Top Android App: Pkt Auctions eBay
Pkt Auctions for eBay is the extremely powerful mobile app for all your eBay needs. Pay with PayPal, watch auction timer countdowns, and much more with this app. It’s been around for awhile but it’s still one of the best.
Overall Score: 4.8/5
User Interface: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Pocket Auctions for eBay is perfect for anyone who uses eBay, “powersellers” and “window shoppers” alike. This app provides many of the functionalities that make eBay so functional. It currently supports USA, UK, DE, and AU (hopefully more in the future!).
When you initially open the app, you’re brought to the homescreen where you can perform a basic search. Matching items show the price, shipping cost, # of bids, and time left. In addition to seeing all active listings, you can see completed listings and do a price check for your search to see if you’re truly getting the best deal. This has come in handy on multiple occasions and you should definitely be using it whenever you’re buying/selling something.
The homescreen also offers six other options; My eBay, Deals, Live Chat, Scan, Settings, and About. The My eBay section is one of the most useful of the entire app. Here you can view the listings that you are watching, bidding on, and selling. Additionally, you can view the messages you have received to your eBay account. However, while trying this app, I couldn’t view any of my old messages, so I’m not sure how functional this feature is.
The Deals section is eBay’s version of Amazon’s “Top Deals.” Here you can find limited time offers for a variety of items. Another fun (and useful) feature is the Barcode Scanner. I scanned my ChapStick UPC and plenty of results were found on eBay. Pretty impressive for a small and inconsequential item. This is another way to find some of the best deals, in addition to scanning barcodes in apps like ShopSavvy and Amazon.
One of the biggest reasons to have this app installed is that it alerts you when items you are watching or have bid on are down to their remaining 15 minutes. This can be extremely useful when you’ve forgotten about an auction you really wanted to win. Also, this app will alert you when you’ve been outbid on an item and when an auction you’ve won has ended. These options can be found in the Settings section.
A few options I would like to see added to this app are the ability to see sellers’/buyers’ ratings, the ability to leave feedback and comments, and for filters added to searches. These three options would greatly improve the utility of this app and would neutralize the need to use the mobile eBay website (which is the ultimate goal of an app like this).
The kicker with this app is the ability to pay for auctions you’ve won directly with PayPal. You now have your solution to searching, bidding, and paying for items all from your Android phone! If you use eBay to buy, sell, or research items, download Pkt Auctions for eBay, you’ll be impressed.
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