A Free eBay Resource

When you’re deciding on what products to sell on eBay it’s best to do some research first on what the popular items are. The usual way I do this is to go on eBay to Search> Advanced Search and then enter the appropriate search term into the Enter Keywords Or Item Number box, then tick Completed Listings. The sold listings are in green, those that haven’t sold are in red.

You can also see who’s selling the largest number from a particular search by scrolling through the completed listings. What I like to do at this point is find the Top Rated Sellers. This gives you the opportunity to find out where these successful sellers are making their money. If they have one product they are selling that’s a winner, no doubt they have more, and searching a Top Rated Seller’s sold listings is an ideal way to do it.

This is where I move my research to an off eBay resource. I use goofbay.com, which is a great free resource tool for eBay advanced research. Just input the Top Rated Seller name into the eBay Seller Name box and click Search. Goofbay will now bring back all that seller’s recent sales (it is set to 30 days as default).

What makes this method special is that you can download the results as a CSV file, then open that file in Excel. Now sort the column containing the names of products by clicking at the top of it. You can now easily see what the seller’s most successful products are. This is useful because you can see what your competition is doing, and where possible emulate their successes. The surprises that you often find in these lists have the potential to lead you to lucrative new items and niches.

You’ll also see some other search facilities on Goofbay. I heard a couple of months ago about their ‘Not In Title’ search. It promises to search for a method of finding words that should be in auction titles but aren’t. Those of you who have my Auction Arbitrage Secret will realise why I’d be particularly interested in this search method! However, as Phil Lee of missing-auctions.com told me, it is impossible to totally automate this method of searching. My conclusion is, if you use this method for your arbitrage searches it will work on some Not In Title searches but far from all of them.

2 Responses to “A Free eBay Resource”

  1. Yep yep. Great article Pete… data mining ebay’s past listings is a great way to do market research on what’s hot. Another thing about top comparing seller listings is that you can see what categories of item are “difficult” to sell – some things by their very nature are more problematic, with higher rates of negative feedback, and these are best avoided from the seller’s point of view.

  2. Great resources, Pete. It’s always useful to see how others use tools, and even better when they’re free. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy

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