4 Better Alternatives To eBay’s Smart Search Tool

Tim Watson 02-07-2009

4 Better Alternatives To eBay's Smart Search Tool ebay logo toolsWhenever you are looking to buy something and aren’t willing to pay that much, where would you turn to? Top 10 Sites To Find The Hot Selling Items On eBay Read More For me, it’s eBay. Most eBay users would start looking for items by visiting and entering a keyword search. That’s fine, and all, but I’m here today to show you some alternative methods to starting your eBay search — just to give you some options. Some even outperform eBay smart search and other site features.


Here we go.

eBay Desktop

The official eBay Desktop is an Adobe AIR app which mirrors all the searching, tracking, and bidding functionality of the site, plus filtering features, search history, and my favorite part, real-time updates. It’s refreshing to no longer need refreshing. Enter a keyword and watch the search results update by themselves.

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Lastminute Auction

One of my favorite eBay tools is the Lastminute Auction search. Auctions featured here all have current prices under $1 (not including shipping), and all have less than an hour to go. Register to keep favorite categories handy, and you’ve got a good chance here to snatch up a great deal.


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Typo Buddy

My new favorite eBay search tool, however, is [NO LONGER WORKS] Typo Buddy. From this site, you can take advantage of human error and hopefully find yourself a steal. When you do an eBay smart search for “Nintendo”, you get all the results with that keyword. What you don’t get are “Nintedno”, “Nintenro”, “Nihtendo”, or many other misspellings. Typo Buddy will find all of them, with the idea that the auctions’ low profile will let you swoop in and pay a lower price for the items.

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Unwired Buyer

One more site to mention, not because it’s a search but because it’s a unique tool, is Unwired Buyer, which keeps an eye on your watch list and lets you place bids by phone in the closing minutes.

4 Better Alternatives To eBay's Smart Search Tool unwired buyer

Not forgetting Nabit, an application which Mark reviewed a couple years back. Unfortunately, the developers of Nabit has discontinued its distribution. You might still be able to get a copy of it online.

What’s your favorite way to search eBay? Give us some ideas in the comments.

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  1. elise
    July 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    the great eBay solution indeed!

    • elise
      July 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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