I visited your 2009 article on miscategorization in eBay listings. In the intervening years, the problem has gotten worse, frustrating sellers and buyers and diminishing sales.
Potential customers have expressed their dismay when perusing the listings in my category, Theatre Memorabilia, to find that they have to plough through misplaced Movie Memorabilia items, among other wayward listings, to find what they want. Many have simply thrown in the towel.
I believe that this happens largely owing to ignorance rather than deliberate misplacement. One lister with whom I corresponded used the logic that movies are shown in theatres; therefore, her movie posters are in the theatre category.
Reporting these misplacements to eBay is now well nigh impossible. I contend that the misplacers are losing sales because of such misplacement and that those who list correctly are losing sales because of the plethora of incorrectly placed listings.
As an aside, the top seller in the eBay Theatre Memorabilia category has begun listing concurrently on Amazon. This seller has the most and best merchandise in the category, has been at the top of the eBay heap for years, but has been feeling the pinch on eBay of late. I had been considering doing the same, and his decision has emboldened me to at least give it a shot.
With all of the managerial and technical problems on eBay, it is clearly wise to move some eggs to another basket.
I always enjoy your blog and have learned a lot. Thanks for being here.