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Fri Jan 13 2012 23:57:51

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay announced today it was extending Completed Item data from 15 days to 60 days in certain categories. (For non-sellers keeping score, this is good news.)

Sellers look at eBay Completed Item data to calculate sell through rates (the percentage of active listings that actually sold) and the average selling price for products in their category - and many find the information so useful they pay third-parties for such data.

Completed Item data is more reliable than active listings - if you're looking at a current listing and assuming the item will sell for a certain price, you may be sadly mistaken! Listings can end without being sold or can sell at a different price than currently listed (for Auction-style or Make an Offer listings).

eBay said Friday it is increasing the "look-back time" for sold items to 60 days, up from 15 days, for sellers in the Art, Antiques, Coins & Paper Money, Dolls & Bears, Entertainment Memorabilia, Sports Memorabilia, Stamps, and Toys categories.

When eBay expanded Completed Item data in the Collectibles category in the fall, sellers were underwhelmed with the announcement. eBay said today it would continue to provide 90 days of information on sold items and 45 days for unsold items in Collectibles.

This probably won't affect third-party vendor Terapeak, which  licenses eBay data, cleans it up, and allows their paying customers access to sell through rates and average selling prices. That's because Terapeak provides Completed Item data going back 365 days plus two years of category trends in most categories. Terapeak also provides additional data, including eBay Top Seller reports and data from international sites.

If you use Completed Item data, make sure you're comparing apples to apples - for example, if you're selling a brand new item, but you're looking at Completed Item data for used items, this could cause you to price your item too low!

Here's a link to the eBay announcement.




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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Sat Jan 14 03:56:53 2012

Ah, what else will they try to get the old scow moving again?

Sorry, too little, too late.

eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

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by: GoodDeals

Sat Jan 14 05:03:25 2012

Cool. I've been using it to look up stuff I bought off other web sites and it's all worth more than I paid for it.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Bb3

Sat Jan 14 09:41:28 2012

Might be a little late, but I'll take what I can get at this point. I have always wanted to try terapeak but didn't want to shell out their asking price every month.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: 764680

Sat Jan 14 09:58:09 2012

Terapeak provide limited information (no photos, no details on shipping, no link to listing, no information on catagory and etc) past 90 days so worthless past the 90 days, although available.

I know I will be canceling my Terapeak subscription. I used to pay 9.99 per month but now its 24.99 a month or about $300 a year. Cost way too much for the average powerseller to justify with ebay offering research for 60 days for free.

Plus, lately I have been frustrated with how long it takes for me to get the results. Runs SUPER SLOW.





eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: dial

Sat Jan 14 10:40:50 2012

this is great, the more people use ebay the better it is

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Sat Jan 14 10:52:33 2012

Actually, if you think about it eBay is probably laying the groundwork for buying Terapeak; that's the only way that anything ever gets done at eBay, by buying someone else's ideas. The "Pain from Bain" certainly has never had a constructive thought, then, he did do his apprenticeship, along with Mittless Romney, at the business de-constructor, Bain & Co.

eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Ron

Sat Jan 14 11:31:53 2012

Ina,

I'm surprised that you didn't mention Worthpoint, which has a data deal with eBay.   As opposed to Terapeak, Worthpoint does deliver past results in an easy to digest way.  The cost however is prohibitive, and I refused to pay for completed results that I used to get for free on eBay, and which, really, belonged to the users of eBay.  This licensing of data by eBay for additional revenue was in keeping with eBay's behaviour as of when Donahoe took over the helm.  Anything to make a buck, but very shortsighted on their part.  Because they no longer provided reference material for sellers, fixed prices started to wildly vary which resulted in lower sell through rates and less revenues for eBay in the form of Final Value Fees.  It seems that they finally woke up to that reality.  I just wonder when they'll realize all of the other short sighted mistakes that they've made.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

This user has validated their user name. by: Ming the Merciless

Sat Jan 14 16:14:51 2012

Look! Up in the sky! It's a pig!

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Enjoy it while it lasts

Sat Jan 14 16:33:00 2012

I would like to believe what Ron said about eBay finally waking up to reality and it does make sense but then again this is eBay.

