As an active buyer and seller on eBay since the days of AuctionWeb, I've never been more disappointed with eBay as I am now. As far as I’m concerned, eBay is ruined. What makes this so tragic is the fact that there is an easy fix for the number one most serious problem. For a buyer, that problem is the free re-lists.
It was bad enough when sellers had 50 free listings each month. Now with 250 free listings, it's a nightmare! Sellers keep relisting the same stale items month after month, year after year. The vast majority of these items are either over-priced, or not interesting enough to find a buyer, and never sell.
There are exceptions. Sometimes, for rare and expensive collectibles or antiques, it may take ten or twenty tries to find the right buyer.
In the meantime, the buyers are going crazy trying to wade through the thousands and thousands of listings that they have already seen countless times.
Searching on eBay every week is like the movie Groundhog Day! When I do my weekly keyword searches (stretched out across every day of my week), or search through a sub-category, I'm very careful to look at everything. If I don't bid or buy the first time I see an item, there's little to no chance that I will ever bid or buy it. So, forcing me to see the same items over and over is not only ruining my experience, it's keeping me from having the time to sell items on eBay, and I have thousands of items that I should be listing.
I'm a passionate collector first; any time left over from searching is when I list. I don't list anymore. It's gotten so bad that I don't have the time to run 80% of my bookmarked searches anymore.
The solution is simple. When a seller re-lists, that listing should be tagged with code as a re-list. Then we buyers should be able to click on a checkbox to exclude re-lists from our searches.
Some will say, the sellers will just change the title of the item. Let them; most won't bother. Right now, it's way too easy for sellers to re-list 250 items each month without cost.
For a serious collector, searching on eBay is ruined, and most who were very active ten or twenty years ago have quit searching eBay. They just walked away.