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Have you been using eBay for some time? Getting yourself some good deals, finding things at decent prices is all good and well but in reality eBay’s search engine is a very clever and useful tool designed to bag yourself some major bargains.
When it comes to your initial search, rather than being over specific, search only significant key words. You only ever need two or three at most depending on what you’re searching. The reason is once these words are keyed in and listings are found the search has only just begun. Most people make the mistake of searching exactly what they are after word for word but in reality this can cut down the results so much, you may well miss a huge deal.
Once you’ve given eBay a rough idea of what you’re after you are met with a very large amount of listed items and this is where eBay search engine really comes into play! I would not suggest you specify if you want an “Auction” or a “Buy It Now”, the reason is there’s never really any point in getting rid of the option of seeing auctions. Most of the time this is where the best deals are!
So you have a list of a lot of items and now you have to somehow narrow it down. This is where the specifications come into fruition! These can be found down the left hand side of the screen just next to your items, most buyers completely overlook these options. In reality, using these, depending on your search, allows you to look at various combinations of price ranges, colours, types of item, condition, to be honest there are simply too many to list. The beauty of using these is that whenever an item is created the seller must specify the items specs before listing, so this method is a sure fire way to not miss out on any poorly named items.
This is not the only device you can use once you have whittled the listings down to your choosing. The next thing I usually do is then utilise the drop down tab at the top right of your searched listing. This small drop down menu is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal, allowing you to further configure your search and also put them in very useful orders. One popular example is buyers who search “auctioned” items then use this menu to list them in ‘ending soonest’ order. This way they can capitalise on cheap auction prices and bag a bargain in the same day. Pretty clever eh!
Here’s a quick example of how both these options can be used to find exactly what you want. I will now do a search for a car. How about a BMW, maybe an M3. So I have typed ‘BMW’ and also ‘M3’ into the eBay search bar, now 71,000 listings have popped up. So I use the specs down the left hand side of the listing and I have selected ‘Cars’ from the list, this has already narrowed my search all the way down to 500. From here I can select what year I want, I figure a 05 registration maybe, so once again I have selected this from the specs (left hand side). This has narrowed my search to 20, I have looked down and there’s some pretty decent listings but like most car listings they are all collection only. So why not make my life easier and use the drop down menu (this is the one in the top right corner, just above your searched listings). From here I can select the option to display the listing that is actually closest to me. Maybe I’ll use the spec list to make it strictly a petrol engine as well. Haha! I’ve found my car, a BMW M3, 05 registration, black, convertible, SAT NAV included and with only 49,000 miles on the clock. A steal at £13,495, be sure to note as well that all the other options I mentioned can be found in the specs menu as well, even colour! I could search price starting lowest first as well as using the drop menu in the top right.
As you can see ebay’s search engine doesn’t just mean searching for keywords, its used to search through the specifications of all items listed, when the items are ending (remember very useful for auctions) or just finding the cheapest item P+P included (this is found in the drop down menu). Very straight forward really, depending on your needs. The idea is to experiment with and try various searches using different options to find the listing best for you. Hope this helps everyone out, thanks very much for reading