Everything moves toward chaos. You can't unscramble an egg. There is a scientific theory that in the end things will basically burn out and go cold and dark. Not even a black hole will survive in it.
That was eBay. It would be easier to talk about the universe with more certainty. I have an eBay store. It has categories. Those categories have keywords. eBay adds the exact same keywords to every single category. It's like a lump of random words that eBay pulled and stuck to everything with no relevance to the category.
It says in the keyword builder not to use the same words more than a few times and yet eBay takes any chance of being found by search engines and sends it into the Iron Sky on the dark side of the moon. (where the Hoe is now torturing PayPal).
eBay has put the same keyword lump in categories I have no listings in. How long has this been going on? More than 5 months that I know of. Is this just pure laziness on their part? Does any eBay employee manage eBay Stores? Do any programmers write the code? Was the store concept in programmed in Commodore Basic back in 1985?
My Manage Your Store page has links that are completely dead, links that go to totally unrelated pages somewhere in eBay, and links that go in complete circles. This eBay Quantum Theory. Is it a particle or is it a wave? It doesn't work while you observe it. It doesn't work at all. This makes it nearly impossible to get any useful help.
Everything about eBay Stores is so antiquated, frustrating, and impossible to use, why bother? The only thing I find useful are the categories for the sake of my customers who may hopefully find what they are after, but those same categories will sink you. They will make sure search engines never find you in the first place if you don't get in there and delete the sticky lump and add your own. I spent three hours last night trying to fix this. Now I wonder when eBay will undo 3 hours worth of work...
Would I be better off deleting the categories I'm not currently using? I have no clue but I did it anyway. It's many fewer lumps to concern myself with, I guess.
When I tried to delete some of my categories and move my items into different ones as the prompts tell me I need to do, it worked a few times but mostly took those items completely out of any category at all. A few times it put them in categories I didn't request. What a mess!!!
When I tried to delete another category right away I got a pop up (sounding like a New Yorker) that said something like, "Hey, can't you see were workin heah?" No deleting more categories for you!!!
And BTW, I get so many free listing offers thrown at me I can't figure out which one I'm using, so it's not the cheaper listings in a Store that make it worth the $15.95 store fee. For the moment, anyway.
Every time you look, the Ecommerce EKG is lit up with people who can't get a store function to work as promised. Thanks eBay.
I so love my nice neat easy to use Etsy Shop with no BS on the item page, just more of the things I sell. The listing is so easy and fast. Too bad they don't get more traffic but it's a free shop and I do get sales. I don't pay $15.95 a month to get launched into space and never get off the launch pad, at all.
In summary, eBay just wants you to pay for things you didn't get. Wow, did I just say that? I crack myself up. Maybe we should put a hold on their PayPal account? Maybe they should just fix it dammit!!! It would be a good business practice, eh? They should take a lesson from Amazon and use some sound business practices that are mutually beneficial. What a concept!
I know I will get the litany of leave eBay, Ecrater Ecrater Ecrater, and mr tool "it works fine for me", but I still sell more items on eBay than 3 other places and Amazon is too expensive and tedious to write new product listings on 350 items so other people can compete with me on the prices and have better photos than they would have added themselves. I can make more sense of the cosmos than eBay SMH
The definition of insanity; Do the same dumb thing over and over and expecting a different result.