|Mon May 2 2016 14:50:54|
eBay Search Brings Back Inconsistent Results
I wonder how many people have noticed that when an eBay search is run, you get a set of results, but if you hit the refresh button, often you get a different set of results.
If you keep hitting the refresh button you will notice a pattern. For example, I run this search
I get either 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 results displayed for this search (all refreshes were run within a few minutes) and often the number of listings eBay says it found doesn't match the number of listings it displays.
Both buyers and sellers should be very upset about this. A seller's item is not being displayed every time someone searches for it. And a buyer may not see what they are looking for. Does eBay want us to run a search and then hit the refresh 10 or 20 times to make sure we are seeing all of the items?
I wonder what is causing this? Are they deliberately holding back items as some sellers complain, or is my search going to different server farms with each refresh and it's the luck of the draw whether I'll see all of the items or just some of the items?
If anyone understands what is going on here I'd love to hear an explanation. I hate the thought that I spend a lot time searching and some of the items I was looking for were there but were not shown to me.