Tens of thousand of items are sold each day on the eBay marketplace; a treasure trove for anyone wanting to find out how much an item is worth.
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 that you 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.
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 especially for items that are relatively popular, as millions of items get sold every month on the marketplace.
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 completed in the past.
Since you are allowed to ask for any price regardless of item, it is often the case that active auctions and buy it now offers don't reflect the value of an item well.
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. Or, simply click on this link to open the page directly. You may bookmark the link so that you may access it quickly whenever you need to. Note that you may need to change the eBay URL if you want to search a regional marketplace, e.g. eBay UK or Germany.
Locate the "search including" group on the page and check "Sold listings" there. This includes only items that have been sold on eBay in the results, exactly what is needed.
Now enter your keyword, and make other changes if you want, for instance to search in title and description fields, only return new or used items, or only offers from a specific seller or location.
Once you click on search on the page, you are taken to the results page. It looks similar to the regular auction pages on eBay, but with the difference that you find sold items listed there exclusively.
Here you find sold items listed with the most recent items listed first.You may change the sort order from "end date: recent first" to one of the other options, for instance to sort by price, oldest first, or location instead.
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. This improves how fast you can go through the listing, and how fast you find results matching items that you want to know the price for that they are worth right now.
Other filters that you may want to consider are "new" to only return items listed as new (opposed to used), seller type (commercial or private), or articles from a certain location / region.
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.
Note: The price span can sometimes be quite large. This comes down to several things:
There are other factors such as "luck" that play a role, but the most important from a "finding out how much an item is worth" perspective is the condition, and what is included in the auction.
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