eBay autos (vehicles and parts) sellers very worried about Finding 2.0

January 2, 2008

Marketplaces ChannelAdvisor By ChannelAdvisor

As I’ve been writing and talking a good bit about Finding 2.0 lately, several eBay sellers have been writing in with their thoughts on the Pros+Cons of the new eBay search system.

I recently noticed a trend of negativity around Finding 2.0 coming from eBay motors sellers (both the vehicle type sellers and parts).  It seems that eBay has been testing many aspects of Finding 2.0 on the Motors side of the house by taking a small population (looks like about 10%) and showing them the ‘new ebay motors’ that like core previously just lived in the playground.

The new UI didn’t have completed search, advanced search options and bunch of other things and the uproar has been loud.

I’ve heard from several sellers specifically on the vehicle side and fixed-price/store parts side that claim to have seen sharply decreased sales from the new finding system.

If this is something you’re interested in you can read this message thread in the motors forum where eBay is actively talking to buyers and some sellers about the new finding experience.

I have to admit that reading all of this and hearing the feedback, I’m getting more worried about the big switch to Finding 2.0 and eBay’s ability to execute on it.  I guess the silver lining (sorry about this my eBay motors selling friends) is that motors has been the guinea pig and hopefully that will help eBay work out the significant kinks.