EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 6 - January 22, 2000 - ISSN 1528-6703     7 of 9

Found in the Attic

By Michele Alice

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Outside there's a blanket of snow. The wind chill is 47 below. Am I thinking of skiing or skating or snow-mobiling? NO! I'm bundled up with a cup of hot cocoa, perusing my new Burpee seed catalog. Hmmm, now THERE are a couple of subjects for this column! (Results are from an eBay search conducted on 1/23/00.)

Chocolate Pot
Number of items: 249
High: $1,075.00
Low: $1.00
Average: $114.58
Sell through rate 84%

Burpee (I can't believe the prices on some old catalogs!)
Number of items: 66
High: $99.95
Low: $2.00
Average: $21.22
Sell through rate: 61%

Muff: (This subject included everything from a Victorian gold muff chain to rock-music gear!)
Number of items: 291
High: $500.00
Low: $1.50
Average: $41.23
Sell through rate: 75%

Sunlamp: (Do YOU suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder? Maybe an old GE Sunlamp ad would cheer you up!)
Number of items: 13
High: $102.50
Low: $4.99
Average: $38.88
Sell through rate: 62%

Groundhog: (Now THIS was interesting. Besides the expected Hallmark, Steiff, and Bill Murray, this subject also included cookie cutters and Groundhog Brew beer bottles!)
Number of items: 59
High: $90.01
Low: $1.00
Average: $10.54
Sell through rate: 80%

About the author:

Michele Alice is EcommerceBytes Update Contributing Editor. Michele is a freelance writer in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. She collects books, science fiction memorabilia and more! Email her at makalice @ eBay ID: Malice9

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