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Thu Oct 15 2020 21:15:05

eBay Makes Seller Fit Square Peg in Round Hole

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
I am trying to get going on eBay again. They tell me I have to have item specifics for quite a few items in order to sell them. 

It won't let me use "NA." They want hard model #'s etc. They provide choices of several model #'s that undoubtedly incorrect.

I sell mostly used, one of a kind items - I usually don't have any item specifics other than those I can see - "glass w/ chrome metal frame" etc.

Wish I didn't have an inventory I would forget the whole thing!!
Best,
Martin



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

Thu Oct 15 21:44:03 2020

Don't use mobile.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 08:25:15 2020

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black."
- Henry Ford, 1909

As long as eBay continues to maintain that 11 decade old business philosophy of one size must fit all, they will remain a jalopy of eCommerce.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 08:42:46 2020

Do like us. Try putting a few dots or dashes in the item specific line. Works for us all the time.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 11:01:21 2020

The programmers who made these specifics were poisoned by bad BBQ sauce on the wings over at Walkers - so they dont make any sense ......

its eBay what do you expect?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Fri Oct 16 14:41:09 2020

If the ISB [item specific box] has a "does not apply" option, use that.

ISBs are a good thing.  What is in the ISBs is part of what the search engine will consider when returning a search for a buyer.  So the better your ISBs are the more times you will likely get your item in front of a buyer.  That is likely why Ebay says you will do better with them than ignoring them.  Which is true.

But for some of us on certain things we sell, they just aren't what we need.  Or they just don't work for us.  I don't know if some of the work arounds others have shared work or not in a required ISB, but it is worth a try.

And the advice to not list via mobile device is another good option.  The listing screens for mobile devices are limited at best and do not represent all of the options you actually have when creating a listing.  

While I'm confident some sellers don't like ISBs, it is important to keep in mind that they are a GOOD tool to increase your visibility on Ebay.  So use it the best you can.  Create your own ISBs to get the information you want in front of your buyers.  I do that all the time.  It works well for me.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Fri Oct 16 15:18:53 2020

You can list an item on Poshmark in about one minute and you don't have to struggle with a gazillion item specifics. Same for eCRATER.   And voila, your items will show up in Google search.

I am waiting on eBay to add an item specific for Smell and Molecular Structure.

Over the top.   Constant busy work for sellers with little return on time. Another day, another hoop to jump through on eBay.

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by: thriftyone This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 17:23:46 2020

what Rexford said!!! Ebay does not know the meaning of KISS...

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 17:45:05 2020

Hmmm. What was it 4-5 years ago. The "you must have ALL attributes including upc#). Seems like we are going thru this again.

In the end, nobody complied, so ebay had no choice but to drop it, or they would have lost more than 1/2 their listings on ebay.

They said it was to make it easier for their listings to be shown on Google. I know now that was either a lie or a partial truth. It was so they can have that much more control over how to divy up the sales to sellers.

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 17:47:12 2020

O BTW. I had all my attributes filled in at one time. That is...until ebay decided to put quite a few of my listings thru the ebay listing meat grinder.

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by: Shanna This user has validated their user name.

Fri Oct 16 20:10:49 2020

A year ago Jordan Sweetnam stated that eBay's one size fits all is not working and he would see that changes would be made.

All talk, no walk.

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 17 00:41:32 2020

"I am waiting on eBay to add an item specific for Smell and Molecular Structure."

@Rexford

Please stop giving Ebay these crazy ideas!!!.. If they feel it will add to the time and frustration levels that Sellers experience dealing with their site, they seem to automatically adopt that suggestion while ignoring every single one that will help a Seller do things quicker, better or with less frustration.

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 17 01:01:17 2020

@Shanna

That seems to be what all the executives at Ebay deal with things.  They should just come in on their first day working at Ebay and post the following statement:

" Hi, my name is ""fill in the blank"" and this is my first day working here.  I have all of these great ideas to put into place to help sellers out, but will admit now that by time they finally get to our offshore programmers the idea has changed to whatever idea that they have finally decided they can manage to program".

Supposedly any programmers that have that are worth anything at all are still trying to get Mangled Payments to work the way Ebay wants it to without being caught with their hands in the cookie jar over and over.  Ebay just refuses to hire  the talent that is necessary to fix their damaged platform as that would undoubtedly cut into their year end bonuses or the golden parachutes they get when they are fired even when the termination is for Cause ($53 million to the latest con artist in charge of Ebay.

I actually was holding out some hope that the new CEO would re-implement some of the ideas that used to be used by Ebay but have been extremely disappointed in the results of his first 6 months in the position.  Paypals stock price has soared through the roof as has Amazons.

