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Wed Mar 27 2019 10:16:31

eBay Sees Opportunity in Dirty Laundry and B.O.

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay has given a lot of thought to stinky clothing, as evidenced by one of its patent filings. The company envisions a "soiled garment detection and notification" system that will send an alert if it detects a piece of clothing is giving off an odor and needs to be laundered. And it doesn't end there - it sees the system as an opportunity to encourage people to buy new clothes or purchase deodorant.

eBay explains that people may launder their jeans about every six months based on manufacturer recommendations and may never launder certain items, such as heavy winter jackets. And energy-conscious consumers may wear clothes many times before washing in order to save energy, it says.

"Such laundering strategies may cause infrequently laundered garments to become soiled and malodorous, which would otherwise signal the need to launder the garment," eBay stated in the patent. "However, the odor of the garment may not be apparent to the garment's wearer as the wearer may have become accustomed to the smell over time." Zing!

eBay envisions "intelligent garment tags affixed or otherwise associated with garments" - perhaps affixed inside the collar - or a "soiled garment detection apparatus" affixed to a clothes hanger. The detection devices would transmit data, possibly through a radio frequency identification (RFID) device.

eBay's proposed system would detect stinky garb and send an alert:

"The controller uses odor information received from the soiled garment detection apparatus to determine whether the garment is soiled, and therefore in need of laundering. Upon determining that a garment has been soiled, the controller causes a message (e.g., a push notification) to be provided to a device of the owner to remind the owner to launder the garment. Further, the controller may cause a human perceivable alert (e.g., a flashing light) to be provided by the soiled garment detection apparatus associated with the garment to alert the owner of the garment that the garment is soiled."

It would tell the wearer when things got stinky to the point of urgency:

"The urgency with which soiled garments are to be laundered may, for example, depend on the degree to which the odor being released by the garment exceeds the acceptable level of odor. Accordingly, in addition to determining whether the odor being released by a garment exceeds a threshold level for acceptable odor, the analysis module 116 also determines the degree to which the odor exceeds or is below the threshold."

And it would even tell people when their B.O. became out of control:

"Upon receiving sensor data (e.g., from the controller 102) indicating that a particular garment is releasing a large concentration of body odor causing particles, the recommendation module 710 may identify a particular deodorant that will help reduce the amount of body odor causing particles produced by a wearer of the garment (e.g., by making the environment more difficult for bacteria, which ultimately cause the release of odor causing particles, to thrive). The recommendation module 710 may then generate an item recommendation for the garment wearer that includes the deodorant."

Things might even get so bad that eBay would recommend the owner replace their garment:

"Recommendations may be based on a concentration of certain odor causing particles indicated by the sensor data. Such recommendations may include one or more items (e.g., products or services) offered for sale that may replace the user's garments, assist the user in laundering soiled garments, improve an odor produced by the user, or improve an odor released by the garment.

"The recommendation module 710 may identify and recommend a new garment to replace a garment that the analysis module 116 has determined is too degraded for the user to continue to wear."

A handy "Marie Kondo" feature would tell you when to sell your garment (this is eBay, after all):

"As yet another example, the recommendation module 710 may suggest that a user sell a garment that is infrequently worn (as determined by the sensor data corresponding to the garment throughout the lifetime of the garment)."


It's surreal writing about a system that would detect, record and store information about the cleanliness of our clothes and would send us alerts letting us know that we stink to the point of needing to launder them and use deodorant.

There's a funny episode of the TV sitcom Seinfeld when a parking valet has such strong body odor that he stinkifies Jerry's car to the point it's rendered unusable. If only the valet had had eBay's "soiled garment detection and notification" system.



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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Wed Mar 27 10:38:28 2019

20 years on eBay and I have NEVER bought any clothing on eBay!

I bought a pair of Van's shoes on eBay (2010), they didn't fit.

Still have them new in the box in the closet

Better then a bag or hanger that alerts you to an odor how about a shipping bag that takes the odor away?

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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 10:41:52 2019

I suggest that Greedbay use this on themselves first. HINT HINT Its not only their clothes that stink..............

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by: foreilly This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Mar 27 10:49:00 2019

Your ebay fees hard at work...

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This user has validated their user name. by: Number 6

Wed Mar 27 11:08:40 2019

April 1st has arrived early this year.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Mar 27 11:17:44 2019

Oh God....this is what they spend their time on?  You just can't make this stuff up.

