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Old 11-05-15, 07:54 AM
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Things I hate about eBay

#1 is large volume sellers who spam with crap loads of stuff at prices that are at best average.

I like to search "Campagnolo" from time to time and scroll through for a good deal on a bit that might be of use to me. I'm sure many of you do this as well. These large volume sellers with page after page of stuff really annoy me. I've gotten so my brain filters out any listing automatically if there's a stock photo in the title.

Today a seller xtreme bike and sport had 20 pages of listings (well I gave up at 20 pages) of stuff ending within 2 hours. There were probably 2 dozen listings from other sellers in those pages, all of whom I felt a little sorry for getting buried in that muck.

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Old 11-05-15, 08:09 AM
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I hate the way the search works. Search for "leather saddle," for example, and you get hundreds of faux leather, fake leather, not leather, leather look, and so on. Of course I can exclude listings that have the word "faux" in them, or any other term I can think of, but I can't think of them all.
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I too search the word Campagnolo from time to time, S-Legs, but I found I have to add other words to narrow down the criteria.
And it's still frustrating to get page after page of stratospherically-priced NOS Campy items from that one guy.
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Old 11-05-15, 09:15 AM
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No one is forcing you to use a service you hate. Perhaps your hate should be directed at the sellers utilizing ebay and not at ebay. Frankly without ebay, where would the collectibles, 2nd hand, and regifting, marketplace take place?

I love ebay when I have a project, whether home remodeling, decluttering, upgrading technology, or bike stuff. I've bought/sold big stuff: 130 lb. cast iron pedestal sinks, bought a SubZero refrigerator, and a 6 burner Viking range for my ADK camp. I've also unloaded computer parts that would fit in the palm of your hand and countless iPhones. As far as bikes and bike parts, they have been shipped from NY to Hawaii.

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Old 11-05-15, 09:16 AM
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It's worth searching for various misspellings of Campagnolo or whatever from time to time. Maybe I should keep that to myself, though...
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I wish there were a way to sort search results by the seller's volume. That would make it easier to sift through the large sellers to stuff from small individual sales.
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I hate how I'm about to pay $63 for a complete Campy rear axle because I need it and they're nowhere else to be found.
I love how I'm able to pay $63 for a complete Campy rear axle because I need it and they're nowhere else to be found.
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EBAY was great when most items listed were from individual sellers. 9 times out of 10, you could find a few examples of exactly what you were looking for. Now, it's just a catalog of new crap from overseas.
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Old 11-05-15, 09:23 AM
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I hate that they took away wild card searches as well, so if you want to find a misspelled Campagnolo listing, you may have to guess at the misspelling. Their "smart" search picks up some, but not all of the mangled spellings.
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
I hate how I'm about to pay $63 for a complete Campy rear axle because I need it and they're nowhere else to be found.
I love how I'm able to pay $63 for a complete Campy rear axle because I need it and they're nowhere else to be found.
That sums up my experience exactly, though some gems can be found at a decent price if you're patient and lucky. Mostly lucky.
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Old 11-05-15, 09:25 AM
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I don't have time to figure out the syntax at the moment, but you can restrict your search to not include specific sellers. Just a wild-ass guess (certainly to fail):

campagnolo -seller:xtreme-bike-and-sport

Do a bit of Googling on search terms for eBay. There should be something there to help you.
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I've found searching for auction only items helps, or filtering out new stuff. Just try searching foe "Dutch City Bike" - mostly all of it is new low end crap.

It does beat motorcycle stuff ending up in the bike parts section on Craigslist, though.
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Old 11-05-15, 09:31 AM
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If you click "used" it narrows it down quite a bit.
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I rarely search using generic terms like 'Campagnolo' or 'leather saddle'. If your looking for a specific item like a rear axle like try terms like, 'rear record'
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I hate how so many people on this forum complain about ebay, yet continue to use it regularly.
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Old 11-05-15, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
I hate the way the search works. Search for "leather saddle," for example, and you get hundreds of faux leather, fake leather, not leather, leather look, and so on. Of course I can exclude listings that have the word "faux" in them, or any other term I can think of, but I can't think of them all.
Piece of advice: Use exclusionary terms with your searches. You can do this by putting the exclusion terms comma-separated in parenthesis with a minus sign in front, like this:
SearchTerm1 SearchTerm2 -(exclusion1,exclusion2,exclusion3)

So, in your case you may use: leather saddle -(faux,fake,pleather,suede)

If you already know this, sorry to reiterate.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
No one is forcing you to use a service you hate.
I didn't say I hate the service, this is just one of the things I hate about it. Clearly eBay has made conditions favorable for big sellers to list large volumes of items at low (probably no) cost with just one or two clicks. Click - click 1000 items up for sale, sell maybe one or two of those items, auction ends, click -click restart auction. Meanwhile the guy trying to sell his old Record downtube shifters has his auction buried 3 pages back amongst all the gobbledegook. It would be nice if eBay limited new listings to a certain number per hour and per day or some such.

if that storefront can make money on that model, more power to them. I just don't like it and it makes it nearly impossible to casually browse the website.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
No one is forcing you to use a service you hate. Perhaps your hate should be directed at the sellers utilizing ebay and not at ebay. Frankly without ebay, where would the collectibles, 2nd hand, and regifting, marketplace take place?

I love ebay when I have a project, whether home remodeling, decluttering, upgrading technology, or bike stuff. I've bought/sold big stuff: 130 lb. cast iron pedestal sinks, bought a SubZero refrigerator, and a 6 burner Viking range for my ADK camp. I've also unloaded computer parts that would fit in the palm of your hand and countless iPhones. As far as bikes and bike parts, they have been shipped from NY to Hawaii.
+1

I'm with you and Louis CK on that one.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
I didn't say I hate the service, this is just one of the things I hate about it. Clearly eBay has made conditions favorable for big sellers to list large volumes of items at low (probably no) cost with just one or two clicks. Click - click 1000 items up for sale, sell maybe one or two of those items, auction ends, click -click restart auction. Meanwhile the guy trying to sell his old Record downtube shifters has his auction buried 3 pages back amongst all the gobbledegook. It would be nice if eBay limited new listings to a certain number per hour and per day or some such.

if that storefront can make money on that model, more power to them. I just don't like it and it makes it nearly impossible to casually browse the website.
I would be happy if ebay changed their pricing to include a token listing fee amount and knocked back their sales commission a few points. This would eliminate/reduce the endless number of repetitive listings. Ever shop for batteries or an iPhone case, OMG.
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I hate how I'm about to pay $63 for a complete Campy rear axle because I need it and they're nowhere else to be found.
I love how I'm able to pay $63 for a complete Campy rear axle because I need it and they're nowhere else to be found.
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The repetitive flood of worthless crap for sale is a big problem on Ebay. In searches I have not been able to figure out how to block certain offending sellers but using exclusion terms in your search helps weed out 90% of the crap. Some of my exclusions:


-reflector –kickstand –schwinn –huffy –decal –decals –poster –picture –sticker –stickers –bottle –waterbottle –bmx –cruiser –fixed –single –fixie

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I miss the days of wild card searches...
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Ever shop for batteries or an iPhone case, OMG.
Ha!

I bought a Blackberry case, with no problems. Of course it was a Z10, and it was available for all of 3 months before it was discontinued. But long enough for there to be a glut of very nice Z10 available for $5-$10.
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I hate how so many people on this forum complain about ebay, yet continue to use it regularly.
+1. Time to get out from behind the computer and go for a ride (he says from the comfort of his computer).
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I hate how so many people on this forum complain about ebay, yet continue to use it regularly.
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