Northwest NEWS

August 10, 1998

Business

Auction warning

   Auctions on the Internet are a growing business. Unfortunately, many customers are not aware that an online auction is different from a traditional auction until they've lost money.
  
   To help consumers avoid making a bid they can't afford, the Federal Trade Commission is issuing the "Consumer Alert, Online Auctions: Going, Going, Gone."
  
   Free copies are available by calling 202-326-2222.