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 September 20, 2013
Is Fall in the air in your part of the world? Here at eBay HQ in California, the days are still bright and sunny, with only the tiniest hint that Fall is around the corner. But our searchers, well, they seem to be prepping for Fall, and some are even thinking of winter.
Our practical shoppers are looking for autumn jackets, sweaters, and even hats and gloves. It is as if someone took the Fall catalog in my mind and decided to search for it over the course of the last week. And if it is Fall, it means Halloween is right around the corner, and, as with every year, we saw an increase in searches for Halloween decorations and Halloween costumes. A surprise this year was a top search for Halloween jewelry. You have to wonder what exactly that would consist of… bone rings? Witch earrings? If you want to see our list of search results, take a look here.
Folks that had a particular outfit in mind for Halloween were busy searching as well. We saw a huge increase in the number of people searching for zombie masks, and others searching for Daft Punk helmets. In fact, quite a few Daft Punk helmets made our Top Shared list, such as this Daft Punk Helmet Replica Thomas Bangalter – Metallic Blue
We also saw a spike in searches for the term “Wikileaks,” which seemed to make no sense, at first. Because of the strong emotions about this subject, we turn to Wikipedia for the definition of Wikileaks (in case you have been not paying attention to the news for the last few years): “WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources.” While there are numerous DVDs and magazines about Wikileaks available on eBay, we certainly didn’t expect to find this, the Wikileaks primary web server, a Dell Poweredge R410 server:
The seller assures us that this is the “notorious physical server that changed the world,” although there were many questions in the comments about the server. The seller also assures us that the server is just a server now, that all data has been completely deleted from the machine. We have to wonder who bought this infamous piece of history….
My son hopes it will be used as a new Minecraft video game server!
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.
$196,500 – 2012 McLaren MP4-12C
$137,950 – 2007 Maybach 57 57S
$57,100 – Platinum Patek Philippe Ref 5960P
$24,000 – NEW COMPLETE OTIS ELEVATOR