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Fri May 13 2022 14:48:54

Senior Architect at eBay Discovers Fast-Shipping Hack

By: Ina Steiner

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Senior Architect at eBay David Van Couvering discovered a way to get items delivered faster - by filtering search results by distance.

On Thursday, he posted on Twitter, "A common reason people say they choose Amazon over @eBay is shipping speed. But I discovered on eBay you can filter for matches within say 25-100 miles. Reduces shipping time and shipping carbon. I ordered a used book from a local bookseller and got it next day."

Van Couvering, who joined eBay in 2020, makes the point that delivery speed can be a major factor in purchasing decisions - though there are other important considerations, including price, ease-of-use, and buyer protection. 

Readers are savvy at buying and selling on eBay, and we're curious what they think of filtering search results by distance. 

In fact, eBay has numerous ways to filter search results. Do you filter search results when shopping eBay? Which filters do you find useful? And how does that compare to other shopping sites and marketplaces?

We also wondered if distance between buyer and seller is a factor in Best Match search, which uses various criteria to determine the order in which results will be displayed to shoppers. eBay's help page on optimizing for Best Match makes no mention of buyer and seller location, though keep in mind it doesn't disclose every factor or what weight it gives each one.

Is it your experience that distance is a factor in Best Match sort? What are the pros and cons of such a practice?

Finally, please share your helpful hacks for finding items on eBay, and what do you wish shoppers would know that would help give your listings better exposure?



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by: ShortSeller This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 13 15:14:43 2022

Another lame attempt by ebay to try to market itself like Amazon.

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by: 1st Armored Div. 1971-1973 This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 13 16:41:58 2022

It has been my experience that shipping speed depends on the quality of the seller, not how far the seller is from me.

My last 2 purchases required the seller to combine two packages. By the time they got back to me with a invoice, (ebay systems would not allow me to request a invoice because seller did not combine shipping) and I had to manually ask for one, and got around to mailing it, several days had passed after the purchase date.

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by: jantique This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 13 17:11:08 2022

I use filters every time I buy on eBay. But, rarely successful filtering location because not a lot sold comes from Oklahoma or the states around me.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Lightning

Fri May 13 17:34:58 2022

This is as rudimentary as you can get, like saying you can use a Search Engine to find things on the internet.  How revolutionary.  It doesn't take the brightest bulb to figure this out.

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by: hopeforthebest This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 13 18:22:48 2022

I would expect a "Senior Systems Architect" to know that you can search items by distance... this is a FEATURE not a HACK, and the fact he didn't know this was an option shows how clueless he is.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri May 13 22:26:39 2022

Once I was looking for something on eBay and everything that was at the top of search was in China. So I change the criteria to nearest first, and all the top searches were still in China. And it's kind of scary that a Senior Architect doesn't know how eBay works.

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by: WaLK-aWAY This user has validated their user name.

Fri May 13 22:33:18 2022

The stink of desperation was never so prevalent.  Hahahaha
Absolutely Ripe!
Yeah . . . , Thanks for that brilliant reminder that we can use the drop down or the left margin to differentiate on selecting items closest to us.  Who would have thought???
Regular Stephen Hawkins, this guy . . . . .  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Fri May 13 22:52:11 2022

What a brain dead idiot.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Lightning

Fri May 13 23:57:38 2022

99% of people probably search by lowest price.  If it's closer, but more money, they are STILL going to order the cheapest one.  Unless they need it RIGHT NOW, which would out them as a Millennial or whatever the latest generation is called.

One particular instance that filtering by distance is useful is if the item is very heavy.  The closer sellers might have a lower total price, if they are doing calculated shipping.  Like if you wanted a printer/scanner, a specific model not found locally.  Not cheap to ship, so maybe the guy in-state or a single zone away can get it to you at a much lower price than the cross-country option.  Again, more about money than speed.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 02:46:10 2022

Read the signs.

Remember, when you were very young and learning to read, the day you discovered what street signs were for?  Suddenly you didn’t just have to go where the bus took you.  You could choose your own destination, and strike your own path to it.  And didn’t you just want to share what you learned with everybody?

Congrats to the op for not only learning to read, but discovering a good use for it!   Just so….

There’s something else disturbingly being implied by this ploy.  (Sr. Arch., GMAB.  Drop down’s are ‘news’?). That is: except for distance and price, all items are but interchangeable cogs in eBay’s (the apostrophe is disputed) vast inventory of ‘stuff’.  Speaking of interchangeable, wonder if they got the PR guys designing flow charts now.  Would explain a lot…

Anyway. So, e-Loyd Wright here “ ordered a used book from a local bookseller “.  Interesting.  All ‘used’ anything are not identical.

Moreover, this is someone it is reasonable to presume who is so enamored with online procurement they can’t bother to mosey down to the ‘local’ location for that ‘gotta have yesterday’ what not.  So…is this generic reading also obtainable online (instantly, no less)…or is this ‘used book’ more likely to be sought for it’s considered value?  Either way, time and distance would seem to be moot for the OP’s ‘example’.  Imagine that.

Can’t know all this for sure of course.  But you can either trust the bus, or read the signs for yourself.  

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by: GetAGrip This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 04:52:10 2022

I don't shop on sleaze bay for anything at any time.  If I need something I go to Amazon.   In 10 years I might have had 2 problems.  Ebay is unreliable for anything.  You can't believe the feedbacks for sellers as sleaze bay scrubs them all the time.  Ebay has a real problem with the truth.

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by: AddyUp This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 07:07:30 2022

That's great as long as the "Distance" search is functioning. Recently it wasn't as my local searches started showing thousands instead of the usual dozen or so.

With a bit of experimentation it showed that selecting 25 miles or less meant that it mixed in worldwide results. This went on for a couple of weeks. Thankfully it's working as normal now. Or what passes for normal on eBay.

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by: Shanna This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 08:18:10 2022

Van Couvering has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in physics after discovering water is wet.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 10:40:20 2022

just another overpaid do nothing employee

after showing just how dumb he is, looks like a big bonus coming his way.

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by: robofox This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 15:06:42 2022

I'm mindful of distance when I shop, but there is a bit of a gotcha to this, at least here in Massachusetts. When a shipper within state chooses First Class Mail, the delivery speed is frequently slower than Priority Mail from anywhere else in the country. And don't get me started on Fedex SmartPost ...

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by: I Must be Crazy This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 21:08:42 2022

No Kidding??!  We had no idea and could never have figured that out on our own.

I am flabbergasted this guy actually made a point of tweeting this out as something newly discovered. Are you kidding me? Did this guy just get dropped on the planet.

This has got to be the most utterly stupid thing I have read about coming out of anyone at  eBay. And there is no shortage of stupid at that place. I have an 11 year old sitting here that could probably teach that fool how to write code that ACTUALLY WORKS.

Man oh man, I wonder how much that idiot is being paid.

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by: shut1968 This user has validated their user name.

Sat May 14 22:26:32 2022

been filtering it that way for decades now

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This user has validated their user name. by: Lightning

Sun May 15 02:14:21 2022

If you search ''truth'' by Furthest Distance, you get.....

eBay

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by: AB This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 15 23:13:00 2022

I’m actually surprised they don’t market this more.  The competitive advantage Amazon has always had is it’s numerous fulfillment facilities all over the country, which are what make 1-day delivery possible.  eBay however, has more sellers in even more corners of our country.  

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by: Gumball This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 15 23:38:42 2022

I know that shipping by distance is there but I have only used it to filter out China. Thank for reminding it has other uses.  

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