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eBay Location Search

On 01, Feb 2007 | One Comment | In User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Sure it’s transformed the planet, but eBay’s front-end is really showing its age. Clunky interface elements, a login system that just can’t seem to keep you logged in for more than 10 minutes, and let’s not even get into their nickel-and-dimey listing process.

Still… if one wants to buy something heavy from within 10km of home, they’re unavoidable. I always think “Why pay for shipping?”, “Why buy something you can’t see?”, “Imagine having to ship something just to return it.”

I often find myself doing searches relative to my postal code and cannot believe how they can get something so simple so wrong. So many clicks for something so simple. And what’s with the disabled looking postal code field? I decided to make my own design hoping that someone at eBay will be able to sneak it in without anyone noticing.

CurrentProposed – die checkboxes die!
Before ebaylocation2.png

Options you can’t see because they are in the pulldown

  • Worldwide, In North America, In Canada
  • 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 1500, 2000, Any distance


  1. Mike

    Hello What’s really needed is multiple country simultaneous searches that accepts postcodes from various countries. Ideally dragging a net around a map, or maybe defining a route on Google maps and then specifying a maximum distance from that route. For example, I want to buy a heavy item and pick it up myself somewhere allong a corridor between Vitoria(Spain) and Mimizan (France) which is a route I often drive.

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