Improve your searches on EBay

I really like EBay, and whenever I go there with something in mind, I often find myself browsing and even buying something (cheap :) completely unplanned. Anyway, here are a few tips you can keep in mind to improve your searches on this gigantic shop. Everything is there, it’s just a matter of finding it.

  • Be specific.
    Dont search for “ipod“, search for “ipod nano 20GB”
  • Use synonyms.
    If you can’t find something suitable with “TV”, try “television“.
  • Spell… wrongly.
    Common misspellings are a good bet.
  • Use wildcards.
    Like in any major search engine (and this is one), searching for “batman 196*” is ok.
  • Exclude words.
    You can filter out results, like in this search pattern :
    "Harry Potter" -(poster,book)

Happy shopping ! :)

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2 Responses to “Improve your searches on EBay”

  1. 1
    swen Says:

    nice online sevice:

    “Thousands of items on eBay are listed with descriptions containing spelling mistakes.
    These items often expire with no bids on them as no-one can find them.
    Type in a keyword below and click the Find button.
    Then click the link and uncover those hidden gems…”

  2. 2 Says:

    Whislt you could use as mentioned above, another site that is worth taking a look at is It allows you to create searches that you can access using an RSS feed reader. This means that you can be advised on newly listed misspelled items the moment that they are listed !