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HOW TO FIND OUT WHAT THE HOTTEST SELLING ITEMS ARE ON EBAY RIGHT NOW
So you want to sell stuff on Ebay, but not just any old stuff that will stick you with an inventory forever. I've assembled some links to help you choose what's hot. The first 3 links come from Ebay themselves and appear to update frequently as "what's hot" sales come to the top of the list, so you always know what in demand today. It doesn't mean it will be hot tomorrow, that's where putting on your thinking cap and doing some of your own homework will help you. Don't make any assumptions or you may be stuck with stuff that doesn't sell well.
Don't forget, Christmas is THE biggest holiday that runs internet sales. You may do very well Oct, Nov and Dec and then sell almost nothing in Jan, Feb & March. It's not you, it's the fickle online market, so don't "restock" a bunch of the same thing. If you were selling 300 yo-yo's a week in December, prepare to sell only 3 - 12 a week in later January/February as some sales spill over into the new year because grandma gives cash at Christmas.
Below are 3 links that all appear to go to the same page because the top of the page doesn't change, so look down the page at the new category that has opened up:
Here is another link by Ebay that gives the top 4 categories with some hot items and what they're selling for:
A WAY TO FIND IF A SPECIFIC ITEM IS HOT
Ebay sales pages themselves give up data that you can use. You do have to have specific items in mind for this trick. Say you know of a product that seems to be hot this year because you see it everywhere, TV, print ads and Walmart. Say it's ping pong paddles. You have to be signed into Ebay for this to work, so if you haven't signed up yet, do it now and you have to do this on a full-sized computer because they don't show you the side columns on a phone (and maybe not even a tablet).
Open Ebay's page and do a search for ping pong paddles (enter a specific brand if you know that's the one).
Ping pong paddles for sale will come up. Pay attention to the column on the right. It's listed as, "Popular on Ebay". That's because those are some of their top selling ping pong products.
Now go all the way down in the left column until you see (under the heading, "Show Only") the sub-heading, "Completed Listings" and mark it. Now what comes up are listing that sold (in green colored price vs not sold with black prices). You want to mentally compare pricing with the same item that sold vs not sold. Was the price too high? Are the pictures crappy? Did the unsold ones list their title incorrectly/stupidly? These are things you need to be able to understand in order for your items not to still be black priced (unsold) at the end of your auction.
Now you can uncheck the completed listings box and mark the, "Sold Listings" box and check out that they are all green priced because they actually sold this item. What do they all seem to have in common? Good pricing, good pictures, well titled?
If you don't have a specific item in mind, just do a search for the letter "a" and anything with an "a" in the title will come up, over 2 million. Then you can scroll through the sold listings and see if you see a trend of any items that seem to have a lot of sales then do your homework and see if you can buy them for less than what they're selling for and make a good profit after taxes and selling fees. You probably need a good wholesaler or dropshipper for this. SEE MY ARTICLE ABOUT THESE 2 DROPSHIPPERS/WHOLESALERS.
You can also look up a product or company on GOOGLE TRENDS to see how hot it is and if you want to sell it on Ebay. I've pre-filled this search out for Disney's "Frozen" movie. Fill out the "Explore Topics" search at the top for your item and see how popular it is/was.
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