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Sat May 21 2016 10:25:43

An eBay App to Track Health and Offer Shopping Therapy?

By: Ina Steiner

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Can shopping help stave off disease? eBay filed a patent that shows it wants to help people with health issues find preventative services before they become full-blown conditions by detecting "health deviations" and offering treatments, including shopping for products and services.

Columnist and EcommerceBytes contributor Brian Cohen pointed us to the patent that shows eBay is paying attention to all sorts of technology, including wearable devices that can track your heart rate and other physical conditions.

Using gadgets (one presumes things like FitBit and Google Glasses), an eBay health app would compare your health data to that of others. It would then suggest what purchases have helped others with your conditions and show service providers in your area. Here's a blurb from the eBay patent application:

"For example, purchase suggestions may suggest user purchases of medication for particular user health deviations (e.g., headaches, continued sneezing, etc.), user purchases of massage services for particular user health deviations (e.g., the muscle cramps or back issues discussed above), and even user purchases of clothing (e.g. shoes) for particular user health deviations (e.g., depression, lethargy, general unhappiness, etc.) if those purchases have been found to reverse similar user health deviations in similar users."

Another section that caught our eye, "However, in some embodiments, the therapeutic effects of purchase recommendations may be specific to receiving a physical product or service, and thus the provision of physical merchant locations where the product or service in the purchase suggestion may be purchased may provide particular benefits."

The patent was filed on October 28, 2014, Brian points to the patent in this post on Twitter.

Let us know what you think.

Update: Brian sent information about another health-related patent - TheNextWeb wrote, "eBay has patented a system for faster detection and notification of the spread of communicable diseases."




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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Sat May 21 14:46:05 2016

Thanks Ina. We are going to have a field day with this one! Who wants to start?

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 21 15:51:49 2016

So now Ebay the venue is going to play doctor and nurse for us?

I would think that is the last thing anyone would want from Ebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Sat May 21 15:52:09 2016

Ebafia can beta test mental health shopping therapy with its management and The Ho.

Ebay continues to amaze with lame idea after lamer idea illustrating yet again that they employ far too many ''idea'' people who don't have enough useful things to do or who lack capacity to make sane decisions.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Sat May 21 16:42:15 2016

I hope they do this so I can sue them for millions for medical malpractice.

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Sat May 21 16:56:41 2016

Hear Ye! Hear YE! Step right up and get your yoga mats and Chinese supplements! Right here on EBAY!

Are they trying to appeal to shopaholics?

Sellers should expect their listings to be flooded with sponsered ads even if listings are not even related to health and wellness. Got a Tool for that?

Ebay is bad for my health.

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Sat May 21 17:00:36 2016

@heartjack

Thinking the exact same thing

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Sat May 21 17:57:48 2016

You'd think that by now they would understand that throwing spaghetti at the wall really is no way to make mercantile decisions; still, I imagine that at least someone at eBay is thinking about how they are going to get out of the on-line retail marketplace—before the rusting old scow finally goes submarine ...

The eBay executive suite—where the incompetent mingle with the disingenuous, the unscrupulous, the malevolent, the outright criminal, and the just plain stupid. ...

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 21 21:36:23 2016

This is what happens when you hire people with NO retail/wholesale/big box/etail/ecommerce experience.

Instead of concentrating on sales, making sales easier, making it better for sellers (who will want to feel comfortable putting thier goods on eBay instead of anywhere else) ... they do these stupid things.

Its time for Amazon to just buy them and make them into an auction site (as in days of old) and spare us all .... though I do enjoy laughing at their stupidities!

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by: gizmo This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 22 11:18:18 2016

I need some medical cronic stuff , hey ebay , can ya hook me up.?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Sun May 22 12:17:03 2016

Wall Street, eBay's BOD and executives share responsibility for absurdities such as this.

Wall Street seems to tolerate eBay's single digit GMV growth despite double digit growth being the ecommerce norm.

eBay management has learned that as long as the US Postal Service keeps raising rates every year or so, single digit growth is almost guaranteed given the numbers of sellers who include shipping costs in their selling prices.

With Wall Street distracted and bamboozled, eBay management is free to concentrate on two things... a) Timing the sale of their gifted shares of eBay stock to line their pockets, and, b) conjuring up useless applications that will do absolutely nothing to generate genuine growth in GMV.

The fact that eBay's BOD tolerates low growth and distracted executives is ludicrous in and of itself.

Until Wall Street applies pressure on eBay to show significant and genuine GMV growth which is not driven by Shipping rate increases, eBay executives and management will remain distracted from their true purpose - generating sales.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 22 17:53:29 2016

@RIC

%101 correct :)

@TOOLGUY - maybe you can sell them some of your crop - that would distract eBay sellers when they get ripped off and then "make them happy"

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Sun May 22 19:26:06 2016

I really thought that this was a joke.

It is eBay management who are the joke.

pace306.......it appears that eBay management have already gotten a hold of Tool's crop.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Sun May 22 21:52:59 2016

Brian sent me a link to another interesting eBay patent - I'm about to post the link above: "eBay has patented a system for faster detection and notification of the spread of communicable diseases."

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Sun May 22 23:20:04 2016

"eBay has patented a system for faster detection and notification of the spread of communicable diseases."

What can one respond to that, other than ...

Aug 2007: (pre John Donahoe) EBAY ~$40; AMZN ~$40;
Jul 2015 (pre eBay-PayPal split): EBAY ~$66; AMZN ~$480;
Jul 2015 (post-split): EBAY ~$28; PYPL ~$37; AMZN ~$530;
Currently: EBAY ~$23; PYPL ~$37; AMZN ~$700—LOL

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 22 23:53:07 2016

LOL INA - in eBays case - STUPIDITY is just that very disease!

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 23 06:15:24 2016


This just demonstrates how truly insane this company is and operated by idiots, the amount of money spent developing these useless app's, and to file patents, was large, it seriously would have been a better financial decision to just donate the money, to some worthy cause, for a tax write off.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon May 23 07:08:23 2016

Ina says "eBay has patented a system for faster detection and notification of the spread of communicable diseases."

eBay have an identity crisis. They clearly don't know what business they are in. Someone please tell Wenig that eBay is an ecommerce business.

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by: Beth This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 23 09:50:33 2016

Someone please show Wenig the earnings reports and analysts reports from the PRE-DJ days when you could actually make money on ebay.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Mon May 23 11:31:49 2016

"eBay has patented a system for faster detection and notification of the spread of communicable diseases."

What does that have to do with anything related to eBay's business? Do they plan to place warnings on sellers' listings to warn them of potential hazards of buying certain items? Like telling people that they could contract ebola if they purchase used airplane tools? eBay becomes more and more of a joke every day.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Mon May 23 11:36:48 2016

iheartjacksparrow says "Like telling people that they could contract ebola if they purchase used airplane tools?"

Where is the Like button for this comment? I am laughing hysterically.

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