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Randy@astro
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posted 04-11-2008 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy@astro   Click Here to Email Randy@astro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We're now including all space collectible items from eBay within (but on separate pages) on Astro-Auction.com. We can not and do not endorse these items or sellers as we do our own, but merely offer them as a convenience to compare, browse or purchase without changing sites.

To see eBay's current listings either click on the "see Ebay listings" bar at the top of the page, bottom of the page, or pick a selection from the category box on the right. If you wish to see the descriptions, seller, etc. or bid on an eBay item, just click on a listing.

Although there are too many eBay items to police effectively, WE CAN and will block individual eBay sellers from AA listings if necessary.

On these items, all bidding and/or purchases go directly through eBay. We do not collect or save your eBay user information. We don't keep track of which items you view. We do get aggregate data from eBay such as the total number of page views, bids, purchases and user registrations originating from Astro-Auction as a group.

Please respond with comments or suggestions on how we can improve the service.

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Randy Clamons
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Astro-Auction

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posted 04-11-2008 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LCDR Scott Schneeweis   Click Here to Email LCDR Scott Schneeweis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you explain a bit more about what value added capability is enabled from the customer/viewers perspective with this feature (as opposed to just going directly to the eBay site) ...for example you indicated Astro-Auction is collecting some stats on eBay listings. Will those stats be made available to the general public to support market research or are they exclusively for internal use by your company, does Astro-Auction intend to archive eBay auction listings/historical results within your search engine?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-11-2008 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe Randy is referring to either the eBay Partner Network or Developer Program. The earlier tracks click-throughs, bids and registrations for the purpose of eBay paying a commission.

We use the Partner Network for these links.

Randy@astro
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posted 04-11-2008 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy@astro   Click Here to Email Randy@astro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One advantage we have over going directly to eBay that in most cases we can display item details in less time than if you go directly to eBay. The item descriptions are shown within the same page as the listings, greatly reducing the time needed to get and display the information.

Since you never leave the listing page, it's easy to keep your place as you look through the listings. Our listings include auction-style, Live Auction and eBay store items all in one list.

We don't actually collect the stats--they are provided to us by eBay so we can see how the program is working. Our agreement with eBay prohibits us from publicly displaying certain statistics on our web site.

Thanks for your comments.

Randy@astro
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posted 04-11-2008 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy@astro   Click Here to Email Randy@astro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, we are part of the eBay Partner Network and a member of the eBay Developers Network. We use the Shopping API to produce the listings. Our application has been certified by eBay, allowing us to serve 1.5 million page views per day. Users can get more information about these programs by clicking on any eBay logo that displays on our site.

Yes, there is revenue sharing on qualifying eBay activity. Astro-Auction is free for both buyers and sellers. We're hoping revenue sharing from eBay will help us pay for keeping the site running so we can continue to list quality items from reputable sellers and collectors.

Spacefest
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posted 09-02-2009 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have noted and made one-click links to the new eBay Space categories. You can browse what's on eBay while comparing the over 500 offerings on AA.

eBay Collectibles Selections:

  • Historical > Space Programs
  • Astronauts
  • Exploration Missions (unmanned)
  • NASA Programs
  • Apollo Programs
  • Atlas Programs
  • Gemini Programs
  • Mercury Programs
  • Space Shuttle Programs
  • Other US Programs
  • Russian & Soviet
  • Other Space Exploration
  • Autographs > Space
  • Stamps > U.S. > Space
  • Stamps > Transportation > Space
Kim Poor
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Randy@astro
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posted 09-09-2009 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy@astro   Click Here to Email Randy@astro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astro-Auction has gone live with the all new eBay API for finding items on eBay. We have new categories, as mentioned by Kim above, new keyword search options and a new sorting feature. Category listings include items' primary and secondary categories and have been expanded to include 50 items per page.

Item displays now show category paths for both the primary and secondary categories. And you can get the bid history for the item without ever leaving Astro-Auction.

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Randy Clamons
Systems Programmer
Astro-Auction

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