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Searching on eBay: Quick Tips at a Glance
Just the quick and dirty tips on how to search most effectively on eBay. What to do, what not to do, and links to more information.
Dos and Don'ts for eBay Searching
If you're amongst the many that find themselves constantly frustrated with eBay's search system, go over this list of eBay search dos and don'ts to see if there are ways to increase your eBay search satisfaction.
Get Better eBay Search Results
Use additional tricks built into the eBay search function to make your results more flexible, detailed, and specific.
Using Custom Search Options
When you want to narrow your search results using criteria like price, auction duration, or distance to your home, use the custom search options located on eBay's search results pages.
Finding Hidden Deals
If you can find the auction listings that other bidders can't, you'll buy at your price, rathering than having to settle for theirs.
Monitoring Listings and Saving Searches
Use features of the eBay website to save your searches and your finds, and even to watch them for you.
Using eBay Product Finders
When you're searching for an item to bid on but you have very specific criteria or minimum product requirements in mind, the eBay search box and category browsing system aren't always up to the task. That's where eBay product finders come in.
Does eBay archive auction listings?
eBay maintains auction listings indefinitely, but using the eBay website members can only access listings that have ended within the last 90 days.
Don't Spend Too Much Time on eBay
Searching eBay for great deals may be fun, but if you're not gaining anything by doing it, it may also be addiction.
New search experience got you down?
If you're frustrated because eBay's search system has changed for you and it feels less effective than it was before, don't fret. For the moment at least, you can still turn the new search system off and return to the old one.
From eBay: Finding—Getting Started
eBay's own concise guide to searching for and finding the items thats you want to buy on the eBay website.
eBay Auction Search Tips for Buyers
This extremely detailed and deliberate introduction to searching for items on eBay is ideal for the new bidder that wants a more detailed, comprehensive look at eBay searching.
How to Find What You Want to Buy
This article from Sams Publishing (excerpted from one of their eBay titles) gives a quick overview of many of the best searching techniques available to eBay buyers.
Shop Locally on eBay
Sometimes you don't want to have your purchase shipped to you from heaven-knows-where. Sometimes you just want to find whatever-you-want in stock somewhere near you and go buy it, the sooner the better. eBay Local Shopping can help you to do just that.
Save Your Favorite eBay Sellers, Stores, and Searches
Use this built-in eBay feature to bookmark sellers, stores, and searches that you like, and optionally receive email updates about their newest listings.
Get a Good Deal and Give a Second Chance
Conventional wisdom is that you don't buy from sellers with low feedback ratings. If you're willing to take a risk, however, you can get some great deals this way if you know what to look for.
Ten Creative Ways to Save Money by Using eBay
Do you know about these ten creative ways to save money using eBay for purchases that you might not normally associate with eBay? If you don't, you could be leaving money on the table.
Find What You Want with Advanced Search
Use eBay's advanced search tool to help you to find needles in the eBay haystack. Here are details on excluding items, searching by category, haggling, finding items near you, and more.