Category Archives: All About eBay

Research, advice and opinions on the eBay marketplace overall.

The Best Selling Items on eBay in 2019

Discover which items are selling the most on eBay, across 17 different categories from Baby and Business to Travel and Video Games

Best selling items on eBay

We’ve analyzed every product-focused category on eBay to chart the overall sales trends and to discover which items are the best-selling right now.

To do that, we looked at search rankings and sales data over a 30-day period on eBay in the U.S, in each of these categories: Baby, Business & Industrial, Cameras & Photo, Cell Phones & Accessories, Computers & Tablets, Crafts, Electronics, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Jewelry & Watches, Musical Instruments & Gear, Pet Supplies, Sporting Goods, Toys & Hobbies, Travel and Video Games & Consoles.

Let’s get into it.

All the data in this article came from eBay data analytics tool ShelfTrend. Many thanks to ShelfTrend for their help extracting this information.

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eBay vs Amazon: The World’s Top Marketplaces Go Head to Head

These online retail giants have millions of buyers and sellers, but in the battle of eBay vs Amazon, which is the best marketplace for you?

eBay vs Amazon

There is no doubt that eBay and Amazon dominate online retail, with hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. But they are very different creatures.

eBay has expanded from auctions and collectibles to a huge consumer marketplace, with gross merchandise volume (GMV) running at around $94 billion a year. eBay has been struggling for years to cast off its flea market image and find a new identity, but remains one of the largest ecommerce sites in the world.

Amazon, on the other hand, has grown from a humble bookstore to one of the largest companies in the world. Amazon’s GMV is estimated at over $250 billion, with marketplace sellers accounting for around half of those sales. Its image is businesslike and ruthless, constantly innovating and generating buzz around its products.

So, sellers, what are the main differences that you should know about before choosing your preferred platform? Which one is right for you? In this article we compare the two online retail giants in ten different categories to see if there is a clear winner.

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The World’s Top eBay Sellers 2018

UPDATED: This post has been updated in September 2018. Many thanks to ecommerce intelligence firm Marketplace Pulse for providing the data.

For this post we’ve pulled together a big list – a very big list – of the top 1,000 eBay sellers worldwide. If you want to get straight to the data, here’s a jump down to the full list. An extract of the top ten is right here.

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Skip McGrath on eBay Past & Present… a Seller’s Perspective

We spoke with long-time seller Skip McGrath about the changes that have had the biggest impact on eBay sellers over the years

Skip McGrath on eBay Past & Present

eBay has seen a huge number of changes since it opened for business in 1995. There’s been the introduction of a new search engine, big changes to feedback, increasing fees and more. Sellers have had to adapt to them all.

We caught up with Skip McGrath about how the eBay marketplace has changed over the last twenty years. Skip has been an eBay seller since 1999 and is also a trainer and author over at Online Seller’s Resource.

Here’s the changes which have had the biggest impact on sellers and what those changes mean for sellers today.

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eBay Sales Down? Here’s How eBay Might Be Working Against You

From algorithm updates to site outages and random testing, there are many ways that the mechanics of eBay can cause your sales to fall.

There is one question that sellers ask more than any other: “why are my eBay sales down?”

One month your orders are flying in and then, all of a sudden, sales just fall off a cliff. You didn’t change anything on your listings, and there is no obvious cause like the time of year, changes in fashion, or the release of new products onto the market. This leaves sellers stumped, unsure how to react, and left hoping that their sales will pick up as quickly and inexplicably as they dropped.

So why does it happen? Very often sellers, at a loss for any other explanation, blame eBay, concluding that the marketplace simply doesn’t like them anymore. While eBay may not be deliberately sabotaging your sales, the notion that your sales are suffering because of their actions, or changes that they have made, could well be true.

In this post, we are going to explore ten ways that eBay could be working against you, causing your sales to drop. These reasons are based on logic and observations about how eBay’s algorithms appears to work, but it’s important to remember that the only people who know exactly how these algorithms operate are eBay themselves.

Let’s take a look at why your eBay sales are down.

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