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7 Tips to make you more efficient on eBay as a Buyer
The auction site and marketplace ebay is a popular destination when it comes to buying things online. I use it predominantly to find items that are not available in shops anymore, e.g. old console games, Lego stuff, or even the odd TV remote that you cannot get anywhere else from anymore.

While ebay is relatively easy to use, it is often the case that you can get better deals and be more efficient on the site if you understand how it works better. In this guide, I'm listing seven tips that could make you a better, more efficient, buyer on eBay.

Tip 1: Efficient ebay Homepage searching

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While you can type a search term to find things of interest, it happens quite often that unrelated items are returned on eBay. Search on eBay provides you with a handful of options to narrow down results.

Use the minus-character to exclude items from search, e.g. ITEM -ITEMB, to only return results that don't match ITEMB.
Limit the results by category. Ebay runs searches across all categories by default.
If you get only a few results, check the "include description" option.

Tip 2: Advanced search options on ebay

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Ebay's advanced search page provides you with options to define additional parameters for the search:

Include and exclude keywords.
Search by category.
Search titles and descriptions.
Set a price range.
Set a buying format.
Set item conditions.
Set shipping options.
Define location boundaries.
Search specific sellers.
Show results with certain characteristics, e.g. best offer or sale items.
While you can make these changes on the results page as well, it may be faster to set them right away.

Tip 3: Sort options are your friend

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Ebay displays results by relevancy and may display sponsored results on top as well. The sort options that are provided by eBay let you change the default sort order. You could change them to sort by lowest price (including shipping), highest price, ending soonest, or by nearest.

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