EBay is trying a new tack for attracting users who wouldn’t otherwise use the site to sell products: lists of your personal possessions. The California auction giant just rolled out My Gadgets, a new feature that allows users to log and record the personal electronics they own. It feels like a stripped-down version of gadget logging site Gdgt, and that’s basically what it is, except, with constant reminders mixed in of what your gadgets could sell for on eBay. There’s a not-so-hidden message to customers there, of course, to sell their old electronics via eBay.
The app also automatically fills in users’ inventory lists with every personal electronic device they’ve purchased on eBay. As is, it’s simple and elegant, but it’s also a feature on a website that’s almost certainly intended to be a test drive for a later mobile app version. When that happens, it will be much more interesting.