|Tue Mar 30 2010 11:03:27|
eBay Listings Count Jumps 55% Today as Stores Move to Core
By: Ina Steiner
| eBay listing counts have jumped as eBay moves Store listings into core search results today. The change, announced in January, means shoppers will see many times more listings when the search for items on the site. (See "One Fixed Price Listing Format.")|
According to PowerSellersUnite.com, eBay listings have jumped 55% - see its Auction Site Count.
To get a sense of how these changes will impact shopping on eBay, I conducted a search for "mccoy pottery baby shoe" on eBay in one browser window that displayed the old search methodology in which Store items were segregated from core listings. I found 4 results found for mccoy pottery baby shoe in core, and 18 results in Store. A short while later, I conducted the same search in another browser window that showed results with eBay's new changes that are currently rolling out. In those results, there were 21 results in core. (Note that in the "before" shot, the first auction listing ended before I took a screenshot of the "after" results - that's why there are 22 total results in Before and 21 total results in After.)
The search comparison demonstrates there will be major ramifications for sellers. In the "before" shot, the top result was dropped to the 15th slot under the new search results.
It often takes many hours before a change of this nature can be seen by all users, but sometimes simply opening up a different browser (Internet Explorer versus Firefox, for example) lets you see the changes.
Let us know what you are seeing and what you think of the changes. We'll continue to keep an eye on things and may update this post with more observations.
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