How to Search on eBay (Part 2) (misspellings)

Search for misspellings of words in the item title
Sometimes sellers can be sloppy. Misspelling a word in an item description can be detrimental to the success of the seller. It can also indicate an excellent bargain for buyers who can spot them, and keep their finds a secret. While this is mostly true of online auctions, it can be a great way to find bargains from retail Internet sellers, too!
There are more than 5908 eBay items that have Craftsman correctly spelled in the listing, but there are also 27 results that use the misspelling “Craftman” in their title. Wow! Do you think other bidders will find these items when they are searching for “Craftsman?” The answer is no. You can be one of the few people bidding on these misspelled items. Fewer bidders often result in lower closing prices. Imagine getting a steal of a deal, and even exclusive access to an item, just because the seller made a typo!
When you see your search result for an incorrect term, you’ll notice that eBay may provide a link to the same search but with the spelling corrected. The result page of my previous example contains a link asking, “Did you mean Craftsman?” You can click on this link to display a new set of results with the corrected search word. Remember, you goal is not necessarily to participate in auctions with correct titles, but instead to purchase the items other bidders can not easily find.
Use phonetic spellings of names and keywords in your searches to see if you can find hidden treasures. If you have trouble coming up with your own of misspellings of key words, visit the link below to search for popular typographic errors.

Search with and without hyphens, punctuation and special characters.
Hyphens are often used in auction titles to describe product model numbers. Often, sellers place them incorrectly or incorrectly omit them from the title. Ideally, you should search for an item both with – and without – hyphens and other types of punctuation. For example, if you search at eBay for “jig-saw” you will find over 400 matching auction titles. However, if you perform the same search without the hyphen, only 281 auctions are revealed. Since most sellers, and presumably most buyers, commonly include a hyphen in the word “jig-saw,” you may get a better price if you bid on one of the 5,000 auctions where fewer people are looking. Of course, you should always compare as many auctions as you can before you decide which items you should bid on. The popularity of the item and when the auction is ending may have more of an impact on the closing price than whether the seller used the most popular punctuation. Still, you can sometimes find a great deal this way, so it is worth your time to look.

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