When ebay "envisions", look for the "vision" to last about six months.

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

Wed Mar 27 11:19:40 2019

So as poorly as their platform is performing, Ebay has the time and personnel to work on ridiculous things like this?  Wenig blows money on the stupidest things and then has to come up with new ideas on how to grab more money from its sellers all while laying off more and more of those that actually have knowledge about Ebay and how it should operate,.

Wenig - Focus your attention on fixing the broken pathetic platform that you now call Seller Hub.  Take the money you are spending on these stupid idiotic ideas and hire some high quality programmers who have the talent to FIX what your overpaid, under qualified offshore programmers have passed off as a quality platform.  The fact that your sellers and buyers alike are leaving your site in droves due to the issues with searches, daily glitches and scammers that Ebay refuses to deal with because they need the money should show you where you need to focus your time, attention and money.   I have never seen a CEO as pathetic and unqualified to run a company as what you have shown during your tenure with Ebay.  

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 11:44:57 2019

If that device gets within 10 miles of ebay it will stat going off like crazy

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 11:45:05 2019

I think the system works like this - every time DW and his merry band of idiots come up with a stinky idea - I get an alert on my phone ....

Oh wait - cr@p I already get those - its called eBay seller updates!

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Wed Mar 27 11:52:28 2019

Silver Ice King is 1000% correct. What a waste of time and money which could be used to fix the myriad of problems that eBay has.

Who is Devin targeting with this invention? People that shower once a month (since they are waiting six months to wash their jeans)? Devin is probably angry that he didn't come up with the Nose Blind phrase to use with his gizmo.  

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 12:17:48 2019

There was an article about not washing jeans that made the rounds a few days ago - from Levi's.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/levis-
ceo-explains-why-you-should-never-wash-your-jeans-a6881031.html

The
idiot Wenig thought he would co-opt that idea and "eBayize it".

EPIC FAIL

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Mar 27 12:46:32 2019

"However, the odor of Wenig's schemes may not be apparent to the sellers as the sellers may have become accustomed to the smell over time." Zing!

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by: geoffreymason This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 13:40:24 2019

Wenig has finally flipped out completely.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 14:26:23 2019

First, they decided all should all have the same opinions about transactions.

Then they decided all should all have the same terms and attribute choices for their offers.

Then they decided all should all have the same tolerance for theft, fraud and abuse.

Now, they're attempting to homoginize our personal senses.  How our very minds percieve the world in this context.

They have clearly lost theirs. And that smell is organic eBay in decay.

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by: angryllama This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 14:54:26 2019

NUMBER 6 hit it smack on the head.  I think eBay must be planning to release similarly DOPEY announcements for the FIVE days leading UP to April Fool's Day.  Tomorrow will be the all-new concept of Nuclear Submarines with Screendoors so the crew won't suffer from claustrophobia ..

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 15:37:03 2019

just when you thought fleecebay could not get any more stupid, along comes this ridiculous scheme.

seems like the delusional ceo is trying real hard to get his golden parachute. then he can concentrate on driving gm bankrupt with his idiotic schemes.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Wed Mar 27 17:22:52 2019

I guess the new Wenig plan for eBay is to file for and own patents that do little to grow the business unless and until they become patent trolls..... Now fixing search in order to grow sales - apparently someone else ( Amazon ) owns the patent for that.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Number 6

Wed Mar 27 17:44:27 2019

angryllama

Actually, my insider sources tell me that tomorrow's eBay pre-April 1st announcement is that Wenig's mighty p*ssed that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk might beat him into space, so he's diverting all of eBay's money and resources into the Wenig Space Programme.

Sellers are to be be charged an obligatory daily Space Incentive fee on all unsold listings in perpetuity, or until he reaches Mars.  

Whichever comes first.

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by: OnlyPollyPocket This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 27 20:51:25 2019

Good Gawd, Gertie!  Are you kidding me????

What geoffreymason said...

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by: comments This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 28 01:32:14 2019

This has to be a joke. This is almost as dumb as investments in AI or bringing back penalties for returns ebay itself acknowledged we have no control over.

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by: Paul W This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 28 01:50:48 2019

Hang a stink tag on eBay itself.  it wouldn't beep, it would blare.  Hoping eBay can clean up some of it's self-inflicted messes and get out of the dumps.

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