eBay launched a new search feature in the fall called Grouped Listings. In its announcement in October
, eBay said, "By leveraging structured data and machine learning, we've organized the listings across all shopping categories on eBay to show you the best product results for your search and for each product it provides you the different ways you can buy this product."
eBay CEO Devin Wenig said sellers would be able to participate "as long as they are complying with our structured data requirements."
The feature is supposed to get "smarter" over time thanks to artificial intelligence, so we wondered if readers had found the feature helpful in their own searches and in getting exposure to their listings in search.
You can see the "Group Similar Listings" button above the search results - eBay says it makes it easier for shoppers to find what they want by allowing them to "condense like offerings in your search results."
It's interesting that on Grouped Listings pages, eBay displays the following FAQs to help shoppers understand some of the features on the page - notice the last FAQ in particular:
What's a trending price?
It's the average selling price of an item over the last 90 days.
How did I get to this page?
When you were looking at a particular item or comparing items, you may have selected See more or See more like this.
Are there other ways to purchase this product?
There may be more ways to buy this item, such as placing a bid or making an offer. Select See details to view any other purchasing options.
Do ratings and reviews also apply to sellers?
Ratings and reviews only apply to products. If you'd like to learn more about a particular seller, check their feedback profile to see how others have rated them.
What are the other items on the page?
We show similar products that might interest you. For example, you may be able to save on a previous model, or you may want to upgrade to a newer model.
Why are multiple versions of the product shown?
To help you compare options and find the best deal, we've grouped items by condition - for example, brand new, nearly new, and pre-owned.
Do you like Grouped Listings as a searcher, and is it helping or hurting you as a seller?