Selected as an Auctions Charter Merchant

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–April 1, 1999– Auctions Offers’ Division and Millions of E-commerce Fans a Fun,Easy-to-use, and Trustworthy Place to Buy Extreme Sports Equipment —, Inc. (OTC BB:PTRD) is among the first 12 items for bidding Auctions, the new shopping services from, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN), the No. 1 online video, music, and book retailer. Withalmost 8 million customers, is the premier destination (“P-Trade”) to reach qualified and experiencedonline shoppers and have auctions featured across millions’s pages.

“To be included in the Auctions site represents thelatest achievements in our goal to expand our Internet presence andincrease traffic to our online retail store,”stated Frank Drechsler, president and chief executive officer “Our e-commerce site already attractsthousands of users every day with the latest in extreme sportsequipment for youth consumers, 85% of whom are already online.” Auctions is a customer-friendly destination forshoppers. P-Trade will benefit from special advertising opportunitieson the Auctions home and category pages and from a varietyof management tools, making it easy to register and sell high volumesof items. Because of’s familiar design and easy-to-usefeatures, sellers and buyers will enjoy the very best online auctionexperience.

“ played a key role in the development ofour online auction marketplace,” said Jeff Blackburn, director ofmerchant services at “With the help and other merchants, we are driving to reachour goal of allowing customers to find, discover, and buy any productsthey want at” pioneered online sales of extreme sportsparaphernalia to the youth sports consumer. This has enabled theCompany to capture a large audience through its www.skatesurfsnow.comonline retail store, as well as e-commerce order fulfillment servicesfor leading sports manufacturing firms. Auctions is the premier destination for people tosearch for and discover great deals on their favorite collectibles,hard-to-find items, and other goods, such as skateboards, surfboards,snowboards, and mountain climbing equipment. The Auctions site willoffer items in a safe and secure environment, with the buyers’experience backed by the Auctions Guarantee. The guaranteeprogram sets a new online auction safety and security standard, byproviding buyers up to $250 against misrepresentation or non-receiptof goods. Some restrictions apply; guarantee details are available byvisiting the Auctions site. is offering $10 gift certificates for all first-timewinning bidders as an incentive to discover and purchase items Auctions, including P-Trade’s line of extreme sportsequipment. At the same time, will benefit fromhaving Auctions automatically promoted on millions’s book, music, and video product pages.

About, Inc., Inc. is the leading extreme sportse-commerce company with sales of skateboard, snowboard, surfing, andmountain climbing equipment and ancillary products.

About, Inc., Inc., the Internet’s No. 1 video, music, and bookretailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995.Today, the store has expanded to offer more than 4.7million book, music-CD, video, DVD, computer-game, and other titles,plus online auctions, secure credit-card payment, personalizedrecommendations, and streamlined ordering through 1-Click(SM)technology. operates two international Web sites: the United Kingdom and in Germany. alsooperates PlanetAll (, a Web-based address book,calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet MovieDatabase (, the Web’s comprehensive and authoritativesource of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainmentprograms and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth offilm in 1892 to the present.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements thatinvolve risks and uncertainties that include, among others,’s limited operating history, anticipated losses,unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations inquarterly operating results, seasonality, intense competition, risksassociated with system interruption, management of potential growth,high leverage and risks of new business areas, internationalexpansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances.

More information about factors that potentially could’s financial results is included in’s filingswith the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its AnnualReport on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998.,,, Internet Movie Database, PlanetAll, Earth’sBiggest Bookstore, and 1-Click are either registered trademarks ortrademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates. All other namesmentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.