|Tue Dec 2 2014 14:56:19|
How to Research Best Offer Pricing on eBay
By: Ina Steiner
A reader sent us a valuable tip on how to determine an eBay item's selling price in cases where a seller accepted a "Best Offer" from a buyer. You may remember that eBay made an unannounced change 2 years ago in which it began hiding the selling price of any item that sold with a "best offer."
eBay used to be an open book when it came to information about transactions on its website, but in the past few years, it has become far less transparent. In some ways, it's understandable - there has been criticism that eBay failed to protect buyers' privacy. Here's what eBay had to say about its move to hide bidder identities on seller feedback pages last year.
But for those who relied on historical eBay data to help them make purchasing and selling decisions, reduced transparency is frustrating.
Here's the tip on how to find Best Offer pricing - note that it's a manual process:
Go to the completed listing and find the PRINT button, click it, and you'll see the Best Offer price that the seller accepted.
You can find the completed listing by searching for the item number, if you have it, or by doing a search for an item and then checking the "completed listings" box in the left column under "Show only."
Do you find this to be helpful in setting your own prices or in deciding what offers to make to other sellers? What other kind of information do you wish was accessible?