I wrote to them about how poor the update is. . . They missed out on a sale because they made the change just as I was about to pull the trigger and I couldn’t find the listing and ended going with my dealer and paid more but had a good experience. The opacity keyhole filter is the worst. I also mentioned a few things they could do to make premium listings stand out without ruining the entire user experience. The new search feature is horrible and brings up very few listings that are relevant. I enjoyed browsing the list based system very much and could easily make searches more relevant but oftentimes would just look through what was listed just to see what was posted for a particular company. If Sales drop and listings decrease they will change the site back.
I find the new format somewhat confusing and less user friendly. The new edition looks a lot more like a cable infomercial or television show with almost as many random commercials as program content. I would prefer an option to choose between the new format and previous one. Craigslist might serve as a model where multiple search approaches are available. The look of the new Audiogon gives me the impression that there are actually fewer available audio listings in a given category than before. In the simplified earlier version a quick search for a given product or manufacture would produce a well organized and easily accessible list. The latest version seems to be trying to challenge shoppers/buyers to see if they can navigate the maze to try to see what if anything is available. I love Audiogon and appreciate their efforts to innovate but I do think an option to use the new or previous edition would help to possibly not alienate long time members.
They said they will allow us to use the list format...
... I personally think the thumbnail format is useless and should not even be an option. I just tried using it again and I gave up. The keyhole thumbnails are useless and annoying.
Plus.... I don't like how the searches are no longer very relevant and bring up a whole lot of listings that have nothing to do with what I'm searching for.
In the past, if I search for WIlson speakers, I would know instantly how many are on the market based on the # of pages the search would bring up, but now, it's confusing as it brings up 7 pages, and 60% are not even speakers!!
Agon admin are well aware of the situation and of these threads and the unanimous level of frustration.
I can only assume by the fact that they have NOT already rolled it back that they are working on a different fix that will still incorporate their "premium" look.
Well they may be congratulated for their perseverance but unless it is a perfect fix they may find the majority will have already jumped ship.
Imho, they should have rolled it back to give buyers and sellers a usable interface once more and then worked on a new fix offline.
Any maybe rolling it out as a beta would be a very good idea.
Audiogon will not help the sales or purchases of audio equipment by "shrinking" the equipment view into a "blank 45 paper sleeve" which is now to be viewed with 7 other "search" listings along with 48 other additional mixed "similair item" listings below it on one page. The "Search" was designed to narrow down, not to blow up!
Hope is at hand
I just reached out to Agon yet again
this is their reply.
JUL 06, 2018 | 09:53AM EDT
Trust me, we have been reading all of the posts in regards to the most recent changes.
I am not looking for a picture (or peephole) approach to shopping. This update has made browsing through listings practically impossible—differentiation and discrimination among products is nearly impossible for me now.
I’d imagine the majority of your users are on mobile devices - this makes your gallery / thumbnail hybrid style results even more challenging.
Even Craigslist offers search results that allows users to personalize the results view: ‘list; thumb; gallery; map’.
Please correct this—
YOU CAN NOW VIEW IN THE CLASSIC VIEW....
YOU CAN NOW VIEW IN THE CLASSIC VIEW...
if you go to a category and on the right side of the page, you will see :
Sort by and the drop down menu....and next to that you will see another drop down.....click that and it gives you the option to select the Classic View.
Thank you all for your feedback on our latest site update. We spent the week addressing technical glitches that affected filtering and browsing. In addition, search/browsing pages have been simplified based on your feedback. With these patches making search and browse stable, we are able to release the ability to choose between the Classic View you are used to and the new Grid View. Simply navigate to any search/browse page and click the View drop-down next to the Sort By Preferences to switch between the two. Your preference will be set via cookies; you will not be required to make the change every time you log in.
You are missing a critical previous functionality in the classic view. The ability to sort on a column header in the list view. Has to be there.
Your new today view still have this for example: