Search For Misspelled Items On eBay To Score Great Deals

You can find some good bargains on eBay, but the competition in auctions can be tough. To score even better deals, you can search specifically for misspelled listings.

Lots of items in eBay auctions end up not selling because the seller neglects to spell the item's name correctly, so it never shows up in search results. By purposely searching for misspelled listings on eBay, you can find some excellent prices on items that have gone unnoticed and where competition may be less intense.

You can automate this strategy using the FatFingers site, which will search for all possible misspellings of a keyword that you type in. Its choices aren't always perfect, but it can be a useful supplement (and it will specifically search the Australian eBay site). eBay is continuing to emphasise professional sellers over casual auctions, but as long as auctions remain an option, this can be a neat trick.


Comments

    Never though of this!

    Agreed!

    Fat fingers looks great, as I once purchased a "Olympus Trip 35" in great condition for a total of $8 because of a spelling error. It sells for around $60.

    Alternative guys.
    http://www.typobay.co.uk/

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    Typojoe.com is another good ebay misspelling search site to try.

    Anyway, as far as buying/saving on eBay goes, a couple more ideas:

    If you have a question about an item, go to another of the seller's listings and ask the question from there. This will add a bit of work for the seller, if they want to add your question and their answer to the item description page. Maybe other interested buyers will not bother to ask a question, instead just continuing to look for a similar item that already has the question answered in the item description.

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. If that doesn’t work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping to save $ and avoid shill bidding.

    If there is a particular item that you want that is relatively rare on eBay or goes fast when one is listed, use ebuyersedge.com to set up a saved eBay search for it. You’d get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. You can use the price, category, exclude word, etc. filters to narrow down the results that you get in the e-mails. Excellent for “Buy It Now”s priced right.

    If the item that you’re looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers may never see them.

    This is a great idea, I have been finding misspellings using http://www.bargainchecker.com for years, it supports eBay Australia and others.

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