eBay.com launch Fine Art and Design eBay Collective
eBay say that “The inventory on eBay Collective spans one-of-a-kind objects that can traditionally only be found in independent brick-and-mortar stores, while showcasing the incomparable selection that eBay offers, in an inspired, dedicated destination“.
The bespoke experience has been specifically developed for eBay’s 164 million active buyers looking for sought-after products from trusted dealers and galleries. Dealers featured on the destination have been invited by eBay, and they meet eBay’s criteria to ensure a high-quality shopping experience.
eBay will also be syndicating select editorial stories from both Architectural Digest and Archdigest.com about decorating, shopping, and industry happenings—providing access to curated content, and inspiring customers to shop eBay Collective based on the latest trends in the design world.
I like the new experience, but even if it comes to the UK I won’t ever be using it. A quick browse shows that whilst there are some products in the $1000+ range, there are many more in the $5000 – $25,000 range and some even higher. These aren’t product for your average earner, they’re for the rich who can afford a designer to kit out their bespoke home.
Having dissed the eBay Collective a little based on my own expenditure expectations, I still like it. It’s aspirational, it demonstrates that eBay is far from being a flea market and has unique quality merchandise for sale. It’s a curated experience complemented with unique inventory that fits with eBay’s program of activity which aims to place eBay as the first destination of choice in a consumer’s shopping journey. It doesn’t matter if you want a part for your motor costing a tenner or a decorative lamp for your house costing $20,000, you can find it on eBay.
Shop the look
eBay has also integrated “Shop the Look” Artificial Intelligence technology that is powered by eBay’s recent acquisition of Corrigon. With “Shop the Look,” image recognition technology allows shoppers to hover over an image and the tool searches eBay Collective listings to surface inventory that matches or is a close match to that particular portion of the image.
It’s limited though, for instance in the example you can look for pictures, tables, chest of drawers and urn, but you can’t look for the clock or chair as there’s no hover overs.
I dont know whats happened to the art market on ebay, in 2012 I sold about 10k’s worth of art on there, I listed two paintings last month, signed originals by exhibited known artists- not even a single watcher or best offer.
I have to concur. I have always been in a similar market, and it’s as bad as I’ve ever known it.
‘Flea market’ seems to be used in a slightly derogatory manner here. There’s nothing wrong with flea markets, and there’s often an interesting find for a keen eye.
Your typical buyer doesn’t have a few thousand laying around spare for such collector items, but if it raises eBay’s profile and brings in more customers than I shan’t complain.
In your opinion, where are people now buying from, or have they vanished ?
I used to be in the Cotswolds and bus tours of American dealers helped fuel the market until a combination of terrorism, minimalism and Ikea caused it to dwindle around fifteen or twenty years ago.
At that time many of us scoffed at the idea of buying and selling antiques etc online, then about ten years ago I returned to a few familiar auction rooms and was amazed at the changes, with half of those present being ebay sellers !
At first glance this looks and sounds a bit like a Homes & Gardens magazine type of thing, where featured items had the supplying dealer’s details in a ‘sources’ section, so I’ll be interested to see how it takes off.
It’s a good question. I think people simply don’t have the disposable income they once did. Rent, mortgages, Uni debts and child minders take up vast percentages of peoples’ incomes, and a lack of jobs means more and more people are now self-employed, using eBay as a platform for example, which means a surplus of sellers.
It doesn’t help that eBay’s Best Match system creates sporadic periods of sales followed by a drought, as though seller’s are allocated an algorithmic monthly budget. Fall below it and sales may increase, and go above and notice things dry up.
best part of 20 years we have sold antiques and collectables on ebay we have never known it so bad
Google has a lot to do with it.
Try searching for an active collectable with a unique item title and
google return nothing.
Do the same search a week later when that item hasn’t sold for as much as it should have…
Google still do not show the ebay link, but they will show the item on a 3rd party auction result site.
It really is about time that eBay kissed Google’s arse
Many be some collectibles are costly that people aren’t afford to buy. Also, during every month, there may be ups and downs in selling ratios.