1. Money
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Monitoring Listings

Watching items and saving your searches

By

Monitoring Listings

The "Watch this item" link saves the currently shown listing to My eBay.

The eBay website provides buyers with two powerful tools that can help them to search for and monitor items that they think they might like to buy. These tools are the "Watch this item" tool found on every auction listing page and the "Save this search" feature found on search results pages.

Note that you must have joined eBay and be logged in in order to use either feature.

Watching Individual Items

Near the top of any listing page you'll find a link labeled "Watch this item." When you click on this link, the item listing in question is saved for you in your My eBay area. There are two benefits to be gained by doing this:

  • Ease of finding the item again. Once you've clicked on "Watch this item," eBay remembers your interest in it. Any time you want to check on the status of the auction in question, you can simply return to the buying area of My eBay and click on the title of the auction to check its status and current bid, without having to search for it again.

  • Notification of pending auction close. Once you've clicked on "Watch this item," eBay will take care to send you an email when it is about to close. You can then return to bid, if you are interested in doing so.
To visit the buying area of My eBay in order to take advantage of these features, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the eBay front page.
  2. Click on the My eBay link at the top of the page.
  3. When the My eBay page is displayed, click on the word "Watching" in the sidebar on the left side of your screen. You'll then be offered a list of all the items you're watching.

Watching Groups of Items (Saving Searches)

If you want to monitor not a single item, but rather an entire category or list of search results, you can have eBay do that for you, too. After running any search, near the top of the listings you'll find a link entitled "Add to Favorite Searches."

When you click on this link, eBay will remember the search terms and categories that you used to arrive at the displayed result, saving them in your My eBay area. This provides you with two benefits:

  • Ease of re-running the search. Especially in the case of long and complex searches, this can be extraordinarily useful—any time you want to see an updated list of results, simply return to My eBay and re-run the search automatically.

  • Notification of current search results. Once you've saved a favorite search, eBay can be made to send you periodic updates listing new search results by setting an option in My eBay.

To visit the saved searches area of My eBay in order to take advantage of these features, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the eBay front page.
  2. Click on the My eBay link at the top of the page.
  3. When the My eBay page is displayed, click on the word "Searches" in the "All Favorites" section of the sidebar on the left side of your screen. You'll then be shown a list of your saved searches and can re-run them by clicking on them.
  4. To have eBay periodicially email you the results of the saved search, click "Sign up for Emails" to the right of the saved search in question.
By judiciously watching items and having eBay save and run your favorite searches for you, you can stay on top of the marketplace, remain aware of your listings, and be a step ahead of other potential buyers.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.