Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Live Listing Feature Adjustment

In March, we released a feature for comparing individual listings from Amazon, eBay, and Half in one location. It's a convenient way to find the best deal across those sites without having to visit each one separately.

After using the feature ourself and monitoring how you use it, we've made a couple minor adjustments. When comparing listings, they're grouped by condition. We originally showed Brand New at the top and Acceptable at the bottom. It turns out that the Acceptable category is 5 times more popular than the Brand New category. We've now reversed the category order so that fewer visitors have to scroll down to see the listings they want.

When we first released the feature, we showed 10 listings in each condition category. It turns out the bottom 5 listings in each category weren't useful. The real deals happen in the top 5. We now show only the 5 least expensive listings in each category, so that you're not distracted by over-priced items.

We have other ideas for making this feature more useful like including shipping prices and adjusting the condition category based on each item's description. If you have ideas for improvement, let us know in the comments.


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