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September 22, 2017

How to Use eBay for a Price Check


To use eBay to help set your values, you will need to be a registered user. Registering for eBay is free; just follow the instructions when you get to the website.

Once registered, type in the item you are researching, and eBay will search for the item. When the search results come up, click on the page where it says “sold listings”. These are items that have actually sold, so the prices can be considered “market value”. Compare the details of the item you found on eBay with the details of the item you have. Use the closest match as your value.

Just as useful is the check-box that reads “Completed Listings”. These are auctions that have expired. Expired listings will show you the prices at which items failed to sell; in other words, the prices were too high and no one bought. The prices in RED failed to sell; the prices in GREEN sold successfully.

Don’t forget to add shipping & handling to your final value.

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Originally posted 2013-03-08 18:47:00.

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About Wayne Jordan

Wayne Jordan is a Virginia-licensed Auctioneer (#3481), as well as an AIA and CAGA Certified Personal Property Appraiser. Learn more at http://www.resaleretailing.com/wayne-jordan-auctioneer-appraiser/

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