Check the SOLD Price on eBay - Not the asking price.

Photo 1; A general view of a monitor
Photo 1; A general view of a monitor

Nearly every person on the planet knows how to look up items on eBay.

Almost everyone knows how to look up eBay to check on the price of an item. I’ve lost count of the number of times people have said to me. ‘Do you know what they’re asking for that on eBay?’ Even dealers, who should know better, have asked me this question at auctions.

It doesn’t matter what price they are asking for on an item on eBay. What matters is how much the item SOLD for on eBay. Finding out that sold price is relatively easy, once you know how. Just follow these simple steps. It is assumed that you are using Microsoft, although the same concept applies to Apple.

[In the views you are about to see, the Home Page is ‘Sympatico.ca.’ You will have your own Home Page. Also, to make the examples more readable to you, the text size has been increased to its largest size per page.]

Photo 1. Log on to Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Enter ‘ebay’ (not case sensitive) into the Google search strip near the top of the monitor - on the Google toolbar - and then click 'Search'.

Alternatively, enter 'ebay' (not case sensitive)into your personal Homepage search bar and click 'search'. In this instance, 'ebay' would be entered into the 'Sympatico' search bar, and 'Bing' would be clicked.



Photo 2. The view after Clicking

After clicking on search, your monitor will look similar to the view below in Photo 2. You will see different eBay websites listed, with your homeland eBay probably leading the way. Log onto eBay.com to find selling prices.

2;  The view after clicking on search
2; The view after clicking on search

Photo 3 eBay Homepage

After clicking on eBay on the Google page, this is approximately the view you will have of eBay's Homepage.


Photo 3         eBay's Home Page
Photo 3 eBay's Home Page

Photo 4 How to find the ASKING price of an item.

If you simply want to know the 'ASKING' price for an item, enter your item description in the search bar and click on search. Let's say you wished to know the asking price for a toy typewriter, enter 'toy typewriter' in the search bar and click on search....this is what your monitor will then look like.

Do not alter the 'all Categories' search bar; leave it as it is.

Photo 4    What you will see on the monitor                             after entering 'toy typewriter'.
Photo 4 What you will see on the monitor after entering 'toy typewriter'.

Photos 5 & 6 Typewriter Auction

After clicking on 'search' for the 'toy typewriter' you should see a view like Photo 5 to begin with. Scroll down the page and you will see further typewriters on auction, much like you can see on 'Photo 6'.

NOTE:- As you can see, all of the prices you can see are in black ink. This is the basic colour for prices being ASKED.

Photo 5    Opening Page after clicking search                                 for 'toy typewriter'.
Photo 5 Opening Page after clicking search for 'toy typewriter'.
Photo 6     Scrolling down the page on the                              'toy typewriter' page.
Photo 6 Scrolling down the page on the 'toy typewriter' page.

PHOTOS 7 & 8. BUT To find the SELLING PRICE

First of all go back to the eBay Homepage.

Then, instead of entering 'toy typewriter' into the search bar, go to the extreme right side of the search bar, past 'Search' and you will find the word 'Advanced'.

Click on 'Advanced'

Photo 8

After clicking 'Advanced', this will be your monitor view.

Don’t get in a panic because of the unusual view; have a look at the screen first. It is a common fault, as described by jools/drbj, for viewers to be so confused at the uncommon view, that they don’t scan it all first. Always, always scan the whole screen – slowly. It is oh so easy to miss something.

Think about entering a large café in a mall. As you go in you look for a friend or any acquaintances sitting in the café. You won’t see any until you sit down with your coffee and have time to peruse the customers – it is all so easy to miss a friend who is sitting right in front of you.

Photo 7  eBay Homepage
Photo 7 eBay Homepage
Photo 8    The monitor view after 'Advanced'                               has been clicked
Photo 8 The monitor view after 'Advanced' has been clicked

Photos 9 & 10 Completed Listings & Locations

Photo 9 There are lots of items on this page, and lots of headings. Tak a deep breath and scan all the headings. Scan .....

Enter keywords or item number

In this category

Search Including

Price

Buying Formats

Show Results

Location

Currency

Sellers.

OK? Now ignore 'Enter keywords or item number' for the time being - also, ignore 'In this category'.

The first thing you will need to do now is scroll down the page until you see the heading 'Search Including'. There are two items under this heading.

Click on the second one - 'Completed Listings' until a small tick appears in the box.

[Note:- On your own monitor, the words 'Completed Listings' should be visible without the need for you to scroll down the page. But it is necessary here because the words are at their largest size to make it easier for you to read]

Photo 10

After clicking on 'Completed Listings', scroll down the page until you come to 'Locations'. Click on the small box beside 'Locations', until the tick appears.

