Tend EBay’s Garden for Free and Experience New Search

10 Feb

If You Want It Google Already Owns It

Google gets all of the best names – “Labs,” “Buzz,” “Talk,” “生活搜索,” “Base” and pretty much every other four letter word worth trademarking.  This leaves other companies with scant choices.  This is why there are so many made up words these days.  Skype, Twitter, Bing, and Wii are all just a symptom of the fact that there simply aren’t any real words available.  When I was trying to come up with a metaphor for eBay’s last fee increase I had to use the movie “2012” starring John Cusack because Google owns every other metaphor.  From now on I will have to use “2012” whenever I want to compare anything to anything else.  Google doesn’t own “Google Garden” though, probably because it sounds dumb.  Luckily, eBay jumped on the rare opportunity to grab the rights to a real life English word and now we have “Garden by eBay.”

Is the Soil Fertile Enough for Green Beans?

Good question.  According to http://pages.ebay.com/garden/, “Garden by eBay is where we plant the seeds of new ideas.”  Although this doesn’t make any sense, it does sound like an assignment my son’s fourth grade teacher would send him home with so I sort of understand where this is going.  At least they don’t continue by saying the community needs to water the seeds in order for the ideas to blossom.  Maybe next time.  Once every year or so, usually after eBay is forced to retract a ridiculous policy or fees are increased, eBay gives the “community” a sneak peek into a single forthcoming change; usually one of little consequence that never materializes anyway.  It looks like they’ve planted this year’s in the form of a search tweak rhododendron.

Streamlined Search Sneak Peek

Anyone can “opt-in” to preview eBay’s new “streamlined search” and can then opt-out at any time.  I don’t want to ruin your new search experience by giving any details other than I do like the side-by-side auction and fixed price view.  Just go to http://pages.ebay.com/garden/, click opt-in and away you go.

2 Responses to “Tend EBay’s Garden for Free and Experience New Search”

  1. Henrietta of Red INK Diary 13. Feb, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I think quite a few sellers are underwhelmed at the ‘Garden by eBay’. Lotta ‘toot n rah rah’ about not much. Reading comments on AuctionBytes I would say they are pouring cold water on the concept if not outright p’ing on it.

    The childlike graphics, plant and seed concepts are all beautifully designed but as Auntie May says “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” The pudding we find in the Garden is the same old mess we have been dealing with for the last three years, set on a pretty new plate.

  2. auctioncope 16. Feb, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    The graphics are whimsical; I will give you that.

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