EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 99 - July 27, 2003 - ISSN 1528-6703     5 of 7

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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Online Auction Site for Christians

FaithBid is a new online auction site intended to give Christians a "wholesome, spiritual, and safe online trading community." CEO and founder Scott Hoehnke started the site to provide a safe and healthy environment where buyers and sellers can meet, exchange information and interact before completing their transactions. Hoehnke said the site's proprietary filtering technology will keep the community clean and free of unsuitable content. Sellers may list items for free and pay a commission when items sell. http://www.faithbid.com

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Secret Harry Potter Room: The Cupboard under the Stairs

Barbara Crews, Editor of About.com's Collectibles Guide, created a Harry Potter cupboard in her closet under the stairs. She turned it into a Harry Potter secret room for her Potter-loving grandson, it's adorable! http://collectibles.about.com/library/potter/blpottercloset0703.htm

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Keywords on eBay: The Fool Weighs In

eBay introduced a program for sellers to allow them to purchase ads on eBay similar to Google Adwords (http://ebay.admarketplace.net). The Motley Fool ran an interesting commentary on the service on Wednesday, written from a financial analyst viewpoint: http://www.fool.com/news/commentary/2003/commentary030723rm.htm.

(MyEZsale Ecommerce Guide will be running an article about Keywords on eBay from a seller's point of view in an upcoming issue http://www.myezsale.com.)

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Update: Canadian Postal Strike Deadline Extended

The Canadian Postal service is facing a strike by The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, but negotiations seem to be going forward as the strike deadline continues to be extended. Sunday night is the new deadline. http://tinyurl.com/i6ys


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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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