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What's Hot On Trade Me 23 January 2008 January 23, 2008

Posted by Michael Carney in : auctions, top ten, trade me, trademe, what's hot , trackback

A pleasant change in the Top Ten Hottest Products On Trade Me this week – only one bike/car makes the list. As for the the other nine slots? See for yourself (we’ve included the headline with each listing so you can see how they tried to attract bidders):

10. New TaylorMade R7 CGBMax 3-SW Graph FreeShiping $1
For this Brand New TaylorMade R7 CGB MAX Irons set (9 clubs), $530 is the top bid, the auction has attracted 128 bids and 878 pageviews.

9. Toshiba 61″ huge Rear Projection TV 
A self-explanatory listing, this auction closed at $945 after attracting 128 bids and 1641 pageviews.

8. Chen Hanwei Miyamoto Mushashi Daito $1
RRP $1299 – one only [this listing included a subheading]
If you have to ask what this is, then you’re just not a potential buyer. According to the listing details, Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the most famous swordmaster in Japanese history, was well above average height and Hanwei’s classic rendition of his Daito (long sword) reflects the impressive length of the original and features the legendary double-ring iron tsuba.

Current pricing (from a $1 start): $205  129 bids and 783 pageviews.

7. New Black Leather Lounge Suite
No Gallery image on this listing, so you have to click through for more details. The text of the listing, in its entirety: “This suite consists of a three seater & Two seater plus one chair.Very comfortable suite..Be quick to have for christmas”

Actually, there’s no rush now — you have eleven months. Current bidding stands at $900 (but the reserve still hasn’t been met). 131 bids so far and 1319 pageviews.

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6. Food Trailer
This trailer has been used as part of a baked potato business, for carting and storing appliances, potatoes etc [Note: This listing is for the trailer only -- see the photo above] Bidding stands at $3,551,  with 131 bids and 2133 pageviews. 

5. A BEST BUY++ Conn M20 Alto Sax – USA made 1990
This saxophone “was my mothers and she loved this sax. Has not been used at all in last 5 years and only occassionally before that so is in excellent condition.”
$425 to date, from 136 bids and 184 pageviews.

4. Kestrel 20
This Trailer sailer is [so the listing description tells us] ideal for the beginner and is ready to go. The trailer has a road worthy and the out board was just serviced recently. The out board is a johnson 6HP. This yacht has a VHF radio fitted and comes with lots of extras. ie life jackets extra sails ect

Lots of questions and answers on this auction, currently up to $1,500 with 138 bids and 2041 pageviews.

3. Bmw BMW R1200RT 2005 
Bidding for this damaged motorbike currently stands at $4,110, with 165 bids and 4746 pageviews.

2. 07 SEIKO DAYTONA F1 RACER CHRONO SND701 $1RES
Bidding for this Monster Watch stands at $280 after 165 bids and 457 pageviews.

And, in the top slot:

1. Luxury 3 Person Infrared Sauna $1 Reserve
New Year Big 3 Person Sauna $1 Reserve [this listing also included a subheading, but then wasted the investment by saying almost exactly the same thing]

“Enjoy all the benefits of an Far infrared sauna in the privacy of your own home and get on track to a revitalized, healthy lifestyle.”

This sauna started life at $1 Reserve and is currently sitting at $360. What’s really unusual is that the item has attracted 202 bids despite only achieving 72 pageviews. How is that possible? Essentially we’re seeing a bidding war between one bidder’s reasonably high Autobid and a determined bidder who has been nibbling away in small increments, losing every time and then making a new bid (until finally getting to the top of the heap).

As readers of TRADE ME SUCCESS SECRETS will note, this is the worst possible bidding strategy (for the buyer) but fabulous news for the seller!

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