Time to run removed from search results for fixed price eBay listings
eBay have removed the time a listing has left to run from fixed price listings on eBay UK. Previously in the search results page eBay displayed the time remaining on both fixed price listings and auctions but now the time is only shown for auctions. Buyers can still see how long an item has left to run by visiting the view item page.
In a way this makes sense – fixed price listings are not sorted by Time Ending Soonest, but by Best Match. Those listings at the top of search results may have up to 30 days left to run, and if they are Good Til Cancelled listings may run indefinitely.
eBay say that the change is to simplify the search experience and to enable buyers to identify which items are auctions from those available to purchase immediately.
Should it make a difference to purchases whether or not the time left is displayed for fixed price items? The chances are if they’re not sold they’ll be relisted anyway but some sellers believe it gives an additional incentive to buyers if they think they’ll lose the item if they don’t purchase immediately. However unless the buyer choose to sort listings by time ending soonest they’re probably not seeing fixed price listings about to end in any case.
What do you think about the change? Do you believe it will affect buying behaviour or will it not make any difference to sell through rates?
Many thanks to TameBay reader Joe for the heads up on this site change.