eBay searching… a suggestion…

September 5, 2009 by  
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The following suggestion was sent to Rare Newspapers from one of our faithful members, Morris Brill.  We thought it worth posting:

Whenever a major event occurs such as Obama’s Election, or Inauguration, or Michael Jackson‘s Death, we wind up with perhaps a thousand listings on Ebay.ebay_icon

This makes it very difficult to find significant listings of newspapers concerning other subjects, as the reader must wade through hundreds of listings about Michael Jackson just to find a paper you may have listed about Lincoln’s Death or a Revolutionary Period newspaper.

What I found out  is that if you go to the main newspaper listing page of Ebay and in the area titled: “Find” if you type “newspapers Jackson” you will get all the newspaper listings minus any listings for Michael Jackson.

In this manner a buyer does not have to hunt for your truly historic gems as he/she eliminates what could perhaps amount to 50 percent of all the listings on Ebay when a major story breaks.

After Obama’s nomination, election, inauguration, and Jackson’s death I had to all but stop looking at eBay because I just did not have the patience to view hundreds of listings of the same story.

I suspect that if you looked at your unit sales the week before Michael Jackson’s death and the week after his death you may find you experienced a significant decline in unit sales because no one could even find your more important listings among all the Jackson listings.

For those buyers who do not mind looking at hundreds of listings of the same subject they can just type “newspapers” without the Jackson, orobama, or black Sunday.

Just a thought.


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