|Sun Apr 13 2008 21:38:53|
Fluctuating Best Match on eBay.com
By: Ina Steiner
eBay made Best Match the default sort order for search results last month. Since then, there have been sporadic reports that users are finding that it is not the default, including an AuctionBytes Blog post from March 30.
In a reverse case, last weekend eBay made some changes that required users to reset their preferences if they had changed them from Best Match to another sort order, something eBay announced and sellers discussed on the boards.
Today the chatter started up again that Best Match was no longer the default sort order, and the AuctionInsights blog speculated it might have been due to the discovery that some sellers were trying to game the system and have their listings appear higher in Best Match. However, it seems likely eBay would have anticipated sellers would try to game the system, and it has a keyword spamming policy in place.
Our podcast interview with PowerSeller Larry Phillips published on Friday was certainly timely and has gotten a lot of downloads. If it's this confusing for sellers, who spend much time investing in learning how eBay works, imagine how confusing this must be for buyers. Feel free to weigh in here with what you've been finding when doing searches on eBay.com.