Friday, June 19, 2009

two (eBay) pet peeves

It really drives me nuts when eBay sellers advertise their auctions as "no reserve," but then indicate a minimum bid.

News flash: If you set a minimum bid (eBay calls it a "starting bid"), you have, in fact, set a reserve for your auction.


I think eBay rightly encourages potential buyers to communicate with sellers prior to bidding. However, while eBay gives lip service to this policy, the mechanism they provide for doing this is so cluncky and antiquated that it rather discourages communication.

My eBay experience would be vastly improved if eBay would update its message function to look, feel, and function like email.

I wish Google would buy eBay. It would be better.

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