Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Automatically Value Video Game Lots on eBay with Our "eBay Lot Bot"

We just launched a new tool we're calling the eBay Lot Bot. It automatically calculates the value of every video game lot available on eBay.

You can browse every lot available and look at the photos, listing title, and the value. If you see one you like you can click to read the description, see what games are included in the value, and buy it on eBay if you think its a good deal.

Tips for Browsing for Game Lots

Filter by Console:
The results are always filtered by console.

Nintendo NES, Atari 2600, and Xbox 360 are included for everyone for free. Other consoles can be added for as little as $1 for one additional console or $5 for every console.

Sort by Ending Time:
You can see the available lots sorted to show those ending soonest first. Or see newly listed lots first.

Ending soonest will show some good auction deals below their value. Newly listed will show some Buy It Now deals that might be a steal.

Filter by Listing Type:
You can filter results to show only auctions, only Buy It Now listings, or both, whichever you prefer.

Tips for Looking at Lot Details

The lot details page for each listing will show the listing description the seller used, all the photos included, the games found, and the total value of the lot.

Listing Description: The listing description will appear almost exactly as it does on eBay. Every title found by the Lot Bot is highlighted in red.

Games Found The games found in the listing are shown on the left side of the description with their value.

We aim for about 90% accuracy on the matches but we will miss some titles due to spelling errors or ambiguity (seller said "cooking mama wii", is that "cooking mama cook off" or "cooking mama world kitchen"?).

You can add any titles missed and they will be added to the total value.

You can also remove titles by clicking the 'x' next to it.

Please try out the video game Lot Bot. Let us know what you think. Will this be useful for you? How can we improve it?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

PC and Mac Games Being Deprecated

PC Games and Mac games make up 30% of the products on PriceCharting.

At the same time PC Games only account for 0.4% of page views on the site (MAC is only 0.01%)

The sheer number of titles causes lots of strain on our servers. Things like monitoring ebay sales, calculating new prices, and loading all the games for price comparison. The vast majority of PC games are never even viewed by users in any given month.

Because these pages are not popular with our users and increase costs and strain on our systems, we have decided to remove them from our site over the next few weeks.

This will help the site perform better for the other 99.6% of the pageviews. The vast majority of users will have a better experience.

I'm sorry to the few PC game collectors who use our site.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Change Your Default Sort Order

The default sort order for our pages is "by Popularity", so you see the most popular games first. You can sort the page alphabetically and by price too.

Now, you can customize your preferred sort order.

Choose a sort order on any console price guide.

Instead of seeing a page like this:

You'll see a page like this.

You must be logged into your account for this to work. Try it out on Gamecube Prices

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Rare Stadium Events being Sold in Descending Price Auction

The PriceCharting Marketplace has a feature letting users list a game as descending price auction. The price goes down until someone buys it.

I'm selling my rare Stadium Events in a descending price auction to familiarize everyone with how they work.

Bidding starts at $13,000. Then every hour the price drops by roughly $12. The price keeps dropping until someone buys it.

Why Descending Auctions?

Descending price auctions are good for buyers and sellers for a couple of reasons.

  • Items always available: Buyers don't have to wait until a specified ending date and time to know if they won or not. If they like the price now, it is available immediately.
  • Reserve price is built in: There is no hidden reserve price where you're highest bidder, but don't win. The seller sets a minimum price they will accept. The listing automatically approaches that and then stops decreasing.
  • Market price reached: Its hard to know the market price for some items. Stadium Events only sells a couple times a year and the exact condition can change the value a lot. An auction quickly reaches market value.
  • Less maintenance time: Seller don't need to continually update their listing with different fixed prices to help their items sell. List it once and the marketplace automatically lowers prices for you.

Predict the End Date and Time & Get $50

If you can't afford to buy Stadium Events, you can guess when the auction will end. The closest guess will win $50 to spend on the PriceCharting Marketplace.

Guesses close 2/18/16. The winner is closest overall, doesn't matter if you are over or under.

Good luck.



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