We’ve got the list of the biggest selling subjects on eBay for 2009.
We can’t call it a year for about three more weeks, but there are some clear cut winners in the eyes of eBay.
For its annual “Top Shopped” round-up, eBay analyzed data on sales and searches across categories ranging from tech to toys to sports memorabilia to produce a portrait of what really captivated shoppers in 2009. While the headlines focused on tabloid scandal, eBay’s sports buyers were scooping up anything having to do with the New York Yankees.
In fact, Yankee items topped the list of Top Shopped and Popular Culture Obsessions with over 500,000 items sold.
“If you want to know what Americans are most fascinated by, all you have to do is look to eBay,” said Karen Bard, eBay’s Pop Culture Expert and contributor to TheInsideSource.com. “Year after year, we see hot trends, topics and pop culture obsessions translating into online sales.”
With almost 200 million listings and 89 million active users, eBay gathered insight from the several million purchases made each day to take a pop culture pulse check. The 2009 World Series championship only enhanced the Yankees’ stock in the eyes of fans and collectors.
Second only to the Yanks, vampires were the dominant pop culture phenomenon in 2009 as Twi-hards brought in 523,429 related items sold for Twilight, while “True Blood” dragged behind with 41,964 related items sold. Michael Jackson wound up a somewhat surprising third.
The Philadelphia Phillies rode the crest of their 08 Series title into this season. 182,840 Phillies items sold through the first eleven months of the year, giving the Phils a spot in the top ten.
Most popular Yankees? Captain Derek Jeter (84,210 related items sold) and Alex Rodriguez (50,537 related items sold) led teammates Hideki Matsui (6,202 related items sold), Mariano Rivera (5,571 related items sold), Jorge Posada (5,311 related items sold) and Andy Pettitte (2,868 related items sold). The Phillies’ Chase Utley brought in a respectable 8,802 related items sold.
They’ve got the endorsements and the love of fans, but the Mannings (Peyton Manning with 53,295 related items sold and Eli Manning with 24,877 related items sold) are yards away from catching Brett Favre on the online gridiron. Although he slipped from 2008’s high of 199,832 related items sold (for reasons best found in Green Bay), he still reigns as top QB with 122,408 related items sold this year.
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