Photo 9          Completed Listings
Photo 9 Completed Listings
Photo 10     Location
Photo 10 Location

Photos 11 -12-13 Worldwide

After clicking on 'Location', move your cursor over to where it says 'On eBay.com'. Click on the down arrow and you will see

US Only

Worldwide

North America

To begin with, until you get more familiar with the process, select 'Worldwide'.

Photo  11      Choice
Photo 11 Choice
Photo 12     Decision
Photo 12 Decision
Photo  13       Worldwide
Photo 13 Worldwide

Photos 14-15-16 Enter Item

Photo 14 Now that you have selected 'Completed Listings' and 'Worldwide', you can scroll back up to the top of the page to where it says 'enter keyword or item number'. Enter 'toy typewriter' in this search bar. Do NOT select any particular category.

Photo 15 And click on THIS 'Search' button.

Photo 16 This is the view you will get on your monitor.

When you have the 'toy typewriter' page open in front of you, and before scrolling down the page, have a look at the top of the page and down the left hand side. At the top of the page you will see that there are toy typewriters under typewriter, simplex typewriter, vintage typewriter, tin typewriter, child typewriter, mini typewriter.

Down the left hand side you can see that under 'Categories', there are 173 typewriters available for perusal from Toys & Hobbies to Classic Toys. And under 'Collectibles' there are 71 available for perusal from 'Pens & Writing Instruments' to 'Radio Phonograph TV Phone'.


Photo 14    Enter item description
Photo 14 Enter item description
Photo 15   Click the 'Search' button on the                      'Advanced Search' Page
Photo 15 Click the 'Search' button on the 'Advanced Search' Page
Photo 16   Voila!  You have arrived at the                             'toy typewriter ' page
Photo 16 Voila! You have arrived at the 'toy typewriter ' page

Photo 17 Sold or Unsold

Now scroll down the page and have a look at the prices for the items.

Any UNSOLD item has the price in RED.

Any SOLD item has the price marked in GREEN.

Photo 17          Sold or Unsold
Photo 17 Sold or Unsold
Photo 18           Pages available
Photo 18 Pages available

Photos 20 - 21 - 22 More In-Depth Information

Photo 20. To discover more in-depth info, click on an item that has been sold, such as this 'Marx De-Luxe Typewriter Toy *Great Vintage Toy*' which sold for $39.99.

Photo 21 After clicking on the title, you will see this type view. Not only will it let you know who the seller is, but it will give you the opportunity to browse through the sellers other items. It will also let you see how the seller is rated by eBay and customers.

Photo 22 By scrolling further down in this sellers store, you can find out how many bids the item had, and what price the seller started the auction. Also, if you are looking for more information in order to sell a similar item, you can browse through this sellers description of the typewriter.

Photo 20    Choose an item for perusal
Photo 20 Choose an item for perusal
Photo 21    Log into the seller's store
Photo 21 Log into the seller's store
Photo 22    Research time
Photo 22 Research time

If the pictures aren't up to Hubpages standards, I'll bring them up to standard ASAP.

Happy Researching Guys

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point2make 4 years ago

Excellent hub...well done. Some many times most get caught up with the "listing" price rather than the "sold" price. Any item is only worth what it "sells" for not what it is listed for. Great advice...voted this hub up and shared.


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Thank you for your comment point2make. I'm glad you liked it and voted it up. I kept being told by professionals that writing the Hub was a waste of time as everybody would already know how to look up 'sold' prices. But until I was shown, I didn't know how.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Neither did I, John, so thanks for taking the time with this easy-to-understand explanation.


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

My pleasure drbj. I'm glad it was easy-to-understand. I thought I might have made it too complicated.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is valuable information. Thanks for all the effort to put this together. I use eBay regularly and new this was possible, but never investigated it.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Thanks John for the step by step guide on how to find 'sold' prices on ebay, I'm glad I noticed mckbirdbks comment on the feed. I have always been curious about the actual selling price of things after the bidding.


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

I'm glad it was of some assistance mckbirdbks. I'm surprised you didn't use this system during your book selling days. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

snakeslane: I'm glad it helped snakeslane. I'm also glad you read the hub and left a comment. Happy researching.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Well its a great help to me, as I am on the point of joining again, I did try to join eBay a while ago, but I didn't have a landline phone so I couldn't get past the first bit, great info, and bookmarked for when I do get there! lol!


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Nell Rose: It's great to know the hub helped you and that you have it bookmarked. If you need any more help when you rejoin eBay, let me know and I might be of help - or should I say that my other half will be of help. Thanks for the visit and the comment Nell.


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tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

You're completely correct. Asking prices are just wishes. Sold prices reflect the real value of an item.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

great advice here John.. i never tried to buy from ebay before but i already sold my guitar thru it!


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

unknown spy: Thanks for the visit and comment, unknown spy. Oddly enough I haven't bought anything from eBay either, but I have sold the odd item.


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

tipstoretireearly

Thanks for the visit and comment, tipsto. I like the way you explained that 'asking prices are just wishes'.

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