eBay test: Updated Search Results Page

eBay are testing a new version of the search results page, which highlights drilling down by categories more clearly. It also cuts down the size of the header to give a cleaner sharper look to the page. Here’s what the old and new pages look like:

The first thing that stands out on the new page is the advert on the right hand side. It looks new, but it’s not – it’s simply been repositioned from the left hand navigation bar. The selection boxes in the left navigation are now much cleaner, larger and easier to use, especially the price range option which features a slider instead of making the user manually type minimum and maximum figures in.

What I have noticed however, is that some of my favourite search options are now hidden under the “More refinements…” link. Choices such as Express Delivery, Top Rated Sellers and Distance are now hidden away, so one extra click if you’re a power user. The “Completed Listings” link has also been repositioned at the top of the page.

Overall I like the new page though, but what I like isn’t important – with your buyers hat on what do you like/dislike about the new search results page. Is there anything different in the categories you sell in which will make it harder for buyers in the future?