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Mr. Thrifty Principle #1: Search for your eBay item several different ways

Ok, so you have decided that you want the collectable GI Joe with the Kung Fu Grip, now what? The first step to buy on eBay is to find who is selling the item you want to buy. Mr. Thrifty knows that sounds obvious, but here is where some of the “art” comes into play- run eBay searches for your item several different ways. Here is why: When a seller lists an item they write the ad’s title and description of that item. A well written title and description is found by a lot of buyers when they run eBay searches. A poorly written eBay description might be found by only very few eBay members(which leads to no bidder). For example, a well-written eBay item title might be:

Vintage 12” 1971 GI Joe with KUNG FU Grip Action Figure. G.I. Joe

Notice all of the different “keywords” the eBay seller used in the ad. If a potential eBay buyer types in “GI Joe” into the eBay search, this item will pop up or if they search for “G.I. Joe” the eBay listing will show up. On the other hand, a poorly written eBay description might be:

Collectable Doll for Sale

See the difference? There are no logical buyer search words in the second eBay description. This presents an opportunity for the thrifty eBay buyer. The eBay seller of the second action figure is not going to be found by many eBay GI Joe collectors. If you are one of the lucky eBay buyers that does find the second listing you might get a great deal. The key to finding the second seller is to run your eBay search several different ways using different key word combinations. One might try “GI Joe” “G.I. Joe” “Kung Fu Action Grip”, etc. Also, run the eBay search after you have checked the “search title and descriptions” box. This brings up many more results that you can cruise through.

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