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Top 7 Tips for Finding What You Want on Auction Sites

By Jonathan Keegan

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If you are a collector or are just looking for a specific item they may be hard to find. The growth of online auction sites has made it a lot easier to find what you are looking for, but sometimes the amount of information and categories on auction sites can make it difficult to narrow your search. Here are 7 ways to find what you’re looking for fast!

  1. Sign-up for a Newsletter from an Auction Site

    Many auction sites offer newsletters to keep you in the loop. Look at one such as Some items rarely come onto the market, and if you want to know when they are available, you must be in the loop. Also, put yourself out there. Send smaller auction sites an email and tell them what you are looking for and they will put you on a list and notify you when and if the item comes available. With Busness to consumer auction sites if there is enough interest they will source a vendor for the product to be put up in the auction site.

  2. Try a variation in your search words

    You can use many different words to describe an item. Try to think of all the variations the seller might use to describe the item you are looking for. For example, you are trying to find a memory stick for you digital camera, one user might call it a “memory stick” and another might call it a “memory card.” Try several different variations and combinations – but use just two or three words at a time to be sure you get a variety of results.

  3. Do Your Research

    Research the specifics of the item you are looking for to save you time and money. For instance, you are in the market for a new digital camera, find out what type of megapixels you need, and any other options you might like with the camera. Then search around for the best deal! Look for sites such as where you can find products from a trusted vendor source, as well as amazing deals.

  4. Use Niche Auction Sites

    Bigger auction sites can make it harder to find what you are looking for since they have a wide variety and complex system of categories and subcategories. This can make it very hard to search for a specific item.

  5. Vary your spelling

    Surprise! Not everyone has perfect spelling. Often, sellers will list their auction with the item title spelled incorrectly. Try different variations of the spelling and sometimes you will get different results.

  6. Use Wildcards

    Like many other search engines, you can use the wildcard character (*) to indicate one or more unknown letters at the end of a search keyword. Wildcards are great for when you are not sure of a word’s spelling; the wildcard character replaces the letters in question in your query. For example, if you are not sure whether it is Kodak or Kodack, enter koda* and your results will include both spellings.

  7. Search Daily

    New listings are added to auction sites all the time! Try your search on different days and you will get different results.

Jonathan Keegan has been involved with auctions for over 20-years. He currently works with as a consultant. AlltheAuctions is a new item business to consumer auction site. Bids start at $1.00.

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Article Submitted On: May 04, 2007