eBay launch updated iPad App
eBay has updated their iPad buying app in the past day. So if you use it, download the new one. It’s looking good and is available globally now in the App Store.
Apparently nearly two-thirds of eBay users (59%) are multi-screen shoppers. So keeping the various eBay experiences updated is vital.
eBay say: “The new eBay for iPad app takes the curated browse and discovery experience introduced last year with Collections even further. It is immersive, browse-able and multi-touch, with an emphasis on content, an elevated design aesthetic, personalization, and easier shopping from the start page to checkout.”
“Our aspiration is to make eBay the most inspiring place to shop,” says RJ Pittman, chief product officer at eBay. “The eBay for iPad app is an important step on our journey. It delivers a better shopping experience for buyers and better merchandising capabilities for sellers.” It would be interesting to hear from sellers as to whether this is true.
“We approached the development the new iPad app in a more agile way than ever before. We want to bring more improvements to our customers faster, and solicit their feedback early in the product lifecycle. We will use our customers’ feedback to improve the quality and pace of innovation at eBay,” Pittman says.
Thus far the iPad apps eBay has released have been good for buying but less useful selling interfaces with some key functions omitted. It would be very useful to hear from sellers regarding how this new app lives up to the claims.
I won’t be using these apps to buy or sell until ebay stop forcing us to link our paypal account on mobile devices. This is a big security issue. If someone gets your tablet or phone they can buy with your paypal account. On my laptop I just don’t have my ebay and paypal account linked. Ok I have to enter a paypal password for every purchase but at least it gives me a level of security. For an SME you are leaving yourself wide open if you have these accounts linked and lose the device. RJ Pittman and the rest of these fools at Ebay who ignor the security of their account holders need to go rethink this !
>> Ok I have to enter a paypal password for every purchase but at least it gives me a level of security
I could buy using your PayPal account using ANY device if I know your password … so does it really make a difference?
That is true but if you have your ebay and paypal accounts linked then anyone who picks up any device that your ebay account is loged on can spend your money without your permission and without knowing your passwords. Phones and tablets are the most likely things to be lost or stolen. The android and iphone apps require you to link your accounts when you install the app. If ebay ended this requirement I could chose to have my ebay account logged in by default and manually input the password for the paypal account thus restricting others from spending my money.
You ask, what do eBay sellers think of version 3.4. Check the Apple App Store rating of ebay to find out..
Before version 3.4, ebay enjoyed a rating of almost 5 stars. Now, there has been a dramatic reversal, with Ebay flooded with unhappy one star reviews. There’s a news story to be investigated here.