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Taming the eBay Research Engine

By Edited Apr 6, 2014 0 1

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If you are interested in buying stuff on eBay, you need to know how to search effectively. The eBay search system can be a little complex for beginners but don't let this discourage you from exploring the site. With proper knowledge, you don't need to go through a long list of search results before landing on the page that you really want. The trick to shopping items on eBay is to be an expert in locating the things that you want, especially the ones that are within your budget range. These tips will help you find the best bargains with as little effort as possible.

Spelling and Keywords

One of the most committed mistakes many users make on eBay is entering a misspelled brand or name into eBay's search engine. This is actually a smart strategy if you are hunting for hidden deals. But looking through the misspelled results might not really give you what you want plus you will miss the opportunity to search through the massive listings of properly listed items.

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eBay's search engine is designed to produce only the listings that have all the keywords you entered in the search box. With this system in place, it simply means you will benefit more from typing in as many keywords relating to the item you are searching as you can. With more words entered into the search box, the more refined and precise the result will be. It would be wiser to include the feature and function of the item, and certain specifications if you are looking for gadgets. For instance, you can mention the brand, model, and color of the product you are searching for.

A perfect example would be a buyer looking for a pair of sunglasses. If he will just type in the brand, his search will produce a long list of result from that brand, with a lot of the items in the list irrelevant to his search. However, typing the exact brand, color, model or serial number narrows down the search and eBay's search engine will produce more relevant listings.

eBay Search Options

There are also a lot more ways to produce a long list of relevant listings as:

  • Variation of Words
  • Using Punctuation Marks
  • Item Descriptions

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Comments

Oct 18, 2010 8:50pm
Sookie
There is really good information here. Great article!
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