Welcome to the Small Business Ideas Forum! We are a community of over 100,000 small business folks with over 163,000 posts for you to browse. We pride ourselves on being the friendliest forum you will find and we'd love to have you as a member of our community. Please take a moment and register for a free account. If you need any help, please contact Chris Logan.

Small Business Ideas Forum

Small Business Ideas Forum

A friendly place to share small business ideas and knowledge, ask questions, find help and encourage others that are involved in the small business industry. Topics include small business marketing, generating revenue and small business computing.

Go Back   Small Business Ideas Forum > Generating Revenue, Insurance, Taxes, Etc. > eBay & Other Auctions & Marketplaces
Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 28th September 2007, 12:01 PM   #1
lithos
Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Posts: 63
Default Is There A "best" Day Of Week For Starting Or Ending An Auction

I have always heard that auctions starting or ending on specific days do better than the exact auction on different days. Is there truth to this? We have experimented with no clear results but have never been very scientific in our research.

__________________
John W. strategic consultant
www.lithosconsulting.com
lithos is offline   Reply With Quote
Register or log in to remove this ad.
Old 28th September 2007, 03:43 PM   #2
torka
Moderator
 
torka's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Triangle area, NC, USA, North America, Earth (usually)
Posts: 4,101

Search Engine Guide Blogger

Default

I'm told there are better days (and better times of day) to end auctions, but I haven't experimented myself enough to be able to confirm those results.

This is from Skip McGrath's blog (he's an eBay powerseller):
Quote:
Q: When is the best time to start my auction?

The better question to ask is when should my auctions end. Deciding which day to start depends on the auction duration you select. Statistically auctions ending Sunday and Monday evening between 5PM-7PM Pacific Time (all eBay times are Pacific) get the most visibility and the highest number of bids. But this is not true of all products so it pays to test. For example, if you are selling something to retired people, they are online more during the day than in the evening. Students tend to be online between 3PM – 5PM. If you are selling something to a business, then the morning and early afternoons might be best.
HTH!

--Torka

__________________
Diane Aull - NineYards.com: Helping Businesses Do Business Online
Whether you think you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
torka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th October 2007, 07:14 AM   #3
bukem
Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 8
Default

It's tricky and time consuming finding out. It also depends on the age of your target market. I have been selling on Ebay for a few years and my target age group is roughly teens to 20's. I have certainly found Monday, Teusday & Friday evenings a bad time to end my auctions. On average good times to end have been Saturday & Sunday around 12 to 1pm, and Thursday evening around 7pm.

bukem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th October 2007, 07:49 AM   #4
mktgbiz
Moderator
 
mktgbiz's Avatar
 

Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New Port Richey, FL
Posts: 1,523

Default

I've been selling on eBay for a few years now and in the winter time (end of November thru March) I like to end my auctions on Sunday evenings. The reason is - people have cabin fever and they get on the Internet in today's world.

Another confirming source for my theory is this. While visitng andf posting on other message boards I have noticed that Sunday evenings have the highest amount of visitors and members on the given site. And right at 10:00 (EST) pm on Sunday nights in the winter time is when it's the highest.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo that's when I like my autions to begin and end.

Hope that helps.

-

__________________
10 years and running....still the most-loved promotional product!
www.TheJavelinPen.com
Holiday Greeting Cards:
www.holidaycardwebiste.com/getmorebiznow
mktgbiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th October 2007, 04:49 PM   #5
lithos
Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Posts: 63
Default

mktgbiz we have noticed sunday evenings have worked well, we haven't tested to much though so it is good to know your propesctive.

__________________
John W. strategic consultant
www.lithosconsulting.com
lithos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th October 2007, 06:31 PM   #6
pete
VIP Contributor
 
pete's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Posts: 488
Default

Find a copy of Jim Wilson's Ebay Secrets. It's old, probably 5 or 6 years and don,t pay for it, there should be plenty of free copies around.

He covers this, as well as many other things that still are true. A real pioneer.

pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th November 2007, 07:06 PM   #7
bayinghound
Member
 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 39
Default

We're ebay powersellers averaging 150 sales/month. We end auctions on Sundays and Wednesdays 5pm PST because this is when our target audience (mid-aged males) seems to bid most often. We have also experimented with Mondays (less action than Sun) and rarely if ever have sales on Fridays.

If you are looking to break into a market that already exists on ebay, watch a few auctions ending at different times and see what happens.

bayinghound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th December 2007, 12:07 AM   #8
entreplanet.com
Member
 

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 32
Default

I have about 300 positive feedback. Here are my excperiences for best sales times:

- Never end auctions on friday or saturday. Everyone is out and about. They aren't at home on their computers.

- Never end auctions late at night or early

- The best time to end auctions is around 5-7 pm, when people come home from work or are about to leave

- Never start listings in the morning. Students have class, workers are working and most people are sleeping

- Space yourself out from other competitors. Don't post 1 minute before or after someone else with the same item, or you'll end up being a rebound and you won't get a good price for your item.

- Never do 7 day auctions or 10 days. Keep it 5 days. Most of the bidding is done the last 2 days anyways, so don't waste your time and money doing ridiculously long auctions.


I hope this helps!!

entreplanet.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th June 2009, 11:20 AM   #9
Ofthemix
Member
 
Ofthemix's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 16
Default

Lots of great responses on this thread. I'm personally a Skip McGrath fan and he recommends having your listings end on Sunday afternoon. Terapeak will back this information.

Ofthemix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th November 2009, 01:49 AM   #10
multimediocrity
Member
 

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 67
Default

I believe this would vary depending on the product. Different audiences will need to purchase the items at different times of the week. Would a homeowner purchasing a shirt buy at the same time as an office purchasing supplies?

multimediocrity is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply   

Bookmarks




Thread Tools

Get Updates
RSS Feeds:
RSS Feed for eBay & Other Auctions & Marketplaces RSS for this Category Only: eBay & Other Auctions & Marketplaces

RSS Feed for Small Business Ideas Forum RSS for Entire Forum
Forum Rules


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Small Business Ideas Forum


 
At Your Business - Small Business Directory
Free Business Forms - Prewritten Documents
 
Search Engine Guide
Small business guide to search marketing

 
Small Business Brief
Fetching the Best Small Business Info


Free Links - Free Advertising
Free Guide - Online Directory



Advertise your business here
Contact us for more details!


Semantic Juice
Register now to access free Quick SEO service!


Rocket Lawyer
Sign up for free 7 day trial. Boost your biz!


Buy UPC Codes
Get your products listed online!




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004 - 2018 - Privacy