Auctioncities / Bidway Closed?

For the last 2 days, the AuctionCities.com (formerly Bidway.com and Bidbay.com) web site has been unavailable.

No announcement has been made, and no news releases have been filed under the AUCC.PK trading name.

Could this be the end of founder George Tannous’ eBay competitor, as he called it?

AuctionCities.com was originally known as Bidbay.com, and then Bidway.com after eBay sued, or threatened to sue, for having a too similar a name to them. Poor Tannous thought the publicity would launch his web site into the stratosphere, but it never happened.

He then tried to relaunch AuctionDiner as a "multi level marketing auction site", using a patent he had "purchased" on the process and delivery of this marketing plan. That may have made a little money for a few people (George), but not many others.

George Tannous also bought AuctionDiner.com, a message board that "Sheryl" and "Buffalo" successfully ran for a while. AuctionDiner was to be transformed into some kind of auction messaging portal at Bidway, but it never materialized. Supposedly, George started a "real" Diner in the Caifornia area that Bidway was located, but I don’t think anybody got a confirmation on this.

At one point, Crazy George issued a cease and desist order to AOL and Google for violating Bidway’s "provisional patent" on shopping by zip code..

George eventually sold Bidway, shopyourzipcode.com, and other lame sites to some poor pigeon who’s name escapes me, but Bidway.com and AuctionCities.com will forever be linked to the troubled soul George Tannous.

Eventually, George was convicted of securities fraud in February of last year.

More information here in the forum
http://www.sneakydave.com/forum/index.php/topic,2099.0.html

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SneakyDave Upgrades

Its been a while, but I finally got some things moved and fixed. I’ll try to visit the <a href="http://sneakydave.com/forum/">forum</a> more often. Its been upgraded, and a couple of fixes put in place to prevent some errors. <BR><BR>
I changed the style on the CMS to a wider layout because a fixed 800 pixels just doesn’t cut it anymore.<BR><BR>
I realized the "Contact Me" link wasn’t available, so now it is. <BR><BR>
Restrictions on government IP addresses, and Zelda’s IP addresses, have been removed, if you care to register on the forum.

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Troy MacDonald (Gegy) Update – 2007

Troy MacDonald, spammer/owner of AuctionEagle.com, and owner/founder of Gegy.com seems to have given up on getting Gegy.com launched, and has settled down selling his Canadian coins on eBay.

According to MacDonald, Gegy.com was going to be the "largest dot com startup, ever!", and would compete with eBay using a lame auction script system created by Mewsoft. Accompanying the Gegy.com site were Gegykids.com, Gegylive.com, Gegypay.com, Gegyconnect.com, Gegymail.com, as well as a number of other sites that never saw fruition, including AuctionEagle.com, a "news and information" site that spammed a number of eBay users with "articles" about Gegy.com. The AuctionEagle.com site was eventually found out to be owned by Troy MacDonald, as proven in a report by an anonymous fact finder in the famous "Gegy Lies" document.

Eventually gegy.com was turned into some kind of marketplace where sites get paid to sell overpriced CD’s and other items on commission, but of course that never worked out either.

Gegy had a short stint as a charitable marketplace where non profit organizations could sign up to re-sell the overpriced CD’s and other items, and return a measly sum for their effort, but I guess people were too smart to fall for that too, because that offshoot didn’t last very long either.

Troy alludes to gegy.com on his eBay AboutMe page, although he’s not stupid enough to refer to it by name, even insinuating that the venture failed because he had left the company….
"From there I became a professional in finance and investment banking (Canada Trust Private Investment Counsel) and from there founded an imperfect international ecommerce startup company which I have since departed from; unfortunately it did not survive my departure despite passionate reassurances from the board, investors and key managers who replaced me that it would thrive after my departure."

This is what still kills me about Troy MacDonald. He advertises these "eBay distinctions", as if they are as rare as the Canook Coins he’s peddling, most of are as easy to obtain as hints in Blues Clues…
eBay Certified Consultant

eBay Trading Assistant
eBay Developers Program
eBay Power Seller

Still a kook after all these years!

TheMonetaryMan on eBay….

From the archives….
Gegy.com gets a makeover (2004)

http://www.sneakydave.com/forum/index.php?topic=2050.0

Gegy Info Part II (includes Troy’s threats to sue me) (2001)

http://www.sneakydave.com/forum/index.php?topic=1288.0

Gegy Update (major "signings", emerges from "Stealth Mode") (2003)

http://www.sneakydave.com/forum/index.php?topic=2037.0

World’s Largest Dot Com Startup (2001)

http://www.sneakydave.com/forum/index.php?topic=451.0

Kook Of The Month Winner – (June/July 2001)

http://www.sneakydave.com/forum/index.php?topic=849.0

Troy MacDonald determined to keep Gegy going (9/2005)

http://www.sneakydave.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=131&Itemid=2

Troy MacDonald’s Gegy.com officially dead (7/2005)

http://www.sneakydave.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=113&Itemid=2

One more shoe to drop for Troy MacDonald and Gegy.com (6/2005)

http://www.sneakydave.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=109&Itemid=2

Troy MacDonald of Gegy.com still looking for something (7/2004)

http://www.sneakydave.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=2

"Gegy is the largest dotcom startup
ever, nothing of this size has ever come to
Internet right from the start. It’s been an
enormous undertaking taking many, many months
to build. As we mentioned previously, the beta
program will last 2 weeks in total. In the first
stage, the actual beta testing program will last
approximately 9 days, and you will be given a
special beta login ID and password. We will
forward this information to you via email as soon
as we are ready to begin!"
– Troy MacDonald of Gegy.com – 2001

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