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A Better Way to Search eBay!
We rank eBay search results on WatchCount.com in a way that eBay can't -- by what's Most Popular. We also display how many watchers those "Most Watched" items have garnished, data eBay doesn't always expose. By including us as a search engine in your browser, you'll be able to identify top-voted eBay items in real-time, directly from the comfort of your browser's instant search box.
...Please consider using our site/add-on when you shop for eBay items -- we'll show you the hot items (in your category/niche) that have attracted the most attention on eBay, making it easy for you to get right to the good stuff! :-)
Simply click "Add to Firefox" (or "Download Now") up above to add us to your browser's search bar. We'll appear as an optional search engine alongside others already there and won't disturb the default one you may have selected, such as Google or Yahoo. ...Simple!
www.WatchCount.com is an independent eBay-approved website and recipient of a 2009 eBay Star Developer Award.
Most international eBay sites are supported (if yours isn't, please send us a support request and we'll get it added pronto!). Your eBay country-site selection can be changed at any time with a quick click at WatchCount.com and will automatically apply to any of your browser search bar queries using this add-on.
(This add-on is fueled by the OpenSearch standard that many browsers, in addition to Firefox, support.)
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My sales have dropped 69% from sales same time last month and 69% compared to same time last year so I know the omission of the watch count has had a severely adverse effect in my category. I've done all the usual customer service waste of time suggestions, ie., clear cache, tweak listings, run sales, promote my listings, list more... all to no avail.
There's never any rhyme to reason with this site. Last year my Christmas sales tanked and January was excellent. This year I had very good pre-Christmas and Christmas sales but January came and out went the lights. I sell jewelry in a very saturated category but I should have sales with Valentine's Day so close. It feels like I have just been dropped from visibility all together. Small sellers just get no respect and no reliable consistency in visibility. I swear they use my store in every beta test they run and it's never a positive outcome for me. I've always had decent sales in January and February but this year, nothing. Something definitely went awry, again, about two or three weeks ago. It's a crying shame.
I don't sell on ebay very often. when I do, it's usually a larger item. I've noticed that on many listings, mine included just now, that the number of watchers for my listing is not shown to buyers/viewers. The settings for the listing, such as BIN, reserve, duration, or any other variable for the listing have no effect on whether or not the number of watchers is displayed to viewers. If your watcher count is not shown on your listing, you can easily test these settings yourself.
It’s not a cache issue. It’s not a browser issue. But I was sure it had to be either that or a bug, so I tested all that too: different browsers, re-boot, private windows, clear cache, repeat.
I've called customer service to make them aware of this problem. Silly me. It just had to be a bug. I've been told by CS that it is in fact “likely” a technical issue. They’ll look into it, you know, create a ticket and get back to you in 2 hours.
I’m just seeing it now, but this has persisted for some time apparently. Plenty of time to fix a bug, or to correct a glitch.
The problem is discussed at length online. Most of the discussions are complaints from confused and dismayed sellers. This is not surprising.
There is no way this can be a technical glitch or bug for such a basic auction listing characteristic: one that is at the heart of auction selling, especially on ebay, who knows this, and who employs an army of developers and programmers. They must hear about this every day.
Knowing the level of interest in an auction listing is fundamental to auction selling. It is basic to the very idea of an auction. Anyone who has attended a live auction knows this. It’s a dance. Assessing the level of pre-bid interest establishes favorable urgency (or the lack of it) once the bidding starts. That’s intel the buyer and the auctioneer and the seller need. They're not called "watchers" for no reason. Ebay did not invent this label.
Level of interest establishes the basis for both buyer cost and seller's price in an auction environment. For (what? 30 year now?) this has been ebay's reason for being. It’s how they started. But those with “watchers on” now have a distinct advantage over those with “watchers off”. If your listing shows “watchers off” on a page with similar items and a mix of “watchers on”, then in the viewers mind there is clearly something wrong with your listing. It must be overpriced or have some other dire characteristic to be avoided. It’s that simple.
The ebay auction marketplace is no longer a level playing field.
If your listing cannot establish pre-bid interest in the item to be sold, you may as well list it on craigslist, or in a local publication. All you have is a price/OBO ad for your item, not an auction for it, at least not an auction that has all the key elements of an auction.
In an auction environment, if no one is watching or interested in an item, no one wants it. If no one wants it, then I don’t want it either. I might view it if it seems priced right, but there must be something wrong about it I didn’t see. So, on I go to the listing that’s been “vetted” with active watchers as having good selling characteristics, and likely no negative ones to worry about or miss. Sure, there are exceptions here. Some auction buyers are collectively very clever about dis-creating interest, only to swoop and snipe.
There are exceptions, and some buyers shy away from items with high watch counts. If this is your buying approach, yours is the exception here too, not the rule. You’d be just as comfortable on craigslist. The rest of us want auctions.
The conclusion (to me at least) seems pretty clear. Ebay is testing “watchers on” vs “watchers off”, likely on a large and ongoing sample set(s) of listings. The goal of this testing is to collect at least these two metrics I’d bet on: 1) how much more (or less) does ebay get to keep when watchers are shown vs not shown; and 2) if more (and only if), how much faster can the “more” be received: that is, are the sales churned faster.
The logic is simple for ebay: if no watchers, then no or fewer bids. If no or few bids, item likely didn’t sell. If item didn’t sell, then seller lowers starting price/bid/reserve until it does or sets a lower, faster-churning BIN price. Someone gains in this scenario, but not the seller.
