From the eBay Developer blog comes a bit of news...
We all know eBay has been testing a new look and feel for the view item page. I agree the format should be changed a bit to freshen up the entire eBay site. But take a look at the changed design and then read the rest of the story....
New View Item Page in Sandbox
Want to see how your listing will look in the new View Item page? Head on over to http://sandbox.ebay.com!
The new View Item page is now live in the Sandbox for all listings. This lets you test your listing templates to make sure they'll look good in the new page.
The domain split for the item description is also live. We suggest that all developers and template creators list in the Sandbox so you can test how your template works. You'll be able to catch any unexpected interactions with the iFrame.
The new View Item is being displayed to a small number of users now, but is scheduled to roll to the entire site before the holiday season.
You heard it direct from eBay - this switch is going to occur site wide prior to the Holiday Season!
I know many merchants are already in holiday season mode, my clients have been getting ready for months, so what exactly do the eBay developers mean by "before the holiday season"?
By December 10th?
Seriously eBay - why do you insist on making major changes in the middle of peak selling season? We agree it is the best time to look good to consumers, but if the new view item page is not ready now - in Mid September, it should wait for implementation until after December 25th... We are in the Holiday Season right now... just get out of your developer chair and drive down to Walmart, where you will see Christmas decorations overpowering Halloween decorations on every aisle.
Merchants do not have the time to implement new listing templates to accommodate a change by eBay in the 4th quarter. As a result, many will have hundreds if not thousands of listings which could or will have display problems.
Placing a small notice on the eBay developer blog to check your listings on the eBay Sandbox may be effective for those who read the eBay developer blog... But many real time merchants don't even know what the eBay Developer Blog is, or have time to look for it.
Please eBay - Re-evaluate your timing for major changes like this... Speaking from the perspective of a Certified eBay Stores Designer, I am asking in the name of my clients for some sense that you know what the stress and pressure of peak season is all about.
Give your merchants a break, move this back to January, please....
UPDATE: From eBay
Clarification on New View Item Page Rollout
Posted by Laurel Kline in Business News
Friday, Sep.12.2008, 5:37 PM PT
There were some questions about the rollout plan I mentioned for the new View Item page, and I wanted to answer them.
We're very excited about the new View Item page, and think it's really going to improve the shopping experience.
We're starting by showing the new page to only a limited number of buyers. If the results are positive, we'll gradually increase the number of buyers who see it.
It would be great to roll it out completely in time for the holidays, but we're committed to not releasing it until it's ready.