This and That: Online Auction Roundup
By Ina Steiner
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.
Edith Reynolds has taken over as Editor of AuctionBytes Web site for booksellers, The Bookologist http://www.bookologist.com. The Bookologist shares a discussion forum on AuctionBytes, which has always been populated by some of the nicest and most savvy people you'll encounter. Check out the thread, "Links Library - New and Improved" at http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=537 for links to very useful book-related sites. While you are there, check out the other discussions going on. Active booksellers are coming to the site every day and answering questions and sharing strategies.
AuctionBytes Survey on eBay Fraud
We are conducting a survey to determine what readers think of eBay fraud. Please take two or three minutes to answer 6 questions at: http://websurveyor.net/wsb.dll/10226/ABsurvey.htm
ePier Holds Auction Promotion: No Fees for 4 Days
Auction site ePier is holding a special promotion September 6-9. Sellers will not have to pay commissions (Final Value Fees) for items listed during the 4-days of the promotion. ePier, started in 1998, has 54,000 members. The site allows sellers to list items for free and charges commissions on items that sell. Commission fees will be waived for all items that sell that are listed during the special Fee-Free Promotion beginning September 6. http://www.epier.com
Doing the Math: Keywords by eBay versus Google AdWords
Susan Heywood wrote a great article for MyEZSale on marketing with keywords, comparing eBay's service with Google AdWords. Susan is an expert marketer http://www.directmarketingmba.com and does a great job of explaining these two advertising options available to online sellers. http://www.myezsale.com/cab/abu/y203/m08/mes0007/s02
Auction-Vision Auction Search Tool
AuctionVision said it offers a decision support tool for eBay buyers to "find, analyzie and win auction bargains on eBay USA, Canada, UK, Australia and eBay Motors." The software must be downloaded and conducts real-time searches of Completed Auction data. The tool comes with a snipe-bidding tool as well. http://www.auction-vision.com
New Twist on eBay "Spoof Email" Hoax
Frausters are tricking people into revealing personal information and passwords by sending emails that look like they come from legitimate companies. eBay and PayPal have been frequent targets, and fraudsters have also posed as banks and ISPs. Spoof email made to look like its coming from eBay usually has an urgent message. Something along the lines of, we will shut down your account if you don't immediately verify your account information, click on the link below. A new message circulating tells recipients they will get a reward of 30% off service fees in recognition of earning a star. Don't get tricked, this is a scam. Never click on a link in an email to sign into an account.
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 email@example.com.
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