Last week we mentioned the Firefox Companion for eBay that had just been announced, and at the time it wasn’t yet open for the alpha test program. Recently we were able to download the extension and give it a try. After playing around with it for the last 20 minutes, I wouldn’t say it’s something an occasional eBay user would use, but more for those who either sell, purchase, or watch items frequently.
After installing the Firefox extension, the first thing you’ll want to do is set-up your account. You can choose whether or not you want Firefox Companion for eBay to automatically connect when Firefox starts or not. To get the most use out of this, you’ll probably want to select yes to this option.
The companion shows up in the left toolbar, and then there’s a drop-down menu at the top of that toolbar where you can select what you’d like to view: ended, active, bidding, watching, or selling items. I chose to view the items that have ended that I was either watching or selling. The screenshot below (click to enlarge) shows what this looks like.
You’re given many options to choose from, and there are separate options for watching, bidding, and selling. You can either choose to receive an alert box, or the item will glow in your sidebar.
For example, if you’re watching an item, you can get an alert when it’s going to end soon so that you can determine if you want to bid on it. Other options include an alert or “glow” if you’ve been out-bid on an item, won an item, or lost. If you’re selling, you can select the option so that items will glow when they’re ending soon.
eBay is no stranger to scams, particularly those involving passwords. To help with this, there’s built in password protection (pictured below). All you have to do is enter in the password that you use for eBay and PayPal, and you’ll get warned if you begin to enter your password into a site that hasn’t been verified.
As of now, it’s available for eBay.com, eBay.co/uk, ebay.fr, and eBay.de, and I’m sure they’ll be adding other sites soon.
I think this could be a great way to promote eBay, but especially Firefox because some of the non-Firefox users may want to get in on what this has to offer.
If you want to sign up for The Alpha test program, click here.