News-Antique.com - Apr 14,2008 - Natick, MA - April 14, 2008 - While not official, Auctionbytes.com has heard from credible sources that eBay is doing away with its Live Auctions platform. This is the area on eBay where auction houses advertise and run their auctions in "real time." Not only do they get traffic and bidders on eBay, it adds an Internet-bidding component to their real-life auctions (just as some bidders phone in their bids to live auctions).
With enormous changes rolling out at eBay over the past year, particularly with the January 29th announcements, many eBay sellers have been feeling that the company is trying to boot out small sellers and that it favors commodity items rather than collectibles. Killing off Live Auctions may be seen by sellers as one more sign that this is the case.
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AuctionBytes is an independent trade publication for online merchants. Founders David and Ina Steiner are frequently quoted about eBay and online selling by major news organizations including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Smart Money Magazine, and Fortune Small Business and have appeared on television and radio programs including Public Radio's Marketplace, National Public Radio's On Point, eBay Radio, CNBC Squawk Box, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo," and Bloomberg Radio's Tomorrow Tonight. Ina Steiner is author of "Turn eBay Data into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006) and is Technical Editor of the book, "Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks: eBay" (Wiley Publishing 2004). She also moderated BuySAFE.com's panel on multi-channel selling for ecommerce merchants, Wall Street analysts and journalists called, "Discovering the Secret Sauce of Multi-Channel Selling Success" in June 2007 in Boston, MA.
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