanks to Franci who posted an alert in the forums that the Canadian Post may be facing a strike on July 18. "http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=5381";http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=5381 or http://tinyurl.com/gsl4


About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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