How will the testing work?
A very small percentage of members will be randomly selected to see one of several new page variants that they’re testing. This means not everyone in the test will see the same designs or features.
What are the changes they are testing?
- A redesigned item page Description section that will be flex width, not fixed. Based on feedback they heard from 3rd-party developers and sellers they scrapped their original plan to require fixed width for the description area of the item page which would have caused too much disruption to listing templates. With the new design the top section will be fixed width, but the lower Description section will fluctuate in width (as it does today) to accommodate the various types of listing templates sellers use.
- Ability to preview your item in the new item page. Sellers need to be able to see how their items will appear in the new page being tested, so they can make adjustments as necessary. As a seller, if you have an item listed, simply sign in and click the new preview link at the top of your listing to view the item as it would appear in the new design.
Why should you care?
Well maybe the above changes are things you requested at eBay Live and/or will improve your selling experience. At a minimum it shows they are trying to listen to their users and make changes based on feedback they are receiving.
Here is a link to the official announcement.