Understanding Ebay A Little Better

In this posting, I had announced that a recent trend in the Ebay page layout had confused and disappointed me. Specifically, the detailed item description now only appears in our desktop / laptop browser, after the type of information I would think is a footer, which lists similar items that “other buyers also viewed” (even before we have made sure that the current item we clicked on, is in fact the correct item we are interested in). Because this detailed description appears after what seems to be the footer, I would not think to scroll down that far and look for it there. Yet, I tend to require this detailed description.

What I think I have learned, is that the Ebay page layout is the way it is, specifically with their mobile app in mind. More recently, I actually bought a few items from them, using their (Android) phone app. And in that layout, there was no detailed description panel. I had to choose my items based solely on the terse, ‘1-line description’, and based on their photo.

I think that this recent adjustment was really just a sign, that I am behind the times. I am still used to surfing using a PC or laptop. I guess Ebay is partially vindicated through this.

Dirk

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Recent Disappointment in Ebay, New Battery-Type

It has been some time since I bought anything on Ebay. But as it happens, I used to carry an LED flashlight with me, the main purpose of which was to prevent me from misplacing my key-chain, and it has since stopped functioning. And so a natural thing I would want to do, was buy a new replacement-flashlight, and because this is a low-priority purchase – for the device actually to work – a good place to do so would be, Ebay. This may take some time to deliver to me.

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But when I did my searches on Ebay today for such a simple item, certain aspects of the results disappointed me. Specifically, I think it was the lack of English skills on the part of the sellers. It seems that the trend on Ebay now is, to put many identifiers into the one-line item description, and to have that pass as its full description, when often, a list of identifying keywords as such, can be incomprehensible to the reader, if 2 or 3 of the identifiers are not known to him.

Where a full item description was supposed to exist, many Ebay items today have nothing.

One of the identifiers which frustrated me today, was what the battery requirements of the new flashlights are. They are: “18650”.

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