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eBay’s email for hot local bargains not quite all it seems

By Dan Wilson December 18, 2016 - 8:16 pm

eBay is clearly trying to promote free postage items in buyers’ local areas. It’s a good idea, especially with Christmas coming up, to squeeze the last of the festive commerce out. And good to promote eBay wares and British sellers.

Personalised selling recommendations based on previous shopping behaviour and marketplace data are to be welcomed by me. But I’m not sure eBay has quite found the ‘Holy Grail’ yet.

The email I received was titled. “Free Postage on the hottest items in South East?!” If I’m honest, I didn’t open it until a seller got in touch. Here’s the email she sent me. It promises deals in and around your hometown.

East Midland Email eBay

(Her email was critical of the garment promoted on the left of the email. But I don’t propose to discuss whether that should be top of the shop in a promo email. However, speaking of my buying history of 17 years, eBay ought to know I have never bought women’s lingerie.)

Her email prompted me to look closer at the one I’d received. You can find a grab of that below. Notice anything?

South East eBay email

Although the items promoted in the rest of the email are different, it would seem the top two deals are identical and not all based on your locale. So that’s a disappointment and a little bit misleading.

But delve a bit deeper. Not only are the items not located in either the South East or the East Midlands but they’re both from sellers located in China. Both have delivery times that mean they’ll arrive in the New Year.

Wouldn’t it have been nice if eBay had made good on the rather good premise of the email? British items, perhaps last minute deals for Christmas, located down your way and maybe even available to collect?

Merry Christmas.

  • toby
    2 months ago

    I got the same email & the tights are from a Chinese seller, cheers eBay for promoting overseas sellers when its supposed to be a local seller mail shot

  • JD
    2 months ago

    Perhaps it’s not based upon buying at all. Dan, you have just been looking at too many shoes.

    I am also in ‘East Midlands’ and have the same 2 top items. Those below under ‘items inspired by the way you shop’ are topped by a ‘Genuine’ Apple iPhone …… Data Cable at £3.99 with 0 available, 3586 sold from a seller at 98.2% FB out of 1431 ratings. mmmmm.

    But they are UK based.

    • 2 months ago

      I have been looking for shoes: brown brogues. ;)

      I have that data cable too in my email.

    • JD
      2 months ago

      So how can any thinking person believe that eBay can get complicated stuff right?

    • Fred
      2 months ago

      If you learn to speak eBayspeak and learn eBaylogic you’ll realise that there’s only one right and its synonymous with anything that eBay does.

  • Ignatius
    2 months ago

    Not to mention the pseudo-adidas trainers, love ebay’s disregard for intellectual property theft, this one slightly less blatant than the norm but a joke nonetheless.

  • TINKER
    2 months ago

    we think dan in thouse tights would brighten up christmas no end

    • Paula
      2 months ago

      Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • james
    2 months ago

    why, after all this time, do you continue to be surprised when ebay tells blatant lies?
    are you really surprised? or do you practice your special shocked face for just such an occasion?
    its not like they’ve made any attempt whatsoever to hide the fact they’re a bunch of money-grabbing scroungers & liars.
    expect the next email to be
    “dont care, dont care, give us your money already. buy this cos we said so, we dont need to give you a reason”

  • james
    2 months ago

    fake trainers, crotchless tights, chinese VAT dodging sellers, listings spammed daft with external ads, incorrect shipping times, location mis-representation, misleading claims. and all in one email.

    ebay doing a great job of shifting perceptions.

  • Jacquè Mcveasey
    2 months ago

    Quick question – I did not receive his email, but if anyone could tell me where I could purchase those stars from?……I’m sure they would come in handy over the holiday period…….

    • Paula
      2 months ago

      Silly! Those stars were made in Photoshop. I’ll be happy to sell you a couple.

    • Jacquè Mcveasey
      2 months ago

      How much?

    • Paula
      2 months ago

      niney-nine cent. fidy cent if you buy them off eBay, directly on my website, called “Strategically Placed Stars.”

      And with the magic of the internet, I can send them ALL THE WAY from the USA electronically. No shipping costs!

      Just print those babies out on label paper, make judicious use of some scissors, and you’ll be all set.

      It comes with a tips page: “1001 places to put stars.”

      Hey, print them out for all your friends and have a party!

    • Fred
      2 months ago

      Is one of those 1001 places up Devin Wenig’s ******?

    • Lu
      2 months ago

      Its time someone started selling Devin Wenig shaped piñatas. I’d buy a few.

  • 2 months ago

    You (literally) couldn’t make it up.

    My 16 year old got the same advert sent to her phone apparently.

    ****s

    • Chris -Dan- serious compromise of integrity
      2 months ago

      we normally post with the TINKER user name
      yet for some reason some other is posting using this name
      we can only assume mischief
      and wont be posting here until credible security is in place

    • 2 months ago

      Thanks for the heads up. This will be addressed in the very near future…

  • BPM
    2 months ago

    This explains the email I got – funnily enough, it had crotchless panties (not the ones pictured here, a different type) and shoes. No, I have never searched Ebay (or anywhere else) for crotchless panties but I did look for shoes a few months ago. I am in Lancashire; well done Ebay!

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