How This eBay Misspelling Search Site Works
Using SpellingSearch is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3
What are you searching for? Enter the correct spelling in the form above. We'll find the misspellings and variations for you. You may enter multiple key words (up to 30 characters including spaces). Fewer words will result in more matches.
Where do you want to search? You can limit your search to a specific category, and/or by country location. You can also choose to include correctly spelled items in your results, or dig deeper by searching titles and descriptions for auction misspellings.
Show me the misspellings! When you're ready to search, click on the "Search eBay" button. Your search may take up to a minute, depending upon the items you are looking for and how deep we need to dig for them.
About This Site
SpellingSearch is an extremely powerful FREE search tool for finding auction misspellings, title variations, and incorrectly listed items on eBay. Studies have shown that items with misspelled or incorrectly listed titles consistently sell for LESS than similar items listed correctly.
Our finely-tuned "goof filters" dig deep to find the very best deals and bring you even more results than the typical misspelling-only search. We allow multiple word queries, with optional category and title/description filters to further refine your results. You can also opt to include the correct spellings in your search.
We hope that you find the tool useful, and wish you the best of luck in finding that next great deal on eBay. Thanks for visiting!
Digging for eBay Deals
One of the ways to find a great deal on eBay is to play the system a little. With the explosive growth of the internet over the last decade, especially in the world of online auctions, there are lots of sellers out there who don't quite understand the importance of accuracy. When they ignore the details, it can cost them a sale (or possibly save you a LOT!)
Missing Auction Details Lead to Missing eBay Bids
Most people hate to be bothered with details. But in this case, details (or lack-thereof) are a good thing. Big online auction sites rely on the ability of their sellers to successfully write a listing to attract bidders to an item. However, many of them don't care if the item sells or not because the seller is still going to pay a fee of some sorts, and there's also an additional fee if the seller relists the item. So even when a seller screws up their listing, it still gets posted.
Auction sites like eBay have helpful online guides to assist sellers in learning the ropes, but many sellers don't bother to read them. How do I know? It's easy - take a random sampling of the items listed at any given time and you will find that very few of them follow eBay's listing suggestions. Maybe the sellers can't read. Maybe they don't have the time to do it right. Or maybe they're just plain morons. Whatever the case may be, why not use it to your advantage?
Finding Overlooked Auction Arbitrage Items
One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make is to list their item with an incomplete or misspelled title. Although eBay provides buyers with the option to search an item's title AND description, I recently read that only 12% of users utilize this function. What does this mean for you? It means that you have a golden opportunity to find some great deals. It means that when you're searching for that ridiculously expensive 1st issue AMAZING SPIDER-MAN comic book to add to your collection, you're not even going to see the one listed for sale under the title: "RARE 1st Issue AMAZIGN SPIDERMAN comic book".
Did you catch that misspelling? AMAZIGN. Chances are...the seller didn't catch it either. He was probably too busy calculating in his head the ungodly profit he was going to make off of this relic from his childhood that's been sitting in his mother's basement all these years. But guess what? He was so sure that his item would make a profit that he didn't set a reserve price. Thanks to his misspelling, and his lack of a reserve, you're going to get a great deal...IF you can find the listing!
Aside from the odd chance that a buyer accidentally searched for "AMAZIGN SPIDERMAN" just like the seller listed it, nobody is going to see this listing. Sure, someone could see it while browsing all of the comic book listings, but there are literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of items in most categories to browse through, and few people (myself included) have the patience to rummage through online listings like that.
But wait! There's more. Look at the title again. You searched for "AMAZING SPIDER-MAN", and his item was listed as "AMAZIGN SPIDERMAN". Even if you could find the misspelling, did you notice the other variation? He called it "SPIDERMAN", but you searched for the correctly spelled "SPIDER-MAN". Once again, a typical eBay search isn't very likely to include these types of auction listing variations, but SpellingSearch does.
Hundreds of eBay Spelling Variations...please make them stop!
So let's say that you are starting to get the idea, and you say to yourself, "Gee, I'll just go to eBay and plug in random misspelled words and find some awesome deals." Go for it - I tried the same thing for a while. After all, even if you don't necessarily need an item, you could make a quick buck off of it by reselling it. If you can find something for *really* cheap because it was misspelled, and you know that it normally sells for more, you could turn quite a profit. They call this "eBay arbitrage" in most circles.
