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View Poll Results: Does the appearance of an eBay listing influence your decision to purchase?
Yes 36 36.00%
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:50 AM
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Default OT- Opinons Wanted- eBay Listing Appearance

The background:

I have had a custom designed store on eBay for at least 10 years (http://stores.ebay.com/Sportmags). My listings were also custom designed (example http://tiny.cc/8cicgy). I also use Inkfrog to list all of my items to eBay. With all of the changes at eBay and technology in general, my templates are now outdated and not mobile friendly. Ebay and Inkfrog are telling me that my current templates will probably not be effective. It will cost me a good chunk of change to have new designs made to comply with current technology.

So here is the question:

Does the appearance of a listing on eBay matter to you? Are you only influenced by the price of an item? Everything else being equal, when there is a choice between the same item, would you spend a little bit more because the listing appears to be more professional?

I have considered just redoing my 600 items with no template (or some basic design) and going directly through eBay. I am hoping to get some good responses from regular eBay users. Thanks in advance.

Jeff

PS- I am not debating the merits of eBay and snarky answers aren't appreciated.

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Old 10-26-2016, 11:28 AM
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Hi Jeff,

I also use Inkfrog and am pretty bummed myself at the push towards mobile compatibility. I feel like it's the dumbing down of the internet. Less pictures, less detail, less idea of who you're actually buying from.

Even when I'm on my mobile devices I always click "Classic Site" or "Desktop Version", because the lack of relevant information that gets nixed infuriates me. Almost every problem buyer I have had in the last 5 years on Ebay or my websites has been somebody who bought through a mobile device and didn't bother to read the full description.

That said, have you looked into "Inkfrog Open"? It's supposed to be more mobile friendly then the "Inkfrog Classic", and they are offering all classic subscribers the free upgrade and access to both platforms with no cost increase.

I've signed up for it but haven't actually used it yet. Not sure if it regenerates your old listings for you into the new platform.

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Old 10-26-2016, 11:38 AM
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If you include good pictures in the "appearance". That is most important to me, good back and front images. All the other hype I ignore.
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:39 AM
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Hi Jeff,

I also use Inkfrog and am pretty bummed myself at the push towards mobile compatibility. I feel like it's the dumbing down of the internet. Less pictures, less detail, less idea of who you're actually buying from.

Even when I'm on my mobile devices I always click "Classic Site" or "Desktop Version", because the lack of relevant information that gets nixed infuriates me. Almost every problem buyer I have had in the last 5 years on Ebay or my websites has been somebody who bought through a mobile device and didn't bother to read the full description.

That said, have you looked into "Inkfrog Open"? It's supposed to be more mobile friendly then the "Inkfrog Classic", and they are offering all classic subscribers the free upgrade and access to both platforms with no cost increase.

I've signed up for it but haven't actually used it yet. Not sure if it regenerates your old listings for you into the new platform.
Hi Dave..hope you are well. The main reason that I am considering all of this is that the new Inkfrog Open does not bring over your current listings at this time. They have some snarky comment to justify it (something like every once in a while it is good to upgrade your listings). I really don't know if a better appearance listing is going to result in better sales. Your thoughts?

Jeff
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Old 10-26-2016, 11:42 AM
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If you include good pictures in the "appearance". That is most important to me, good back and front images. All the other hype I ignore.
Thanks for the response Larry....I agree that lots of pictures tell a better story than just words.

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Personally, I don't like all the 'noise'. Some of what I look for are:
  • Good pic(s) - this is probably the #1 item.
  • Decent description - doesn't mean wordy, just applicable. If you point out flaws that aren't obvious from pics (like interior of a mag), I'm more likely to trust you with your item.
  • Feedback - not end all, be all, but I check what the negative/neutrals might say
  • Price, including shipping -duh?
  • Spelling and that the person can communicate - again, not end all, be all, but if the person takes time for coming across effectively, then I feel they 'care' for their items(s)

Much of the above just show you care (IMO).
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I picked depends on price but I should have also "meant", depends on the pictures too. I was thinking the question was, do I care about all kinds of frilly stuff in a listing, and that answer is no. However, good pictures are almost always a must.
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I picked depends on price but I should have also "meant", depends on the pictures too. I was thinking the question was, do I care about all kinds of frilly stuff in a listing, and that answer is no. However, good pictures are almost always a must.
Thanks for breaking it down Leon to the basic question...Does Frilly stuff matter?

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Personally, I don't like all the 'noise'. Some of what I look for are:
  • Good pic(s) - this is probably the #1 item.
  • Decent description - doesn't mean wordy, just applicable. If you point out flaws that aren't obvious from pics (like interior of a mag), I'm more likely to trust you with your item.
  • Feedback - not end all, be all, but I check what the negative/neutrals might say
  • Price, including shipping -duh?
  • Spelling and that the person can communicate - again, not end all, be all, but if the person takes time for coming across effectively, then I feel they 'care' for their items(s)

Much of the above just show you care (IMO).
Taylor...my wife answered almost exactly the same way that you did. Thanks,

Jeff
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Frilly stuff is a turn-off for me. It makes me think the seller is trying to distract me from something they don't want me to notice. Just give me good pics, pertinent info/description of the card, and shipping/pricing info.

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