Originally Posted by macro
I think the one thing that has ruined ebay more than anything else is that the sellers of new merchandise have taken over the site, thus destroying the uniqueness of it.
Six or eight years ago, searches would turn up a larger percentage of unique, harder-to-find items from a given category, and only one or two of each. Today, 90% of the hits are sellers listing multiples of the same exact items, just in different sizes or perhaps listing all the teams (in the case of licensed sports merchandise). I've grown so tired of clicking and scanning through page after page of mass-produced new stuff that I hardly ever go to the site anymore at all. And this is coming from someone who used to spend at least an hour a day on ebay.
It was once a novelty and unique, while now it's mostly just another outlet (among many) to buy stuff. The choice to accept new merchandise may have paid off for ebay in the short term (more auctions, more revenues), but in the long term, it will make it just one of several players in the same game.
So what other alternatives do folks see for someone not looking to "make a living on eBay" (that's a rare bird there - I know they exist). As I said, I've tried Overstock Auctions, Yahoo Auctions. I did okay on Overstock, but a recent retry didn't perform. I've enjoyed the fun of finding items and also selling some regular items (Skyline Chili, a regular political bumper sticker), but it's down to snail's pace these days.