|Tue Jan 20 2015 16:19:33|
Are Free Listings Ruining eBay?
It has been an amazing ride buying and selling on eBay since 1997. I've spent an enormous amount on time on eBay over these years. The site has changed so much.
I remember how as sellers we would wait for that once-a-year fee listing day that came after Christmas. Then one year it didn't come and we were all so bummed. Then John Donahoe went from no annual free listing day to nearly unlimited free listings. This has all but ruined eBay.
The same overpriced or uninteresting items get re-listed over and over and over. For hardcore collectors of unique or rare items it has become a nightmare. Constantly seeing the same unsalable items in our searches is driving us crazy.
If eBay wants to save its vintage collectibles and antiques markets, it needs to immediately address this problem. We need to be able to filter out re-listed items from our searches, or have a browser extension that will eliminate item numbers or auction titles that are not new.
I've had friends call me and ask me if I know of a way to filter out the re-listed auctions. I wish I knew. I've tried AuctionSieve. There has to be a simpler way that would allow us to keep using our hundreds of complicated bookmarked searches that we've spent years developing.
At least eBay should allow us to set a preference to filter out auctions that have been relisted once, or twice, or three times. Forcing a buyer to see the same auction show up in search results over one hundred times is only hurting eBay.