eBay delivers social Collections in a Pinterest-ing way

ebay collectionseBay is revamping its UK website to include a range of features that merges the visual-grouping and social sharing of Pinterest with the thrill of bargain hunting – it is called ‘Collections’.

I do a lot of my most frugal shopping through eBay and I have found it the best way to get those more expensive items at a more pocket-friendly price.

I bought my Pro-ject Xpression turntable through eBay for £125 a couple of years ago, for instance. Those went for nearly £600 when new!

This new Collections feature has been available in the United States since late 2013 and has just hit eBay.co.uk. Basically, users are able to handpick items from eBay and display them in groups or themes to create “visual stories”.

If you’re planning to go on holiday, let’s say, you might want to gather up all those bits that might make things a little easier as well as all those things that will be neccessary, such as a decent camera, noise cancelling headphones, etc.

Users can also follow other people – such as expert curators, buyers and sellers from across the community – in order to get inspiration from their Collections.

A range of celebrities have already created their own Collections of eBay, including pop star Dannii Minogue and musician Alex James as well as yours truly.

It’s probably needless to add that my collections are gadget and tech-centric and you can see the results for Man-cave Must Haves, Girly Gadgets, and Gadgets for Cooks, to name but three that I have curated for your viewing and shopping pleasure.

I have tried to cover most areas where tech can be useful as well as just getting your gadge on for the hell of it!

If you have any suggestions for collections I should add, or items that could be added to existing ones, let me know. Just remember, they have to be available on eBay.

eBay is also offering a new homepage, featuring items selected by eBay’s own curation team, to inspire users in their shopping.

The revamped site appears to take inspiration from pinboard-style photo-sharing website Pinterest, that allows users to create and manage collections of images that are organised around certain themes.

Pinterest users can browse other pinboards for images, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos.

eBay will no doubt hope that it follows Pinterest’s popularity as the picture sharing site now has over 70 million users, around 80% of which are female.

Personally, I think it’s a great idea and it’s good to see eBay thinking outside the box and not only being imaginative, but allowing its users to be creative too.

So, next time you’re figuring out what to buy your mum or dad as a gift which will bring them in to the 21st century, just check out a Collection that might help you.

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