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You Can Now Search eBay Using Images

Dave Parrack 30-10-2017

In an effort to help people buy and sell more used items How to Make More Money Selling on eBay To maximize your earnings on eBay, you need to take a number of factors into account; we'll walk you through the best way to get the most out of your auctions. Read More , eBay is rolling out to new visual search tools. These tools, called Image Search and Find It on eBay, will make it even easier to find the exact item you want to buy. Unfortunately, they won’t help fund your online shopping sprees.


No one talks about eBay any more, but millions of people still use it to buy and sell things. There are so many items available on eBay — 1.1 billion at last count — that it’s sometimes hard to find exactly what you want. Which is where eBay’s new tools could prove invaluable.

Who Needs Keywords Anyway?!

According to TechCrunch, eBay has launched two new visual search tools to help users find items for sale. Both of these tools use images instead of words, so you’re no longer required to choose the right combination of keywords to find specific items. Instead, eBay will search for visual clues.

Image Search lets eBay users use their own images to search the site. You can either find an image already in your camera roll, or take a fresh photo, and eBay will return listings for items that are a visual match. This could prove useful for finding cheaper versions of expensive items.

Find It on eBay lets users start a search using any image they find online. So, if, for example, you see a celebrity wearing a pair of desirable shoes, you can share that image on eBay, and the app will return listings for similar-looking items. You probably don’t need any more shoes, but still.

Both of these visual search tools are mobile-only for now, with Image Search available both on Android and on iOS, and Find It on eBay only available on Android for the time being. Desktop users are stuck using tired old words until eBay decides to push these out to more platforms.


Image Search Is the New Black

It should be noted that eBay isn’t the first website to offer visual search tools. Google and Bing both offer invaluable image search engines, and in February of this year Pinterest launched a trio of visual discovery tools Pinterest Launches a Trio of Visual Discovery Tools Pinterest has launched a trio of visual discovery tools. Because words are so 2016. Read More . Still, eBay’s own efforts could prove invaluable for online shoppers.

Do you regularly buy things on eBay? Or do you prefer selling things on eBay instead? What do you think of eBy’s new visual search tools? And can you see yourself using them? Do these search tools make you more likely to shop on eBay? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: eBay, Image Search, Online Shopping.

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  1. Austin Miller
    October 4, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    The information was a great resource I was unaware of bings and Pinterest image search tool. Google's has never been very useful. I mainly rely on eBay after that Google or Etsy with keywords. It'd be amazing if they incorporated searchable words to filter out and maybe a 3D / panoramic camera search. Also if the camera could grab Make, model, brand, and size and materials from tags and maybe a database of symbols, signatures, marks, and stamps.

  2. Pam Lomond
    October 31, 2017 at 2:05 am

    I use Mobi Officesuite Pro. It works very well. I showed it to someone last week who was quite impressed with the way it looked. In the spreadsheet, I have to type the first character in a field twice for some reason. I would be interested in kowing if anybody else has this issue. Other than that, I have absolutely no issues with it. Unlike Microsoft Office 365, my documents stay on my computer and do not have to be converted to "android format"..