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Finally, you should examine auction page's counter--that is, if seller has included one--to determine how many people actually have viewed listing. If number is high, then you know this particular seller has done his or her homework and placed item where it likely will generate most traffic and interest.
If auction has received multiple bids or current bid price exceeds minimum asking price by a wide margin, then you've got a good idea where to pitch your own sales tent and how to proceed with your own listing.
Dredging up Past Now, let's say you've peered into every conceivable category but still couldn't locate anything remotely similar to your item. Think you're done? Not by a long shot. One of nice things about eBay's search tool is that in addition to accessing "live" auctions, it also can bring up a list of auctions that ended recently.
In fact, you only need to go to main eBay search page and click on "Completed Items" link. Then type in keyword in search field, and away you go. Within seconds, you'll have at your disposal a list of keyword-enabled auctions that ended within past three weeks.
And what can you do with that information? Well, for starters, you can conduct some free market research--review closing price for each individual auction and see whether auction actually attracted any bidders.
Secondly, you can search for additional completed auctions for other unrelated items that you might have considered listing at one time or another but decided against it. By calling up closed auctions, you quickly can determine whether your decision was sound or perhaps hasty; and best of all, it didn't cost you a dime to find out results.
Where, What, How As an online seller, there are several distinct advantages that come with regularly perusing eBay. Unlike e-commerce sites, outside sellers can see what's hot in marketplace and whether things are trending up or down. Remember, there's lots of useful information tucked away within highly trafficked eBay--all you need to know is where to look, what to look for, and how to look for it.
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