Auction Articles

FCC Gets Earful About Wireless Net Neutrality
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The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) was bombarded today pleas to keep a tight reign on the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction to prevent phone and cable companies from expanding their grip on Internet access in the wireless realm.

Google Gives FCC Advice On Spectrum Auction

Looks like Google’s out to save the world again; the search engine company, which claims it won’t bid in an upcoming radio spectrum auction, is nonetheless proposing a new way for the FCC to conduct the affair.  According to Google, its method would increase competition among telecom companies (and thus benefit consumers).

Yahoo Auctions Ending Their Run
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In June, Yahoo will give up competing with eBay and other auction sites in the US and Canada by shuttering Yahoo Auctions.

Recap: The Week in Search

This week the search world has been rampant with news of buyouts and related rumors. Here is a snapshot of the events of interest:

Ticketmaster’s Auction Model
TicketMaster, a near monopoly which hated ticket auctions in the past, now auctions seats for a premium. You can bid on an auction for row 1, and if the minimum bid drops below the required amount to win they will automatically drop you into an auction for row 2, and so on.

Google To Lobby FCC About Spectrum Auctions

Google, Yahoo, and eBay have enlisted satellite carriers EchoStar and DirecTV to help them lobby the Federal Communications Commission about keeping a close eye on how spectrum auctions are conducted. The alliance aims to put tighter reins on incumbent last mile providers of broadband access.

The last mile and who controls it has been a mounting concern among the major "network-less" players like Google, Yahoo, and eBay. The concern rises from suspicion of the telecommunications industry, and its control over chokepoints.

EBay Lets Britney’s Hair Down
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The phrase "only in America" has never been more apropos. And the phrase "Britney shaved" has never had such an ironic connotation. And eBay has never been quicker to remove a listing (can’t really back up that last part).

eBay Needs To Extend Auction Endings

I’ve ranted a few times in the past about auction sniping, the practice of bidders using software to hop in at the last second and snag an item at a price below what other bidders may be willing to pay in open bidding.

Kim Family Holds Benefit Auction On eBay

The family of James Kim, the CNet editor who passed away in November in an effort to save his stranded family, has set up an online auction to raise money for the James Kim Memorial Fund, established to support his bereft family.

Google’s Employee Stock Option Auction Plan

A new Google program will allow employees, with vested stock options, to sell them online without the normal hassles of exercising and selling.

Scrooge Returns, Opens Shop On eBay

Of all the humbug things to do at Christmas. A seller on eBay taught his kids a lesson last year (one they’ll be describing to a therapist one day) by putting an empty Nintendo GameCube box under the tree, wrapped up in sadism, and is encouraging others to do the same to fix their spoiled kids. This year, he’s selling a Wii box. The starting bid is $1.29, plus $20 for shipping the rocks that come with.

Whats Ahead For Auction Media?

The advertising industry is being rocked by seismic changes. Internet-based advertising has become the fastest-growing advertising sector, growing by 18.9 percent in the first half of 2006, according to TNS Media Intelligence.

Rate Hike Causes Sellers To Drop eBay
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Frustrated customers often threaten that they’ll never shop at a store again. Now, a number of online retailers have become angry at eBay, and many of them claim they’ll never again sell on the site.

The Auction Media FAQ

Google’s plan to adapt its auction-based advertising system to non-search and offline media, plus the gathering momentum of eBay’s E-Media Exchange, have caused the term “Auction Media” to begin appearing more frequently in industry news coverage.

Yahoo Japan Covers Gypped Auction Goers

The concept of “face” in Japan is an important one. Yahoo! Japan appears very committed to maintaining its business honor in the country by footing the bill for its auction site customers who ordered but never received jewelry from a defunct company.

eBay Vendors Call For Google Auction Site
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At first, the cause sounds like it might be a write-off; just one angry person’s crusade against eBay.

Advertising Auction System Unwelcomed

For a while, it looked as if eBay was going to bring commercials to your television. A number of companies were willing to try out “an auction-based system for buying airtime.” There’s only problem: no network has stepped forward to participate in the experiment.

Science Confirms Sniping Works On eBay

The best way to win an auction online is to wait as late as possible in the auction before submitting a bid, a method scientists have unsurprisingly discovered works best.

Raising Awareness Through Social Media

Global relief agency Oxfam brings us an interesting case study on social media relations’ ability to raise awareness.

Time Warner Cable Thinking TV Ad Auction

Once Time Warner spins off its Cable division, the cable company may offer advertising spots placed within on-demand programming through an auction process.

Time Warner Cable Eyes Google-Style Ad Auction

This whole ad auction thing is taking off. Though Verizon denied that its Yellow Pages auction was inspired by Google or other search engines, Time Warner Cable had no qualms admitting AdSense as the inspiration for possible cable ad auctions.

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