Tips for Improving eBay Search Results
You can refine an eBay advanced search even further by using more of the options offered in the Advanced Search area. Don’t be intimidated; you need to understand just a few more bells and whistles.
Here are some of the additional options you’ll find in the Advanced Search: Find Items area:
Words: You can choose to search
All words, any order
Any words, any order
Exact words, exact order
Exact words, any order
Exclude words from your search: If you’re looking for some silver flatware, for instance, and you want it to be solid, not plated, you could type plated. That search would exclude any item listings that contain the word plated.
Price: Here’s where you can narrow your search to a specific price range. You never know what you might miss when you use this option.
Buying formats: Since eBay has three main buying formats, you can search them individually:
Auctions: If you love the thrill of bidding, you can limit your search to auctions only. (But why? There may be a better deal in Buy It Now.)
Buy It Now: This option comes in handy when you simply must purchase something immediately. This would work well for the pair of tickets you’ve found to The Producers or when you’re about to run out of your favorite moisturizer and don’t have time to make it to the store within the next week to pick some up.
Classified Ads: In some categories, such as Real Estate, sellers put up classified ads that prompt you to contact the seller to find out more or complete the transaction.
Location: You can elect to see your results from all items on eBay or you can search by country.
On eBay.com: Search eBay, no matter which country. Other options are US Only, Worldwide, or North America.
Available To: Select a country from the drop-down list, and the search engine looks for items from sellers willing to ship to that country.
Located In: Use the drop-down box to find items from the country you specified.
Currency: If you have (so to speak) a yen to pay for your item with a foreign currency, you can search for sellers who accept the following:
U. S. dollar
New Taiwan dollar
Only Show Items from Specific Sellers: If you want to locate an item being sold by up to ten sellers, you can type their user IDs here, separating each user ID from the others by a comma or a space. If you want to find items excluding certain sellers, click the drop-down list and list the offending sellers in the text box.
Also, under Show Results, you can select options to display only particular items:
Items near you: If you’re selling or buying something big that you can’t (or don’t want to) ship or pick up, this option allows you to specify local pickup or select a mileage range of 10 to 2,000 miles of a ZIP code or popular city.
Items being sold for charitable organizations through eBay Giving Works: If you’re looking for items being sold only to benefit nonprofits, you may indicate that preference here.
Should you not want to go through this tedious, step-by-step check-mark thing every time you want to make a thorough search, you might want to memorize some shortuts. You can type these shortcuts in any simple search box on any eBay page to get a specialized search.
|Symbol||Effect on Search||Example|
|No symbol, multiple words||Returns auctions with all included words in the title.||olympus mount might return an item for an Olympus camera or an item from Greece. Remember: You can filter by category after you run a search.|
|Term in quotes||Searches items with the exact phrase within the quotes.||stuart little is more likely than stuart little to return items about the mouse because the search returns the words in the exact order you request.|
|Words enclosed in parentheses, separated by a comma and with no space||Finds items related to either item before or after the comma.||(kennedy,nixon) returns items with either of these diverse President’s names in the title.|
|Minus sign||Excludes results with the word after the minus sign.||signed –numbered finds limited edition items that are signed but not numbered.|
|Minus symbol and parentheses||Finds items with words before the parentheses but excludes those within the parentheses.||Packard –(hewlett,bell) finds those rare Packard auto collectibles.|
|Parentheses||Searches the main word plus both versions of the word in parentheses.||political (pin,pins) searches for political pin or political pins. Be sure not to put a space in this search.|