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Wed May 30 2018 14:59:43

Does eBay Shop by Price Speed Race to the Bottom?

By: Ina Steiner

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An eBay seller forwarded us a screenshot of a "Shop by Price" module she saw on the top of her search results. "Well, here's something else new on eBay. Prices above the listings," she wrote.

It's unclear when eBay launched new the "Shop by Price" feature in search results or how many people are seeing them, but UK sellers were chatting about the feature in April.

"This takes no account of the quality, service provided," one UK seller noted on a discussion thread in April.

Another wrote, "Today this has been extended and I'm now being invited to "Shop by Price / by Category / by Colour / by Country of Origin. These used to appear on individual listings and have now moved to the top of the search results and I assume are part of the Simplified Search / New Streamlined Shopping Experience eBay has been introducing."

A seller in another thread on the UK boards earlier this month pointed out that shoppers already had ways to filter or sort by price and called it a nonsense update.

eBay introduced "Shop by" modules on eBay in 2016, but displayed them when shoppers were browsing (not searching). At the time, eBay wrote

"The new modules help shoppers who navigate our site and category pages without using keyword searches. "Many users want to click to browse through items that they are interested in rather than rely on keyword searches," Bouchon said (Dominique Bouchon, eBay's Director of Search Front-End Product Management). "If we only surface a long list of listings, we miss the opportunity to surface the most interesting products and listings. We now have an algorithm that can instantly and intelligently surface them to our users."

Some "Shop by" modules may be helpful in narrowing down searches for shoppers who enter broad search terms like "earrings," but the Shop by Price module many not be welcomed by sellers who may see it as a race-to-the-bottom mindset.

What do you think of the eBay Shop by Price feature, and have you noticed it when searching eBay?



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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 30 15:57:12 2018

When shopping on eBay, I choose "shop by dumbest CEO" .... then Wenig shows up

Sigh - just another day / another way for eBay to screw sellers ....

Way to go Bob Cupcake!

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 30 16:23:09 2018

As Ebay's Race to the Bottom continues and they continue to show the buyers the lower priced items first there will be two major problems they will then wind up dealing with in the very near future as usual:

1 - Buyers will be dissatisfied with their purchases because they will get exactly what they paid for, a cheap junkie knockoff or a damaged item, which will then be returned and the buyer will have another negative buying experience on Ebay and we have the potential for another lost buyer.  Then Ebay will wonder why their buyer growth continues to deteriorate.

2 - Their FVF revenue will continue to decline and the growth that they so desperately need to show - will continue to elude them and will eventually result in negative revenue growth due to the lower prices.  Then this will somehow be blamed on the sellers again as we all know that Ebay never does anything wrong.

Maybe this is why they need to add the Ebay Plus for $49 a year, so they have some kind of revenue growth to show for Wall Street and the shareholders.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 30 16:24:36 2018

Interesting use of the word 'surface(d)'.  As in the opposite of submerged.  With all the implied arrogance of control inherent in a bubblehead skipper.

Interesting and no less arrogant use of the phrase "most interesting" too.  Sez who? (Nevermind, we know who.)

And most interesting is the claim to be able to "now...intelligently surface" what eBay deems fit to blow ballast for.   So, the last 10 years, all regard for the oxymoronic nature of eBay 'intelligence' aside, not so 'smart'?  

(We know that one too.)



 

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 30 16:32:43 2018

ebay is Three Things:
1) Money/stockholder satisfaction
2) Statistics
3) Contracted foreign labor

A 4th would have been Business Intelligence, but it doesn't exist in their realm.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 30 16:51:22 2018

"We now have an algorithm that can instantly and intelligently surface them to our users"

1) no algorithm they have works
2) they only end up showing the ones they want you to see
3) when you see code words like "surface" - you know they are lieing. Its like when you see lawyer speak.
4) intelligently ????? nothing on eBay is intelligent!
5) "we miss the opportunity to surface the most interesting products and listings" ... then show all the d@mn listings .. DOPE

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 30 19:15:16 2018

We now have an algorythm that can put chinese and big box listings in the buyers view as those are by far the most interesting because buyers can't see this 99 cent crap anywhere else



Fixed it

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by: BobNJ This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 31 02:03:53 2018

It's pretty much a waste of time browsing a category any more. Viewing "newly listed" doesn't work any more when listings don't show up for days after being posted, if they ever show up at all.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 31 06:43:13 2018

Shop by price doesn't indicate if it's auction or fixed price.  Big difference.  I was the one who brought it to Ina's attention and it seems this is a "beta experiment".  It occurs or can be seen sometimes and other times it can't be seen at the top of the listings.
I'm assuming if I click the  the lowest price, it will probably take me to an auction.

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by: SomeeBaySeller This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 31 08:58:28 2018

eBay is a trainwreck that everyone just can't stop watching.

-Search is worse now than Cassini was, I didn't think it could get worse than that, somehow they managed to make it worse.

-eBay's refusal to clean up users that are clearly manipulating search, miscategorizing, making frauduent listings and taking up 50% of the first 50 search results from, adding fake sales, fake watches on fake low priced fake items (using the search term "diamond engagement ring") from there you will see all the fake platic rings for $50 that are not diamonds, nor gold, literally been on the site for one year already, been reported to a couple contacts I have and eBay has done nothing about it.

Sad is I wrong an article about this issue to e-commercebtyes and they even ignored it. Sad that everyone doesn't want our categories cleaned up from these types of fake sellers.

Ebay is a complete shitshow right now that is on its way out, it's beating whatever is left of this dead cow before they go..

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by: spooky This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 31 10:56:06 2018

I source items that are unique and "one of a kind" on eBay. I picked a car load last night. 5 Volumes bound London Evening News 1930's era and E N Welch gothic clock for example. I have no race to bottom as I have no competition.

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by: geoffreymason This user has validated their user name.

Thu May 31 13:11:30 2018

Spooky: So?

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Thu May 31 19:31:55 2018

Just as eBay has trained buyers to "return anything at any price at all time" and to expect 'free' shipping they are likewise training buyers to discount quality, longevity, and service in lieu of disposable, environmental ass-raping, imported 'bargains.'  

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Thu May 31 19:32:21 2018

all = any

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu May 31 20:12:31 2018

Why doesn't eBay "surface" all the sellers' listings all the time so they can make money and buyers can find what they are looking for.



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