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Advanced eBay search techniques explained

Posted by ebayprofitmaster on May 23, 2010

Many of you may not be aware just how powerful the eBay search engine is. If during your searches you enter some specific symbols, you might be surprised at the results you can return. Let’s take a look at some examples.

If you enter an asterisk symbol (which is shift 8, and looks like *) into any search phrase, you are effectively stating that any result can be returned in its place. So if you were searching for a toy model car from the 1960, you could enter a search for ‘toy model car 196*’. The 196* will then show you every result from every toy model car listing in any year in the 1960s.

Another useful example (which can be used effectively in Google, and other search engines) is if you surround the search phrase with quotes symbols (which is shift 2 and looks like ” at either end of the phrase) which will then only show those results that include each word of the search phrase in that exact order that they were placed in the input phrase.

So, to take an example straight from Google, if you were searching for “Alexander Bell” this would not return any results that included “Alexander G. Bell”. I’m not sure what products you may find on eBay for that particular search, but you get the idea. This is one to use with caution as you might be missing out on certain search results that you may like.

A phrase excluded search would be one where you enter a minus symbol (-), and then enter any words or phrases you like in brackets that you do not want to appear in your list of returned results. For example: “Star Wars” -(music,toys) will return a list of all the items that are related to Star Wars but not music or toys.

An either/or search would be useful for when you would like to search for many words at the same time. To do that simply put them in brackets like this, for example (TV,television), which would then display items with either of the two words. Useful for not missing out on items that could be listed in either way, but are essentially for the same thing.

It is not that important to learn all these different methods of searching on eBay (although if you do want more information on Google search techniques).

As many people searching eBay do not use the search method at all, and prefer in fact to use the eBay category system. That is why next time I should really take a look at the eBay category system, and help you make sure you get your items listed in the best category to get the most sales!

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