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Ina Steiner EcommerceBytes Blog
News and insight focusing on ecommerce.
by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon Sept 30 2013 22:38:49

eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is catching up to other sites and marketplaces and will launch new features this fall. Tuesday's EcommerceBytes Newsflash explains eBay's hiring of a "Chief Curator & Editorial Director," what's coming, and how eBay's new social features compare to those from other sites such as Etsy Pages, Amazon Collections and sites like Pinterest.

While it's passe to "follow" users and content from other people on sites like Facebook and Pinterest, it seems revolutionary on a site like eBay which has been slow to add such features - when it finally added social buttons that let people share listings on social networking sites, that was big news.

You can see some of the new features by going to the eBay Profile page of eBay user shopmycollectibles. Her profile page shows her picture and description along with her eBay feedback. It shows how many people are following her, how many collections she's created, how many views she has, how long she's been a member of eBay, and her location (United States).



The next section shows thumbnail pictures of her "Items for sale" (with the title, selling price and how much time is left before the listing ends), followed by "Collections by shopmycollectibles," a list of Collections and Members she follows, and tiny pictures of members who are following her.

eBay's new Collections are very similar to Pinterest boards, but are limited to eBay listings (users on Pinterest can "pin" photos and products from across the web).

If you've used such features on marketplaces such as Etsy and Amazon, let us know if they benefit you in terms of traffic and sales.

What do you think of eBay adding social features - will you try to gain followers, create collections and follow other people?
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by: NetWatch This user has validated their user name.
       
Mon Sep 30 23:01:58 2013

Why Are The Top Brass at Ebay Any Better Than Leona Helmsley or Martha Stewart?
If the same standards of white collar crime were applied to the ruling corporate elite that were applied to Leona Helmsley and Martha Stewart, the results might be interesting....
Perminate Link for eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections   eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections
This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless
       
Mon Sep 30 23:02:14 2013
Can't wait!

Another unnecessary and extremely ill timed whistle which will disrupt the code in ways ebay isn't smart enough to figure out in advance or sand box.

The Ho PROMISED no changes in Q4. Q4 begins tomorrow.

I predict this will go the way of Ebay 'Gardens' but not without first destroying thousands of seller.

Ebay would be so much better off if they'd simply terminate all these employees (or transfer them to CS) who justify their jobs with changes no one asked for while refusing to make the changes that are so drastically needed.
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This user has validated their user name. by: elpereles
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Tue Oct 1 00:08:49 2013
Waooo! A new idea from eBay. Where is the next party? In the Sun!?
Perminate Link for eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections   eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections
by: Bloggo This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Oct 1 01:33:55 2013
Can these nitwits come up with an original idea of their own? (No need to answer that question.)
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by: wonderswhy This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Oct 1 04:06:50 2013
Why would I want people to see what I am buying or selling?
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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford
       
Tue Oct 1 07:22:12 2013
elpereles, no, not a new idea from eBay.  A new idea from Pinterest that eBay copies.  First they want to be Amazon.  Now they want to be Pinterest.  Leaders in innovation eBay is not.
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This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Tue Oct 1 08:14:16 2013
"Social Features" is just a Make-Work scheme. Totally useless and irrelevant. It's just an excuse to employ a college grad. Nobody needs it.
I design, produce, and ship my own unique and notable product all over America. Social has nothing to do with it. No one has ever said, "I found your product through recommendations or conversations.....". No. It sells itself because it stands out from all the rest.
That's a fact.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Al G
       
Tue Oct 1 08:36:47 2013
Just something more the great unwashed masses can do on their mobiles whilst driving, crossing streets, walking down stairs
-or-
attending eBay corporate meetings.
Perminate Link for eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections   eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections
This user has validated their user name. by: Al G
       
Tue Oct 1 08:38:53 2013
PS.
Sorry, I can't help this but

the new curator has a striking resemblance to the late Emperor Hirohito. I wish I had some decent Photoshop talent....
Perminate Link for eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections   eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections
by: Orwellwasright This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Oct 1 09:11:48 2013
ebay has done this before. They are constantly trying to get their sellers (who they despise) to drive traffic to the site. Ebay has managed to destroy their brand, and will never Invest the advertising / Marketing dollars to rebuild and expand, so they expect their besieged sellers, who live in constant fear of being axed at any moment to drive buyers to the site where their own items are hidden, and the competiton is fierce...

