How you setup your user interface is vital to being able to make quick purchasing decisions. Especially for power buyers who have many items. Seeing the most important information and not missing minor details that can result in bad purchases is essential when trying to act quickly and purchase newly listed BIN items on eBay.
Customize Search Results Layout
First, you should determine which item specs are most important to you and include the ones that are and remove the ones that aren’t.
You can do this by right clicking in the upper left hand corner of the search results UI.
Click the ones you wish to include (check box) and click the ones with check boxes that are enabled to remove them.
This is JUST for the main top userinterface. If you wish to have other item specs you want to see, you will be able to choose from ALL in the middle UI section.
Best Practice Example:
Users will keep the top relative to PRODUCT information and the MIDDLE UI for seller/warranty information.
- Once you’ve setup the item specs you wish to see in the main UI search results, you’ll want to configure and rearrange them to best suit your needs. Everyone is different, but I’ll suggest what method works best for most buyers.
- You can rearrange the item specs in the main interface by SINGLE CLICKING and HOLDING the column header and dragging it to where you want. It’s a bit sensitive now so take it slow (we’ll improve on this in later release)
- I prefer to have TERM on the far left. Why? If I’m searching for different items at the same time, I want to immediately narrow down the returned results to my internal name we associated on the search results setup.
- Then thumbnail (although for phones, I never had thumbnail in the main results because if I made large enough to actually see in the top UI, it made the amount of search results that could appear very limited. ALL the pictures will be available in the MIDDLE UI.
- Then Title
- TOTAL PRICE – Use THIS field, NOT PRICE (for most). It’s the item price + shipping (flat rate cost or calculated based on the zip code you put in)
- MODEL/CARRIER/STORAGE/CONDITION – Then the most relative to me. Model, because sometimes people use the a different model in the title but used the right category ID. I know via ebay guarantee, this specific MODEL at least has to show up or I’m covered. Carrier, because that’s 2nd most important price point 3rd would be storage capacity.
- CUSTOM – You can use the CUSTOM field to INCLUDE MANY item specs from the list you configured before IN ONE CELL. This is used for many who don’t have a widescreen monitor and the item specs might run off the page and prevents having to scroll over.
Then you can size up the column spacing to best fit all the information on the page without any gaps or areas without information.
You can increase the area you want to see search results on the TOP UI by clicking on the divider and dragging it up or down. Those who have lots returned at one time might need more area compared to those who have less frequent newly listed items being found.
Pictures and other item specs.
- Single clicking on an image will blow it up to fill size. Clicking it again will reduce it back to it’s normal preview size. Will return all pictures in a listing (doesn’t slow down returned results. Basic information is returned FIRST then pictures are called for)
- Can configure the specs you want in the middle area. I usually use warranty/seller info here, or important item specs I want to double check before going to listing description.
- Once setup, click OFF of the current listing and onto another to show the update DATA.
- You can configure the sizing of data by clicking the +/- buttons right of the main image on the left of the middle UI.
- If you wish to REMOVE this area and DONT NEED IT, click on the DIVIDER on the bottom to the listing description and drag it up till it’s now showing. Some buyers prefer to show the thumbnail on the top search results and don’t need any more information and want the extra space for more search results and the listing description area.
Listing Description (Bottom UI):
Returns exact listing description information about a listing. HTML included.
- You can INCREASE or DECREASE the overall size of the information by clicking the +/- button in the bottom left of the Listing Description UI.
- Listings which return NO DATA will display “NO LISTING DESCRIPTION” in RED.
Search Results Default Color
- GREEN – NEW
- RED – SOLD
- BLUE – CURRENTLY SELECTED
- GREYISH – AGED ITEM
When Starting, make sure to include the “FOUND TIME” item spec in the TOP UI and ensure that NEWLY LISTED RESULTS are being displayed ON TOP. You can single click the “FOUND TIME” field and it will rearrange the returned results filter. By default, it’s setup this way. But lots of clicking when setting up for the first time has some users accidentally rearranging the results filter.
Clicking START/STOP at bottom right will start and stop the program from searching.