The Ten Thousand Dollar Auction Is Back!

June 18, 2006 by · Comments Off on The Ten Thousand Dollar Auction Is Back!
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Greetings again everyone, I didn`t expect to be making another entry this soon but I thought you would be interested to hear the news!

John Thornhill (Planetsms), creator of the famous “Ten Thousand Dollar Auction” e-Book has just informed me that he has now granted resale rights to this fantastic e-Book. He won`t be promoting this to his own mailing list for at least another 48 hours, so now is your chance to jump on the bandwagon.

In a few weeks eBay will no doubt be flooded with the e-Book so I thought I would let you know about it ASAP so you can cash in 🙂

I`m sure a lot of you already own the e-Book, so if you do, what are you waiting for? – GET SELLING!!

If you aren`t one of the lucky owners yet I have set up a quick payment page where you can purchase the item with resale rights for just $10:

Also whilst I have your attention, how would you like an article on identifying spoof emails for my next newsletter? As always please leave me any comments or suggestions.

Until next time,

1st Choice Web Host Review –

June 18, 2006 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Product Reviews 

People are always asking me who I host all of my sites with, to save me typing out the same email over and over again I am going to be reviewing all of the web hosts that I use!

The 1st host I will be reviewing is 1st Choice Webhost, they are a UK host based in London and are run by a friend of mine called Derek Chambers.

I run 7 alot of my sites, including El Passo Books on 2 of 1st Choice`s 4 servers.

I have been using 1st choice since 2005 and apart from 1 major server problem in the summer of 2005 I have had no noticeable downtime and all of my sites have remained online. This is vital as I run my EW Business Portal delivery script on there, this script needs to be run on a reliable server as it manages all of my e-Book sales via eBay and my website.

The hosting packages come with all of the added extras you are every likely to need including loads of free scripts including blogs, forums, CMS and Ecommerce systems plus many more.

The prices and packages are very realistic and you know exactly what you are getting, there are no hidden T&C`s that will come back to haunt you! Best of all there are no setup charges and all subscriptions are handled by paypal and there are no contracts.

Support is via Phone (a UK phone number where you speak to a person and not a switchboard!) or via the online ticket based system. You can also contact Derek via MSN messenger which I find very helpful if I ever have any questions.

The only negative I can think of is that your accounts are manually set up to prevent abuse. This means that after you have subscribed it could take upto 48 hours for your account to be created, this will vary depending on how busy they are.

Overall I can`t fault 1st choice for the price or service, I have had no problems with them since 2005 and host most of my websites with them. If you are willing to wait a couple of days for your account to be set up then go for 1st choice, you shouldn`t have any problems.

So there`s my review of 1st Choice –

Now, what`s the overall score I hear you cry, well here is my little system for scoring web hosts:

Price: 8/10
Reliability: 9/10
Support: 8/10
Fetaures: 10/10

Overall: 35/40

P.S. Did I show you the special package put together for my readers? –

Why do some eBay members have private feedback?

June 16, 2006 by · 14 Comments
Filed under: eBay Information 

Have you ever looked at an eBay members feedback profile and noticed they had a private profile? I bet you have, and I bet you also wondered just why that member has chosen to make their profile private. I asked myself the same question every time I saw an eBay member with a private feedback profile, so I did some research and here are my findings.

According to eBay, private feedback is designed for reputable buyers and sellers that have received an unfair or defamatory feedback comment. The trader can then choose to make the feedback private whilst eBay decides if they should remove the feedback comment or not. Whilst the feedback is private you cant see any of the feedback comments left for the eBay member, you can however view how many positives, neutrals and negatives the member has received.

The above reason for making feedback private seems reasonable enough, however how do you know the eBay member isn’t making their feedback private for more sinister reasons?

The answer – You Don’t!

A lot of members with private feedback may be trying to hide more than the odd bad comment, they may be hiding hundreds or maybe even thousands! These comments could be warning you about eBay scams or a very bad ebayer, without being able to see the feedback comments the only thing you have to go on are the feedback scores for the member.

No matter how good the feedback scores look, if an eBay member has private feedback then it should instantly ring an alarm bell in your head. I wouldn’t recommend buying anything from an eBay member with a private feedback profile. If you are desperate for the item that the member is selling my advice would be to contact the seller before you purchase the item. Ask the seller why they have chosen to make their feedback profile private, you could even ask them to make the feedback public so you can view the comments and once you have seen the comments they can make them private again.

After all of my research I still cant find any good reasons as to why a member would choose to keep their feedback profile private. As soon as I see a member with a private feedback profile I always get the impression that they have something to hide.

In closing I would strongly recommend that you Don’t buy anything from an eBay member wih a private score, you are likely to get stung by an eBay scam! Do yourself a favour and buy the item you are looking for from a more reputable eBay seller. Remember the old saying – “If it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is!”

Welcome to the Blog

June 16, 2006 by · 7 Comments
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Hello and welcome to “The El Passo Blog”.

I have created this blog so I can keep you all informed of my latest projects and ideas. Some will be great, others will be crap but thats life : )

I hope you enjoy reading everything and feel free to post a comment!

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