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eBay released the infographic below this morning, as covered by Richard Brewer-Hay on the official eBay Ink blog.

Following the acquisition of recommendation engine Hunch for $80m in November of last year, eBay has been working quietly on using the company’s technology to revamp its own e-commerce recommendations.

This will in time enable the company to move beyond standard item-to-item recommendations and use a broader variety of members’ online tastes to suggest interesting items to purchase.

It's the first we’ve seen on the integration of eBay and Hunch data, which this time looks at the differences between people who have bought or sold on eBay, and those who haven’t yet. It’s probably heartening to eBay that 66% of Hunch users already have. 

For now, this is just a fun teaser to show what can be done with the 85m responses to Hunch’s ‘Teach Hunch About You’ questions, but before long we should see some really interesting targeting and personalisation integrated into eBay. We can’t wait.

Vikki Chowney

Published 7 February, 2012 by Vikki Chowney

Vikki is head of community at TMW. You can follow her on Twitter or Google+

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Paulson

That's good, 'cause their search function sure is screwed up right now. Shows results without your keyword in them, sometimes omits results, etc.

As far as buying/saving on eBay goes:

Check the feedback of the buyer. Maybe send him a question about the item to see their responsiveness, if they don't reply back, maybe not the best seller to deal with.

If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in. Maybe they won't bother, and maybe any potential bidders/buyers would not bother to send the seller the question themselves, rather just looking for another one.

If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It'll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

If there is a particular item that you are looking for, and especially if it is relatively rare on eBay, use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved searches. You'd get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Great for "Buy It Now"s priced right. You can use the price, category, exclude Word, etc. filters to narrow down the list of results that you receive in the e-mails.

Probably a long shot, but if the item that you are looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might never see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.

almost 5 years ago

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comocom

Interesting! Useful facts to learn and now about. As we can see, the difference between those who use eBay and those who don't is not that big.
Great job! Waiting for more posts.

about 4 years ago

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