eBay UK launch shopping basket beta test

eBay have launched the shopping basket beta and you can try the eBay shopping basket for real on eBay UK.

It’s great to be able to drop items into the shopping basket and then if you find a better deal or price you can simply click the remove button to take items back out of your basket.

When you come to pay you can choose to purchase everything in your shopping basket, or remove the check boxes to just pay for those items you’re ready to buy.

If you’re wondering how to get back to your shopping basket once you’ve items in it the easiest way is to click the shopping basket icon which appears next to the top right menu bar, or of course you can go to My eBay and pay for the items in the normal manner.

As expected the cart is a site wide shopping basket so you can purchase from multiple sellers. You’ll also find any ended auctions that you’ve won will automatically appear in your shopping basket ready for you to pay along with any other purchases you wish to make.

Fixed price items in your basket will be available to other buyers until you pay for them. The one thing that may put buyers off is if they see high delivery charges as shipping obviously can’t be combined for items from different sellers, so to keep your items attractive consider free shipping or at least make sure your shipping costs are competitive and offer combined shipping discounts.

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Once you opt into the shopping basket experience you’ll find that the “BUY IT NOW” button is replaced with a new “Add to Basket” button – clicking the button adds the item to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout.
The only thing that’s missing is the “Carry on shopping from this seller” link in addition to the “Continue shopping” link. Currently “Continue shopping” appears to default to items from sale from the seller’s items you first added to the cart which is frustrating if you want to search a different sellers items.
I’ve made some purchases using the shopping basket and everything appears to be working as it should. This is a change that many sellers (and Sue in particular) have been asking for for years so it comes as a very welcome upgrade to the site.
You can opt in or out of the shopping basket experience on eBay, but personally I’ll be keeping it.