Research is the primary contributor to success in an eBay business. Good research will give you advanced indicators of what is likely to sell and make a profit on eBay. This is where the eBay 3rd party research tools come in handy. In this post, I talked about two leading competitors in eBay research software – Terapeak and Hammertap
In the ‘research software wars’ Terapeak has really raised the bar by making part of their service free! You can now conduct some basic eBay research on Terapeak without a sign-up. You’ll get some basic information like 30 day history, sell through rate, average selling price, and number of listings along with quite a few other useful features. Here is a screen shot of the free research tool using the search term window bird feeder (click the image for a larger view):
You won’t get any of the advanced features, but it’s very serviceable for a free product. If you’ve been on the fence about paying for a research subscription product, here’s your chance to try out one of the best for free! If you’d like guidelines for conducting eBay research using Terapeak and interpreting research results, check out the Guerrilla eBay Research System.