The return of the Estimator

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There’s good news this morning concerning the BayEstimate tool which eBay disabled last week. Jeff King, who heads the Finding team at eBay, has indicated in a phone call to PeSA/ECMTA, that it will be coming back in a new incarnation.

The new tool will still be a web based application, but in future it could be included into listing tools such as the Sell Your Item form and TurboLister. It’s likely to be a more basic tool indicating good/bad words instead of assigning them a relevancy score. Reasons given are that the tool is “offering too much data making it very complex to maintain” and eBay want a “more “Commercial” grade and designed for mass-use” utility.

Quite honestly if it’s too complex to maintain why not let the developer put their version of the tool back online while eBay develop a simpler version for the mass-market? It was being maintained up until eBay requested it be removed from public use.

Although there are no timescales for the return more news is expected to be announced at the PeSA/ECMTA summit in New Orleans next week.



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