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 May 3, 2013
This week, we were surprised to see Winston Churchill and Winston Churchill’s car appear as trending search terms. As far as we could tell, there was no car on eBay that was in any way connected to Churchill. A lot of digging led us to several stories outside of eBay (like this one), talking about the car. It was only after searching on eBay Germany that we found what we were looking for, this Daimler DB 18 Drophead Coupé WINSTON CHURCHILL # 49531 Oldtimer (from eBay Germany):
The stories about the car were pretty generic, so we used our local translator (my wife, who is German) to get to the bottom of things. It turns out this Daimler DB18 is extremely rare, even if it hadn’t been the car Churchill used during his election campaigns, as pictured below:
The car is one of only eight ever manufactured (of a planned 23 total), and it is quite the survivor. Four of these cars were destroyed during the Blitzkrieg, two were irreparably damaged, and the other two simply lost. The car’s provenance is well documented, having been owned by collectors in the USA, Germany, and even an Iranian prince. The ending price for the auction was an astounding 470,050 Euros, the equivalent of around $620K dollars. eBay is truly a worldwide marketplace and, as we can see, intriguing stories come from around the globe. I love the fact that there is a category under Cars in Germany designated “Oldtimer.”
Sometimes we’ll see a spike in search traffic coming from search engines like Google and Yahoo!, aside from the interest we see from our eBay searchers. Such was the case with searches for Predator Motorcycle Helmets, like this one:
These helmets, manufactured in Russia, are truly unique, and hard to find. It is no wonder people are coming to eBay to locate them! The helmets are modeled after the extraterrestrial warrior in the movie Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. We can imagine you would turn a lot of eyes your way by wearing one of these on the road. And isn’t that the primary safety goal of any motorcycle enthusiast? To be seen?
Here is a infomercial about the Predator Helmets, which is actually pretty funny:
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.
2010 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder – $194,900
SONY PMW-350K PROFESSIONAL HD CAMERA – $15,000