Most of my items for sale on eBay are vintage jewelry and in particular vintage patriotic WWII jewelry. Because of this I usually list an item in both the vintage jewelry and collectibles/militaria categories. I receive 50 free listings a month. If I list a WWII Sweetheart Pin in both categories, the first category is free (comes out of the free 50) and I pay 30 cents for the second category.
The first thing that irks me about this is that I have to pay for the second category instead of eBay just deducting 2 out of my 50 free listings.
To add insult to injury, I only get additional exposure through "more like this" "people who looked at this also looked at" and "see what other people are watching" for the first category. So I am paying the full fee for the second category but reaping none of the extra exposure of what would appear at the bottom of the page.
Last week I had an unusual collectible/jewelry item listed. It got the exposure of the "more like this", "see what other people are watching" "people who looked at this..." in the collectible category since that was the first category that I chose. There were only 3 or 4 other items that would have fallen into this category in jewelry, but since I chose and paid for jewelry as my second category, my item did not reap the benefit of any of the aforementioned bottom of the page click throughs because eBay doesn't/doesn't have the ability to/hasn't thought of a way to, give the same benefits to the second category listing as the first.
As a matter of fact, for this unusual item, there were only 3 other similar items listed at the bottom of the page info with plenty of room for more (meaning my item that I paid to list), but my item simply did not show up there because it was my second category.
With all of the changes that eBay is making, one would think that they could find a way to give the same benefits and exposure to the first category as the second. And if not, don't charge me the entire listing fee for a second category that will not receive full listing benefits.
Yes, I know that many of your readers will think my "problem" laughable in the scheme of things, but my tiny business and what I pay for to list and the exposure that I receive for that is as important to me as any large business seller.
This, of course, is just one of the many issue I have with eBay and all of the non-working/not up to snuff features on their site. There are many others that I still send "tell us what you think" comments to, but these are for broken links and non-functioning features that I have "telling" eBay to work out for going on over two years now.
Do you think that eBay would be able to deduct second category listings from the number of free listings, and do you think that eBay is able to give same exposure to second category listings as they do to first category listings?
Thank you for being my only reliable source for what is going on with eBay.
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