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This notice has appeared on the Hornby Model-Auctions website:-

QUOTE Public Notice:
Please note that the Model-auctions website will close on the 1st August 2006.

This site will be re-developed with the new Hornby and Scalextric sites that will be re-launched at a later date.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact us at [email protected]

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They did not compete with Ebay.

Their fee structure was virtually the same making the site uncompetitive relative to the limited services and protection offered when compared to Ebay. The only way it will take off in the future is if all listing fees are free for the first 12 months. This would enourage sellers to list and experimemt and buyers to visit thus building up a membership base. Fees (they would have to be significantly lower than Ebay) could then gradually be phased in once sellers see that it is working.

Google are going to launch Gbay very shortly.

I wonder if we will see litigation between the two giants over the use of "Gbay".

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That is definitely the google plan.

They are also launching a "Gpal" payment service.

Do a google search (appropriate) and see what comes up.

Bearing in mind that model railways are one of the top 10 collectable sales areas on Ebay then it would seem unlikely that Gbay would ignore railway modellers.

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Gary

PS It appears that google have registered that a word with a "G" in front of it is a google trademark. Now should I begin litigation proceedings?
 
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