How to Tell Who Your Watchers Are on eBay
By Gary Huff
Updated September 28, 2017
Creating an eBay auction listing is a fun and easy way to sell practically anything online. Many people have used this service to sell everything from leftover garage sale items to high-end electronics. Of course, the goal is to get the most amount of money possible for your item, and to that end, eBay provides many options and statistics to help you. When viewing your listed item in eBay, you may have noticed one of these stats labeled "Watchers." Who are these "Watchers" and what do they want? Can you tell who is actually watching your listing?
Log in to your eBay account and go to "My eBay." This will give you a listing of all your current auctions, including those you have bid on or are watching yourself. Look for listings that list a number under the "Watchers" category.
Find your listings that numbers listed in both the "Watchers" and "Bids" category. Watching an auction under eBay is an anonymous activity and there is no way to find out which accounts are currently watching your bid. However, if your item has any number of bids, some of these could include those who were previously watching your auction.
Since you cannot see who you watchers are until they bid on your listing, try to entice them by lowering the price, adding a high quality photo (or replacing a generic photo with an nicely photographed picture of the item), or offering free shipping. If you have a number of watchers but no bids, this could be a clue that you need to change something in your listing in order to make the product more attractive.
Contact your bidders and solicit their feedback. It doesn't hurt to outright ask if they had watched your item and what led them to bid, especially if you changed the listing mid-auction to make it more attractive. Ask questions---it can help you make future listings more attractive and cut down on the number of non-bidding watchers.
Gary Huff has been involved with a variety of different industries since moving to Austin, Texas in the summer of 2005. He has worked in such diverse fields as radio, television and film, and has been on staff with a couple of tech websites. Huff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from East Tennessee State University in 2004.