There is no clear advantage for sellers in this testing exercise. The advantage for buyers is dubious as well because good values, but no watchers, will just be ignored come bid time.
Auctions allow the seller’s asking price and buyer’s cost to meet right where they should with no confusion and with little or no interference by the auctioneer. Auctions are free-markets where cost and price mesh beautifully. That was the beauty of ebay for 30 years.
I see this as egregious. And I’m shocked the selling community is not raising holy [your adjective here] about it.
Most Watched eBay Items (US)
WatchCount.com shows you the most popular eBay items in real-time, as voted by eBay users.
eBay continuously tracks votes (when users click "Add to Watch List") and we report the results.
We reveal live Watch Counts (how many watchers), providing rankings and unique search capabilities you won't find on eBay US itself.
Or, search eBay for: most bids, sold items, best-offer pricing, "hidden" deals.
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In my watch list a few items have the number of watchers listed, however the majority do not. According to this thread, only items with a buy-it-now and no bids show the number of watchers. However, this is only half correct.
I have no items in my watch list that show the number of watchers that have bids, so that part appears to be correct. However there are plenty of items with a buy-it-now and no bids (fixed price) that don't show the number of watchers.
I have fixed price items that do show the number of watchers:
- Variable listing, Buy it now
- Listing with multiple stock, Buy it now or Best offer
And fixed price items that don't show the number of watchers:
- Single item listing, Buy it now or Best offer
- Single item listing, Buy it now
- Listing with multiple stock, Buy it now
So could anyone explain what the criteria is for the number of watchers to show?
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As a buyer, you can put an item from eBay in your “Watchlist,” and the seller is notified that someone is keeping an eye on the product. But how do you view how many watchers are for a single listing? And why does it even matter to have that information? This article will attempt to answer those questions.
How Watching Works on eBay
A person that adds an item to their watchlist becomes the watcher. But it doesn’t mean they’re going to bid on that item or even buy it immediately.
Often, the watchers are also sellers on the platform and want to keep track of their competitors’ offerings and prices.
But seeing how many watchers an item has may also have a psychological effect, as it can indicate to buyers which item is popular at the moment. This is why both sellers and buyers may want to see the exact number of people watching a product selling on eBay.
How to See How Many Watchers on eBay as a Buyer on a Computer?
First, let’s cover how you can see how many watchers an item on eBay has from a buyer’s perspective. Fortunately, eBay makes this a simple process. Here’s how it works using your computer:
- Go to eBay using any browser and log into your account.
- Select a category you want to shop in or search for an item in the search bar.
- Click on the item you’re interested in. It will redirect you to a new page.
- You’ll see more information about the product. Among details such as how many items are available; you’ll see how many other people are watching that item.
For example, if you’re watching a pair of shoes you like, right under the price, you might see something like “10 watchers.”
This information tells you how many more people are currently interested in the same item. They might buy it, or they’re just curious if it sells and for how much.
How to See How Many Watchers on eBay as a Buyer on the iPhone or Android App
Many people use their phones or tablets to shop on eBay as it can be far more convenient. Viewing how many watchers a product has on eBay works similarly on the mobile app.
First, make sure to download the latest version of the iOS or Android eBay mobile app on your device. Then, follow these steps to view the number of watchers:
- Launch the eBay app on your device and browse through items.
- When you tap on an item you like, you’ll see more information about it. The number of watchers will appear right under the price and shipping fee.
Keep in mind that if the item doesn’t have any watchers, it won’t show “0 watchers.” Instead, there won’t be any information. In fact, most products on eBay don’t have watchers at all.
How to See How Many Watchers on eBay as a Seller on a PC
Knowing how many watchers your listing has is even more critical if you are selling items on eBay. If there are many watchers and no bidders or buyers, it could mean that your item is incorrectly priced.
That count allows you to correct your pricing or keep going at the current price, depending on what you decide is the right thing to do.
If you’re a seller on eBay, here’s how to see how many people have added your listing to their watchlist:
- Go to eBay using any browser on your computer and log into your account.
- Navigate to the “My eBay” option at the top of the screen.
- From the drop-down menu, select “Selling.”
- There, you’ll see a complete summary of the items you’re selling. Each active listing will show how many watchers there are and how many bidders.
Important: You can’t see who the watchers are. The entire process is entirely anonymous. It prevents sellers from reaching out to the watchers directly.
How to See How Many Watchers on eBay as a Seller on the iPhone or Android App
If you’re selling stuff on eBay via smartphone or tablet, you still have the option to view the full summary of how your listings are doing.
That includes the number of watchers. Here’s where you find this information on your eBay app:
- Open eBay on your phone and sign into your account.
- Tap on the Menu (three horizontal lines in the top left corner).
- Under “My eBay,” select “Selling.”
The app will show every active listing you have on the platform. You’ll also see how many watchers each item has, provided there are any.
Turning Watchers Into Buyers
If you’re selling on eBay, having watchers can be very encouraging. They don’t always translate into sales, but they can help you edit the listing and see whether it attracts more people. However, the watchers play an essential role from the buyer’s side as well.
If you’re browsing through a specific product category, you might be curious why one item has more people paying attention to it than others.
Watchers create a buzz around a product on eBay and can benefit both the seller and the buyer. Checking out how many watchers are there on a single listing takes only a few effortless steps.
Do you buy or sell on eBay? What is your experience with the platform? Let us know in the comments section below.