eBay: how to perform advanced searches

eBay: how to perform advanced searches

If a basic eBay search can’t find what you’re looking for, you can use advanced criteria or search for other things including sellers, users, shops, and engine products.

To do an advanced search on eBay:

Go up www.ebay.com in your web browser and log in (if you haven’t already). Then, next to the button Near in the top right corner, click Advanced .

EBay advanced search button

From here, you can search for different items in different sub-categories on eBay (left) using advanced criteria (right).

Use advanced search criteria to do a more specific search

Search for articles

Find objects – allows you to find items on eBay by name (with the option to include or exclude words or block their order) or ID number, description, whether or not they have already been sold, price, condition, type of sale (auction or buy now), or the location and conditions of the sellers.

On eBay Motors – Lets you find vehicles or vehicle parts for sale on eBay by make, model name, year, and more. It also allows you to search for keywords in the item description (instead of the title), items that have already been sold, or items within a certain geographical distance from where you live (or from a large city).

For seller – Finds a seller by entering their user ID. You can also choose to see both exact and similar matches for seller IDs in your results, as well as to see only items from those users who have already sold (within the past two weeks, the past week, or the last day).

By article number : You can search for an item based on the list number.

EBay store search

Items in stores – allows you to find items on eBay by name (with the option to include or exclude words or block their order) or ID number, description, whether or not they have already been sold, price, type of sale (auction or buy now ), or the location and terms of the sellers (including where they relate to you and whether or not they ship to your location or use your currency).

Find stores – Allows you to find stores on eBay (remember, a single user may have multiple stores for different types of products) based on the store name or the names or types of products the store sells.

Search for members

Find a user – Find any user on eBay (not just sellers) by entering their user ID or email address. It will automatically include both exact and similar matches in the results.

Find contact information – If you recently bought something from or sold something to another user, you can type in their user ID and the ID number of the item in question to allow eBay to exchange your contact information with theirs via email.

For some of the advanced searches, you will need to enter a “captcha” security code, for privacy reasons. Click in the box next to the distorted image and type the numbers you see. If you have trouble seeing the characters clearly, click Change the image to create a new captcha, or click Listen to the numbers to hear the numbers you need to enter.

Enter the security code to see the results for some advanced search criteria

For some searches, you’ll also be able to sort your results, as well as choose how many to view (at once). When done, click Near at the bottom of the screen or click Clear conditions to remove all the criteria you have entered so far and start over.

Sort and filter your search results

From there, the search should be very similar (if not identical) to using a basic search.

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