One of the biggest challenges with using eBay is deciding how to setup your search. With over 20,000 categories and millions of sellers, an un-targeted search will return lots of listings that just aren’t relevant to what you’re looking for.
We thought about what would make things really simple and came up our newest feature: search dropdowns!
With search dropdowns, when you are browsing a category or seller page, you’ll have the option to constrain your search to that sub-category or seller. In the example above, I can chose to search across all eBay categories for “lamps”, or just the Antiques > Periods & Styles > Art Deco sub-category. The two searches return very different results:
Image: Search for “lamps” across eBay
Image: Search for “lamps” in the Antiques > Periods & Styles > Art Deco sub-category
Searching a specific seller’s inventory is just as easy as a category search. Some sellers list thousands of items, making it difficult to manually scroll through everything. Now, on a seller page you’ll have to option to search only that sellers inventory:
Image: Searching on a seller’s page
We hope the new category search dropdowns are useful. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback and comments!
- Matt & Eugene
Rummage has a simple mission: to be the best way to browse eBay. eBay is one of the most vibrant marketplaces in the world, but browsing it can be really tough. With tens of millions of listings from sellers in dozens of countries, it can be really easy to overlook great finds, and to barely scratch the surface of a category you’re interested in. Whether you’re looking for unique, one-of-a-kind items or great deals on everyday products, we built Rummage to help you save time and discover great items.
eBay search is very text-heavy. This can be good for certain types of searches, but for browsing, scanning tiny thumbnails can make it really tough to evaluate quality.
Image: An eBay search for “les paul guitar”—not very visual :(
We decided to take a different approach and really focus on the images that are uploaded with eBay listings. Compare the screenshot of the search results page on Rummage below, to the standard eBay search above—images are much larger, flow across and down the page, and additional listing details are available on mouseover. And we added infinite scroll, so no more clicking ‘next page’ endlessly.
We wanted to make more listing details available very quickly. From the search results page, you can activate a pop-up that displays listing details, similar items, and additional items from the same seller—all without loading a new page. You can also quickly share the listing via Pinterest or Facebook, or email it to yourself or a friend.
Easily Explore Sellers
There are millions of sellers on eBay, each with their own tastes and categories of interest. If you like one item from a seller, chances are good you might be interested in other items they’re selling. To help buyers more easily browse sellers, we built out individual seller pages. Seller pages have detailed information on the seller including feedback counts, and recent positive and negative feedback left. Seller pages also display a seller’s listings in the same easily browsable format you saw on the search pages.
Additional features to come
We hope Rummage will continue to take shape as we receive feedback and suggestions. We know there are about as many ways to search as there are users, but our goal is to raise the bar on discovery and make eBay browsing both painless and even fun again.
- Eugene and Matt