April 16, 2010

eBay's new look

I know there have been some changes to eBay over the last couple of weeks. I'm just getting used to all of them.

The biggest thing I've noticed is the sheer amount of listings now. I did a search for Kouzmanoff
like I do daily and now there number of card to get through is overwhelming. The inclusion of the store items with the auctions is a nice concept, but is there a way I can turn this off?

For the most part, the store auctions have base cards, which I don't want to sift through. I have all those cards and am now looking for rarer cards.

I could just ask to show auction-style formats, but that's take away from the BIN that are listed with the main group.

How do you guys feel about the changes with eBay?

5 comments:

  1. I think what will happen is that collector's may benefit by the amount of choices they have and 'steals' they might find. Sellers might suffer bu the amount of cards listed, as it makes their stuff less apt to be seen (and less apt to be bid on, which makes for steals!).

    They should of charged for the listings - even if it was a nickel - to cut down on the clutter.

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  2. My take will ultimately depend on how affordable their listings prove for vintage cards.

    Good values almost always come from auctions, since most vintage dealers set truly bizarre prices for 30s and 40s cards. If merging the store listings swamps out auctions, that's definitely a strike against it.

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  3. Now that they aren't charging for listings starting under a buck it's probably cheaper for guys who had store fronts to just list regularly. I don't like the fact I can't offer optional insurance now either. I love starting my auctions off low. I'm a firm believer in a card is only worth what someone is willing to pay. That's been good and bad for me too thougth

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  4. The only thing that irks me (and makes me happy, on my seller's side) is the 100 free listings a month.

    I have never seen such a sheer amount of base cards listed on eBay in my entire eBay "career".

    I mean seriously, is that 2003 Topps Ben Grieve card worth listing, just because it's free?

    No.

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  5. They seem to have fixed the search for etopps cards. For the past year or so, when you entered "etopps" into a general search, it would parse out the "e", and give you all "topps" cards. Which would work out to a search result of about twelveteen jemptillion listings.

    I used to have to use advanced search characters or strings to get a more representative set of results. Good to see the search is back to being rational again.

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