How to Find Sold Items on eBay

To the left of the search results on eBay's Advanced Search page (if you scroll all the way down), you'll see options listed under Show Only so you can limit what you see to certain items. If you click Completed Listings, you're presented with every expired item (whether or not it sold) that matches your keywords. A Completed Listings search returns results of items that have already ended.

To get the real data on how much the item will sell for, select the Sold Listings box. You can use this search option as a strategic bidding tool.

How? If you're bidding on an item and want to know whether the prices are likely to go too high for your pocketbook, you can use this search option to compare the current price of the item to the selling price of similar items from items that have already sold.

You can use this tool also if you want to sell an item and are trying to determine what it's worth, the demand, and whether this is the right time to list the item.

Type your keyword criteria, scroll down the page, and click the Sold Listings box. Step by step, here's how to do a Sold Items Only search:

  1. In the title search field, type the title name or the keywords of the item you want to find.

  2. Click the Search box.

  3. On the search results page, select the Sold Listings check box to see items that have sold (and how much they sold for) as far back as the eBay search engine will permit.

    Currently, you can go back about three months.

  4. Once the sold listings appear, tell eBay how you want the results sorted.

    In the Sort drop-down menu, choose one of the following options:

    • End Date: Recent First: Lists the most recently sold items first.

    • Date Listed: Oldest First: Shows items that were sold from the oldest listings to the newest.

    • Distance: Nearest First: Unless you're looking to see how many of your item sold close to you, this is a pretty useless sort. You want pricing info!

    • Price+ Shipping: Lowest First: Lists items from the lowest price attained to the highest price paid for an item.

    • Price+ Shipping: Highest First: Lists completed items from highest to lowest. (This is a very useful option when you're searching for a 1967 Camaro and you want to buy a car and not a Hot Wheels toy.)

    Your search results will refresh immediately.

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