The only problem is...there are hundreds of possible misspelling variations on each word, and who has the time to sit down and type them all out? So, I came up with a better plan. I have a bit of web programming experience under my belt, and started to program some algorithms to automatically search for these misspellings for me. It was a daunting task at first, but I finally figured it out. By "getting inside the seller's head", studying common misspellings, variations and abbreviations, and "fat-fingering" the wrong letters on a keyboard, I figured out how to do an automatic search for misspellings, variations, and other possible listing flaws.
SpellingSearch Is Different From Other eBay Search Tools
Honestly, I kept these search algorithms to myself for a while, and then decided to "share the love." After all, if I can send more traffic to eBay, I can earn some commission here and there, too. It's a win-win situation in my eyes - You get to use this tool for free, and hopefully run across some great dals on eBay, and I get a few cents to a few dollars in commission from eBay if you buy something.
I'll be honest with you. There are some other really cool misspelling sites out there with a bit more functionality, like sniping tools (for a fee), and the ability to save searches. However, I created SpellingSearch with three major objectives that I believe set this site apart from the crowd:
- Bulk - I challenge you to find a tool that brings back as many valid search results as this one. My programming algorithms search very deep, and I didn't want it limited to just misspellings. That is why I included common listing variations, too.
- Privacy - If I included advanced features like aution watching or sniping, I would have to require that you sign up and provide an email address. SpellingSearch is simple. You search, you go. No email address required.
- Unique Results - You may have noticed that there is a plague of cookie-cutter misspelling search sites out there. You know the ones - with the generic site URLs, no branding, and the same cheesy logo in the upper lefthand corner. People license those scripts for a small fee, and throw up these generic sites, hoping that you don't see the hundreds (thousands?) of other sites using the same script.
Compare your search results within the different sites that you try. If you find two with the same results, they're probably using the same script. If everyone has the same search algorithms, that means that they're all producing the same search results. And if they all are producing the same results, you've got more competition. I personally hand-coded my algorithms so that they would be different and bring back unique results with less competition.
Make the Most Of Misspelled Listings...But Be Realistic!
Now, before you go running off with dollar signs in your eyes, please keep in mind that there are certain factors that need to be in place for all of this to work. The first possible show-stopper is the item that you are looking for. If nobody has one to sell, then searching for a misspelled variation won't matter. But if you search regularly, you may one day find it, so don't give up! You may even want to bookmark this site.
The second thing to consider is that if there is a reserve, you may not get the price you wanted, even if you are the only bidder. The bids on a misspelled item may stay very low, but the seller may have his/her mind set on a certain price (the price of their reserve). After an auction ends, if the reserve wasn't met, the item won't sell. You can still contact the seller and see if you can strike a deal and get them to offer you a second chance bid. Although you may not get it for as cheap as you were hoping, it may still be cheaper than you can find it anywhere else, and it will probably be cheaper than when he realizes his flawed listing and relists the item spelled correctly for all of the world to see.
Make sure that you study your seller, ask lots of questions, and make sure you know enough about the item you are bidding on. Check out his selling history, feedback, and see if he historically spells his listings wrong. There's always the chance that the misspelling might not be the reason why the item has no bids - it could just be a piece of crap!
Don't tell the seller.
This is probably common sense, but whatever you do, don't inform the seller of his mistake. Most items that haven't received bids yet can still be revised by the seller, and if you tell him of his error, he'll probably fix it, resulting in your secret deal falling back into the view of everyone else. In fact, you could even place a low bid just to lock in the item listing with the misspelling. (Once bids have been placed,a seller isn't allowed to alter the listing.) That way, nobody else sees it unless they search for the same misspelling that you did. This can limit your bidding competition considerably. This isn't anything illegal - it's just playing the game.
Remember that there is NO guarantee that you will find what you are looking for, or at the price you are willing to pay. No search can find EVERY listing flaw out there. If a site tells you otherwise, they are lying. There are too many possible variations in human error for any search function to find them all.
One more thing...Even if you find a misspelling, someone else may have found it, too. Don't thrust yourself into a bidding war with this one other person and end up paying more than you would have in the first place by getting too carried away. Just keep your cool, and have patience. Every time I think that I have missed the deal of a lifetime, something better eventually comes along.
I hope you appreciate my honesty. Feel free to send me your comments to let me know what I can do to improve your misspelling search experience. Best of luck and happy bidding!
- Jeff / SpellingSearch.com