Once again, we’ll go back to a technique/tool to use when searching eBay – searching for items that have misspellings in the title.
It would be impossible to get an exact number, but I have read that there are hundreds of auctions listed every day with misspellings in the title. If the main keyword is misspelled, most of the potential bidders looking for such an item will never see the auction listing. If you can find these things, you have a significant advantage and the opportunity to get some great deals.
It would take too long for you to think of and then type in each misspelling of a keyword that you wanted to search for. Select which eBay you would like to search from the drop-down menu, and type in the keyword that you want to find into the “Enter the search term or phrase here” field. Next, re-enter the keyword into the “Exclude these words” field (make sure that the box is checked next to it), and click on the “Search” button located in the lower left-hand part of the search table.
The rest of the advanced search features aren’t really needed in my opinion. With most if not all searches, there won’t be enough resulting misspelled listings to make narrowing down your search necessary.
Once you click the “Search” button, you’ll be taken to eBay and shown the resulting item listings with possible misspellings.
The longer and harder to spell that the keyword (search term) is that you’re searching for, the more likely it is that you’ll get some good results unless it is a rare item. Some sellers might not do a good job of describing their item in the auction title so always start broadly with your search. For example, search for “PlayStation” rather than “PlayStation 3″.
It may be worth trying synonyms for your keyword also, “blouse” instead of “shirt,” “slacks” instead of “pants,” etc.
When you find an item that appears to be right, follow the guidelines mentioned in the previous articles in this series as far as evaluating the auction listing and asking questions. If it is an auction listing, not a “Buy it Now” listing, I recommend that you go against my earlier advice and place a bid on the item immediately, not scheduling a snipe for the item, unless the item already has at least one bid on it.
If an auction listing, an especially one for a favorite item, has no bids placed on it, the seller may get anxious and eventually end the auction early or analyze their listing and discover the misspelling(s) in the title. The opportunity for the potentially great deal would then be gone. When you have created a search that gives you good results, you can save that search and have notifications automatically send to when an item is listed that matches your search criteria.