Ebay in “bikes only for sport” shocker!!!

Sporting Goods > Cycling > Bikes 

I have an update on my Email regarding Ebay’s shocking disregard for the bicycle, Ebay catagorise all bicycles as  ‘sporting goods’ 

 The bicycle historically has been a facilitator, a mobiliser, anyone that has seen the classic movie ‘the Bicycle Thieves’ will know that bicycle ownership was the difference between working or being unemployed, the difference between a city bike with basket and a carbon track bike is immense.

The bicycle has a power to grow local communities, to empower job seekers and to bring people together. Its classless and is a method of transport that individuals can access without having pots of money .

 For Ebay to categorise all bicycles as ‘sporting goods’ is surely to denigrate it to a hobbyists machine and therefore designate the finest invention of all time as a frippery. 

In response to my email, I have had an Email from Ebay’s Emma Sutton.

Hello Rob,

Thank you for emailing your suggestion on Bicycle category on eBay. It has been forwarded to eBay Development Team for further review.

I understand your point of the Bicycle cartegories on eBay. You’re right in saying that we’re looking at changing the system and we need valuable members like you to forward us these type of suggestions.

We value your recommendations and try to accommodate as many suggestions as possible from UK traders. I assure you that we are committed to the continuous improvement of our website to make it both a fun and safe place to trade. Your suggestion has been forwarded on to appropriate team for review.

We appreciate you taking the time to send us your feedback and would also like to reassure you that we will review all the feedback we receive. Feel free to contact us anytime if you’ve further insights about how we can help improve our service to the eBay community.

In future, you can also use our “Sending Suggestions to eBay” page, to send your suggestions, by copying the following link into a new browser window:


Thank you again for taking the time to let us know what you want and need from our services being a valuable member of our community. I wish you continued enjoyment and success on eBay in the future.

Kind regards,

Kate Sutton

eBay Customer Support

 A nice friendly letter, responsive and helpful….she has offered the suggestion email address which is welcoming suggestions so i suggest sending some…

I suggest that there be a separate section in ‘Cars, boats, vehicles and parts’. for bicycles. the bicycle is most definitely  a vehicle, the definition of which is –

A vehicle (from Latin: vehiculum[ is a device that is designed or used to transport people or cargo. Most often vehicles are manufactured, such as bicycles, cars, motorcycles, trains, ships, boats, and aircraft.

So that is my suggestion, instead of marginalizing the bicycle into ‘Sporting’ we push for the bicycles inclusion in the Vehicle category.

Could this be done?, can we affect the attitude of one of the UK largest marketplaces?

The bicycle is a brilliant invention, it can go fast, but for all of those that want to go fast. there are hundreds of people that need a machine to move them about locally. If people perceive bicycles as purely a ‘sporting good’ they lose sight of its massive potential as part of their local transport solution.  

Please Email…it will make a difference. Let’s get the bicycle recatagorised for what it is, vehicle first, sporting later.

 Email them via this link..http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/account/suggestions.html

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