Having a shopping app at hand can be quite useful at times. Say you are in town shopping and want to compare prices to make sure you get a good deal at the local shop. You could fire up the eBay, Amazon or a multitude of other apps for your device to see if you can get the same item online for a better price.
The official eBay application for Android was updated yesterday introducing several new features and improvements to it. I have to admit that I have stopped using eBay for the most part after it started to evolve from a used items marketplace to a global one dominated by merchants. You can still find bargains on the site but not as many as before, at least for the items that I'm interested in.
So what's new? Users from the US and UK can now also use eBay's Shopping Cart which looks on first glance similar to the watch list that My eBay makes available. The shopping cart enables you to add multiple items of the same kind to it so that you can monitor their price development and decide to buy one or none of the items in the end.
Probably the most interesting feature from a buyer perspective is the new single-payment feature that the Shopping Cart adds for buyers from the US and UK. Instead of having to pay each unique seller individually for items that you have purchased, you can now pay them all at once in a single-payment saving lots of time in the process (provided you buy plenty).
The interface has received an update as well, you will find larger images on the item view pages for instance. While this is certainly appreciated by users with fast mobile connections, it could become an issue for users on lower connections as images certainly will take longer to load because of it.
There does not seem to be an option to prevent images from being loaded, or to reduce the size of images that are loaded. The update improved the search according to eBay, and added an option to the checkout to add a note to the seller.
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