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Old 01-14-16, 08:13 AM
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RSS feeds for your favorite eBay sellers

Maybe everyone knows this but me, but I just discovered a little trick with eBay, which I thought I would share.

I follow a bunch of eBay sellers (all, except for my lovely wife, people selling C&V-ish bikes & parts). It always irked me that I was never notified when those people posted new items to eBay. I finally figured out how to turn an eBay search into an RSS feed, and since I use inoreader.com as my home page, it means I can now get a single stream of new listings from all my favorite sellers.

Here's an example. Ford Kanzler over on Classic Rendezvous (eBay handle, "1945ford") repaints frames, mostly as a hobby, I think, then posts them for sale on eBay. Here's a search for his current listings:

1945ford | eBay

To generate an RSS feed for that, just tack "&_rss=1" onto the end. Presto! You now have an RSS feed URL for that search. Now add that long mouthful of a URL to your favorite RSS reader. I now have a single "eBay Sellers" folder into which I am currently dumping all those RSS URLs.
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Lost me at RSS Feed. Not even sure what that is.
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Robbie, an RSS feed is a automatically updated list. Think news articles, blog posts, or in this case ebay listings.
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Ah, sorry about that. RSS stands for "Rich Site Summary". Basically, it's a way to describe updates to a website. It's most commonly used for blogs or news sites which update "stories" regularly. An RSS reader aggregates a bunch of "stories" into a list. In this case, it merges listings from all my eBay sellers into a single list. The RSS reader takes care of checking its sources periodically (hourly, daily, whatever). For example, I have a News folder which includes an RSS feed for the NY Times. The start of the currently unread articles looks like this in my inoreader page:



As I read those items they dim. I can also suppress display of items which I've read. Or mark everything as read.

Onto the more important use... Here's what the top of my eBay Sellers folder looks like right now (only 31 sellers, through the letter C):



The same update rules apply. I show 497 unread listings. As you can see, skimming the items is much easier than having to visit eBay for each seller or auction. I see everything in one list, one line per item, sorted chronologically. Click on a few, ignore others, mark everything "read" when you're done.
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BTW, I do the same thing for a bunch of Craigslist search URLs, for Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
Maybe everyone knows this but me, but I just discovered a little trick with eBay, which I thought I would share.

I follow a bunch of eBay sellers (all, except for my lovely wife, people selling C&V-ish bikes & parts). It always irked me that I was never notified when those people posted new items to eBay. I finally figured out how to turn an eBay search into an RSS feed, and since I use inoreader.com as my home page, it means I can now get a single stream of new listings from all my favorite sellers.

Here's an example. Ford Kanzler over on Classic Rendezvous (eBay handle, "1945ford") repaints frames, mostly as a hobby, I think, then posts them for sale on eBay. Here's a search for his current listings:

1945ford | eBay

To generate an RSS feed for that, just tack "&_rss=1" onto the end. Presto! You now have an RSS feed URL for that search. Now add that long mouthful of a URL to your favorite RSS reader. I now have a single "eBay Sellers" folder into which I am currently dumping all those RSS URLs.
Very cool!

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BTW, I do the same thing for a bunch of Craigslist search URLs, for Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis.

I have not used RSS but have an idea what it is. Can you do this for certain search terms or just sellers? Search terms would be quite useful.
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Originally Posted by Bikerider007
I have not used RSS but have an idea what it is. Can you do this for certain search terms or just sellers? Search terms would be quite useful.
I'm sure you can use it for more than just sellers. I haven't explored that space yet. Here's an RSS URL for the search term "campagnolo drop bolt" in the Sporting Good category:

<![CDATA[campagnolo drop bolt]]>
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Oh no... I can tell by how convenient this is, that I am going to be finding many, many new objects of desire. Caveat emptor.
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Oh no... I can tell by how convenient this is, that I am going to be finding many, many new objects of desire. Caveat emptor.
Seriously, and if you could do this with CL and Offerup....this thread should self destruct as I want first dibs in Phx. area (insert devil emoticon here). HAHAHAHAHA!
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Originally Posted by Bikerider007
Seriously, and if you could do this with CL and Offerup....this thread should self destruct as I want first dibs in Phx. area (insert devil emoticon here). HAHAHAHAHA!
Here's little crack for you then. Here's a search on Chicago CL for "Superbe|Campy|Campa|Campagnolo|Campagnola|Dura-Ace":

chicago bicycles "Superbe|Campy|Campa|Campagnolo|Campagnola|Dura-Ace" - craigslist

RSS-ified (the only change is highlighted):

chicago bicycles "Superbe|Campy|Campa|Campagnolo|Campagnola|Dura-Ace" - craigslist&format=rss


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Here's little crack for you then. Here's a search on Chicago CL for "Superbe|Campy|Campa|Campagnolo|Campagnola|Dura-Ace":

chicago bicycles "Superbe|Campy|Campa|Campagnolo|Campagnola|Dura-Ace" - craigslist

RSS-ified (the only change is highlighted):

chicago bicycles "Superbe|Campy|Campa|Campagnolo|Campagnola|Dura-Ace" - craigslist&format=rss


Wow, I need to try this tonight and may have to ask you some questions. I like to keep and eye out on prices and pick up occasional good deals. This is a great tool I was unaware of how to apply. Thank you.
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