EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 216 - June 01, 2008 - ISSN 1528-6703     6 of 8

This and That: Online Auction Roundup

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Reminder: AuctionBytes-Update does not endorse the products and services featured in the "This & That" column, which often features new Web sites. (Anyone can set up a Web site.) Fraud has become widespread in the online auction world, and you should think twice before giving private information or User IDs and passwords to any third party.


Small-Business Emergency Preparedness

Some good advice on getting your business prepared for emergencies. Tidbit from the press release: "A $1 piece of media, like a CD-R, to store data such as contact information and important presentations, could make a big difference in being able to keep your business running. And it only takes minutes to back up your data on a regular basis."


Window Book Info on Priority Mail Open & Distribute

Window Book - the shipping-service company that knows everything about the US mail - issued a press release about new Priority Mail Open and Distribute requirements. "Open and Distribute allows you to send bundles of presorted mail pieces to postal facilities located closer to where the item will be delivered." If this applies to you, read more on the company website.


Canadian Garage Sale Locator

The Garage Sale Locator helps Canadian residents find Garage Sales near home on a Google Map and plan a route at the same time. There is no charge for the service.


Seth Godin & Jay Berkowitz, Pre eBay Live

The Online Success Institute (OSI) is hosting an "eBay Live Success Week" this week that features access to two prominent Internet-marketing gurus who will be speaking later this month at the eBay Live conference in Chicago. For the Seth Godin session on June 2 at 3 pm EST, register ahead of time at, and for Jay Berkowitz's session on June 6 at 3 pm EST, register at After registering, you'll get the call-in numbers (no charge). More information about OSI training seminars and classes is available on the OSI website.

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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