February 7, 2008 |
A Pennsylvania agency dropped its prosecution of Internet retailer and former-stay-at-home-mom Mary Jo Pletz for selling on eBay without an auctioneer's license, according to a letter mailed to her home. But the state is not retreating from a crackdown on eBay sellers who accept commissions for selling items online for others, state officials said. Those sellers need an auctioneer's license, they say. Department of State spokeswoman Leslie Amoros said the agency that licenses professionals recently learned that Pletz had closed her business a year ago, leading to the decision to cease prosecution.
February 5, 2008 |
They've sold battered police cruisers, late-model luxury cars, agricultural equipment, office furniture, gold jewelry and Rolex watches, even aircraft and entire buildings. Across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the rest of the nation, a growing number of municipalities and counties are taking unwanted items and booty confiscated by police and turning them into cash, using Internet auction sites such as eBay and GovDeals.com. It's like finding change under the couch cushions, say local officials.
January 30, 2008 |
Mary Jo Pletz was really, really good at eBay. But now the former stay-at-home mother and gonzo Internet retailer fears a maximum $10 million fine for selling 10,000 toys, antiques, videos, sports memorabilia, books, tools and infant clothes on eBay without an auctioneer's license. An official from the Department of State knocked on Pletz's white-brick ranch here north of Allentown in late December 2006 and said her Internet business, D&J Virtual Consignment, was being investigated for violating state laws.
December 8, 2007 |
FORGET ABOUT all those polls - those grassroots straws, those scientific Gallups, those Vegas betting lines, because these days when it comes to celebs, the only true gauge of who's hot and who's not is eBay. Take, for example, Britney Spears. The number of Spears-related items sold at the online auction site so far in 2007 total 34,345, compared with 27,377 items associated with Paris Hilton, eBay said this week. Items associated with Spears ranged from signed CDs to disposable lighters featuring her likeness.
August 20, 2007 |
Some of us wouldn't pay 50 cents for an eggplant. But right now on eBay the asking price for a single slice is $1,000. Of course, this isn't any ordinary disc of eggplant. It's the one that spelled GOD. A week ago yesterday in Boothwyn, Felicia Teske was in her kitchen, cutting a seemly ordinary pear-shaped purple vegetable, when she noticed that its seeds formed the letters G, O and D. (They also seemed to form an extra little O, but it's sort of floating above the other O, which might be GOOD - or not. Or maybe it's a halo.
August 17, 2007 |
William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals in Chadds Ford will offer a portrait of today's good life in all its high-tech, brand-name luxury. The sale, which begins at noon on Tuesday, will feature the complete contents of a five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home in Kennett Square. A catalog session, beginning at 5 p.m. and carried live on eBay, will offer 180 of the top lots, many of which would have been incomprehensible to our grandparents. Most of the items should sell for three-figure prices, according to online presale estimates.
August 2, 2007 |
A former training camp for Muhammad Ali in Deer Lake, Pa., sold for $4.3 million yesterday, about a half-million dollars short of an eBay record. Bidding for the 5-acre, 18-building mountainside complex in Schuylkill County ended shortly after 1 p.m. However, unlike other items, real estate sales are not final when the auction ends because legal details need to be wrapped up. The highest price ever paid on eBay is $4.9 million, for a private business jet in 2001. The camp, about 65 miles northwest of Philadelphia, is being sold by George Dillman, a Reading-area karate entrepreneur and former Ali sparring partner who bought the camp from him 10 years ago. In other boxing news: Welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will defend his title against Ricky Hatton on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.
July 29, 2007 |
What Etsy makes, the world takes. Haven't heard of Etsy? That's about to change. Because Etsy.com, founded by three former New York University students, including Chris Maguire of Roxborough, has quickly become the go-to site for all things handmade, and all the communities that surround and support craft work. Since its 2005 start, Etsy.com has become so popular that it has spawned apostles who have formed "street teams" in various cities. Etsyians, they're called. And what they've created online amounts to a virtual international craft fair - without the corn dogs: Concertinapieces in North Bend, Ind., sells intricately woven acrylic yarn toys with names like "Vlad the Blood Orange" for $6. Jacquelineknits of Woodbridge, Ontario, hawks hand-knit, hot-pink apple jackets - to protect your fruit from bruising - for $7. Katrinakaye of Amsterdam coolly combines vintage Scandinavian fabrics and army bags for $35 purses named "Skipper" and "Wedge.
July 8, 2007 |
If you've thought of taking your business - large or tiny - overseas, but aren't sure how, here are a few Web sites that could get you started: Selling eBay. In the ever-shrinking world of commerce, nobody has done more than eBay to include the "little guy. " On eBay, sellers - or people thinking of being sellers - can use this page to check out the benefits and pitfalls of marketing their widgets internationally. More business. A set of simple how-to guides on this site could help new entrepreneurs with selling abroad, starting or buying a business, building a Web site, marketing and managing a company.
July 6, 2007 |
Back in occupied Italy at the end of World War II, the story goes, naive GIs frequently purchased "ancient" Roman coins at bargain prices, proof of age being substantiated by the dates stamped upon them - 43 B.C., for instance. Well, the old coin minted in the final days of the Roman Republic that will be offered Thursday by Alderfer Auction & Appraisal bears no such date. Consequently, it is expected to sell for $600 to $800, according to the online catalog, most easily accessed at www.liveauctions.