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3:45 pm on Oct 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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eBay launches Social Networking "Neighborhoods"

What are Neighborhoods?
Think of Neighborhoods as a gathering place for fans of a certain product, team, artist, and more. They've been created around popular items and searches and are designed for members with a very specific interest in mind.

In the next few days, we're going to introduce several hundred Neighborhoods that cover a wide variety of interests. We'll be adding more as time goes on.

[neighborhoods.ebay.com...]

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Ugh! Now eBay sellers have a dedicated place to spamvertise!

I dunno - hanging out at the strip mall or swap meet just doesn't do it for me...

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Actually, it's not a bad idea for the sellers to get together.

In addition, prospective buyers might find it easier to seek out good sellers.

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I'm an Ebay seller, and for the record I'll give it a big miss.

Sounds like a spam encourager to me.

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Doesn't ebay already have a community section for buyers/sellers to gather?
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How about ebay just get a toll free number.
Where I can get a person on the phone with some actual authority to solve a problem.
Instead of all this hide from the client garbage they like doing.
(Webformes, prefrabricated response letters and live help that only sends you to webforms and prefabricated responses.)

I used to purchase entre 100 to 300 each month.
Now I only buy if I can not find it in a store or my flea market.
And I only purchase if the product is local to me.
So I can meet in person and pay.

I think these neighbourhoods is ebay finding more ways to avoid dealing directly with the users of their service.

[edited by: Michel_Samuel at 4:08 am (utc) on Oct. 11, 2007]

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OK, if we're doing eBay rants... here's mine...

I don't use eBay much. I once sold a used digital camera there, for an outrageously high price. (Nearly the cost of the "latest model" that I just had to have...) And I've bought a few small items - cell phone battery, USB cable, etc.

So, I'm pretty-much an eBay neophyte.

The other day I bought two items from the same vendor. Had a heck of a time figuring out how to pay for both at the same time. (They offered $1 shipping for additional items.)

Turned out the vendor hadn't set-up their eBay account that way - so I had to request a total. (They also said I could have manually adjusted the shipping cost on the second item.) I get the total, and it's totally confusing if it's for 1 item or 2. (Both item numbers were listed, but not both descriptions.)

Then I get to PayPay, and it wants me to enter my "Auction ID". Er, which of the two items.

I call PayPal on the phone, and get somebody overseas who apparently works for eBay. I finally figure out that an "Auction ID" is your eBay user ID.

Whoda thunk that an "Auction ID" is your eBay user ID?

The field prompt is "Auction ID", but the error message said the "user ID" I'd entered was incorrect. But the form doesn't request that you enter a "user ID".

You'd think this would have been ironed out.... I dunno... 10 years ago?

I hope they have a community for figuring out their goofy terminology.

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oh yeah, more ebay subdomains to list for a single keyword... great!
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What pontifex said, brand new subdomains with fairly advanced SEO features built it.

For example the URI for each "post" page contains words out of the title but it strips out the fluff words like "and" or "will".

The description tag contains the title and it looks like the first 40 words of the users post.

The setup isn't completely user friendly, they WILL end up with lots of duplicate posts but from an SEO standpoint thats a good thing, the same article gets written a dozen times, slightly different every time.

The only 'unfriendly' feature I see really that will have a major impact is that none of the links to things like profiles have nofollow. Each topic has two dozen or more links back to ebay. It will be hard for any page to rank well, but thats made up for in bulk I suppose. At least they will be kept out of the top 5 for any given popular search, the SEO is close but not quite there imo.

 

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