I hear on the grapevine eBay are working on a few additions to the standard search functionality, and they’re calling it ‘Best Match’.
This had a short release earlier this week for testing, and has now been removed again as far as I can tell. The below picture shows how it would have looked:
Basically this feature allows for potential buyers to search against key factors, like best performing item based on hits, price, and a whole other list of factors.. Ultimately pushing for relevancy (I’m sure you all know the feeling of searching for an iPod and finding nothing but accessories?)
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This update is based on eBay.com for the moment, but I should imagine if it’s a successful release it will not take too long to role out to the UK.
To note: The additional search option will be made optional, so will not impose such a threat to the core site.