Looking down the crooked road ..
so a large number of sellers drop Terapeak, eBay buys Terapeak at a reduced price and then eBay starts limiting the search unless sellers pay for it once again by way of a monthly or yearly fee. Sounds like the ruthless Bain way, doesn't it?

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Sat Jan 14 17:37:53 2012

eBay's problem is that they are unscrupulous manipulators extraordinaire, their even greater problem is that they do all that manipulation so incompetently; still, I suppose building a business from bought component parts is somewhat more difficult than simply deconstructing a business into its component parts and selling off those parts, as surely the “Pain from Bain” at the eBay tiller should by now realize; Scott Thompson obviously came to that conclusion and abandoned the struggling eBay for the struggling Yahoo! I wonder how long it is going to be before eBay’s board of directors wake to the fact that it’s Captain Queeg that they have at the tiller and that eBay’s propeller is well and truly fouled with that tow line …

eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: pete

Sat Jan 14 20:51:21 2012

This is 2012 who cares about 2003 eBay, they are so far out of the loop its sad.

Average seller is lucky to get a 10% STR for idiotic fees;
Even the die hard,s who say they are making fortunes...what are you paying in real terms for your sales, or do you get your stock for free just like you get the free postage from the post office and fee 100 listings LOL...it’s all smoke and mirrors, bottom line ITS JUST NOT WORTH IT

2012 will see massive electrical disruptions...hope you get your money out of Paypal regularly

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Rich

Sun Jan 15 02:24:42 2012

This announcement is helpful for sellers who sell in the categories being expanded.  They go from 15 to 60 days.  But items in all other categories stays at 15 days???  Here's an idea: how about starting this by extending to 30 days all items in all categories???

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Jo

Sun Jan 15 12:15:49 2012

This will be very helpful for antiques and antique furniture. The 15 day search on antiques has hurt so many sellers who couldn't do a proper research on items they were buying for resale.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: bunnspec

Mon Jan 16 09:23:23 2012

This is so "back to the future" here-when I sold in '04-'08, I could research any of my items for at least 6 months back and got lots of good info on what to expect as far as item ending price goes.
What really cracks me up is the total lack of real history of sales in ebat-they don't have the collective memory to realize that they are just doing severely laundered ideas in their efforts to reach peeps that they don't give a crap about...

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

This user has validated their user name. by: Bijoux Dragon
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Mon Jan 16 11:09:37 2012

And still no love for jewelry!  Probably because it would show exactly how bad things are for the sellers and show page after page of drek from China.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

This user has validated their user name. by: Nan
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Mon Jan 16 11:13:31 2012

"Look-back time" ?
Really eBay?
You couldn't come up with a grown-up term for it?

And if that ain't enough:
"eBay said today it would continue to provide 90 days of information on sold items and 45 days for unsold items in Collectibles."
While I do appreciate the longer history for research, these edited search results will paint an unrealistic picture of the sell-through.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jan 16 11:51:10 2012

With how low the sell-thru rate is in those categories - they should extend the look-back time to 90 days!!!

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Will

Mon Jan 16 12:36:32 2012

LOL - ''Look-back time''. eBay thinks they are so witty and pioneering with their funky little terminologies. In reality, they are behind the times.

I STILL don't trust them one bit - they have the capability to manipulate any/all data. Should not surprise anyone if they manipulate a completed items search.

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Jim Young
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Mon Jan 16 12:47:00 2012

It's hard to know who is really behind this.  Maybe Donahue is realizing that he has to do more hands off eBay and concentrate on acquisitions.  Remember the old days when eBay was number 1 in search results.  Where is it today?  Whatever they can do to bring back buyers and sellers alike is a good thing.  But why not all categories.   Are they just trying to tease us?

eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days   eBay Extends Completed Item Research Data to 60 Days

by: Ebay Selling Tips
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Mon Jan 16 14:25:32 2012

I've been working on a way to import eBay Item Feeds into a spreadsheet. I'm planning on publishing a report each month. For those interested it will focus on Collectible Video Games and consoles. I will start collecting data in feb.

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