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric
       
Tue Oct 1 09:36:34 2013
They can not end the "glitch" of the day, but they can spend millions in salaries and tens of thousands of hours of programmers time to come up with a "new" feature that is old as dust.

eBay management's priorities appear to be such that completing basic functions in a glitch free manner on a daily basis takes a back seat to implementing old as dust features which are christened as new to impress eBay's Wall Street masters.

If only Wall Street would demand that basic functions such as search and checkout worked "glitch" free on a consistent basis, everyone would come out ahead.
Perminate Link for eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections   eBay to Let Buyers and Sellers Create Pinterest-Like Collections
This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Tue Oct 1 09:39:27 2013
Who's the BUM in the photo.
I'm sick to death of these people looking crappy for the camera.
"HEY BUD ! Go shave your face. You're HIDEOUS !". What a disgusting example.
And I just ate breakfast. BLAHRG ! !
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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Tue Oct 1 10:09:12 2013
Big whoop-ti-do. Just how many 'curated' sites does ebay think people are going to want to visit and look at? EBay's is only for ebay products which shuts out massive quantities of interesting items that are allowed to show on Pinterest. Pinterest as a social media ecommerce helper is working. I diligently use it and am starting to get sales directly because of Pinterest posts. but there is a limit to how many people will use of these sites. Yet another turkey egg laid by ebay.
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by: NetWatch This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Oct 1 10:26:58 2013
@Orwellwasright, very well put.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset
       
Tue Oct 1 11:06:33 2013
Hmmm...

It could give people ideas on how to sell & market in a Pinterest-like setting....on Pinterest.  
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by: Tornad0sRul This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Oct 1 11:37:36 2013
Every time EBay changes something people complain......Every Single Time.  Some people just don't like change, for no other reason except for their own comfort, and that is a known fact.  I don't usually have a comment about EBay changes because I am no expert.  I have not spent six figures on a business/marketing education (although I have spent 5 figures on an education lol), I have not researched and studied the market, marketing strategies, or market successes.  My education is in law, not business, therefore I depend on the "experts" like I depend on my doctor or mechanic.  I just go with it, and wait to see if it succeeds or not, mostly because I don't have the time to get an education about business/marketing, but they should definitely have a better grasp on these things than I do, and EBay doesn't want sellers to fail, because then EBay would fail.  Duh.  Look how wildly popular Facebook is.  Putting education aside, and using nothing but logic, why wouldn't EBay, or any site, NOT want to copy that?
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This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Tue Oct 1 11:46:09 2013
Ebay was Great (2001) then CHANGE happened.
Now Ebay SUCKS.
That's why we don't like change for change's sake.
DUH.
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This user has validated their user name. by: The End
       
Tue Oct 1 11:50:39 2013
Great : Definition in Ebay Context > Can make enough profit to pay ALL the bills and add to retirement.
SUCKS : Definition in Ebay Context > Can barely make enough to get by (that's why I left in 2008). A second and third job is now necessary (if you're still on Ebay). Retirement is not a possibility.
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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford
       
Tue Oct 1 11:54:12 2013
"why wouldn't EBay, or any site, NOT want to copy that?"

Hmmmmm, I don't  know, maybe because it wreaks of admitting that they have no original ideas of their own; it borders on intellectual property infringement;  it shows buyers and sellers alike that they are not leading when it comes to innovation; it is gimmicky and clutters the site.    
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by: Tornad0sRul This user has validated their user name.
       
Tue Oct 1 12:02:16 2013
"Wreaks of admitting that they have no original ideas of their own" is not justification for condemning a change, and original ideas are very hard to come by.  Unfortunately there are not that many Bill Gates' in this world.  Building on great and innovative ideas like Facebook is not Intellectual Property Infringement, and if it was, "Rollerblades" would be the only company who makes "rollerblades."  Also, last I knew, "gimmicks" made a lot of money.
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