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  • commented 2/21/16
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  • What is eBay's definition of "active users?" I think most of their active users have quit buying and selling. Ebay recently started telling buyers when one of the sellers in their search, that they have excluded from their search, is NARU (no longer a registered user). I started noticing this in some of my searches. At the same time when I'm on page two of search results and click on an auction item, and then return to the search results, Firefox brings me back to the top of page one, instead of returning me to where I left off on page two. This became really annoying. I would get "One or more of the seller User IDs you entered was not found" on my search results page. One needs to go through the list of sellers you have excluded from that search, find the NARU sellers, and remove them from the list. Then your back button will bring you back to where you left off. But this is a lot of work having to edit a few hundred bookmarked searches because eBay didn't code the change properly. While I was editing some of my bookmarked searches I noticed that about half of the sellers that I checked to see if they were NARU, but still have active user ID's, were no longer listing anything. A lot of these sellers have 10,000 or 20,000 feedbacks but they stopped selling. Are these "no longer active" sellers included in the list of 'active users?" I wonder.

    If you follow any of the eBay forums you will know that the eBay sellers are constantly complaining that their sales are way down and there aren't the buyers that there used to be. As a collector-buyer I have stopped running 80% of my weekly eBay searches. I faithfully ran these searches since 1997. Two years ago I had to stop when John Donahoe gave us the nearly unlimited free listings, and free listings allow a seller to set unrealistically high prices on items because if there is no sale, they just relist it for free. From then on I could only run the searches that were the most important to me. I know that I'm missing a lot of things to buy, but when one search gives 5 pages of results, and a large proportion of those are relisted items I've seen for many months, I don't have the time to look at everything. I am a very careful searcher. I'm not going to miss an item in the categories that I follow, and in the keyword searches that I bookmark and then run every week. If I see an item and don't purchase it, there is zero chance I will ever purchase it unless the price drops at least 50%. So eBay, why make us see the same unique items over and over and over again in the antiques and vintage collectibles categories? All we ask for is a filter to prevent us seeing relisted items, or a filter that segregates the relists to the bottom of the page. It would be easy to code for. Because there is so much stuff on eBay, and so many relists, we buyers who have hung around all of these years are ready to throw in the towel. I had a friend call me nearly in tears. She has 10,000 eBay feedbacks, nearly all from purchases, and she asked me if I didn't know of some way for her to run her keyword searches and have them return only the items that had never been relisted. I told her the relists were also driving me crazy. I'm sure we aren't the only buyers who can't stand searching on eBay anymore. And they ask where all of the buyers have gone.
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    What is eBay's definition of "active users?" I think most of their active users have quit buying and selling. Ebay recently started telling buyers when one of the sellers in their search, that they have excluded from their search, is NARU (no longer a registered user). I started noticing this in some of my searches. At the same time when I'm on page two of search results and click on an auction item, and then return to the search results, Firefox brings me back to the top of page one, instead of returning me to where I left off on page two. This became really annoying. I would get "One or more of the seller User IDs you entered was not found" on my search results page. One needs to go through the list of sellers you have excluded from that search, find the NARU sellers, and remove them from the list. Then your back button will bring you back to where you left off. But this is a lot of work having to edit a few hundred bookmarked searches because eBay didn't code the change properly. While I was editing some of my bookmarked searches I noticed that about half of the sellers that I checked to see if they were NARU, but still have active user ID's, were no longer listing anything. A lot of these sellers have 10,000 or 20,000 feedbacks but they stopped selling. Are these "no longer active" sellers included in the list of 'active users?" I wonder. If you follow any of the eBay forums you will know that the eBay sellers are constantly complaining that their sales are way down and there aren't the buyers that there used to be. As a collector-buyer I have stopped running 80% of my weekly eBay searches. I faithfully ran these searches since 1997. Two years ago I had to stop when John Donahoe gave us the nearly unlimited free listings, and free listings allow a seller to set unrealistically high prices on items because if there is no sale, they just relist it for free. From then on I could only run the searches that were the most important to me. I know that I'm missing a lot of things to buy, but when one search gives 5 pages of results, and a large proportion of those are relisted items I've seen for many months, I don't have the time to look at everything. I am a very careful searcher. I'm not going to miss an item in the categories that I follow, and in the keyword searches that I bookmark and then run every week. If I see an item and don't purchase it, there is zero chance I will ever purchase it unless the price drops at least 50%. So eBay, why make us see the same unique items over and over and over again in the antiques and vintage collectibles categories? All we ask for is a filter to prevent us seeing relisted items, or a filter that segregates the relists to the bottom of the page. It would be easy to code for. Because there is so much stuff on eBay, and so many relists, we buyers who have hung around all of these years are ready to throw in the towel. I had a friend call me nearly in tears. She has 10,000 eBay feedbacks, nearly all from purchases, and she asked me if I didn't know of some way for her to run her keyword searches and have them return only the items that had never been relisted. I told her the relists were also driving me crazy. I'm sure we aren't the only buyers who can't stand searching on eBay anymore. And they ask where all of the buyers have gone.
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