eBay Auction Results

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One of the fastest and easiest ways to find out what something is worth is to look at recent eBay auction results. To do this, you need to be logged into your eBay account. (Don’t have one? Don’t worry! It’s easy and absolutely free to register for eBay.

Keep in mind however that eBay only stores results for a limited amount of time, so if your item is not visible – don’t give up! Also, if your item can’t be found it doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t worth anything. It could mean your item is so rare it has no previous sales results to go by. The trick is to methodically go through several auction sites to learn what your item mostly likely is worth before making a decision as to what to do with it. It is best to have the actual item in your hand or available to you so you can compare any distinct markings, text, weight, size, etc., to other examples you may find. Following these simple steps will get you started on the right track.


How To Search eBays Completed Listings

  1. Go to the eBay login page and sign in.
  2. In the search box at the top, type the item you are searching, choose a category (this step is optional) and click “SEARCH”.
  3. You will now see a list of live results of this item. These are listings that have not yet ended. What you want to see are listings that have finished – or “completed”.
  4. On the left side of these results on the sidebar, you will see an option to see “COMPLETED LISTINGS”. Click on that, and the page will then automatically refresh to show finished listings.
  5. These finished listings did not necessarily sell. Keep in mind that anyone in the world can put any item up on eBay at any price they desire (Like an old pair of sneakers for $30,000,000 for instance). This obviously does not mean the sneakers are WORTH $30,000,000! What you want to look for now as you scroll trough this list of results are items that actually sold! The final prices of these items will be colored GREEN while the items that did not sell will be colored RED.
  6. Now look at the items that sold with green “final sales prices” and compare them to your item. Keep in mind that even if you have the same item, yours might be in much better condition (meaning it would most likely worth more), or in much worse condition (then probably worth less). With that being said, however, it is also possible your item can still be a rare variant of the same thing…and still worth more – even though it is in worse condition. As an example, in 1977 after the Star Wars movie was released – Star Wars the comic book came out. Here is a copy of the regular issue.

Now take a look at this copy of Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1 - Marvel Comics Group - Worth between about $300 to $60,000 or more depending on condition

At first glance, they look absolutely the same right? They aren’t. Can you see the difference? Look closely – the issue on the top has a 30 cent price on it while the issue on the bottom has a 35 cent price on it. This 35 cent price variant is very rare. At the time of this writing, only 98 copies have ever been professionally graded by the Certified Guaranty Company in Sarasota, Florida compared to 1,875 of the regular edition. It has been said that approximately 100,000 to 150,000 copies of the 30 cent edition of Star Wars #1 were printed – compared to approximately 1,000 to 1,500 copies of the 35 cent variant (Marvel would regularly “test market” higher prices on some issues to ease their way into the marketplace.) This is the reason this issue is so valuable – there just aren’t that many of them around and the effects of supply and demand kick in.

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