Purchasing on E-Bay
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: ms_sandidge-ga
List Price: $4.00
05 Jun 2002 06:50 PDT
Expires: 12 Jun 2002 06:50 PDT
Question ID: 21211
What is the most commonly purchased items on E-bay?
Re: Purchasing on E-Bay
Answered By: mosquitohawk-ga on 05 Jun 2002 07:19 PDT
Greetings, I had never thought about this, but what an interesting question. I don't know how successful we'll be, because it seems it would be difficult to track specific item types, but maybe eBay will be able to tell us. They list on their site they had over $5 billion in annualized gross merchandise sales in the year 2000, and are the most popular shopping site on the internet with 46.1 million registered users! They claim on any given day there are millions of items listed on eBay across thousands of product categories. Ebay does specifically mention several categories, which would seem to suggest these are the most popular, but they do not verify this. Those categories of products are: automobiles, jewelry, musical instruments, cameras, computers, furniture, sporting goods, tickets and boats. After some investigation, and comparing numbers, it appears that women's clothing and accessory items are most likely the #1 seller on eBay. eBay divides its products into categories, and keeps count of these categories in a forum (http://pages.ebay.com/buy/index.html?ssPageName=HAC01). When comparing all the category counts, women's clothing far exceeds the nearest competition with a whopping 354,244 items as of 6/5/2002 at 10:15am EST. Hope this answers your question! I didn't use any specific search strategy, but simply investigated the eBay.com website. Thanks for the great question! --mosquitohawk-ga
Re: Purchasing on E-Bay
From: indicted-ga on 05 Jun 2002 13:58 PDT
ms_sandidge, I don't believe you should have to pay for that response as the answer was incorrect. I can't understand why the questions was attempted if the answer was going to contain "most likely" and "I believe". Here's the answer you want. E-Bay only breaks down it's selling information in terms of categories. What mosquitohawk gave you was how many items were UP FOR SALE in each category and assumed you could extrapolate additional info from this. Unfortunately you can't. What I have found out though is that there is software out there which analyzes the selling patterns of E-Bay. This program is called DeepAnalysis and is available for download at www.hammertap.com/deepanalysis/. Unfortunately, the registered version runs for $129 US - pretty unaffordable for most! I did however download the demo version which has limitations in term of limiting you to searching through only 2000 auctions within a category as opposed to all of them. Here is what I found by looking at the top three categories with items listed in them: 1) Trading Cards - 306,346 items for sale on June 5th, 2002. A successful selling rate of 56.5% for total sales of $16,728.67 2) Women's Clothing and Accessories - 354,244 items for sale on June 5th, 2002. A successful selling rate of 46.5% for total sales of $25,654.81 3) CDs, Records, and Tapes - 306,346 items for sale on June 5th, 2002. A successful selling rate of 46.5% for total sales of $10,625.43. Now, assuming that what would happen in the last 2000 auctions in each of these categories is representative of this category as a whole and that people properly list items in the first place, of the items for sale on June 5th, 2002, 173000 trading cards would be sold, 165000 women's clothing and accessories would be sold, and 142000 CDs/records/tapes would sell. Hopefully this is of help. I apologize for people haphazardly answering these questions when they don't have the information necessary to do so - especially when he didn't even search outside of E-Bay! It really sheds a dark light on this forum. Thanks for the question!
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