Even Etsy who hired a re-tread Ebay employee as the CEO, has seen their stock take off from $61 on April 17, 2020 up to $147 at close of business on Friday.  All this while Ebays stock has only gone from $37 up to just under $56 per share during this same time span.  This really does not say much for Ebays management team or Ebays value as a company going forward as Ebays price includes any stock buybacks that they have done to try and artificially increase the stock price.  Ebay would rather continue to buy back their stock, which is probably still overvalued, rather than put some of that money back into fixing and improving their platform which could actually improve the site so sellers would stop changing to new platforms rather than deal with Ebays constant glitches which seem to always favor Ebays bottom line while irritating more and more sellers.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Sat Oct 17 01:18:02 2020

What seems to be lost in the plethora of helpful advice (no disrespect) is the fact all those additional steps are merely workarounds for the decidedly inapplicable. As in, why is one ‘required’ to wear the shoe that doesn’t fit in the first place?

The elements of the listing that require extra, what should be unnecessary steps to incorporate, which if ‘made up’ and/or ‘bypassed’ just to make a listing ‘acceptable’, will take extra time (is money, as the saying goes). And since eBay’s search manipulations won’t be served anyway given that no buyer searching for the item with inapplicable specifics will use such specifics to potentially find it, it’s all really an exercise in futility just to meet inflexible and arbitrary requirements.

Consider the current caretaker CEO’s most recent bloviation in this context:

“ Iannone wants to use next-gen technology to sell used or new-but-out-of-season items, as well as vintage and collectibles, .......... unique to eBay is consumer sellers who bring unique items to the site,..... when people come to sell things around the house, they become twice as valuable as a buyer. “We see lots of untapped potential,”..... He sees next generation technology, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to change the experience on eBay.“

Notwithstanding the fact this particular marketplace was intentionally trashed and then incrementally doubled down during his previous tenure, -;which would essentially result, at least in part, in a “change” back to what they worked so hard to diminish - how hard really is it to simply use all that ‘intelligence’ and apply a different set of standards that apply to seller identified ‘unique’ items of the type examples by the OP? Call it a retrograde innovation maybe. Even the street might salivate over that seasoning.

It isn’t hard really, not if Mr. Iannone is really serious about assimilating what he supposedly “listened” to on his referenced “tours”. The question is, can anybody remotely familiar with eBay trust it will happen?

I for one, wouldn’t be discarding my vintage Boy Scout square peg corner whittling knife anytime soon though. Or bothering to list it. They don’t have model numbers or barcodes you see....

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sat Oct 17 10:22:18 2020

I've never experienced what the OP is, I use a desktop

I can always put "Does Not Apply"

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sat Oct 17 11:51:28 2020

@snapped

Boy Scouts???? Sashes are in big demand. ( I was a Scout)

Most of the rare ones are sold on eBay!

Not etsy or eCrater but eBay.

Sellers know where to get the BIG bucks for them!

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Oct 18 09:22:15 2020

Item specifics have nothing to do with making "better" listings. If you believe that - I have a bridge in Brooklyn that Im selling cheap.

Its:

1) making eBay sellers build its catalog FOR FREE (to compete with Amazons). Why pay to get a catalog for icecat or itemdb when you can use that money to give the head thieves golden parachutes?

and:

2) now that eBay is playing cc processor, its open to many chargebacks and bank reversals. Having "more complete listings" helps eBay push back on those issues.

As mentioned above - if as a buyer you ask for a blue sweater - then its easy - just show BLUE SWEATERS.

Everything else is just a game

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by: zeek6228 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Oct 18 10:37:54 2020

What we need to understand is that the people who are designing things at ebay most likely never bought or sold anything on ebay. Interns still living in their parents house, people in India and the Philippines, etc...

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun Oct 18 14:05:37 2020

@Rexford

What category on Poshmark do I list a 1967 Chevrolet Big Block Forged Crankshaft in?

or a Cherry 704B Rivet Gun?

Poshmark like Etsy only work for specific items.

eBay's good for almost everything that's legal. . . . .

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by: Geetar This user has validated their user name.

Sun Oct 18 15:59:42 2020

I still say the reason why they want specifics is to have 1000% complete control over what sells and who gets the sales.

They know they are loosing to Amazon, or lost. They have to divy up the sales amongst the sellers, and make sure none leave. Gotta keep on making those store fee's.


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by: DevilishlySarky This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 19 03:32:09 2020

If I can't manage to describe what I'm selling in the 85 character title bar to get customers to look at it , at what point does filling in the colour or the year it was made change this ?
A camel is a horse designed by a committee - and thats what ebay is turning into - a Camel

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