eBay - the home of the unique, the used, the refurbished. Is it possible to shop for those kinds of items on a tiny screen?
Users are about to find out. Apple announced the brand new Apple Watch, and among the apps that will debut with the product is the eBay shopping app. Here's how it describes the app:
"The world's largest marketplace is now closer and more convenient than ever. eBay for Apple Watch helps you stay on top of the auctions you're watching. It can send outbid notices and other notifications directly to you, so you can react immediately."
eBay sellers are known for their detailed descriptions accompanied by numerous photos showing items in great detail, including (and especially) any flaws a piece might have.
While a watch can be handy for keeping an eye on things you've already seen on a larger screen, will wearers of the Apple Watch get sloppy and bid on items they don't examine carefully and grow to regret? After all, eBay is making it incredibly easy for shoppers to return items to sellers - can you fight an "item not as described" claim if the buyer truly didn't see the description?
The Apple Watch
comes with many of the same apps as on the iPhone - watch, calendar, weather app, phone, mail, Siri, and more. It also includes the Passbook ("Passbook lets you keep your boarding passes, tickets, and loyalty cards right on your wrist, and alerts you when it’s time to use them. You can also choose which credit or debit card to use for Apple Pay.")
The Wall Street Journal
did a run down on some of the 40 apps already announced, such as the one for retailer Target: "This app knows where you are in any Target store and tells you what aisle to find the items on your shopping list. Creepy or useful?"
About the eBay app, it wrote, "Shopaholic? Then be careful with this app. It lets you track of auctions you’re watching and bid away."
The Apple Watch begs the question, just how small a screen can you shop on?