You can tell a lot about someone by how they shop. In that same vein, can you also tell a lot about a country by how they shop?
eBay has issued their 3rd-annual "Top Shopped" report, where they analyze all of their sales data to come up with what pop culture forces captivated the nation throughout the year. The data was pulled from various eBay categories and solidified into a top 10 list featuring the most popular things of the year (at least in terms of $$$).
Strangely enough, the Top Shopped list does seem to reflect what was popular in 2011. People really do "vote" with their dollars:
- Harry Potter
- Call of Duty
- Green Bay Packers
- Justin bieber
- Charlie Sheen
eBay also dives deeper into the pop culture data with some more facts about the year-end sales figures. eBay shoppers bought 83,879 Lady Gaga-related items, as opposed to only 65,822 Katy Perry items. The Green Bay Packers had more related items sold that any other sport figure (234,089), but QB Aaron Rodgers couldn't compete with Derek Jeter, who sold an athlete-most 131,250 related items.
"eBay sales are a direct indicator of what Americans are most fascinated by and uniquely reflects the cultural zeitgeist,” said Karen Bard Sayah, eBay Spokesperson. “From the latest video games and tech devices, to royal wedding memorabilia and ‘Winning’ t-shirts, shoppers know that whatever it is they’re coveting, they can find it on eBay.”