EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 109 - December 21, 2003 - ISSN 1528-6703     4 of 6

This andat: Online Auction Roundup

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Madame Ming's Online Auction Calendar

Madame Ming's 2004 Online Auction Calendar is now available for sale for $8.49. The calendar reveals trends and probabilities for the coming year. Madame Ming is a Master Astrologer and a successful long-term seller on and The calendar is not intended as a personal astrological reading, but rather is Madame Ming's interpretation of the energies and influences during the next year as they will effect the businesses that operate on the world wide web.

The calendar is a PDF file - you must print it out on your own printer once you download it. You must have Acrobat Reader Version 4.0 or higher. You can download the month of January for free. The full calendar costs $8.49, PayPal payments only.


LiveAuctioneers Marks First Anniversary said during its first year in business, it has built a stable of 90 top-quality American auction houses, including Freeman's, Brunk, Alderfer Auctions, Cowan's, David Rago Auctions, Dallas Auction Gallery, Garth's and Greg Manning. offers technology that allow auction houses to open their doors to a global audience through "real time" online bidding. Since last January, LiveAuctioneers' online catalogs have registered 4.8 million unique visitors, with close to $155 million in merchandise listed. The company said it became profitable within its first six months of operation. New features include email notification to online absentee bidders when they are outbid, and foreign language translation.


Risky PayPal?

Izzy Goodman's latest newsletter has a few tidbits about the risks of using PayPal:

******** Eliminates Transaction Fees has eliminated final transaction fees and instituted a new pricing model. classified ads run 30 days and cost as little as 60 cents, depending on membership level. Sellers can now join one of several Premium Membership Levels for discounts on listing fees and promotions. The company also announced it has close to 200,000 members.


Auction Photos Service Looking for Beta Testers

Pixby Software said it is looking for help from beta testers for Fast Photos, its Windows desktop application for preparing and uploading online auction photos.


Yahoo Launches International Payment Service in English & Spanish

Yahoo launched two new payment methods for U.S. members wanting to send money internationally. The PayDirect World Card is a stored-value card that can be used to withdraw local currency at any of the more than 800,000 Cirrus ATMs around the world, just like a traditional ATM card. The maximum amount of money that a user can send at one time is $899, with a gross total of $3,500 for a rolling 30-day period. Fees start at $5.95 and vary depending on the amount and destination country. Recipients of the card must also pay a fee (minimum $1.50). Fees for Yahoo's new MoneyGram service are different, see Web site for details. Yahoo! PayDirect International is available in English ( and in Spanish through Yahoo! en espanol (


Optimizing Search for eBay Stores

eBay said it is making enhancements to make it easier for search engines to read the contents of eBay Store pages. Store sellers can optimize their Stores to improve the likelihood that they appear in search engine results, read how:

******** Offers Free Coupon for Online Classifieds

The online antiques mall is giving away coupons worth $10 that can be used towards a classified listing on the TIAS Exchange Web site. Customers can place "Wanted" or "For Sale" listings and have a choice of a newsletter ad ($25) or a standard ad ($10). To redeem the coupon, go to the TIAS Exchange ( and place an ad. At checkout, simply enter the coupon code# 1951218 where it says "Enter coupon or special offer code:" and $10 will be deducted from the order. The coupon is good through January 7, 2004. Only one coupon is allowed per person.

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

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