How to Use eBay Categories to Find an Auction Item
To keep track of the millions of items up for sale at any given moment, eBay groups items into categories. eBay's home page lists most of the main categories, but eBay also lists tens of thousands of subcategories, ranging from Antiques to Weird Stuff. Here’s how to navigate around the categories:
On the eBay Home Page, just below the Search box, hover your cursor over the Category button and then choose a category that interests you from the drop-down menu.
You’re transported to that category’s page. You see categories and subcategories listed next to each heading.
If you don’t find a category that interests you among those on the home page, simply click the Buy button on the navigation bar, and you’re off to the main Categories page. You get not only a pretty impressive page of main categories and subcategories, but also a short list of featured auctions — and links to them all.
After the category page appears, find a subcategory below the main category title that interests you. Click the subcategory, and keep digging through the sub-subcategories until you find what you want.
For example, if you’re looking for items honoring your favorite television show, click the Entertainment Memorabilia category or the DVDs & Movies category. Note that the Entertainment Memorabilia category has many links, including the Television Memorabilia subcategory. Below the Television Memorabilia link, you’ll see links to these subcategories: Ads, Flyers, Apparel, Clippings, Photos, Pins, Buttons, Posters, Press Kits, Props, Scripts, Wardrobe, and Other. Click the link that appeals to you and you’re off on a shopping spree.
When you find an item that interests you, click the item and the full listing page pops up on your screen.
To save yourself some time, and to make comparison shopping easier, Ctrl-click a link to open it in a new tab in your Internet browser. That way, you don't have to keep clicking the Back button to access the other items in the category. It also helps because, if you find that more than one seller is offering an item you want, you can open each item in a different tab and quickly compare them to decide which to bid on.
Congratulations — you’ve just navigated through several million items to find that one TV-collectible item that caught your attention. You can instantly return to the home page by clicking its link at the top of the page (or return to the listings page by repeatedly clicking the Back button at the top of your browser).