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pictures of items on eBay on TV
A 24h 7/7 TV show with a slide show of
objects now on eBay. When you see
something you like, you remember the
day and time you saw it and find it back
on eBay.tv (eBay owns that domain
already). A dozen slides shown around
that time on tv appear in a band you can
scroll through, linked
to the actual ad on
the eBay site.
Sellers who want the (hi-res) picture of
their item on eBay also to appear on
television pay some extra. This prevents
boring items appearing on eBay tv,
besides the income for the channel. Real
estate and cars yes, no electronics spare
parts and such. Prime time is more
The audio is a paid phone-in chatroom
(another source of income). Most viewers
will turn off the sound or put something
else on to listen to, but anyone can call
in to talk about what is on the screen.
When you search for eBay TV on the web
you find stories that years ago eBay
intended to make a tv-show with
_stories_ around the objects on eBay, like
the Antiques Roadshow (see first link).
That is traditional television. Just bring
the actual objects on television to watch
and let the advertisers pay for it. Just a
brief flash of a nanosecond is affordable
for anyone. Some 20 seconds with slides
for an object is reserved for the
Important: no 'interactive television', only
lean back television, just the slides.
Television is 'push', a flow, a shower of
images. When you want to act on what
you see, go to the web. That technology
works, everyone is used to that interface
to eBay. Integrating it in a tv-set is costly
and is incompatible with the way most
people watch television.
When I say 'no interactive television' this
also means no categories to browse with
your remote and such (see link with 'eBay
on TiVo'). The advertisers determine
when their ad appears on television. Just
a slide show. The sequence is a bit of a
surprise, but advertisers will find out
what is the best time in the day to
advertise for which object. Real estate in
the evening, groceries in the morning,
tech stuff in the afternoon? Who will
know? It might change per day,
depending on the season, the weather
and so on.
There should also be an ebay.tv
screensaver, so you can watch it through
an ip-connection. It would be sensible to
regionalise it also: ebay.tv/us/nyc or
ebay.tv/nl/020 and ebay.tv/fr/75010 or
whatever local way there is to
mentions eBay TV
but the concept is different, just wrong [rrr, Jun 16 2005]
eBay on TiVo
another wrong concept, interactive TV, hate it, won't work [rrr, Jun 16 2005]
baked by Sparschwein! [rrr, May 30 2006]
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||Nice idea, although in much the same way as I don't watch QVC or any similar shopping channels I wouldn't watch this either.
||QVC is boring. Too much repetition and hysteric sellers. Endless drivel on some product you don't need.
||eBay TV would be much more like the quiet fireplace video, but then with (for example) the pictures of local real estate that are also popular in the shop windows of real estate agents (at least over here in Europe).
||"A 24h 7/7 TV show with a slide show of objects now on eBay."
OK, what in Hades name was the rest of that waffle. Sorry, feeling a bit grumpy.
||<boringly predictable> eBay Watch! </bp>
||Don't be too upset DrBob, someone had to do it.
||I think this would work better if restricted to certain lines. For instance, in common with [hippo] and most sane people, I don't watch QVC (or bid-up tv or any of the rest of them) because I don't like buying general 'stuff', especially crap stuff. I shop on eBay only for things that I need. An eBay motors channel would do very well. Within the UK or areas of North America, people will travel a fair way for a good car or a classic. An eBay real estate channel would also have potential, although localisation becomes more of a problem here. The bizzarre stuff channel would get watched by stoners, late night students and me, but a general eBay channel for everything just doesn't appeal to me. Then again, I'm not a shopaholic. Overall, [+].
||Actually, you don't *watch* eBay TV, you
just have it on. Next to your aquarium,
your fireplace and the windows of your
house looking out to the street or some
gently waving green leaves. Some
distraction, nothing fancy. Like most
people use their TV set...
||I reckon ebay might just do this ....they just bought 'Skype' remember....I can see people selling stuff from their house - 'contact seller' will open up a video-skype link.....
||It looks like I'm a little late coming to this site, but when I read this it immediately spawned another idea. Targeted eBay ads. Similar to Google's AdSense. Of course, sadly, a quick search on google found just that site. www.auctionads.com
||i really don't get the picture. why isn't any interactivity allowed? send e-bay to history-television? who's actually watching classic TV anymore?