Fix eBay redirecting to unrelated item
This is WinWorld a public service announcement. Recently eBay began redirecting URLs of most completed listings to a "related item" page.
Imaging you are browsing through forum links or bookmarks to some of your favorite items. However, instead of seeing the item you were looking for, you instead see some shit like this:
WTF eBay? How does this even make sense? Sold/ended listings already get stuffed up with lists of "similar" items. At least when showing a small list of a dozen or so items it is more likely that one of them might actually be of interest.
And it was already normal that after a few months the listing would disappear and any old links or bookmarks would redirect to a generic search page instead.
But instead you want to shove our faces in to something that is COMPLEATLY AND TOTALLY UNRELATED!
Well, somebody pointed out that adding the text:
To the end of a URL will prevent it from redirecting.
Redirects me to some unrelated Indiana Jones game (it might show you something different)
Shows you the sold item. (And wow, that sold for a lot).
Well, there is no guarantee eBay will never change this, but for now I encourage everyone to tack this on to the end of any eBay URL (or after the "?" if there is already one in the URL) when posting eVilBay links.
eBay, thanks for giving the world yet another reason to wish there were a viable competitor to you.
Also, on a related matter, please be aware that the eBay Global Shipping Program may resell your items without your knowledge:
Never under any circumstance use GSP to ship anything rare, especially if you sold it for less than what it was worth. They will claim it is "undeliverable" and re-sell it for more. They also commonly remove packaging, rending new-in-box items worthless.