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More New Features: Market Research and Find Coupe Stuff

June 5th, 2010

Over the past week I’ve been working on a couple more new features for the site.

Market Research

This was a feature that was immediately suggested when I first posted the sale listings. I think it is a great idea and will be really cool to see as time goes on and it matures. What I’m trying to do is provide some useful stats for BMW M Coupe shoppers and fanatics based on my Sale Listings database. As times goes on, this data should get increasingly interesting and useful.

I’m very open to ideas of cools ways to display the data I’ve collected so far. I think I’m only at the tip of the iceberg as far as what I can do with this, but the first couple things I have attempted are as follows:

  • Sales Trends
    Charts number of M Coupes for sale and sold over time
  • Price Trends
    Charts averate asking price of M Coupes over time
  • Price vs. Mileage Charts
    Scatter plot of both currently listed coupes and recently sold coupes with simple trendlines

I think the most useful data in the database is the sale prices of coupes. Aside from Ebay auctions, these are hard to come by unless they are volunteered. Please contact me through my site if you’re willing to contribute the price you recently paid for your coupe. More data is better data.

Find Coupe Stuff

As with any coupe lover, I don’t just love coupes, I like everything to do with coupes. Like many, I regularly watch Ebay and Craiglist for “Coupe Stuff” like scale models, brochures, magazines featuring the coupe, etc. Ebay recently added some ways to embed searches, so I’ve embedded some of my favorites as well as some popular parts and accessories for current or soon-to-be coupe owners. If you have ideas of other searches you think would be handy, let me know. So far I’ve setup:

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  1. Josh S
    June 6th, 2010 at 12:00 | #1

    Another cool way to display the data — show the seller and buyer’s locations on a map. You could even show the migration patterns. Lots of cool tools to do this these days …

    • June 6th, 2010 at 12:08 | #2

      Great idea. Maybe that will be next weekend’s project. I’ll just need some more buyer info.

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