How To Determine What’s Really Selling On eBay in South Africa
The Manual Method.
If you’re just getting started, it might be simpler to go to your category, check the box next to “Completed listings” in the left-hand menu, and then click the “Show items” button. Sort them by the highest price first, and there you have it: the most expensive items. This will change frequently in most categories, but it’s still useful to know – if you think you can get an item quickly for less than what it’s selling for, go for it.
However, eBay’s search interface is slow and difficult to use, and you’re unlikely to learn everything you could learn this way. There is, however, more than one way to do things.
The Statistical Method.
Don’t worry if you’d rather do some hardcore statistical analysis to figure out what’s selling and what isn’t – you can do that as well.
eBay makes all of their market data available to third-party developers via a ‘programming interface,’ which essentially means that you can use a variety of programs to pull market data from eBay and analyze it for you. For a long list, type ‘ebay analysis’ into a search engine.
Andale (http://www.andale.com) makes some of the best eBay statistics tools, in my opinion. Andale is one of eBay’s oldest and most reputable service providers. However, because their solution is web-based, you might prefer to purchase software that you can install on your computer, such as AuctionIntelligence.
These automated programs will almost do everything for you, and come with help and tutorials. You should be aware, however, that eBay charge them for the data, which means that they will never give you their programs for free.
Keep Your Finger on Pulse.
If you want a quick, big-picture snapshot of what people are looking to buy on eBay, then go to http://pulse.ebay.com. This is a page where eBay list the top 10 most searched for words, and the top 5 largest eBay stores.
Looking at it, it’s easy to spot current trends. For example, right now all of the top stores are selling media items, either books or music. This suggests that selling these items is a good idea, at least if you want to shift volume. Right now, the words “ipod” and “ipod mini” are ranked #4 and #6, respectively, indicating that there are a lot of people looking for a cheap iPod or iPod mini. You could make a lot of money if you could find a good supplier for them.