What buyers buy on eBay using Gixen

by Mario Vodopivec, Oct 22, 2021
What buyers buy on eBay using Gixen

eBay buyers still buy... everything

I have to admit, I haven't looked at this in a long, long time. When I launched the service back in 2006, I was fascinated by this, and really curious as to what Gixen is used for. But as the years went by, my interest shifted completely to providing features to users and making sure everything runs as it should.

So, now in 2021, when I looked again (only at the last 30 days), what did I find? Buyers still buy everything you can imagine. Top 20 eBay categories represent less than 50% of the items, which confirms this. However, looking at these top 20 categories, I am still surprised by what I found.

The champion is - sports cards

The absolute champion when it comes to categories is - Sports Cards. I never expected ebay sports card auctions to represent 18% of all the snipes being scheduled on Gixen. It is also one of the categories with the best outcome for Gixen buyers - on average sports cards were won for 71.3% of user's maximum bid, and ebay sports cards' median value was around $36.

Cell phones & Smartphones are 1% of all the snipe scheduled, and Laptops 1.1%, both of which I expected to be higher. However this may be explained by the fact that items in these categories were won (on average) for 87% of the user's maximum bid, as opposed to 71% for sports cards. While some benefit is obvious here, there is less of it compared to other categories.

Take a look yourself and let me know what you think. Keep in mind - these values are only from the last 30 days, and numbers may look different in a different time period, especially top values.

Gixen bids on eBay statistics

Total: 656871

Category NamePercent of TotalMedian ValueTop ValueWon for % of max bid
(average for win items)
Sports Trading Card Singles 18.1 % $36.25 $123,100 71.3%
Collectible Card Game Singles 4.3 % $27 $202,700 79.4%
Vinyl Records 3.0 % $28.5 $14,900 71.1%
Video Games 2.7 % $36 $35,600 77.7%
Video Game Consoles 1.9 % $129.99 $12,200 84.3%
Wristwatches 1.7 % $123.5 $16,600 80.5%
Non-Sport Trading Card Singles 1.6 % $35.94 $16,726 65.4%
Comics, Graphic Novels & TPBs 1.2 % $38 $24,100 68.9%
Cell Phones & Smartphones 1.1 % $212.5 $1,720 87.5%
PC Laptops 1.1 % $235.5 $3,550 87.2%
Camera Lenses 0.9 % $335 $9,120 88.4%
Women's Bags & Handbags 0.9 % $207 $7,099 78.2%
Digital Cameras 0.8 % $305.5 $4,950 90.0%
Morgan Dollars 1878-1921 0.7 % $56.1 $10,302 90.9%
Computer Graphics Cards 0.7 % $415 $14,000 90.0%
Music CDs 0.6 % $7 $1,005 63.3%
Action Figures 0.6 % $40 $4,605 77.4%
Golf Clubs 0.6 % $172.5 $1,365 90.4%
Men's Coats & Jackets 0.6 % $79 $3036 75.1%
Pocket Watches 0.5 % $84.0 $4,800 78.7%

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