It makes sense to research the price of an item that you want to sell before you do so. This is especially true if you sell it locally or on marketplaces that require you to enter a fixed price for the item.
And if you are in the market for buying an item used, you may also want to know what comparable items have cost in the recent past so that you do not overpay for an item.
One of the better ways to research the price of items is to use eBay for that.
While there is no guarantee that you will find the exact item on the site, the chance is high that you will, as millions of items get sold every month on the marketplace.
Research item prices on eBay
When you search for items on eBay using the default search option on the site, eBay returns a list of running auctions or buy it now offers only, but not auctions that have been successful in the past.
You need to click on the Advanced link next to the big search button on the eBay website to open the advanced search form that provides you with additional search parameters.
Locate the "search including" group on the page and check "Sold listings" there. This includes items that have been sold on eBay in the results, exactly what we need.
Now enter your keyword, and make other changes if you want, for instance to search in title and description, only return new or used items, or only offers from a specific seller or location.
Once you click on search here, you are taken to the results page. Here you find current and sold items listed with the most recent items listed first. That is not really that helpful, considering that you want to research the price of items that have been sold in the past.
The easiest way to overcome this is to change the sort order from "End Data: recent first" to "Date listed: oldest first". This displays the oldest items first so that you can browse the auctions and buy it now offers that have completed successfully.
Depending on what you searched for, you may want to narrow down the results listing further by selecting a category on the left, or making other refinements to the search to filter out results that are of no interest to you.
If you search for a smartphone for instance, you may want to narrow down the search results to the smartphone category, and not accessories, screen protectors or cases.
It may take a while to browse through the list of results, and the buy it now prices listed here may be somewhat confusing at first. Just remember that all items listed here have been sold, so that the BIN is the price that it has been sold for.