I got a credited as a source on SmartMoney.com yesterday! Article
It’s an article about the surge in Michael Jackson memorabilia sales after his announced death. My part was on the pre-death sales of MJ items on eBay.
Still, during Jackson’s life, some recent signs suggested relatively little interest from the broader consumer market in his memorabilia. Before Jackson’s death, sellers listed an average 200 to 400 memorabilia items daily on eBay (EBAY: 17.35, +0.21, +1.22%), only 50 to 100 of which sold, according to market researcher eSeller Street. Of course, some items offered on eBay may not have been of sufficient quality to attract buyers.
I hope I get a link next time.
There were 17,350 Michael Jackson items listed on eBay in the 18 hours after his death was announced. This accounts for 93% of 18,680 total active MJ listings on eBay.com.
Over 5,000 MJ items sold during this same 18 hours.
This is 5,000% to 10,000% more than the average number of MJ items sold in the beginning of June.
See the most watched auctions for Michael Jackson memorabilia.
The Thriller LP is particularly hot.
I’m the first bidder on the Chicken nugget shaped like a bunny rabbit!!! Surprisingly, I will make a profit on it. I bid $.99 and eBay Bucks says I get $1.00 back.
Watch the fur (or feathers) fly on this auction at www.watcheditem.com
No doubt about it, interest in eBay is declining. I still love the platform even though eBay treats sellers and developers with a corporate coldness reminiscent of my former Fortune 500 employers. Brrrr…..like pool water cooled with liquid nitrogen.
eBay used to be about competitive bidding and fun auctions until fall 2008 when they incentivized sellers to use fixed price listings. Fixed price listings are pretty boring – no bidding wars, no outrageous bids, no emotion. But good for us, we can still find interesting stuff on www.watcheditem.com.
WatchedItem.com’s Hall of Fame top 500 most watched listings shows you the actual number of people watching popular listings. The eBay pulse hides watcher information. Why eBay hides watcher counts is both a mystery and an opportunity for me (the creator of Watched Item).
You’re probably already familiar with the eBay pulse. Once you start watching the most popular items on eBay, you will get TOTALLY ADDICTED – like me!
The home page of the eBay Pulse shows the top listings in each category. You can drill deeper into categories on this page: the eBay pulse
Viewing the most watched listings on eBay is like using a compass. You immediately see what’s valuable and worth buying. If you are a seller, then the most watched auctions tell you what to sell.
Watched Item vs the eBay Pulse comparison
- WI shows you the actual number of watchers. eBay does not. There is a huge difference between the top few items and the average items.
- WI lets you view pulse items by keyword. Example: Rat Rod
- WI will give you an opinionated answer to your questions. eBay will give you a terse canned response.
- WI lets you filter items by fixed price or auctions. Nada on eBay.
- WI lets you find a seller’s most watched items. Zippo on eBay.
Try it out Watched Item in a niche market. Say you love one-of-a-kind (OOAK) Artist Dolls. Take a look at this page: watcheditem.com/search Art Dolls-OOAK
Here are some other cool markets:
Breweriana & Beer
BTW, Watched Item is also an awesome banner maker for eBay sellers.
Another of Kim Kardashian’s charity auctions enters into the WatchedItem.com’s Hall of Fame top 500 most popular listings on eBay.
It’s for Reggie Bush’s motorcycle which has 443 watchers at 7 pm CT today.
Suzuki : GSX-R Reggie Bush’s Custom Suzuki Motorcycle, 2007
Free seller photo widgets at www.WatchedItem.com
Auction Watcher Counter from WatchedItem.com
GetClayByDan rocks! But don’t take my word for it, just look at it…
RAKU FIRED SNAKE AND BOTTLE FOLK-ART by DAN
A lot of people visit, and frequently revisit, this most watched eBay items page on eSeller Street.
I added a suggestion box so you can tell me how to make watching easier for you.
-> Tell me how to improve the most watched eBay items page. <-
I can’t wait to hear from you!
As a follow up to this popular post,
How to Find the Number of Watchers on an eBay Item – Works for US and UK, lets find the number of watchers for a particular eBay seller’s items.
Go to www.watcheditem.com/?page=watchitem and enter an eBay seller’s ID. I used eBay ID “Thursday*Girl” in this example. The top 10 most popular items for that seller are shown. Check the box next to the number of bids to view the current watcher count.
You can insert this watcher counter into your listings to show your watcher count to buyers. This will make buyers more competitive in their bidding.
WatchedItem.com is now released. It’s a free banner maker for eBay sellers which displays very unique information.
eBay sellers can show how popular their items are by adding watcher counters to their listings.
Or they can cross promote their other items in gorgeous banner styles.
Finally, popular sellers can display their Hall Of Fame banner which shows their items that reached the top 500 most watched items on eBay.com and eBay.co.uk.
Each banner automatically refreshes with the latest eBay information!
Watch and be watched with free banners from WatchedItem.com.
Lots of watchers on their items.
RARE REAL CAVALRY BUSTINA ITALIAN WWII ENLISTED HAT
GERMAN WWII GAS MASK CAN STRAPS NAMED UNIT MARKED WW2
GERMAN WWII BREAD UTILITY BAG TROPICAL OR LATE WAR
Update (Jan 5, 2009):
Here we go. This banner is more suitable for ItalianWarFront’s Militaria Collectibles.
Check out the new features on WatchedItem.com. There is a new 500 “most watched items” list with neat 24 hour change tracking info. The Hall of Fame banner shows a seller’s listings that made the top 500 most popular listings on eBay.
Here’s the list of eBay.com sellers with the most watched items on the week of 10/21/08:
The most popular seller is shutterblade. They sell used camera equipment.
The Today Show profiled the reborn baby phenomenon. Reborns have become one of the most watched niches on eBay.
Reborns make up 5% of the 100 most watched items on eBay.com. There are 8 reborn babies in the top 100 most watched listing one eBay.co.uk.
Most people seem to love them or hate them. I kinda like the little darlings.