This is a pretty cool site for searching for eBay items! Under ‘Get to the Good Stuff on eBay!’ (across the top) there are three tabs: Popular Item Search, Top 500 Most Popular, and Blog. The example below shows the top half of the website home page; the bottom of the page has a huge list of Most Attention Grabbing Auctions, as well as a Recent Search bar along the right side. If you want to look for great deals and need a lot of different options to work with, try WatchedItem.com.
Top half of the website’s home page:
After you click on GO, a page with your search results opens. If you want to narrow your search, you now have many options from which to choose. You can sort by listings (auctions, fixed prices, or all listings), you can search by specific categories within your search topic (the pink box to the very right of the example below).
Top half of search results page after clicking Go:
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I will be looking for something on eBay and find it horrendously misspelled. I guess the seller just ends up selling it by the sheer luck of someone browsing through and going, “Oh, I really need black boats (boots)”.
This site is great; you can type in the correct spelling of something and it will return misspelled results for your search term! Now you can take advantage of some poor soul’s typo or lack of spelling technique. Check this site out; you might find something you rilly wont butt coodnt fint. Oops! I’m sorry-really want but couldn’t find. Now I’m doing it…
Okay, this is the same type of thing as TypoTracker; it looks for misspelled words and typos in the eBay auctions. The difference is that this site takes you directly to the eBay site where are the misspelled auctions are. Try it, you’ll like it!
In the old days of winning auctions, sniping was a dirty word and was considered cheating. Is it still? I don’t know, and – I’m sorry to say – I don’t care. Sniping is when you wait until the last seconds and outbid someone and win.
I have never lost an auction. Ever. And I have bid at a lot of auctions. So here it is, I confess:
I’m Lori, and I’m a Snipe-o-holic.
That’s right; I do not bid unless I can win, and the only way to win is to bid is in the last seconds. I have one other hugely informative tip that ensures that you win, but we won’t go into that now. Right now let’s focus on HidBid, who will do the sniping for you. This piece of software explains the process to you, you enter in your information, and that’s it. (You have to sign up first). I personally have never used this program but have heard great things about it. Try it!
This company boasts sniping and management of your auctions. You have to use your own eBay ID to manage (and snipe) your auctions. If you want to use the web-based application (do it over the internet and not on your computer), it’s free. If you want your own Windows-based software (Mac is in beta but you can still try it), you can buy it for $12.95 with free Lifetime Updates. Again, I haven’t used it, but it’s among the highest-rated web-based management (and sniping) auction software out there today.
Okay, that’s it for now. If you’re an eBay buyer, these websites should be fun to go to, so check ’em out, just in case!
~ Lori Cline