In my recent postings about AuctionSniper and bidgroups, I spoke about getting bargains, and used an example of a watch with a lot of eBay listings – the Seiko Orange Monster.
Here’s a question – how do you know what to bid?
You know you want a bargain, but you also don’t want to wait forever. It might be okay for you to keep bidding for up to two weeks to get a good deal, but no more than that.
Thankfully eBay has a tool to help with this, as part of their “advanced search” feature.
First, click advanced search. In this example, enter the following term to be searched for, which will find most Orange Monsters for sale.
seiko (“orange monster”,skx781*) -”watch band”
In case you don’t know what these eBay search options mean …
Put multiple terms in parentheses if you want to find a listing with any one of these terms. Add an asterisk after a word to mean anything starting with that (for example skx781* will also find skx781k1 etc). Put quotes around multiple words to search for a phrase (“orange monster” finds just that phrase, not just the word orange and the word monster anywhere). Put a minus sign in front of a phrase to exclude listings with that phrase (in this example, you want to just find watches, not watch bands for orange monsters).
Then, select the “completed listings only” button, and click search. You’ll get a listing of most of the Orange Monsters sold in the last 30 days. Use the “sort by” box to order the list by price. Here are the high bids in this example:
and the low bids:
Prices in red means it didn’t sell. Prices in green did. Looking at the prices that sold in this example, they were between $88 and $148. Actually not too bad of a spread this time, I’ve certainly seen much worse! It seems like you could bid $97 and expect to win one fairly easily. If you bid under $90 I might be bidding for a while
Good luck with the auctions!