How To Find Unique, Beautiful And Affordable Items On Ebay

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Steps To Finding The Unique Beautiful Items On Ebay

Let's face it, Ebay has changed a lot since its beginnings. 

There is no doubt it is a lot more commercial with stores such as Argos, and Office taking main stage and you could be forgiven for thinking the chances of finding "one off" items has long since passed. 

But good news, All is not lost. The real Ebay is still here, if a little hidden away. 


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All Change 2008

Since 2008 Ebay's Default search moved over from Ending Soonest to Best Match, this meant that instead of seeing everything in your search category organised by time remaining you then saw items that were deemed as most suited. A little fiddling with a few settings quickly changed this and many sellers were unaffected by the change so Ebay continued to be the entrance into a strange and wonderful world. 
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All Change Cassini Search

The Real Blow came when Ebay introduced Cassini search in 2013, It meant that best match items were judged on a much wider range of criteria including price, amount of items for sale, recent sales history and buyer feedback etc. 

Why was this so bad? Well it meant that small sellers often the ones with unique one off items or those with smaller stock levels quickly drop from the first few pages into the so called "Ebay graveyard" 10's or even hundreds of pages down. Even worse Ebay also stated that some items can be hidden for varying reasons, This is bad news for the seller, but even worse for the buyer. 
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The Case in point

To show you an example we searched for Girls Dress on Ebay without changing any of the default settings, so best match and all auctions were selected and displaying 192 items per page. 

We were disappointed but not surprised to see that Ebay had decided that the "best match" for this search included 157 Frozen Elsa dresses inspired by the hit Disney Film.

With a 2 year old under my roof this isn't a problem but what if you want a unique pretty dress for a party or a special occasion? After scrolling through the first 5 pages and being greeted with blue hue dresses you can be forgiven for thinking Ebay isn't the place. 

So, I hear you say, How do I find Unique items on Ebay

Simple Is Sometimes Best!

OK, There are few things you can do to help you bypass EBay's suggestions for what "YOU" should buy. 
  1. Change the default Search to Time: Ending Soonest or Newly Listed, This may seem obvious but something too many people forget to do. When we did this for the same search "girls dress" the Frozen style dresses fropped from over 150 to less than 20 on the first page. This meant a lot more unique items from various sellers.
  2. Narrow down the fields, use the categories, size, location, occasion colour and brand to pin down what you want. Often bigger sellers will rely on their shop status and history and miss these out. Also a lot of similar items come from East Asia and simply excluding sellers from outside the UK can make a huge difference.
  3. Use the word "Unique"  in your search. Sellers who list rare or one off items like to tell us about it in their listing or titles. Including the word will ensure those items will be seen and can the be sorted in the same way as number 1.
  4. Use Collections- When you search for an item scroll down and on the right hand side you will see collections. This is where Ebay select collections people put together that contain one of the keywords you have searched for and great starting place. 
  5. You can also search through Collections directly buy clicking on the navigation bar at the very top of the Ebay site. Your result can then be narrowed by  searching collections or using the drop down menu. Tip: You can follow sellers and buy items direct from collections!
  6. If all else fails you can shop with us - Mwah By Eden loves to be Unique, We want to grow and grow and are on a mission to stock Beautiful, Affordable and Unique Items. So follow us, our collections and Buy it Now! 

Thanks for reading and sorry for the shameless plug that is point 6. We hope the Guide was useful. 

Bria @ Mwah By Eden
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