Free Auction News & Reviews | Volume #21 | February 2008

Welcome to our latest Newsletter which is out a little later than normal - apologies for the delay but we've been snowed under - more details on that later. Hope that you find this roundup of the latest Online Auction News helpful - certainly has been a busy period in the auction marketplace.

Auction News Roundup

2bn the value of eBay in UK...
eBay Rolls Out Volume Discounts...
eBay to reward loyal customers..
QXL/Tradus revenue rises..
EBay's Losses = Amazon's Gain?...
eBay buys Israeli startup for $169m..
EBay sellers fume, threaten strike..
eBay Reduce UK Listing Fees..

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eBay UK Announce Reduced Listing Fees...
eBay(UK) announced major reductions of up to 33% in Insertion Fees for most categories.
"Lower Insertion Fees reduce the upfront risk of listing items and this is one of the most requested improvements from sellers. We will balance the new Insertion Fee reductions by raising Final Value Fees so that your total fees better reflect your selling success. We are also delighted to introduce a comprehensive discount scheme of up to 40% off Final Value Fees for high volume sellers who provide good service, as defined by their Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs)." says eBay.
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Tazbar - Changes At The Top...
UK Based Tazbar Auctions announced a management team buyout recently: "After much negotiation it has been agreed that from 1st February 2008 the development team at Tazbar will take over the ownership and running of the site. James Stuart (programming) Adrian Boyle (Graphics) and myself will take Tazbar forward in 2008 as the new major share holders. " says new Managing Director Lee Markham. "It is only too apparent that Tazbar now has an attractive and reasonably efficient bespoke platform. There is always room for improvement, there will always be bugs to fix and there will always be maintenance to carry out. However the site basically works well. We could continue to develop the website forever, but this is all in vain if the world is not aware of its existence. This will change in 2008." ...
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BIDZ Completes Upgrade Ahead Of Valentines Day Rush
BIDZ Auctions recently announced the completion of a major upgrade to their auction platform ahead of the busy Valentines Day shopping period. The new auction LiveBid system is based on AJAX technology and supports a broad range of leading browser software including Microsoft Internet Explorer, FireFox and Safari. The new software platform was developed by the Bidz research and development team and was a culmination of a multi-year project. US Based BIDZ Inc, founded in 1998, is an international online auctioneer of jewelery. Bidz offers its products through a live auction format requiring only a $1 minimum opening bid... [ Visit BIDZ | Read Review On BIDZ ]

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Auction Giant eBay Makes Sweeping Policy Changes
Online auction giant eBay has announced a slew of measures designed to enhance customer experience and allow it reach out to more number of buyers and sellers. At the company's third annual eCommerce Forum President and CEO-elect John Donahoe outlined these changes saying they were designed to make "eBay easier and safer to shop." Among the proposed initiatives are a plan to lower listing fees by 25 percent and to provide the best sellers incentives and discounts for using the site. EBay is also increasing minimum standards required to list items on its site. Primarily these changes are aimed to discourage unscrupulous sellers who make money on the sly by charging excessive shipping fees or by not properly describing items on sale. ...
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Free New Tool Available Late February...
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Looking Back & Plans For 2008
We added some great free tools last year including our Last Minute eBay search tool. We also upgraded many of our older tools including the ebay Misspellers & Feedback Tools. Our tools are currently used by thousands of auction buyers & sellers daily and in countries spanning the globe. We have some great new tools in the pipeline for 2008 and our newsletter members will be the first to see them revealed! We hope to promote and extend the use of our tools in more countries with language specific sites that should prove to be useful.

eBay UK Toolbar - Safer Auctions
A major concern for many people on the internet these days is security - especially where it relates to online auctions. However many are unaware that there are simple measures that can be taken to protect themselves and the information they supply on the internet. ...... [Read More]

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