Monday, June 16, 2008

eBay Media Sellers Get Ready for More Change!

I am hearing rumblings from several corners that many changes are coming to the Media Category on eBay. It looks like eBay managers are working on adapting the Half.com listing style to the eBay Media category; basically having one listing page for each sku and then listing sellers items by condition. I'm not sure if this means they will be shutting down Half.com but it certainly could happen.

Tin Hat Warning: With the recent announcement that pre-filled information is coming to the following categories:

Consumer Electronics
Multimedia Projectors, Amplifiers , CD Players , Remote Controls , TV Receivers and DVRs , Answering Machines, Car CD Changers, VCRs, Voice Recorders.

Computers and Networking
Scanners, Modems, Computer Speakers, Webcam,

Cameras and Photo
Digital Camera Flash, Binoculars, Slide Projectors

Business & Industrial
Copiers, Fax Machines

Home and Garden
Refrigerators and Freezers, Dryers, Washing Machines, Air Purifiers, Air Conditioners,
Heaters, Food Processors, Toasters and Toaster Ovens

I can see, in the not-to-distant future, where eBay goes to a single product page and then puts the sellers listings below it. It will look strangely like Amazon.

My guess is they will hold off these changes in the Media category until after Textbook season in August and September. They certainly don't want to piss-off their Textbook sellers. They've already been down that road once.


As of this post I haven't heard anything from eBay, but they are pretty busy right now. I will ask them when I get to Chicago.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really don't think eBay has the power to adopt an ASIN-style system. It took Amazon YEARS to develop and "perfect" their system of ASIN authority, which still isn't even close to perfect. But this would be made TWICE as hard if eBay wanted to a) create their own system, and b) somehow integrate the best match algorithim into it.

The whole idea on Amazon is that "something has to already exist on Amazon before you can list it to the site" The whole idea with eBay is, "Check out this cool baseball card collection I found in my dad's attic". My point is that baseball card collections don't have UPC's.

Randy Smythe said...

You would think that is the case but this management team is heading toward the Amazon model with a twist.

They mistakingly believe they can have the best of both worlds.