The effort by eBay to build its classifieds service is growing with the company proclaiming over one-half a million downloads of its mobile app. The eBay Classifieds app is available for iOS and Android.
The app is pretty useful if you are foregoing craigslist and seeking used good from eBay or looking to unload of some things. You can scan all the ads, or instead look in specific categories like housing, community, jobs, services, or “for sale.”
Search for a specific item to see if it is available. Like a true classifieds service, eBay Classifieds breaks items down into your region. I tried it out with the San Francisco Bay Area to see what kind of furniture was available.
For the most accurate results, it is best to customize the search into the various sub-categories. Otherwise you may end up seeing a “free-standing small cottage craft storage shed” from San Jose during a search for a coffee table (as I did).
The eBay Classifieds app does the job it needs to. The interface is more refined in the iPhone version, though on a Galaxy Nexus the Android app performed well and was relatively stable. It is worth watching to see if eBay continues to have momentum with classifieds sales, especially given that a simple Google News search for craigslist often yields a tremendous amount of negative results
- Clean interface
- Familiar eBay system
Off the Mark:
- Search could use improvement