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How to see sold items on eBay
Depending on your item, the value can change drastically over time. So, if you’re not sure how much you should charge or how much you should pay for something on eBay, you can view completed listings to estimate a reasonable price. Here’s how to see items that have sold on eBay.
To see sold items on eBay, go to Advanced Search and enter keywords that describe your item. Then, choose Completed listings and select Search.
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How to see sold items on the eBay website
Advanced Search is the easiest way to see how items have sold in the past. You can get there by clicking Advanced beside the big blue search button on the homepage.
On the next page, type in the keywords of your item. These could be the title or model number of what you want to sell or buy. You can also choose a relevant category to narrow your search.
Check the box beside Completed Listings. You could select Sold Listings, but you will only see items that have sold to a buyer on eBay, whereas completed listings will show you all past listings, whether they sold or not. We recommend the latter since seeing items that didn’t sell because they were priced too high can help determine an optimal sales price.
If you plan to ship internationally, you may want to change the location to Worldwide. Putting your item in front of more buyers expands your money-making opportunities.
Click Search at the bottom of the page to see the results. You can view All or only Auction or Buy It Now styled listings from the top left or Sort the results by date, price, or distance via the drop-down menu in the top right.
Understanding sold items
Under each eBay listing, you will see the price it sold for in green (the price of unsold items will appear grey). If it was an auction-styled listing, you could see how many bids were placed beneath the final price. You will also find the date and location of the item if the information is available.
If you want to see what similar items are currently selling for, click View similar active items. The price of an item may fluctuate over time as demand and availability change. For instance, did you know a OnePlus 9 prototype sold for $6,000 on eBay?
If you’re ready to sell a similar item, click Sell one like this, and eBay will create a listing template with many of the critical details already filled in for you.
How to see sold items on the eBay app
The process is relatively similar to the eBay site, although the app’s advanced search options are different. Search for an item as you usually would using the search bar and tap Filter in the top right.
Then, scroll down and tap Show More.
Scroll down some more until you see Sold Items. Enabling that will also allow Completed Items. Lastly, tap Show results at the bottom of the screen.
You will then see a list of sold items on eBay related to your search. Prices in green indicate the final sale price, with other relevant information displayed underneath.
You can also sort sold items on eBay by date, price or distance by tapping Sort to see how prices have changed.
Read more: How to search for a seller on eBay
The first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer that sold for $14.83 in 1995.
There are several prohibited items on eBay. Here’s a complete list of categories or products that are restricted or prohibited:
- Adult items
- Artifacts and cave formations
- Catalytic converters and test pipes
- Cell phone (wireless) service contracts
- Charity and fundraising
- Clothing, used
- Items coming with contracts
- Collectible currency
- Credit cards
- Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
- Electronic equipment
- Embargoed goods
- Firearms and accessories
- Gift cards
- Government items
- Government, transit, and shipping-related items
- Hazardous materials
- Human body parts
- Items encouraging illegal activity
- Live animals
- Lockpicking devices
- Chance listings
- Personal information
- Prescription devices
- Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
- Military items
- Multi-level marketing, pyramid, and matrix programs
- Offensive materials
- Plants and seeds
- Police-related items
- Reproduction political memorabilia
- Postage meters
- Real estate
- Products posing health or safety hazards
- Slot machines
- Stocks and other securities
- Stolen property
- Tobacco and e-cigarettes
- Travel services
The top-selling items on eBay in 2022 have been mobile phone accessories and video games. Health and beauty and home and garden products have also been increasingly popular. How inventory to sell? Learn how to open an eBay business account.