eBay.com have announced the launch of their own to allow you to show off your eBay listings to you Facebook friends. Though there are already plenty of eBay applications for Facebook, one might hope that the official version would bring something new to the Facebook feed.
Sadly I’ve been unable to test it: I don’t know if it’s only available to US users, but nothing on .com will allow me to “share” my eBay listings. The promised links don’t appear either in My eBay, or on the Congratulations page when I’ve listed an item, even on .com. Maybe a .com registered seller could let us know if you’ve managed to make it work? I’d very much like to know how this will work: if every item I ever list on eBay is going to appear in my Facebook feed, I think my friends will have had enough of the relentless advertising within a couple of days.
Even if I’d managed to dig out a link to share my listings, eBay’s terms and conditions would worry me: sellers are advised that having their Facebook friends bid on their listings is a violation of eBay’s . The policy itself mentions “family members, roommates and employees” who are forbidden from bidding – which I can’t help feeling is rather different to the eclectic mix of people on my friends list, the majority of whom are in fact acquaintances made via the eBay boards, who have no priviledged information about my listings, and who know me mainly or solely as an eBay seller. In fact, several of my Facebook friends were my eBay customers before we friended.
For the moment, then, I’ll be sticking with Eddie’s eBay Gallery, at least until eBay get their application sorted, and perhaps until they figure out how Facebook works.