On this page we catch up with and diagnose the search trends on eBay from the previous week. We get our information by matching the top 20 items spiking daily in search trends from eBay itself with other topics currently being searched on outside the eBay walls.
Top Search Trends: Week ending Friday February 22, 2013
Unless you are completely unplugged from the media, you know that on February 15th a very rare event happened in Russia. A meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere, burned brightly, then exploded near the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, causing extensive damage and injuring around 700 people. The event was captured by many people on camera and uploaded to YouTube. Here is our favorite clip:
So it was no surprise when we saw the terms meteorite and Russian meteor surface on eBay. What was surprising was the item we found, this self-described Meteorite Russia 15.02.2013:
Granted, the meteorite is not much to look at, but what a story there is behind it! The seller describes the meteorite in broken English:
“Hello Thank you for your attention to my point. Your attention is a meteorite crashed in Russia February 15, 2013. Meteorite found in the warm fall Russia, the city of Chelyabinsk.”
Meteorites are often sold on eBay (see here), but this one is really unique, and ultimately sold for over $4,000. Maybe the folks in marketing will need to change their campaign from “if it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay” to “if it falls out of the sky, it’s on eBay!”
The term Stanley Mouse also appeared on our most searched list last week. At first, we thought it might have something to do with Mickey Mouse, some kind of strange slacker invention. It turns out we were completely wrong: Stanley Mouse is an artist, renowned for his work creating iconic psychedelic posters in the 1960s. Our searches revealed several high-priced items, including this STANLEY MOUSE GRATEFUL DEAD JESTER JOKER LUTE UKULELE SIGNED ORIGINAL ART-RARE:
The “jester with ukulele” is being offered at $25,000, a nice addition to any Grateful Dead or Stanley Mouse collection.
Selected high-value items listed or sold on eBay this week:
Please note this a sample of high-value items on eBay. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a representative list.
2007 Rolls Royce Phantom EWB LONG WHEEL BASE – $245,000
Catering truck/taco truck – $15,500
Lik, Peter “Bella Luna” Print – $15,000