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I have the solution to all the ebay problems.

Benjimoron Avatar
8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
I have the solution to all the ebay problems.

Why doesn't someone (google for example) make a simple site that basically intergrates all the auction sites into one. ie it takes the data from them all and makes it look like they're all on the same site. A bit like a price comparison site would do for normal shops.

Now the buyer would have the option of choosing which auction sites to look at, ie by default it would look at them all ensuring that they got the best price for their purchase but if for some reason they didn't want to buy anything through ebid then they could take it out so they wouldn't see any results from there. A buyer isn't really going to be that bothered which auction site they buy through at the end of the day, it's more of a seller thing to do with fees etc.

So, this then allows the seller to make a choice as to where to list their items. The problem at the moment is that a seller won't list many items on a small auction site as it won't get seen by many buyers, so if a big name like google made a simple site that showed all the auction sites then everyone could go to that rather than ebay.

The buyers would be happy as they'd have more choice and could take advantage of slightly lower prices on other auction sites (because fees are lower prices could be lower without affecting seller's profit). The sellers would be happy as they'd be able to swap to a different (cheaper) auction site and still get the traffic through to be able to make some decent sales.

I would've thought that this was a really simple thing to set up, it's basically a price comparison site like one of the many others.

It would obviously need heavy advertising and that's why only a big trusted name like google could do it really.

So in summary, sellers would be free to list on another site and still get the traffic they need to sell their stuff.
Buyers would have more choice and have the advantage of lower prices through lower fees for sellers.

The only thing stopping people moving over is that all the buyers/sellers are currently on ebay, this would allow for people to migrate more slowly without any interruption.

What do you guys think?
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Sounds good, but I'm sure ebay would opt-out
#2
ctuk
Sounds good, but I'm sure ebay would opt-out


Would they have the choice? If a search engine wants to search a site then it does it doesn't it? They wouldn't be representing the results as their own work, mearly showing them as search results.

And if they opted out then either they'd lose some money as people would start to use other sites more through the main "google" site (Gbay???) or that would be the final straw and all the sellers would just desert it meaning they'd have to close down! Sellers can't currently leave en mass as there's nowhere else to go, a simple site from the likes of google that compares auction sites (doesn't need to be a difficult to setup auction site, just a simple comparison site with a load of advertising) would mean that people could en mass leave ebay and go elsewhere. So at the end of the day ebay don't have a choice!!!

I don't think setting up a rival site is the way to go as buyers don't want to leave ebay, if they could go to a site that allows them to still see ebay and also others then they'd be happy and so would the sellers!!
#3
hehe, why dont you try and get a coder for your idea.... rentacoder or such alike :-) you could make commision from the referal links to auction sites
#4
They probably would,but it doesn't need to be an "opt in" service surely? If someone had the cash they could just do it and maybe charge a registration fee for the benefits..? I don't think websites can "choose" who or what searches and uses their site (apart from stuff like,confirm age for adult based material,register bank or cc to prove you are "real") but if this was incorporated I'm sure it would work,great idea! I own the domain name - [url]www.onepennyauction.com[/url] if someone wants to set it up and use this name? All listings one pence,all fees one pence etc. Great name :thumbsup:
#5
It would not work because auction sites would have the option to opt out of it.

A house price site did this, and rightmove forced them to remove data that was collected from their site.
#6
thesaint
It would not work because auction sites would have the option to opt out of it.

A house price site did this, and rightmove forced them to remove data that was collected from their site.


Ebay are the only one that would opt out of it surely? If they did then all the sellers could leave and go elsewhere and would still get the benefits of traffic (because of the advertising that google could do for it). Currently no one can leave as there is no advertised alternative.

Haw many people have google as their home page? I bet it's millions. Big banner on homepage launching Gbay!!!

Can't find anything about rightmove, not doubting just interested in the details. You have a link?
#7
Benjimoron
Ebay are the only one that would opt out of it surely? If they did then all the sellers could leave and go elsewhere and would still get the benefits of traffic (because of the advertising that google could do for it). Currently no one can leave as there is no advertised alternative.

Haw many people have google as their home page? I bet it's millions. Big banner on homepage launching Gbay!!!

Can't find anything about rightmove, not doubting just interested in the details. You have a link?


Ebay not being on it would kill it dead.

Ask 100 random people on the street to name an online auction site, and 100% would name ebay. Ask them to name another, and you wouldn't get more than 2-3 who could name another.

I can't be certain, but I think the site was called 'propertysnake' that had to remove the data. :)
#8
rightmove is a lot like ebay in the fact they are the most recognised and have the biggest audiance and can force their demands on agents! When you talk of auction sites whos name is predominant ebays, so what would happen is you would check the auction aggregator and ebay as two seperate entities. Then people get lazy again and voila ebay wins (again). It is a pity that qxl and the like never really got into the running, as a seller ebay just feels like a safe bet for the biggest audiance for your product.....I used to think ebay was great, now, I closed my account and use freeads and the like.
Great idea though.....
#9
thesaint
Ebay not being on it would kill it dead.

Ask 100 random people on the street to name an online auction site, and 100% would name ebay. Ask them to name another, and you wouldn't get more than 2-3 who could name another.

I can't be certain, but I think the site was called 'propertysnake' that had to remove the data. :)


aye, it was propertysnake, however, there have been others, you will find fish4homes, primelocation and all those on them trying to get their brand across, but not rightmove.
#10
not really sure of the point of this and its a bit contradictory
surely whoever takes over from ebay will have just a hard time dealing with the problems that arise from site abuse etc
They will also have a hard time catching up on ebays experience, namely the scamsters that have already ben banned from ebay will just get up to the same tricks again and any referer will get bad vibes as a minimum
and really are there any other sites about?
#11
maddogb

They will also have a hard time catching up on ebays experience, namely the scamsters that have already ben banned from ebay will just get up to the same tricks again


Because Ebay GENUINELY work so hard to stop scammers & stop them re-registering don't they??!?

Customer service is a foreign language to Ebay/PayPal & so long as they have the monopoly they (Ebay) currently hold they don't give a toss about scammers - buyers & sellers - as they get their fees one way or another & Paypal generally end up dealing with any problems thereby deflecting attention away from Ebay's 'dodginess' (Whether they screw you or the other party over most people go back at some point anyway due to the lack of a viable alternative).

You'd probably find that if it was Google that took 'em on they'd spend the cash to 'BUY' a large amount of Ebay's 'experience' anyway ......
#12
thesaint
Ebay not being on it would kill it dead.

Ask 100 random people on the street to name an online auction site, and 100% would name ebay. Ask them to name another, and you wouldn't get more than 2-3 who could name another.

I can't be certain, but I think the site was called 'propertysnake' that had to remove the data. :)


Agreed, although I don't think ebay would refuse to be on it. If it was launched by a company like google then ebay not being on it would kill ebay.

I should say that this HAS been done before. Ebay are on it so I don't see that they would refuse.

So it has been done before BUT:

Not by a big name such as google
Not with any advertising as google's budget could provide
And the web-sites are next to rubbish.

The good thing about google is that they make very successful, very simple, easy to use web-sites. As long as it worked much like ebay then I think it would be a winner.
#13
ibullen9
hehe, why dont you try and get a coder for your idea.... rentacoder or such alike :-) you could make commision from the referal links to auction sites


Because this NEEDS a big company with lots of money to make it work!

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