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 15, 2013
Searches for the band Mumford & Sons spiked immediately following the broadcast of the Grammy Awards ceremony last week. The English folk rock band was nominated for six awards, and ended up walking away with two, including the prestigious Album of the Year award for Babel. The long form video was for the song “Big Easy Express.” It turns out the band is touring this year, so aside from the album, our guess is our shoppers were looking to score some tickets to the sold-out shows. You can search for tickets here.
Tax season is around the corner, at least according to our searchers. We had a huge spike in searches for Turbo Tax Premiere 2012. It seems our eBay shoppers like to get a jump on taxes as much as they like to find good deals. And speaking of getting a jump on things, we also saw increased searches for Easter products, including the term vintage Easter. Whether you are looking for new items, or gently used items, eBay is your one-stop shopping destination.
A curious search revealed a curious item, which is still up for sale today. Take a look at this remarkable listing for OVER 30 years of VIDEOGAMES COLLECTION… The history of VideoGames!!!:
The search term that kept popping up was for “over 30 years of videogames” a testament to how much attention this item has generated in the press outside of eBay. And it is quite the collection. According to the listing, after a lifetime of collecting video games of all stripes, the seller decides to liquidate the inventory. You will need to visit the listing to see the full list of video games and all the photos. Suffice it to say, there are enough games here to create a museum dedicated to them. The seller gives us a sampling of what can be found in his collection:
“And now some numbers. I divide the collection in various categories: Games, Consoles, Controllers, Accessories, Promotional and various items.
-The games count over 6850 pcs. with about 6780 boxed and 70 loose, and are in various format NTSC Japan or Usa and also PAL.
-The consoles are over330, with 307 system boxed and 24 loose, and even in this case we have all the different standards.
-The controllers are about 220 with 167 boxed and 52 loose. I included all the kind of controller, from the simple joypad to the special controller like all the konami bemani to the densha de go train controller, and the arcade joystick as well.
-The accessories are about 185, and in this category I put the ac adapters, the various av cables, the rumble packs, the memory cards, battery packs, the power converters for the region locked games, and various other items like screens, printers etc.
-The promo and various items are composed by promotional items like soudtracks or gadgets relate to a specific game or console, demo disc not for sale, limited edition item like the resident evil umbrella box or the Kratos twin blades, various action figures, strategy guides etc.etc.
I took about 10000 picture, but obviously is not praticable to show all these pictures on a auction, so I tried to squeeze all in just about 500 pictures.”
If you are interested, the starting bid is $575,000. Although the auction has received an enormous amount of attention, there are no bids as of yet.
Finally, on a slightly more quirky note, employee searches here at eBay spiked on the term harlem shake as folks searched for the official Harlem Shake video from eBay. Look no further, here it is:
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 Lamborghini Gallardo 2dr Conv – $142,999
DUMBLE OVERDRIVE SPECIAL FULL-RIG ‘Estate Items in Mint Condition’ – $55,600 (read the eBay story on this item here)