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Tue Oct 12 2021 15:22:10

Monday Night Massacre: Years of eBay Saved Searches Gone

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
The eBay world is in total chaos today for those people who buy and sell in the collectibles categories. eBay investors should be extremely alarmed about the changes made last night to the collectibles categories. Call it the Monday night massacre.
 
Most of the collectibles categories, that have been refined and tweaked for over two decades, with the help of countless collectibles experts, have been eliminated. Wiped out.

For example, there used to be "Collectibles > Photographic Images > daguerreotypes." Now it's just "Collectibles > Photographic Images > photographs."

There used to be:

Shop by Category
Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940):
- Ambrotypes
- Cabinet Photos
- CDVs
- Daguerreotypes
- Magic Lantern Glass Slides
- Photo Albums
- Stereoviews
- Tintypes
- Viewmaster
- Other Antique Photographs

Now it all been dumped into "photographs." This is insane. Someone at eBay must have convinced the eBay executives that with AI there is no need for so many categories. That is so very wrong. Most of my bookmarked searches that I have spent 24 years creating don't work anymore.

Another example is that postcards had many categories, including one for every state. Now there are only two postcard categories: topographical and non-topographical. The postcard buyers and sellers can't believe it.

What they have done is by far the biggest mistake that eBay has ever made! Read the posts on the eBay community boards, such as this one. The furor is just starting as people discover what was done last night. Be sure to scroll down past the pinned posts.
https://community.ebay.com/t5/Collectibles-Art/bd-p/29

Thanks
Dick

Note from the Editor: Also see today's EcommerceBytes Blog post, "eBay Moves Collectibles Around Resulting in Higher Fees."

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by: COVID-19 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Oct 12 17:26:46 2021

Sellers are horrified. And now buyers are upset too. WAY TO GO, EBAY! You bunch of AI-worshipping idiots!

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Tue Oct 12 17:46:57 2021

PERFECT timing.  

Happy Holidays!  

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by: JamesDouglas This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 13 13:08:44 2021

Let's add what this did to Terapeak! A search in Postcards (or even in ''All Categories'') for any keyword will return past postcard sales no further back than October 10th. Terapeak records of previous sales in changed categories have been scraped from the database. Totally useless for researching pricing and scarcity of prospective postcard listings. I assume this is the same for the other changed categories as well. I can't believe how eBay will screw things like Terapeak up (which they did almost immediately when they bought it), and then screw them up even more yet again.

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by: plcombs This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 13 17:09:45 2021

The way eBay is eliminating subcategories, at some point it will just be "Stuff you can put in your house"

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by: Michael in BC This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 13 17:40:22 2021

Regarding postcards, I hated it years back when eBay removed all the Canadian province subcategories, leaving us with just "Canada".  Now if a collector is looking for e.g. "Alberta" cards, the collector must word search through "Topographical" by "Canada" in combinations with "Alberta", "Alta" or "AB".  What happens with an overlap between "topographical" and "non-topographical" ?  An example could be a postcard with an advertisement (non-topographical) for a business based in Alberta (topographical - though not necessarily with a topographical image) ?  In speaking with long term collectors, I've learned their most stated reason for abandoning eBay is the inability to find what they're looking for, even though such items are buried somewhere in the listings.

I can see a scenario where eBay will offer (for a large fee) a seller's option to return to the old subcategories, otherwise having no choice but to list in the categories still remaining = "Stuff". or "Sundry Items".

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by: 1 Angry Artist This user has validated their user name.

Wed Oct 13 18:16:33 2021

Sometimes it's better to do a Google search than to search on Ebay or Etsy.  You get better results.

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

Wed Oct 13 19:04:08 2021

"The way eBay is eliminating subcategories, at some point it will just be "Stuff you can put in your house"

As the site continues to contract, there will be broad categories left. I think the combining of categories is the result of a lack of merchandise on the site. A person is looking for something specific, and there are few to no results. By combining all of the categories into one, someone who searches by category must now wade through pages of irrelevant results. It also inflates impression counts and provides an opportunity for the promoted listings to be surfaced.

It is all about eBay. There is nothing beneficial in these changes for buyers or sellers.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 14 07:59:49 2021

It seems that EBAY execs have been reviewing how EB works and are not too pleased, so they're tweaking it -- AGAIN.

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by: BTGroup This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 14 13:38:19 2021

Exact same thing that happened with Clothing Shoes and Access a few years ago.   Overnight we lost the majority of our repeat customers.   Lost nearly 70% of our sales and it has never returned.   The majority of people with saved searches never took the time to make new ones.   Not to mention the item specifics are still messed up.    

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by: RightbrainWoman This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 14 15:51:49 2021

''Sometimes it's better to do a Google search than to search on Ebay or Etsy.  You get better results.''
I always use google search and google image search before resorting to ebay search. It's faster and eventually leads me to ebay when that venue shows no serious results.  

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by: Actual Seller This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 18 05:56:03 2021

Isn't this what Don wanted when he was complaining so much about having to add "Item Specifics" for an item that was "already in that category"?

Problem solved, no need for thousands of categories when they are all "Postcards" that just need the proper item specifics.

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by: nuclearmoose This user has validated their user name.

Tue Oct 26 17:54:12 2021

Here's a video for how to fix category-specific saved searches:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Umxz9JSiqo



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