How to Use the eBay Search Box

You can start a search from the eBay home page by using the search box. It's right there at the top of the home page, with the Search button next to it. It's a fast way of finding item listings.

To launch a title search from the home page, follow these steps:

  1. In the search box, type no more than a few keywords that describe the item you're looking for.

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  2. Click the Search button.

    The results of your search appear onscreen in a matter of seconds.

You can type just about anything in this box and get some information. Say you're looking for Star Trek memorabilia. If so, you're not alone.

The television show (now known as Star Trek: The Original Series) premiered on September 8, 1966, and even though it was canceled in 1969 because of low ratings, Star Trek became one of the most successful science-fiction franchises in history — a new movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, came out in 2013! You can use the search box on the eBay home page to find all sorts of Star Trek stuff.

To find an item that sold on eBay in the past, perform your search from the search box. On the results page, scroll down and on the left, you have the ability to refine your search. Under the Show Only heading, you can select Completed Listings, which shows all the items that have gone through the sales cycle and have expired unbought or have been purchased.

Select the Sold Listings box to see a list of items of this type that have been sold in as long as the last 90 (or so) days, as well as what they sold for. You can use this type of search to strategize your asking price before you put an item up for sale (or to determine how much you'll have to pay to purchase an item).

Try the Advanced link next to the search box to narrow your search. This link takes you to the Advanced Search: Find Items page.

When you search for popular items on eBay (and a classic example is Star Trek memorabilia), you may get inundated with thousands of listings that match your search criteria. Even if you're traveling at warp speed, you could spend hours checking each auction individually.

If you're pressed for time, eBay has not-so-mysterious ways to narrow your search so finding a specific item is much more manageable.

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