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eBay app updates make it quicker to list items

By Dan Wilson April 20, 2018 - 8:34 am

The eBay app is getting a new update to its Android and iOS options that simplify the listing process and make selling easier. The update, which makes the process especially streamlined and appealing for new sellers, allows items to be listed on eBay in about a minute. Or so they say.

Here’s what eBay says in a recent post on their corporate blog under the banner of eBay’s App Update Helps Sellers List in Under One Minute.

At eBay, we’re dedicated to delivering a seamless and efficient selling experience for both first-time and seasoned sellers alike. This latest update continues to leverage eBay’s structured data, which helps catalogue the 1.1+ billion items on the platform, to instantaneously populate product details, pricing and shipping information in the listing flow. Not only does the catalogue facilitate a superior listing experience, it enables buyers to easily find the great deals offered by our sellers. This is one of many enhancements we’ll be making this year. We’ll continue to leverage structured data and new technology developments to help our sellers ‘get it sold.’
– Kelly Vincent, eBay’s VP of Consumer Selling Product & Engineering

It is a very welcome advance and we’d be interested to hear from any reader who uses the app to list. There is no doubt that for consumer and rookie sellers, the app is an invaluable aid. But it does expose a strange disparity at the the crux of the selling experience eBay offers to different stripes of sellers.

Of course, consumer sellers are important, but is eBay also offering professional merchant retail sellers the same level of attention when it comes to the selling tool offerings they provide? We’d say not. Since Turbo Lister was discontinued, crap as it was, we remain unsure that the various eBay selling tools and features are as good as they should be.

What would you, as an eBay merchant, like eBay to offer you so that you could sell more effectively when it comes to management tools and software? Do merchant sellers deserve a more sophisticated eBay app?

  • northumbrian
    6 months ago

    how about just a simple app that you enter the title the description the cost and the picture
    then have a search engine that can actually find things buyers want,
    not what ebay think they want

  • Toby
    6 months ago

    The app saddens me in every way…. It is impossible to edit items ina multi listing, the search function seems to…. well, er , have had a break down with items coming up that not only bare to relevence, but have none of the keywords i searched for either. Subtitles don’t show, yet often have important extra info in them. Not only that we pay a premium for subtitles but they dont show on the ebay system that ebay say so many are now using! I want half my subtitle fee back then.
    I could go on, but we all know the flaws. It’s like the app is a school project to some kid…. certain not a fraction of the quality that you expect in this day and age, hang on, a bit like the main site then?!!!

  • 6 months ago

    “how about just a simple app that you enter the title the description the cost and the picture, then have a search engine that can actually find things buyers want,
    not what ebay think they want”

    Umm, good point. Yer know northumbrian…it kinda makes me think of the “people you may know” BS notifications you get from facebook…ANOTHER waste of time and space.

  • SAM
    6 months ago

    The App is very disappointing on eBay. Last night the other half was searching for new bedroom wardrobes for the spare room . Now this lady can shop it is a profession and if she says the search on eBay is awful it is awful. She does everything on her phone .
    Long story short, she found the wardrobes in the end on the Facebook marketplace and I found the seller on eBay, exact same one local seller (on the desktop), not on the phone

    20% more expensive on eBay we are going around to pick them up this afternoon.
    Very rarely us the APP myself, certainly from a business sellers point of view it is pretty useless, will add the odd image from my phone but that is about it.
    Still find M-commerce as a whole a pretty poor experience, I know it is the thing and all that, but for myself rarely buy on the phone.

  • northumbrian
    6 months ago

    “The update, which makes the process especially streamlined and appealing for new sellers,”
    Eh?

    its as streamlined as a house brick ,as appealing as a dollop of novichok

  • 6 months ago

    It won’t work for me, even though I sell NIB with a lot of competition on the same items. I have YET to find one single item of mine listed in the catalog. Trust me, I don’t mind – it just means (I hope) my items won’t be moved to the dreaded product pages quite as quickly, so I’ll continue to draw sales based on keyword-rich, searchable titles & descriptions rather than price alone.