eBay’s Quality Search Takes a Hit

I hate to admit this but for the first time in 14 years, I made a purchase on Amazon.com rather than eBay for an item that wasn’t a book.

I love eBay. I’ve been a member since 1998 and I’ve bought thousands of items and I’ve sold tens of thousands of items there. Amazon has always disappointed me. Their auctions were lackluster and I can see why they scrapped them. Their search is horribad. You search for a book and find results for hardware tools. Sometimes I search for a book and it tries to pick totally different titles or authors. To be fair Amazon’s search can be fixed you just have to tweak it.

When eBay added “Best Match” I groaned because that feature has been on other websites for years and it was quite annoying. But it’s easy to change eBay to the normal “lowest price” or “ending soonest” which are my usual defaults there.

Tonight though, something horrible happened. I began looking for new memory cards for my Optimus V cell phone. It came with a 2GB MicroSD card and I wanted more room for more music. I was considering just going to an 8 although my phone can handle up to 32GB. Well when I was browsing eBay for MicroSD cards the search was filled with shit. Thousands of listings were filled with keyword spam. There were adapters, readers and players drowning the actual cards. Narrowing my search to just “32GB” or “8 GB” was impossible too as listings for a card including things like “2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB Class 2 4 6 10” So you couldn’t tell what you were getting unless you read each description.

I don’t usually mind buying from China as those factories sell stuff dirt cheap and the products usually work though I hear a lot of bad things about no brand memory cards being faked. For example a 2GB card can be tweaked using compression to appear to be a 16GB card and by the time it fails on you, you’ve missed the window of returns.

Anyway, as I was Googling to see if my phone could handle SDHC cards (it can) I stumbled onto an Amazon.com listing. I ended up doing a short search there and found a Sandisk 16GB SDHC card at class 4 speed for $8 with free shipping. It was ridiculously easy to find.

While eBay had thousands of keyword-spam-filled listings with nothing I wanted. I know a while back they made a “no more duplicate listings” policy but that’s being terribly exploited and they need to hire some people to patrol some of these categories. Even 1-2 guys getting paid $30k a year could probably handle the entire website. Give them a special area of the discussion boards where competing sellers could squeal on their competition or frustrated buyers could point out problematic searches.

A lot of the people on the eBay-hate bandwagon claim that eBay wants to be like Amazon and I hope that doesn’t happen ever. eBay has some great qualities but it needs to do something about the massive amounts of garbage.

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This post was written by admin on June 29, 2012

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Rift Online Update 1.9 Barbershop and Tattoo Parlor

Rift's new update

I received an e-mail from Rift about some new changes to the game. Here’s the skinny:

With the new patch you can now change your whole look. Do freewheeling dreadlocks suit your Druid soul better than the buzz cut you‘ve had since launch? Starting to regret that neck tattoo? Visit one of the new Stylists to make any of the following changes:
Change your hairstyle
Reshape your facial features
Recolor your eyes
Grow taller … or shorter
Tweak all of your physical features from scratch!
For a nominal amount of gold you can give your Ascended a whole new look to match their, and your, ever-evolving abilities.

I’m always amazed at the number of people that put emphasis on character appearance whether it be face/hair/body alterations or through vanity equipment. The funny thing is that you would think this would be mainly among the female players but I find that it’s often the male players that show the most concern about how well/cool/unique their character looks.

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This post was written by admin on June 22, 2012

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Nintendo Wii U Direct Video Pre-E3

Most of the BIG announcements in the gaming world happen at the E3 conference held each year.

This year Nintendo has offered a 30 minute video previewing the WiiU. If you haven’t seen it yet you can watch it below:

Some of the things shown are the redesign of the controller. A “non-killing zombie killer” connects to a twitter-type service that helps him progress through a particularly difficult stage of the game. As well as the introduction of the Miiverse.

Nintendo will be giving presentations at E3 on Tuesday and Wednesday and you can watch them for free.

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SUPER MARIO BROS ENVELOPE WALLET NEW CLUTCH PURSE WITH 48" CHAIN

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This post was written by admin on June 3, 2012

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